Tagged: regulations

EU Holds Off on Blockchain Regulation…For Now

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The European Union has put the brakes on regulating blockchain (the technology that underpins bitcoin); an EU parliamentary committee agreed on Tuesday in the latest example of a “softly-softly” approach by authorities towards financial services, according to the release. “We don’t want pre-emptive regulation, but we do… Read More

Simple and Rational P2P Regulation Expected: Details Emerge from Reserve Bank of India

Raghuram Rajan

According to Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor R Gandhi, approval of new types of NBFCs (non-banking finance companies) will continue.  Detailed information has not yet been released from the bank, but Gandhi commented while inaugurating the ASSOCHAM summit discussing NBFCs: The Changing Landscape’ reported Mumbai’s Deccan Herald:… Read More

Reserve Bank of India Expected to Post P2P Lending Regulatory Concept Paper End of this Month

India Money

In the first bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, 2016-17 Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan,  Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, stated that a conceptual document will be posted on their website by the end of the month.  According to the statement from last week; Peer to Peer… Read More

Request for Comments: Department of Treasury Asks for Feedback on Proposal to Have Crowdfunding Platforms Become More Like Broker-Dealers

United States Treasury

Last week Crowdfund Insider reported that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the Department of Treasury, had published a proposed rule change that will impact the nascent investment crowdfunding industry. The proposed change will require funding portals to adhere to the Bank Secrecy… Read More

Complying with AML Laws: Challenges for the Fintech Industry

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  “Silicon Valley is coming.  There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking.” This warning came not from a pundit or Silicon Valley lobbyist, but from Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer… Read More

What’s the Plan? Financial Conduct Authority Publishes 2016-2017 Business Plan

Adam Smith Money UK

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), UK’s securities regulator, has published its business plan for the coming year. The FCA is in a period of transition as interim CEO Tracy McDermott, will be transitioning out as her replacement Andrew Bailey takes the helm of the agency… Read More

Crowdfunding Portals or Broker Dealers: Department of Treasury Amends Definition of Broker Dealers to Accommodate Title III Platforms

US Department of Treasury

The US Department of Treasury, via the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has published a proposed rule change that impacts the definition of a funding portal under Title III of the JOBS Act. This new rule-making would amend some definitions to include funding portals. Specifically,… Read More

SEC Chair Mary Jo White Addresses the Challenges of Fintech, Pre-IPO Finance in the Heart of Silicon Valley

FIntech at the SEC

During the keynote address at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance at the event entitled “The Silicon Valley Initiative: Protecting Investments in Pre-IPO Issuers”, SEC Chair Mary Jo White delivered a wide ranging speech on the challenges of operating in the internet fueled age of finance…. Read More

Reg A+: A Successful First Year Despite Regulatory Ambiguities 

Regulation A+ SEC

The “democratization of investment” in historically closed industries have been the buzzwords of choice since the JOBS Act was signed into to law in 2012. But only since March 25, 2015, when the SEC voted to adopt the proposed rules implementing Title IV, was access… Read More

Minister of Economy Gives French Crowdfunding Sector a Boost

French Crowdfunding Event with Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron

The French Minister of Economy, Emmanuel Macron was the guest star of the 3rd annual meeting of the French crowdfunding association. He expressed his commitment to the crowdfunding economy, shared his views on the regulation of innovation, and, to prove his point, announced several significant… Read More

Engine to SEC: Have You Checked Out How the Brits Define an Accredited Investor?

Should you be an accredited investor

Engine, an advocacy group based in San Francisco that promotes policy that supports all of the cool technology bubbling up from the most creative community in the world, has added their $0.02 to the debate regarding the definition of an Accredited Investor. The discussion regarding… Read More

The Netherlands is Set to Update Debt & Equity Crowdfunding Rules

Anne Hakvoort

On April 1st, the regulatory environment for investment crowdfunding will change in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) published recommendations in December of 2014 regarding a regulatory approach for internet finance. A proposal was released back in December that was summarily updated the… Read More

 View from the UK: Why the Alternative Finance Industry Needs Greater Regulation

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  The global alternative finance industry has undergone staggering growth in recent years. In 2015 combined market activity in the UK grew 84% from £1.74bn the year before to £3.2bn. Around 20,000 SMEs raised approximately £2.2bn in funding through online channels, representing a year-on-year growth… Read More

Imitation is Flattery: Reg A+ Innovations in eREITs & Beyond

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The RECF (real estate crowdfunding) community has been keenly interested in finding creative ways to use the new Regulation A+ that came into effect earlier last year. However, not all filings have been successful or made much business sense. Last year, I wrote about Groundfloor’s… Read More

Asia Pacific Research: Dramatic Growth in Alternative Finance is Fueled by Huge China Market

South East Asia at Night

The Asia-Pacific Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report has just been published and it highlights the largest region in the world for disruptive finance. Entitled, “Harnessing Potential”, this is the first report for the region and has been created by a partnership of researchers, including the Cambridge… Read More

Letter: Financial Stability Board to Evaluate “Systemic Risk” Posed by Fintech Innovation

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The Financial Stability Board seeks to evaluate the potential for systemic risk posed by emerging innovations in financial technology, a move which may mark the beginning of the end to the regulatory advantages enjoyed by fintech firms operating at the fringes of the financial services sector, according… Read More

Chinese Peer to Peer Lending Industry Does Not Need More Rules

Ezubao Behind Bars

Following the much-talked-about Ezubao $7.6 billion Ponzi scheme collapse at the end of last year, the perception and outlook of the Chinese online lending industry has grown increasingly negative both within and outside of China. Murmurs of regulation began floating around in early 2014 but… Read More

Paul Niederer Calls Australian Crowdfunding Legislation a “Complete Mismatch”

Paul-Niederer asks questions

The Australian Senate referred the provisions of the Corporations Amendment Bill 2015 (or Crowd-sourced Funding as it is called)  to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by February 22nd, which was then extended until February 29th. The proposed bill has come under pointed criticism… Read More

Will Big P2P Lenders Be Regulated in Time for the Innovative Finance ISA?

FCA Approved

The forthcoming Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) launches on April 6, 2016.  This new savings vehicle is expected to drive value for both investors and peer to peer lenders alike.  For investors, the benefit is a better risk-adjusted return. All peer to peer lenders deliver far… Read More