Tagged: regulations

The US Government is Worried that Usage of Digital Currencies will Lead to Tax Avoidance

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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) published a document this fall that reviewed the growing usage of Bitcoin and other digital currencies in the private sector. While acknowledging there are benefits to “virtual currencies” including lower transaction fees and faster transfer of funds… Read More

Finally. Australian Parliament Re-Introduces Crowdfunding Legislation

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The Australian House of Parliament has re-introduced legislation to improve the environment for investment crowdfunding. The bill, or Corporations Amendment (“Crowd-Sourced Funding”) Bill 2016, has been widely anticipated to begin the legislative process this year.  The bill was introduced by the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, MP…. Read More

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority Wants to Become Innovation Friendly

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The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has outlined its strategic goals for 2017 to 2020 and like much of the developed world, the financial regulator is embracing innovation and Fintech disruption. The strategic goals were approved were approved this past week by the Federal… Read More

Update to Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules 147 & 504 Hit Federal Register

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The final rule updates to Rules 147 and 504 have finally hit the pages of the Federal Register. Now the countdown begins for the rules to become actionable. The amendments to Rule 147 and new Rule 147A are designed to facilitate capital formation, including through… Read More

The Development of Investment Crowdfunding in South Korea

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The Amendments to the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (the Capital Markets Act) passed the South Korean Parliament in July 2015 and went into effect on January 25th, 2016, laying the framework for investment crowdfunding in South Korea. The adoption of investment crowdfunding… Read More

Reg A+ Update: 14 Deals Closed and $175 Million Raised

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At the SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation yesterday (November 17, 2016), David Feldman a securities attorney with Duane Morris, delivered a brief update on Regulation A+ as created by Title IV of the JOBS Act of 2012.  This updated securities exemption became actionable… Read More

Unstacking the Deck Against SME’s in Washington: A Call for an SEC Small Business Advocate

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With a new administration set to take the reins of power in the White House in January 2017, not to mention a new, Republican appointed Chair of the SEC in the offing, when it comes to the interests of small business’s access to capital, many… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Issues Fintech Sandbox Guidelines

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published its Fintech “regulatory sandbox” guidelines. The intent is to encourage and enable experimentation of solutions that leverages technology innovatively to deliver improved financial products and services to both consumers and businesses. The Sandbox guidelines have incorporated feedback… Read More

One Way Donald Trump Can Actually Double GDP Growth

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How Donald Trump Can Leverage Crowdfunding Under Reg CF to Double GDP Growth President-elect Trump made it a hallmark of his campaign to double GDP growth. According to Karen Kerrigan, President of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council; “His agenda of lowering taxes, simplifying the… Read More

In Media Res: Central Bank of Russia Developing Crowdfunding Regulation

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Currently Russia’s emerging crowdfunding sector accounts for less than 500 million rubles (USD 7,748,755) in total liabilities, and shows disproportion of different segments and high volatility. The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has initiated a working group of market experts from more than ten local crowdfunding platforms for the development… Read More

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Fintech?

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Soon the dust will will settle and the collective surprise of a Donald Trump Presidency will sink in and the United States will move forward. On top of a populist Trump administration, the Republican Party will control both houses of Congress. This is a combination… Read More

First Class: FCA Reveals 24 Fintech Firms Accepted into Regulatory Sandbox

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  The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has revealed the first group of Fintech firms accepted into their innovative regulatory Sandbox initiative.  The FCA said that 69 Fintech firms applied for the opportunity to participate but 24 firms were deemed acceptable. Most of these companies will… Read More

Report: Korean Financial Regulators Squelch P2P Lending with Investor Cap

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The Financial Services Commission (FSC) of Korea has clamped down on peer to peer lending.  According to a report in Korea Joongang Daily, the Commission has enacted harsh rules that limit the amount an investor may commit to peer to peer lender in a given… Read More

Lithuania Approves Bespoke Crowdfunding Regulations, Platforms May Raise up to €5 Million

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The Republic of Lithuania has just announced updated regulations designed to facilitate the growth of investment crowdfunding. Vytautas Šenavičius, a partner at the law firm of TVINS and Chairman of the Board of Lithuanian Crowdfunding and P2P Lending Association, told Crowdfund Insider; “Today the Parliament… Read More

Downing Head of Crowdfunding Julia Groves: “FCA Review Is Most Welcome”

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Julia Groves, Downing Partner and Head of Crowdfunding, is a respected pioneer and force behind many successful digital businesses and fintech groups. Since founding ba.com for British Airways in 1994, she has instigated disruptive customer-led propositions across online retail, renewable energy and financial services market sectors. She… Read More

Albert Securities Commission Adopts Crowdfunding Rule

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The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108). The new rule is actionable immediately and introduces a crowdfunding prospectus exemption for issuers as well as a registration framework for funding portals. The ASC Stated the implementation of MI 45-108 follows… Read More

France’s 2nd Regulatory Reform Enlarges the Scope of Crowdinvesting & Crowdlending

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The second reform of France’s crowdfunding regulation has officially come into force. Resulting from tight cooperation between industry professionals, regulators and government authorities, the new measures expand the scope of both crowdlending and crowdinvesting. The first French regulation of crowdfunding was issued in October 2014…. Read More

SEC Adopts Modernized Intrastate “Crowdfunding” Rules:  A Time to Yawn?

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On October 26, 2016, the SEC’s three Commissioners convened at their headquarters to adopt new rules intended to modernize what had historically been a little used path of raising capital for startups, early stage businesses and community-based enterprises: the so called intrastate exemption. It had… Read More

Here are the Final Rules for Changes in Rule 147 & Rule 504 Improving Intrastate Crowdfunding

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The Securities and Exchange Commission announced changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504 yesterday designed to improve the process in which businesses may sell securities within a state where they are based. These “intrastate” updates will impact the ability for issuing companies to crowdfund from… Read More