Tagged: regulations

SEC Schedules Open Meeting on Rules 147 & 504 Impacting Intrastate Crowdfunding

Mary Jo White October 30 2015

The SEC has scheduled a meeting to consider proposed amendments related to Rules 147 and 504 – securities regulations that impact intrastate crowdfunding.  The meeting of the Commission is scheduled to commence at 10AM on Wednesday, October 26 at SEC HQ in Washington, DC. The… Read More

FINRA Allegedly Warns Off Reg CF Portals on Use of Trusts for Escrow

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FINRA is a non-governmental entity that acts as a financial regulator over a wide swath of the financial industry.  Their mission is to detect and prevent wrongdoing in the US financial markets. FINRA also has enforcement powers. Last year alone they rendered over 1500 disciplinary… Read More

Baker & McKenzie Release Asian InsurTech Report: Orienteering a Regulations Labyrinth


Insurance companies in Asia are facing a “labyrinth” of regulations as they increase investment in the insurtech space, particularly in areas such as telematics, biometrics and big data, according to The Insurtech Revolution: Regulatory Updates and Innovative Evolution in the Insurance Sector, a new guide… Read More

Insider: China Tells Regional Governments to Start Investigating Fraud

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This past weekend, Crowdfund Insider reported that China government officials published a list of restrictions for peer to peer lenders. These were largely a rehash of previously revealed regulations directed towards internet finance and more specifically peer to peer lending. But the Chinese government is… Read More

Marketplace Lending: The Challenge of Keeping It Simple And Transparent


LendIt Europe gathered over 900 attendees from 50 countries on the banks of the Thames river to network and hear about the latest trends in online direct lending. The tone of the conference was clearly set by the UK keynote speakers. The UK being 4… Read More

The Regulatory Framework for Peer-to-Peer Lending Industry in Thailand : A Consultation Paper Issued by the Bank of Thailand


The Peer-to-Peer Lending Industry in Thailand Peer-to-peer lending, which is also known as social lending or crowdlending, has drastically increased in the recent years in many countries around the world. The total volume of peer-to-peer lending activities has been growing rapidly. A good example is… Read More

Innovate Finance, EY & Hogan Lovells Publish Report on Blockchain Opportunity


Innovate Finance, along with partners EY & Hogan Lovells, has published a report on Blockchain adoption.  Entitled Blockchain, DLT and the Capital Markets Journey: Navigating the Legal and Regulatory Landscape, the publication addresses distributed ledger technology (DLT) and the current regulatory environment.  The report also provides… Read More

State of the States: An Intrastate Crowdfunding Update


While I have kept both my statutory summary pages and comparative summaries relatively up to date, it has been quite a while since I have done an editorial update on Intrastate Crowdfunding. With the increased number of active Intrastate regulations, as well as the growing… Read More

China P2P Loans Brief: Record High September

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China’s outstanding P2P loans more than doubled to a record high at the end of September, according to an industry report, underscoring the challenges Chinese authorities face in regulating the exponentially growing sector. P2P loans surged 153.5 percent to 956 billion yuan ($143 billion), according to the official… Read More

Status Quo is Not an Option: OSC Chair Acknowledges Fintech Requires New Approach, Announces OSC Launchpad

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Speaking at the Toronto Region Board of Trade this week, Maureen Jensen, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Chair and CEO, delivered a wide-ranging keynote address that tackled the topic of Fintech, regulations and announced a forthcoming regulatory Sandbox for entrepreneurs. Jensen acknowledged the rise of Fintech… Read More

Is the SAFE Not So Safe for Investment Crowdfunding?


Earlier this year, on May 16, 2016, the final portion of the JOBS Act became actionable. The much anticipated Title III provisions and Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) went into effect, marking the official beginning of retail crowdfunding in the United States. While the industry is… Read More

Regulation A+ Offering: Hype or Reality?


Jobs creation and wages are in the spotlight again by voter demand this presidential election year and receiving attention from both Republican and Democratic parties. This begs the question whether an improved version of Regulation A under the JOBs Act of 2012 offers a practical… Read More

National Crowdfunding Association of Canada Criticizes Integrated Crowdfunding Exemption in Letter to Alberta Securities Commission

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The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA), has criticized Canada’s regulatory approach to crowdfunding in a public letter sent to the Alberta Securities Commission and Superintendent of Securities, Nunavut.  While the letter is addressed to the two entities it can be viewed as a proxy… Read More

EU Report: No Strong Case to Create Synchronized Framework for Investment Crowdfunding


File this one under recently discovered, but the European Commission published a report earlier this year that pretty much crushed any hope for a more synchronized approach for debt and equity crowdfunding across Europe. As highlighted in the editorial by Alessandro Lerro earlier this week,… Read More

European Union Stops Harmonization Process for Crowdfunding Rules

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At Crowddialogue Europe in Graz, Austria last week, a panel presentation, moderated by Ronald Kleverlaan, inquired about the status of the European legislation on crowd-investing. Looking back to 2014, with the EU Commission’s Communication “Unleashing the Potential of Crowdfunding”, soon followed by the 2015 Communication “Action Plan… Read More

HKMA Introduces New Initiatives: FinTech Innovation Hub and FinTech Supervisory Sandbox

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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has unveiled a series of policy initiatives for banks to embrace technology, and changed the city’s tax regime to attract corporate treasury departments, as it sharpens its edge to compete with Singapore and Tokyo as Asia’s financial centre, reported… Read More

China Issues Online Lending Rules: Panic Ensues

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After nearly eight months since the original draft was first issued, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (“CBRC”) announced the official rules for the online lending industry on August 24, 2016. The unveiling came accompanied with a few policy curveballs that few industry participants were expecting…. Read More

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Explains How MAS Crowdfunding Framework will Support SMEs

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Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of MAS, was questioned earlier this month on the policy measures incorporated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), in regards to investment crowdfunding. The query came from Ms. Foo Mee Har, an MP from the West… Read More

Yirendai Gets Hit with Several Lawsuits on Share Price Decline


The several law firms have filed class-action lawsuits on behalf of shareholders of Yirendai (NYSE:YRD) who acquired shares at some point during 2016 – some of the filings are specifying date ranges. The reason this is interesting is that these law firms are faulting Yirendai… Read More