Tagged: regulations

Establishing a Financial Services Firm in the UK: Britain Welcomes the Business

The UK Telephone Call Great Britain

The United Kingdom has been very vocal, and aggressive, in courting financial firms and FinTech startups. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne wants the UK to be the world leader in developing innovative FinTech firms.  Osborne enjoys a partnership with his objective in Prime Minister… Read More

Bond Street CEO Comments on Department of Treasury “Request for Information” on Marketplace Lending

United States Treasury

Crowdfund Insider reported last month on the US Department of Treasury’s interest in the fast growing Marketplace / Peer-to-Peer lending space. Treasury published a “Request for Information” (embedded below) seeking public comment to study the various business models and review “how the regulatory framework should… Read More

Orchard Provides Feedback on Recent US Treasury Interest in Marketplace Lending

US Department of Treasury

  Last week Crowdfund Insider published a report on how the US Department of Treasury was investigating marketplace lending and the rising prominence of online, direct lenders. While the interest is certainly understandable, anytime the government shows up – industry gets concerned.  While Treasury stated their… Read More

European Securities & Markets Authority Warns on Crowdfunding & Money Laundering / Terrorist Financing

Euros 200 Money

The European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Q&A addressing the potential for nefarious characters to abuse investment crowdfunding to launder cash or provide financing to terrorist organizations.  This is a subject the traditional banking sector knows rather well as they are subjected… Read More

Just Released: China’s New Guidelines For Online Finance Market

Great Wall of China

    With China’s stock market crash still recent, the People’s Bank of China (PBC) released guidelines for the country’s rapidly burgeoning online finance market at the start of this weekend, outlined in a document published by the PBC.  The peer to peer lending industry in… Read More

UK Government Publishes Consultation on Deduction of Income Tax from Interest on Peer to Peer Loans

Peer2PeerLendingUK

The UK Government has published a consultation paper on the deduction of income tax from interest on peer to peer lending. Closing comments are expected by September 18, 2015. The query tackles the issue of who should deduct and pay taxes. The challenge is not… Read More

Feds Seek More Info on Growing Marketplace Lending Platforms

United States Treasury

The Treasury Department has published an RFI on the operating environment surrounding Marketplace Lending. Previously labeled “Peer-to-Peer lending”, as the industry has grown a more diverse ecosystem has evolved. Today much of the funding is from institutions and a lesser portion is coming from smaller investors. The RFI… Read More

SEC Launches Probe of Pre-IPO Tech Stock Sales Transactions

Wanted Private Transactions

  What started as an action against a single company in late June has evolved into a probe of an entire industry. As reported by the Wall Street Journal late last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a new probe spurred by… Read More

Good Progress in the Emergency Budget, But There is More Still to Do

George Osborne July 2015

The Emergency Budget This week saw the first Budget in the UK since the Conservative Party achieved a surprise win in the General Election in May. As the previous coalition government had already made promising steps towards the implementation of legislation which will improve access… Read More

Here is the Consultation Document that Will Help the UK Government Decide How to Include Equity Offered Via Crowdfunding Sites in ISAs

Goerge Osborne and Summer Budget 2015

As part of the UK government’s budget policy, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne affirmed that soon (April 2016) ISAs will allow for peer to peer lending assets to be part of a savers portfolio.  Osborne also stated the government will consider allowing equity crowdfunded… Read More

Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies Schedule Call on Treatment of “Finders”

ACSEC Kara Stein and Stephen Graham

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) has scheduled a call for July 15th at 1PM ET to discuss the issue of “finders”.  This references the regulatory treatment of individuals who connect investors with companies seeking capital. The rules regarding finders remain… Read More

What is Regulation A? SEC Issues Investor Bulletin on Reg A+

SEC Regulation A+

The Securities and Exchange Commission only recently finalized rules on Title IV of the JOBS Act, commonly referred to as Regulation A+.  While old Regulation A has been around for quite some time, few utilized the exemption as it was encumbered with costly, and time… Read More

FCA Annual Report: “Breaking down those barriers that have prevented firms coming into sectors, like banking, is an essential part of our role”

FCA Satisfcation

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has been tasked with a mission to change and adapt to present day financial market realities.  Charged with the very important role of investor protection, and market efficiency, the FCA also maintains a mission to encourage competition.  It is this… Read More

Malaysia is First ASEAN Country with Crowdfunding Laws

Malaysia Coin Ringit

Malaysia has been at the forefront of countries in Asia advocating on behalf of capital access and innovative finance.  Largely championed by the Securities Commission, Malaysia now becomes the first country in the Asean region to have a defined regulatory environment to facilitate investment crowdfunding…. Read More

SEC Issues Cease & Desist Order To “EB-5” Investment Companies For Acting As Unregistered Broker-Dealers: This Matters to the Crowdfunding Industry

SEC Enforcemnt

  Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued  a Cease and Desist Order (the “Order” embedded below) against two related companies for acting as unregistered broker-dealers in connection with the sale of securities under the “EB-5” Investor Program (also sometimes referred to… Read More

SEC Staff Provides Early Guidance on Use of Regulation A+

SEC Regulation A+

  On June 23, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission provided some public guidance on certain issues arising under the new Regulation A+ Final Rules. In a new section of the SEC’s Compliance and Disclosure and Interpretations (C&DI’s),  a Q and A… Read More