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StartEngine’s CEO Urges Crowdfunding Leaders to Push SEC to Release Title III Rules

Mary Jo White 865 days and Counting

On Wednesday (August 20th), more than 40 participants from the crowdfunding industry gathered on a call to discuss key topics about the industry’s future. Those on the call were urged to join the #VoteOnCF movement, a campaign that urges the SEC to vote on the proposed rules of Title III.  In a recent article on… Read More

Perspective: Investors and Markets Could Benefit from Revising the Accredited Investor Definition

Accredited Investor Qualifcations featured

When Congress passed the JOBS Act lifting the ban on general solicitation in offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D, it turned these so-called “private” offerings into potentially very public ones.  Since Reg D offerings involving general solicitation can only be sold to “accredited” investors, it also amplified the already central role that the accredited… Read More

Jason Best & Sherwood Neiss to SEC: Vote Now on Title III Crowdfunding Rules

Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss

Crowdfund Capital Advisors principles Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss have joined the growing group of crowdfunding industry participants demanding the Securities and Exchange Commission release final rules on Title III crowdfunding immediately.  In a comment letter addressed to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, Best and Neiss urged the Chair to release final rules now. This… Read More

StartEngine CEO Schedules Open Call to Push Title III, Retail Crowdfunding Forward

Ron Miller

Following the example of the 28 members of Congress who forwarded a letter to the SEC urging them to publish the proposed rules on Title  III of the JOBS Act, some in the crowdfunding industry are taking action and looking to the crowd to join them. This Wednesday, August 20, 2014, StartEngine CEO Ron Miller,… Read More

28 Members of Congress Urge SEC To Move Forward on Title III Equity Crowdfunding

Wanted SEC That Provides Crowdfunding Regulations Mary Jo White

As the days turn into months, and the months turn into years, the JOBS Act, signed into law in 2012, remains an under-utilized piece of legislation due to missing final rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  While the debate continues as to what the final rules should entail – with ongoing questions about… Read More

Nine Senators Submit Letter to SEC Opposing State Blue Sky Preemption

Nine Senators Opposed to State Preemption Blue Sky Title IV JOBS Act

In the ongoing debate about various aspects of the JOBS Act that legalizes equity crowdfunding, nine US Senators have submitted a comment letter to the SEC opposing the move to preempt state “Blue Sky” review.  The pre-emption of state review under Title IV of the JOBS Act, also known as Regulation A+, has been recognized… Read More

SEC Annual Forum on Small Business Capital Formation: Ground Hog Day for Small Biz?

Ground Hog Small Business Forum SEC

Many of us are wondering when, if and how the SEC will finally roll out final regulations to implement major provisions of the JOBS Act of 2012, including Title III (investment crowdfunding) and Title IV (Regulation A+). So too were a group of Congressmen, gathered in the Halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. on July… Read More

SEC CorpFin Director Talks JOBS Act on the Hill During Financial Services Committee Hearing

Keith Higgins Featured

Last Thursday (July 24) Keith Higgins, Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, gave his testimony on the Division’s recent “activities and responsibilities” to the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services’ Capital Markets Subcommittee. Among the topics addressed by Mr. Higgins during his testimony were the Division’s activities and responsibilities in relation to JOBS… Read More

The Definitive Guide: Proposed Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemptions

States with proposed investment crowdfunding exemptions July 2014

As promised, and I know you have all been waiting, is our comparative chart of crowdfunding regulations proposed by certain states. These regulations are not in effect yet and thus subject to changes and further amendments, but at this time this is how the states are shaking out. It is great to see some of… Read More

If It Ain’t Broke … SEC Investor Advisory Committee Tackles Non-Problem

Blasting Investment Featured

On July 10, thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act which mandated its reinstitution, the revived SEC Investor Advisory Committee met in a public forum to discuss certain securities law issues, including a subcommittee’s initial proposals on the definition of “accredited investor” (as defined in Section 501(a) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as… Read More

Mark Flannery is New DERA Director, SEC Chief Economist

Mark Flannery

Flannery Replaces Outgoing Director Craig Lewis. The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced it has named Mark J. Flannery as its chief economist and director of its Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), which provides analysis to help inform the Commission’s policymaking, rulemaking, enforcement, and examinations. DERA was created in 2009 to act as… Read More

The Misplaced Logic of Dodd-Frank: Protecting the Ordinary Investor by Redefining the Accredited Investor

Dodd Frank

Many of you are still reeling from the impact of the worldwide collapse of the financial markets in 2008. And most of us have rightfully observed that following one of the greatest debacles in financial history, no one has gone to jail – no one has been prosecuted. Meanwhile, rather than look back at the… Read More

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher Talks JOBS Act; Advocates Needs of Small Business

Daniel Gallagher Champion of Small Business

At a recent meeting of the Securities Reform Project, organized by David Burton of the Heritage Foundation, attendees had the unique opportunity to hear from SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher. Gallagher was appointed as Commissioner in 2011 but he is a longtime veteran of the SEC having joined the staff in 2006 as Counsel to then… Read More

The Definitive Guide: Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemptions

Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemptions as of July 2014

With the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dragging its feet on enacting Regulation CF pursuant to Title III of the JOBS Act, many states are taking action and passing their own intrastate crowdfunding exemptions. While these only pertain to businesses and investors within a particular state they can provide financing opportunities especially from a local… Read More

SeedInvest Launches #SaveAngelInvesting Campaign

Startups Economic Growth SeedInvest

Equity crowdfunding portal SeedInvest has been at the forefront of championing the cause of investors and small business by battling the forces that want to deny many the opportunity to participate in certain offerings deemed only available for “accredited investors”.  As the definition stands today an individual must earn $200,000 to qualify ($300,000 if you… Read More

Investor Advisory Committee Decides to Seek More Data Before Recommendation on Accredited Investor Definition

SEC Investors Advocate Questioned

The Securities and Exchange Commission hosted a meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee yesterday where they tackled the very important issue of defining an “accredited investor”.  Barbara Roper, the Chairman of the ‘Investor as a Purchaser Subcommittee’ closed the meeting without recommendations on altering the definition, stating their intent to meet with DERA (the economic… Read More

SeedInvest to SEC: “Increasing Accredited Investor Thresholds Would Be Disastrous for Small Business”

Sins of Excessive Regulations

On the day when the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee is scheduled to discuss the definition of an “Accredited Investor”, SeedInvest – one of the leading equity crowdfunding portals in the United States- has posted a comment letter to the SEC stating their research indicates, “an increase to the accredited investor thresholds would be disastrous for… Read More

Reminder: SEC Investor Advisory Committee Set to Meet, Definition of Accredited Investor Will Be Reviewed

SEC Investor Advocates

The Securities and Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) is set to convene tomorrow, July 10th, at the SEC headquarters in Washington, DC.  On the committees’s agenda is the important topic of the definition of an “accredited investor”. Recently Crowdfund Insider published an article by Anthony Zeoli who discussed how Changes to “Accredited Investor” definition could… Read More

Open Letter to the SEC: Please Don’t Hang Up on Small Business (And Please Don’t Put Small Business on Hold)

Phone Booth Hangup

Some of you who read my article on July 1, 2014, entitled “Intrastate Crowdfunding at Risk -Has Intrastate Crowdfunding in Washington State Been Washed Out by NASAA and the SEC?” may have concluded that I was making a mountain out of a mole hill – or perhaps that I was being too harsh on the… Read More