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Women Became the Story in 2017

As Oprah Winfrey put it during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes on January 7th, 2018. The reverberations of her words have re-ignited, for anyone who thought it was a just a trend, the importance of #metoo, the industry-agnostic movement. Actually, it is all-encompassing… Read More

China: Weiyangx Fintech Review

China’s first online centralized personal credit database is on the way Earlier this month, People’s Bank of China formally accepted the license application of Baihang Credit Investigation Ltd. Led by the National Internet Finance Association of China, Baihang will be China’s first online centralized personal… Read More

Happy Friday: CFTC Files Second Cryptocurrency Enforcement Action Against CabbageTech, DBA Coin Drop Markets

The CFTC Division of Enforcement Virtual Currency Task Force has been rather busy. Today, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has shared two enforcement actions filed against Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency related fraud cases. The first was against the Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, the second was filed against Defendants Patrick… Read More

PeerIQ CEO Ram Ahluwalia: 2017 Saw a Resurgence of Growth in Online Lending

  There are several people in the online lending industry, inclusive of marketplace and balance sheet lending, that truly know just about everything going on in this evolving sector of finance. Ram Ahluwalia, CEO and co-founder of PeerIQ is one of these persons. His company… Read More

The Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2018

Last year, I boldly predicted 10 Fintech movements that will take place as Earth makes another perfect rotation around our Sun. It’s always fun to look back and see how wrong I was, so let’s stump the chump! Here are my original predictions. Let’s score… Read More

The Big One: tZero Says KODAKCoin will Trade on its Forthcoming Digital Assets Exchange

The announcement by Kodak that it would be jumping into the cryptocurrency space with its own initial coin offering and KODAKCoin rattled all of corporate America. If a fallen star like Kodak could do it, then why not them? In a way, Kodak validates the… Read More

Lending Marketplace Lendix Raises €200 Million Institutional Financing to Trailblaze European Alternative SME Finance

Lendix’s historical investors are renewing their trust in the Paris-based European SME marketplace lender. The European Investment Bank Group (EIB), CNP Assurances, Eiffel IM, Groupama, Zencap AM, Matmut and Decaux Frères Investissements are among the first investors joining to finance Lendix’s latest investment vehicle to… Read More

The 2017 State of Regulation Crowdfunding: US Securities-based Crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act

Recently, my company crafted a report for the US Securities and Exchange Commission that summarizes progress on Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012, also referred to Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF. This newest securities exemption was added to the options that smaller companies… Read More

Cryptocurrency Ban: Bank of Indonesia Halts All Usage of Digital Currencies Including Bitcoin

Bank Indonesia has issued a statement affirming that using Bitcoin, and any other cryptocurrency, is not allowed in Indonesia. Bank Indonesia has previously issued proclamations sharing their stance on digital currencies – most recently in December when the bank said usage would be banned in… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Renren Calls an End to its ICO Project It was reported that Renren has closed its RRCoin ICO project after a talk with China’s regulatory authorities. Among the 1 billion RRCoins that were planned to issue, 40% would have beeen allocated to private equity, 25%… Read More

Open Banking Arrives in the UK on January 13th. What Does this Mean?

Open Banking is kind of a nebulous term. Unless you are very engaged with the UK financial sector it probably means little to you. Yet the concept of Open Banking will have profound ramifications for consumers and businesses in both the UK and Europe. In… Read More

The Empire Strikes Back: Traditional Debt and Equity Capital Providers Get Smart(er) About Token Sales

With thanks to Greg Murphy of Outlier Ventures for his contribution to this article. Now that 2018 is well underway, traditional debt and equity capital providers would be wise to re-examine many of their familiar forms of contracts to identify new risks – and realize… Read More

Game Changer: 7 Approved Platforms to Provide “Crowd-Sourced Funding” in Australia, Equitise Immediately Lists First Equity Crowdfund Offer

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) announced yesterday it had approved the licensing of the first seven “crowd-sourced funding” platforms. Due to a recent change in Australia’s security regulations, these investment crowdfunding platforms may allow businesses to raise up to $5 million – all… Read More

Giga Watt Lawsuit Demonstrates Rescission Power of Initial Coin Offering Investors

Some may have missed a distinctive feature of the recently filed class action lawsuit against Bitcoin mining company Giga Watt, Inc.: it is not a fraud suit. It is a suit for rescission (return of invested funds, with interest) based on the company’s having failed… Read More

A 21st Century “Kodak Moment”: the Kodak and WENN Digital Security Token Sale

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams The past year has witnessed a flurry of remarkable “initial coin offerings,” or ICOs.  The pending KODAKCoin digital token sale jointly announced by Kodak and WENN… Read More

Kodak Jumps Into the Crypto World with KODAKCoin & Partnership with Wenn Digital on Blockchain Based Digital RIghts Management

Kodak, a company that became a punchline in recent years due to its epic inability to quickly adapt to digital photography that crushed its analog film based world, is going crypto. Kodak has announced a partnership with Wenn Digital to launch a digital currency and… Read More

Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest, Updates on 2017 Progress & Crowdcube Partnership

SeedInvest is one of the most selective investment crowdfunding platforms in the US. Launched in 2012 by Ryan Feit and James Han when the JOBS Act of 2012 was signed into law, the two founders most likely had no idea how long it would take… Read More

Leaked Document Shows China’s Intent to Force Bitcoin Mining Halt

As we reported this past weekend, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is rumored to be discussing a power cut for Bitcoin miners. Now there is a document circulating on the internet that indicates China wants to shut down Bitcoin mining altogether. While the complete… Read More

An Initial Coin Offering and its Legal Implications: An approach by the Thai SEC

An initial coin offering (ICO) is an alternative to the traditional models of start-up and other companies to raise capital. In Thailand, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Thai SEC) recently expressed their view on ICOs indicating they realize the potential of ICOs to satisfy… Read More

Recent Cease & Desist by Texas Regulators Targeting BitconnectX ICO May Foreshadow More Enforcement Actions

The regulatory drums are getting louder when it comes to initial coin offerings (ICOs). The first shot across the virtual bow was the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Report addressing the DAO and the fact it was an unregistered security. Since last July, there have been… Read More