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Three Years of Reg CF: 44 Funding Portals, 9 Departures, 1 Suspension & $200 Million Raised

Last week Regulation Crowdfunding, or Reg CF as it is affectionately called, celebrated its 3rd birthday. While the JOBS Act legislation that created online capital formation was signed into law in 2012, final rules for Reg CF did not become actionable into about 4 years… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority: Over £27 Million Lost to Crypto & Forex Fraud as Scams Triple Versus Year Prior

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a report addressing frauds and scams in the cryptocurrency and Forex sector. According to the FCA, over £27 million has been lost from these scams during the 2018/2019 period. Reports of scams topped 1,800 – 3X versus… Read More

New German Crowdfunding Regulation: Major Enhancements, A Few Regrets

The German Crowdfunding Association, the federal industry association which represents 85% of the German crowd investment market, welcomed last week the adoption by the German Parliament of the new and improved legal framework for crowdinvesting, albeit with a few regrets. Major Expansion of the Scope… Read More

Comptroller Otting Discusses Fintech Charter During House Financial Services Committee

Last week, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing was entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness and Accountability of Megabanks and Other Depository Institutions.” The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

Assure Services Claims to be the Largest SPV Service in the World and it Has Many Fintech Platforms as Clients

Recently Crowdfund Insider encountered a successful service that is not exactly a high profile business in the Fintech world. Back office fund management provided by Assure Services. What we did not realize is that many Fintech platforms are outsourcing their fund management so they may… Read More

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Responds to SECs Digital Asset Guidance. Applauds Commission’s Effort While Stating the Guidance Raises New Questions

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) has published a response to the recent guidance on digital assets from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In early April, the SEC, Division of Corporate Finance, issued its first No-Action letter (NAL) to Turnkey Jet pertaining to the… Read More

Reg CF 3 Year Anniversary: Republic Reports on Progress & Change as a Leading Crowdfunding Platform

Regulation Crowdfunding, commonly called Reg CF, celebrates a birthday today. On May 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allowed issuers to use the securities exemption to raise capital online from both FINRA approved “funding portals” as well as broker-dealers. Part of the JOBS… Read More

Killing VASPs: G8 Swatting VASPs Globally (Crypto Exchanges, Custody, Tokens)

G8’s AML Body FATF Seeks Killing Crackdown on Crypto Exchanges and Tokens of All Types Crypto exchanges of all types and similar services (virtual asset service providers or ‘VASPs’) should be absorbed by traditional banks or disappear altogether. This seems to be the view of… Read More

PeerStreet Reports Accelerating Growth as the Real Estate Platform Tops $2 Billion in Property Lending

This past March, PeerStreet, a real estate crowdfunding platform, announced that it had topped $2 billion in transactions and over $1 billion in Assets Under Management. Three months early in January, that transaction number stood at $1.7 billion. If that pace holds, PeerStreet should be… Read More

State of the Fintech Nation: UK Government Publishes Report on Fintech Progress

The United Kingdom has long been a global leader in financial innovation. Of course, London holds a long history as a prominent financial center for both Europe and the world. This established base has combined with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and access to capital to… Read More

Long Term Stock Exchange, Created by Eric Ries, Receives SEC Approval to Operate as a National Securities Exchange

On Friday, the Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) received good news from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as it was approved as a national securities exchange. The LTSE is the creation of Eric Ries, an entrepreneur, VC, and creator of the lean startup concept…. Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Beijing: unpaid parking fees may be included in your personal credit report Since January 2019, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport has introduced digital payments for all curb parking areas in Dongcheng District, Xicheng District and Tongzhou District, and is planning to extend it to… Read More

As Good as it Gets: OurCrowd Investors Benefit from Two IPOs in Just One Week as Uber & Beyond Meat Go Public

What do Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, ‘Jay Z’, Jeff Bezos, Softbank, Tencent, Axel Springer, and OurCrowd all have in common? They all invested in Uber before it went public today (May 10, 2019). Where OurCrowd stands out from the pack is the fact that OurCrowd… Read More

Like a Jackson Pollock Painting: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Criticizes Commission’s Approach to Digital Assets, Says it Has Stifled Growth

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has polished her pen once again with another thought-provoking speech addressing Fintech innovation and, more specifically, digital assets. Speaking at the Securities Enforcement Forum, East Palo Alto, California (by video), Peirce pointedly criticized the Commission for stifling the emergence of security… Read More

SEC Director of CorpFin Bill Hinman Provides Crowdfunding Update at Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Meeting

Earlier this week, the inaugural meeting of the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC) took place at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, DC. The new Committee brings together a diverse group of small business proponents including several Fintechs. Led by Martha… Read More

Discussion on Digital Assets at Financial Action Task Force Meeting said to be Disappointing as Requests are “Unworkable”

This week, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) held the annual meeting of its Private Sector Consultative Forum in Vienna, Austria. The event was hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Part of the discussion addressed the growing crypto market and… Read More

Bitwise Presentation to SEC Provides Insight into BTC ETF Push as Well as Bogus Crypto Exchange Marketplace

In March, Bitwise Asset Management pitched their case regarding the creation of a Bitcoin ETF to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While providing a compelling argument as to why the SEC should move forward with their ETF, the presentation also provided some interesting insight… Read More

When Does A “Digital Asset” Qualify As A Security? A Deeper Dive Into Recent SEC Guidance.

Here’s a question for all of you. Between coins, tokens, stamps, tickets, vouchers, and chips, which of these qualifies as a “security” under U.S. Securities laws? It’s actually a trick question, they all do! Well, technically speaking, they all could potentially qualify as securities. The… Read More

Unicorn Beyond Meat IPO’ed Raising $240 Million But OurCrowd Investors Had Chance to Invest Before NASDAQ Listing

Beyond Meat Inc. (NASDAQ:BYND), completed an initial public offering (IPO) last week raising approximately $240 million on a valuation of $1.5 billion at $25/share. Once listed on NASDAQ, Beyond Meat jumped far beyond its initial pricing quickly rising in value topping $3.8 billion at over… Read More

Has the SEC Slammed the Brakes on Blockchain Innovation?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has talked up their innovation cred and support of Fintech for years. Under previous Chair Mary Jo White, the SEC held the very first Fintech Forum which saw both industry participants and policymakers engage with each other in collaborative… Read More

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