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Jason Hsu, Member of Parliament, Wants to Turn Taiwan into Fintech Hub, Seeks Robust ICO Market

Jason Hsu is on a mission to turn Taiwan into a Fintech hub. This includes the development of a robust Initial Coin Offering market – in stark contrast to several Asian neighbors like China and South Korea,  two countries that banned all ICOs earlier this… Read More

Beyond the CFPB Principles: What’s to Come in Consumer Data Sharing

  On October 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a set of principles on consumer-authorized data sharing and aggregation intended to safeguard consumer interest as the data sharing market continues to develop in the US. As a financial data company providing account aggregation,… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

A Unified Credit Rating System is On the Way People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, has made plans to launch a united platform by the end of 2017 for collecting personal credit information and assessing people’s credit ratings. Setting up this platform means the… Read More

Trust Will Vanish: Cappasity CEO Criticizes Parity Hack Response as Funds Remain Frozen with No Resolution in Sight

Cappassity CEO Kosta Popov, who is gearing up for the ARToken ICO, has published a blog post that hammers Parity for its tepid response following a hack that froze possibly $300 million in Ethereum. The hack was revealed in early November when it became known that… Read More

Supercharged Crowdfunding: CoinList Plans Future of One Stop Funding with Compliant ICOs

CoinList, a marriage between AngelList and Protocol Labs, has big plans for the future of early stage funding using digital tokens. Following the blowout success of Filecoin, an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that saw an astounding $200+ million raised, CoinList quickly regrouped and revamped its… Read More

ICO Advisors: Are they Broker-Dealers or Finders?


Despite the record success of many initial coin offerings (ICOs), raising capital for ICOs is a difficult process.  It is tempting to accept help anywhere one can get it, and there is no shortage of persons and companies clamoring to “find” or refer investors in… Read More

Lend360: A New Era in Online Lending

I arrived in Dallas, Texas, the night before 2017’s Lend360. A conference catering to lenders, investors and vendors in the online lending space. It started out as OLA (Online Lenders Alliance) a number of years ago. Next year, Lend360 will take place in Chicago, one… Read More

First Regulated Initial Coin Offering Conference ICO 2.0 Summit Dives Deep into ICO Legal, Regulatory & Economic Implications

On Friday, November 10, 2017, StartEngine, a Regulation Crowdfunding platform based in Los Angeles, California organized ICO 2.0 Summit, the first regulated ICO conference – or at least the first that I’ve seen. While there seem to be an explosion of ICO and Blockchain-related conferences… Read More

The SEC and Regulated ICOs: Be Careful What You Wish For

Man Proposes and God Disposes On November 8, at an Annual  New York City gathering of securities professionals, SEC Chair Jay Clayton went off script – and in doing so provided what is likely to be the clearest guidance we can expect to receive from… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Financial Stability Committee established in Beijing On November 8th, the China Financial Stability Committee was officially launched. This is a subordinated department under the State Council, of which Vice Premier Ma Kai will serves as the head. To be specific, the committee will be… Read More

ICOs, Crypto-Tokens and Blockchain Legitimized at a Stroke as Rock Solid Gibraltar Swoops In

The future is arriving a lot sooner than almost anyone thought as, fuelled by billions in ICO cash, the blockchain revolution moves ten times faster than the internet revolution ever did: Gibraltar, their nimble regulator and Stock Exchange are providing an exemplar that may now… Read More

Federal Reserve Cautions on Peer to Peer Lending: “An alarming growth in defaults calls for further examinations”

The Federal Reserve is out with a disconcerting report regarding the peer to peer lending or marketplace lending industry. According to the authors, Yuliya Demyanyk at the Cleveland Federal Reserve, Elena Loutskina at the University of Virginia, and Daniel Kolliner at the University of Maryland, peer… Read More

Oops, I Accidentally Froze $150 Million of Ether. Or, How Smart Contracts Are Not Invulnerable

Well, here we are again. On November 6, Parity encountered yet another failure, and the result? Reportedly, some $150 to $300 million dollars worth of Ether (we are hearing conflicting reports as to how much ETH has been frozen) is locked down, and we’re hearing… Read More

Ethereum Blockchain Coder Neufund Nabs $11.6M Pre-Sale Funding Round, Preps for ICBM

Neufund, a Berlin-based coding project on the Ethereum blockchain, is celebrating a pre-sale funding round of $11.6 million (€10 million). Backed by top private investors from funds including Philipp Freise (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co), Michael Jackson (Mangrove Capital), the VC fund Atlantic Labs, and crypto… Read More

Cappasity Says Ethereum Parity Wallet Hack is a Deliberate Act of Fraud

  Cappasity, a company in the midst of their own initial coin offering (ICO) that was impacted by the Parity multi-sig wallet hack, has called the hack a deliberate act of fraud. Cappasity told Crowdfund Insider; “Currently, we are running an ICO. On November 7,… Read More

Doing a Concurrent Reg D & Reg S Initial Coin Offering

Initial coin offerings are all the craze, and for good reason.  According to CoinSchedule, over $3 billion has been raised in the first 10 months of October.  The Securities Exchange Commission released an investigative report concluding that DAO tokens were securities, and that scared people… Read More

Huge: Mobile Lending Company WeLab Raises $220 Million with Backing from Alibaba

One of the fastest growing Fintech’s in China has raised USD $220 million. WeLab, a Hong Kong-based mobile lending platform founded in 2013, has closed funding round of $220 million including both strategic debt and equity funding with the backing of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund,… Read More

ESMA, MiFID and the Post-Brexit Future of Europe’s Capital Markets Union

  Recently, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) held its first ever conference in Paris. The event underlined the growing importance of ESMA, the European Supervisory Authority for capital markets. Along with the European Commission and the Parliament, ESMA is one of the pillars… Read More

The SEC, the ICO and Avoiding the ICU: A Call for Leadership and Action

As a securities lawyer and a sometimes advocate for smart regulation of capital formation, I must confess: When it comes to addressing the current state of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) marketplace, I believe that market participants face a crisis of growing proportions. No Hype… Read More

The Token Sale Sky is Not Falling. Unless We Cause It To.

You Can’t Generally Stop Someone From Suing You. In the years before the blockchain buzz, I often would sit in my mentor’s office for conference calls. Even on calls where there was not much for me to add, I always learned from listening to him… Read More