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France: Are ICOs a New Method of Finance? French Regulator AMF Publishes Report on Crypto

The Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) the regulator that has oversight of securities in France, has published a report on initial coin offerings. Entitled ICO Françaises: Un Nouveau Mode de Financement? – the document is a follow up to a year ago launch to the… Read More

How (Not) to Market Your Regulation A+ Mini-IPO Offering

SEC Regulation A (commonly referred to as Regulation A+) was implemented by the SEC in 2015 pursuant to major Congressional legislation, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act). It allows companies to raise up to $50 million in a 12 month… Read More

Singapore or London: Which One is the Top Fintech Hub?

A report published a few days backed, addressed the question of which country is tops when it comes to Fintech innovation. For some time now, Singapore and the UK have both aspired to sit on the Fintech throne each providing unique characteristics to their entrepreneurial… Read More

Investing in Crowdfunded Companies: Concept & Team Count but Pay Attention to Deal Structure

Investing in early-stage firms is highly risky. As this publication has stated time and again, many, if not most, early-stage firms will fail or simply bounce along failing to achieve the founder’s expectations of great financial success. Investment crowdfunding platforms typically list mainly startup or… Read More

Blockchain Holds the Key to Unlocking Gen Z’s Marketing Wishes

Gen Z: You know, the generation that dumped Facebook for Instagram, and prefers YouTube videos to cable TV. Gen-Zers were born after 1995 and are expected to represent 40% of consumers by 2020. The ‘post-millennials’ generation is growing older and marketing experts are creating new… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

IFR of Tsinghua University Launches Global Fintech Venture Competition (2018) at the 5th World Internet Conference On November 8, the 2018 Global Fintech Venture Competition (hereinafter referred to as the “Competition”) was officially launched at the Fintech and Credit Society Construction Forum of the 5th… Read More

As RealtyShares Shuts Down, the Real Estate Crowdfunding Industry Ponders the Future

Earlier this week it was revealed that RealtyShares, a respected real estate crowdfunding platform that has originated just under $900 million in investment capital, was winding down operations. The turn of events was driven by the lack of available risk capital to keep the real… Read More

Germany: Blockchain Industry Representatives Meet with Bundestag to Work on Common Sense Regulation

It has been a few choppy weeks in Germany for the blockchain / digital asset industry. Last month, a German court ruled that Bitcoin was not a financial instrument. The case centered around an enterprising teenager who launched a Bitcoin exchange five years ago. He was… Read More

First Crypto Exchange Enforcement Action: SEC Settles Charges with Zach Coburn & EtherDelta Regarding Operation of an Unregistered Exchange

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges against Zachary Coburn, the founder of EtherDelta, a cryptocurrency exchange. This is the SEC’s first enforcement action against a crypto exchange and marks a noted shift in the Commission’s dealing with secondary transactions of digital assets. The SEC… Read More

Crowdfunding Real Estate Platform RealtyShares to Shut Down as Money Runs Out

RealtyShares, one of the more promising entrants in the once-hot real estate crowdfunding sector, is shutting down, according to several sources. A write up in the RealDeal from earlier today said the investment platform had been unable to raise additional growth capital as investors failed to… Read More

Future Digital Bank & P2P Lender Zopa Raises £60 Million, Plans for Expansion [u]

Zopa, the UK’s largest consumer peer to peer lending platform, has closed on a £60 million funding round – its largest capital raise to date. This most recent funding round was partially announced back in August when Zopa reported it had raised £44 million. The new capital… Read More

Attorney on SEC & Crypto Asset Marketplaces: “By Not Allowing Intermediaries They Are Stifling Innovation”

Recently, at the StartEngine Summit during LA Blockchain Week, CI had the chance to sit down with prominent securities attorney Linda Lerner. Lerner is Senior Counsel at Crowell Moring and a veteran lawyer with deep experience and expertise in securities issuance and regulation of stock exchanges…. Read More

France is Ready to Lead the Crypto Revolution: French Treasury Department Shares Perspective on PACTE Law, Initial Coin Offerings

France is positioning itself as a jurisdiction of preference for initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Europe. The government is in the midst of finalizing legislation, under the PACTE Law,  that will regulate ICOs. While several other European countries have moved forward with specific legislation designed… Read More

Crowdfunded Electric Car Uniti Plans Crowdcube Campaign as it Expands into UK

Uniti, an electric car that was developed in Sweden, is planning to raise capital on Crowdcube as it expands into the United Kingdom. In 2016, Uniti sold equity on FundedByMe a valuation of €9.8 million. The following year, Uniti launched a self-crowdfunding campaign that received the backing… Read More

SEC Annual Enforcement Report Sees “Diverse Mix” of Enforcement Actions, Comments on Crypto: Many Ongoing Investigations

On Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Enforcement, issued their annual report updating on fiscal 2018 enforcement actions. According to the report, 2018 was a busy year as more than 821 enforcement actions occurred, representing a “diverse mix” of securities law transgressions…. Read More

StartEngine Summit: Are Security Tokens the Future of Crypto?

The StartEngine Summit entitled “Tokenizing the World” took place in Santa Monica during LA Blockchain week this October. StartEngine, one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the US, focused most of the conference on the future of crypto and securities issued on the blockchain. As… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Launches Blockchain-based Trade Finance Platform TradeConnect The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (hereinafter referred to as the HKMA) announced on October 31st that it had launched a blockchain-based trade finance platform TradeConnect, in order to facilitate cross-border trade and related research. TradeConnect… Read More

Malaysia Adds Property Crowdfunding, Digital Tokens & Exchanges as Key Budget Priorities for 2019

In the 2019 budget speech by the Malaysia Minister of Finance, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the government introduced capital market measures designed to reinforce the role of tech in driving the economy. Lim explained: “We need to create an environment for our human talent… Read More

Crowdcube Has Now Helped to Raise Capital for Three UK Unicorns

UK Unicorns Monzo, BrewDog & Revolut are Crowdcube Alumni UK’s largest investment crowdfunding platform by volume Crowdcube has now helped to raise capital for three separate unicorns aka firms that have attained a valuation of $ 1 billion or more. Crowdcube pointed to this fact… Read More

All You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency Wallets

A lot of people think of their cryptocurrency wallet as merely a digitized version of a real wallet that is used for storing funds. However, it doesn’t actually store cryptocurrencies. Rather, it saves a pair of public and private keys that grant access to one’s digital belongings. In a nutshell, a public key is a… Read More

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