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Terminated: Merger Between Seedrs and Crowdcube is Cancelled; Seedrs Announces New Funding

Yesterday it was reported that the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had provisionally decided to not allow the merger between Seedrs and Crowdcube. The two securities crowdfunding platforms combined were seen as dominating online capital formation for early-stage ventures to the point it would… Read More

M&A Attorney Lawrence C. Lee at Baker McKenzie: “We will likely experience continuing consolidation in the Fintech sector”

Lawrence C. Lee is a top merger and acquisitions attorney operating in the Fintech sector. A partner at Baker McKenzie and based in Palo Alto, Lee was previously in-house counsel for Coinbase where he led strategic transactions and investments. More recently, Lee and his team… Read More

Cryptoassets: Hey Teachers, Don’t Leave Us Kids Alone

CryptoUK issued a clarion call to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK financial and anti-money laundering (AML) regulator, demanding that FCA grant licenses as prescribed by AML rules.  Too many applications have gone unanswered since those rules came into effect over one year ago. … Read More

What Did We Learn from the House Financial Services Committee Hearing on GameStop/Reddit/Robinhood?

This past week, the House Committee on Financial Services held part two of three anticipated hearings on the GameStop/Reddit/Robinhood saga. As most people are aware, in recent months a short-squeeze caused shares in GameStop (NYSE:GME) to jump dramatically higher compelling short sellers to purchase shares… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Imposes Further Restrictions on Online Consumer Loans for College Students Over the past few years, some internet finance platforms have targeted college campuses and made inductive marketing through cooperation with technology companies. Such practices led some students into excessive consumption and even debt traps…. Read More

EU Draft Documents Surface Addressing Distributed Ledger Technology, Crypto-Assets

  Two draft documents by the European Parliament, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, addressing distributed ledger technology (DLT or blockchain) as well as crypto-assets have emerged. The first is a draft document on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of… Read More

Republic CEO Kendrick Nguyen Posts Letter Commenting on $36 Million Series A, Platform Raises More in One Day than All of 2018

Earlier today Republic announced a material $36 million Series A funding round led by Galaxy Interactive. The additional capital arrives at a key time as two crowdfunding exemptions have had their funding caps boosted to higher amounts – thus making crowdfunding platforms more viable going… Read More

Republic Receives $36 Million Series A Funding Led by Galaxy Interactive

Republic, a top funding portal and broker-dealer providing online capital formation to early-stage ventures, has closed on a $36 million Series A funding round, according to a note from the company. The funding was led by Galaxy Interactive with participation by Tribe Capital, Motley Fool… Read More

Are NFTs the New ICO? Could NFTs be Deemed Securities? A Top Digital Asset Attorney Explains

It is hard not to know something about the booming Non-Fungible Token or NFT market. Following Beeple’s sale of a digital work of art “Everydays—The First 5000 Days,” auctioned by Christie’s for a whopping $69 million, NFTs officially became a “thing” with non-stop coverage on… Read More

Social Investment Network eToro to Go Public in SPAC Deal Via FinTech Acquisition Corp. V, Valuation Pegged at $10.4 Billion

  eToro, a digital investment platform, has announced it will become a publicly-traded company in a SPAC deal via FinTech Acquisition Corp. V (NASDAQ: FTCV). The deal includes a $650 million common share private placement from investors including ION Investment Group, Softbank Vision Fund 2,… Read More

The Under-Appreciated Significance of Coinbase Going Public

Once the Coinbase registration statement becomes effective and Coinbase shares trade publicly, a sea change will have occurred in the US without most people recognizing it.  Part of that unacknowledged difference will be the broader awareness of blockchain and cryptoasset trading it brings. It is… Read More

As Fintech Industry Matures, the Need for Policy Advocacy Grows: OLPI and MPL Merge to Form American Fintech Council

Financial technology or Fintech has been growing at a rapid pace for years now. Starting with online capital formation, today a growing number of sophisticated financial services are going through a much-needed. digital transformation. This can mean better/cheaper access to services for more consumers and… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

E-signature Service Provider Fadada Completes 900-million -yuan D round financing led by Tencent  On March 11th, Chinese leading e-signature service provider Fadada declared the completion of a 900-million-yuan D round of financing. The investment was led by Tencent, followed by ZWC Partners and Centurium Capital…. Read More

Wow. Beeple NFT Sells for $69 Million on Christie’s

Beeple’s the First 5000 Days has sold for $69,346,250 on Christie’s today. The NFT (non-fungible token) represents a record for digital art and as one Tweet reports one of the most expensive art auctions of all time. According to the Lot Essay, in May 2007,… Read More

New Reg CF Funding Portals Emerge as Funding Cap is Poised to Jump from $1.07 Million to $5 Million

The number of FINRA regulated funding portals continues to move higher in advance of the increase in the funding cap of Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). On March 15, 2020, it is expected that issuers will be able to raise $5 million using Reg CF –… Read More

SoFi to Acquire Golden Pacific Bancorp, Gains Bank Charter to Boost Fintech Services

SoFi has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Golden Pacific Bancorp, Inc. (OTCPK: GPBI) a Sacramento, California-based community bank that is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The bank reportedly holds approximately $150 million in assets so it was quite… Read More

European Banking Authority Publishes Document Addressing Crowdfunding and Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing Risk

The European Banking Authority has published a document that addresses anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CFT) when it comes to crowdfunding. The guidelines for crowdfunding platforms are incorporated into the Final Report “on customer due diligence and the factors credit and financial institutions should… Read More

VC Firm Thomvest Talks Fintech: “Increasingly Complex Financial Transactions Are Moving Online”

Thomvest is a VC firm that is heavy into Fintech with investments in firms like SoFi and Figure or Kabbage and Creditjusto. Several investments (IE Kabbage and SoFi) have been successfully exited, while others remain portfolio companies. Overall, Thomvest touts 9 investments in unicorns and… Read More

Alchemy Founder Timothy Li: “I should be able to grant credit to someone in Uruguay without blinking an eye”

Digital transformation in financial services continues to occur at a break-neck pace. Initially, it was online capital formation, debt and equity, that encouraged entrepreneurs to challenge establishment finance. Today, Fintech is taking over all aspects of financial services. As incumbents struggle to keep pace and… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Chinese Fintech Companies Need to Meet Capital Adequacy Requirements with a Maximum of Two Years On March 2nd, Guo Shuqing, Chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said at a press conference of the Information Office of the State Council that Chinese… Read More

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