Politics, Legal & Regulation

Cleveland Federal Reserve Pulls Document Critical of Peer to Peer Lending as Critics Question Research Methodology

Earlier this month Crowdfund Insider posted a research report published by the Cleveland Federal Reserve that was highly critical of the peer to peer lending industry (marketplace lending) in the US. The report, authored by Yuliya Demyanyk at the Cleveland Federal Reserve, Elena Loutskina at the University… 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

Florida Law Firm Files Class Action Against Tezos ICO

The Tezos Initial Coin Offering (ICO) has been hit with another class action filing, this time in Florida. Filed by the law firm of Silver Miller in Coral Springs, the legal action is on behalf of plaintiff Alejandro Gaviria. The suit names founders Kathleen and… Read More

Japan Blockchain Alliance Provides Guidance on ICOs

The Japan Blockchain Alliance (JBA) has published guidance for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) for sales to residents of Japan. The JBA said there was a misconception regarding ICOs sold to Japanese citizens as there are no existing regulations or, alternatively no Japanese laws apply if… Read More

ESMA Comments on ICOs Warning Investors but Draws No Bright Line Guidance on Security Question

  The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) spoke up this week on the hot topic of Initial Coin Offerings. The ESMA published two different documents: The first targeted the risks of ICOs for investors. The second addressed issuers and applicable rules. Located in Paris, the ESMA… Read More

The SEC Posts Agenda & Panelists for Annual Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted the agenda and panelists for the 36th annual Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The annual gathering has been held at the SEC HQ in Washington, DC in past years but this event will be… Read More

SEC Halts Ad Packs Ponzi Scam that Raised Over $38 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted a complaint, filed in September, against Miami-based Pedro Fort Berbel and his company Fort Marketing Group. The SEC says that Berbel and his company operated  a Ponzi scheme that used a fraudulent internet advertising scam under such names… Read More

CFPB Guns for Think Finance. Files Suit Alleging Consumer Deception in Repaying Loans Not Legally Owned

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed suit in federal court against Think Finance, a Fintech that leverages its technology to power online lending platforms. Think Finance provides software technology, analytics, loan servicing, and marketing services. The CFPB says the suit was filed for… 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

Here is the ICO Consultation Document by Autorités Des Marchés Financiers in France (in English)

The French Autorités Des Marchés Financiers (AMF) announced a consultation on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) at the end of the October. Crowdfund Insider published the document when it was first announced. Today, we are sharing an English version that may be consumed by a wider audience…. Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Publishes Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published a document providing guidance on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Entitled “a Guide to Digital Token Offerings,” the document seeks to clarify when an ICO is in fact a security, and thus regulated and the application of securities… Read More

FINRA Moves to Boost Transparency & Communication with Member Firms

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has revealed several changes to its advisory committees. These changes are designed to increase transparency around the committees and improve their effectiveness as a vehicle for firms to provide input on key issues before FINRA. The move is part… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Approves Legislation to Help Keep Lending Partnerships Between Banks and Online Lenders

The House Financial Services Committee has approved HR 3299 or the “Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017.” The bill “restores consistency” in lending laws across state boundaries. HR 3299 impacts the case of Midland Funding, LLC v. Madden – an ongoing law suit… Read More

Richard Cordray to Step Down as CFPB Director By the End of November

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), announced he would be stepping down from his position by the end of November. Prior to joining the Bureau, Cordray served as Ohio’s Attorney General and is notably the first director of the CFPB.  Cordray… Read More

Utility Token Offerings: Anguilla Leads Way with New Cryptocurrency Registration Regulations

The Government of Anguilla announced its plan to enact the first cryptocurrency regulatory regime for registration of initial offerings of specified categories of cryptocurrency.  The law, called the Anguilla Utility Token Offering Act (or AUTO Act), establishes the world’s first registration process for an offering… Read More

ADGM Named “The Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)”… Again: A Recap of the Centre’s Numerous 2017 Fintech Contributions

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, is awarded “The Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)” for 2nd consecutive year by the Global Investor/ISF publication at the annual MENA Capital Markets Summit & Awards in Dubai. This accolade, presided by… Read More

Fresh from $30M ICO, Blackmoon Crypto Aligns with Allen & Overy

Blackmoon Crypto, a fintech blockchain-based company that raised $30 million during its ICO for its BMC token in September, has linked with global law firm Allen & Overy LLP to help establish the legal infrastructure that will serve as the backbone for Blackmoon’s crypto and… Read More

Perspective: How to Fix the UK Housing Market

All eyes are on the UK’s property market since the Bank of England announced its first increase in the base rate since July 2007.  The question on everyone’s lips: how will the market react? After a decade of historically low rates homeowners have become relaxed… 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