Politics, Legal & Regulation

Finding Profit in Underinvested People & Places: Venture Capital & Crowdfunding for Community & Economic Development

  Millions of Americans rely on domestic discretionary spending appropriated by the U.S. Federal Government, including everything from affordable housing and education to the arts. Agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development provide programs and services that impact neighborhoods and communities across… Read More

ICOs & Fintech are Topic of Focus at IOSCO Growth and Emerging Markets Committee Meeting

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) held a meeting this past week of the Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee. This committee is the largest within IOSCO, representing over 75% of their membership. Ranjit Ajit Singh, Chairman, Securities Commission, Malaysia, and Vice Chair of… Read More

SEC IAC Publishes Agenda for Next Meeting Including Blockchain Panel

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published the agenda for the upcoming Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting scheduled for October 12th. The meeting may be a bit more interesting as there is a panel scheduled to discuss Blockchain utilization or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)… Read More

Fraud: CFTC Charges Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme in Enforcement Action

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Defendants Nicholas Gelfman, of Brooklyn, New York, and Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI), charging the duo with fraud, misappropriation, and issuing… Read More

UK – Hong Kong Love In: UK Government to Host Best of British Innovation in HK

Fintech Bridge is Topic of Focus The UK government will host a “GREAT Festival of Innovation” in Hong Kong to showcase UK innovation and technology to the world. The announcement was shared by International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox today. Total bilateral trade between the UK… Read More

Insurtech: FCA & Hong Kong Insurance Authority to Cooperate on Fintech

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has entered into a co-operation agreement with the Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) designed to enhance collaboration in supporting Fintech innovation.  The FCA explains the agreement includes information sharing and mutual referrals of Fintech firms looking to enter into either… Read More

We All Get Hacked: SEC Chair Clayton Comments on 2016 Intrusion into EDGAR

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement today tackling the importance of cybersecurity and detailing the agency’s approach to cybersecurity as an organization and as a regulatory body. The pronouncement comes at a time following the revelation of the massive Equifax hack that has put… Read More

ASIC Releases Guidance on Crowdfunding in Australia which Commences on September 29th

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has just released guidance for public companies and crowdfunding platform operators to support them in using the new “crowd-sourced funding (CSF)” regime. The updated rules kick off on 29 September 2017. While rules only apply to public companies,… Read More

Legal Guidance on ICOs? Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will Publish Recommendations Soon

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the hot crowdfunding market that uses tokenized securities based on cryptocurrencies, is still looking to gain its sea legs. While there have been multiple phenomenal ICOs, like the recent Filecoin home-run that raised over $200 million ($135 million in just one… Read More

ADGM, IFC Abu Dhabi & KPMG Cite Shortlist for October’s FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with KPMG, announced that 11 outstanding global FinTech firms have been shortlisted for the inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge in October.  The selected firms are currently undergoing an intensive five-week… Read More

Hogan Lovells Launches FCA Authorisation Tool for Fintechs

Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, is showcasing its recently launched Hogan Lovells “Engage”: Authorization Tool. The new Regtech application aims to guide Fintech startups through the process of authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The tool is free to use on the Hogan Lovells… Read More

FCA Publishes PSD2 Approach

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published their approach to the EU directive known as PSD2.  This directive defines the requirements for firms that provide payment services and impacts a wide range of financial service firms including Fintechs. PSD2 ostensibly aims to improve consumer… Read More

Mexico Prepares Legal Framework to Regulate Fintech

Earlier this month, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared that, “Today, one of the challenges we have, and perhaps an instrument to ensure further development, is financial inclusion”. Fintech is viewed as the way to provide better services to the masses. President Peña Nieto announced… Read More

SEC Investor Advisory Committee to Meet in October, Blockchain on the Agenda

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) has scheduled its next meeting at SEC HQ for October 12th. The meeting is open to the public but the SEC always live streams the proceedings on the SEC web site. According to the announcement… Read More

The Dubai Financial Services Authority Signs MOU with Lebanon’s Capital Markets Authority

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lebanon’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA). The agreement is said to enhance information sharing and cooperation around supervisory issues, further extending the existing relationship between the two markets. DFSA has recently been… Read More

Lock ‘Em Up: Ezubao Fraudsters Sent to Prison for Largest P2P Lending Scam Ever

Ezubao executives are looking at doing some hard time following the conclusion of proceedings at Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Peoples Court. Ezubao maintains the ignominious record of the largest peer to peer lending fraud ever. The Ponzi scheme has been estimated at pilfering over $7.7… Read More

Here is the No Action Letter by the CFPB Regarding Upstart’s Request

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued its first no action letter to online letter Upstart. At the time of the request by Upstart, the online lender had facilitated over 80,000 loans totaling over $1 billion ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 with a term of… Read More

Did Lending Just Change for Good?

Bank lending regulations have rarely been thought of as dynamic or exciting but last night’s ruling by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to allow a lender to begin using alternative data in their underwriting could herald the beginning of a new era in lending… Read More

ASIC Publishes Response on Innovation Hub & Regtech

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is out with a report responding to feedback on their Innovation Hub and Regtech in general. ASIC sought feedback on their overall approach and establishing a new Regtech liaison group. ASIC received 19 responses from Fintech businesses and technology companies,… Read More

US Senate Passes Three Bills that Benefit Small Business & Capital Formation

The US Senate has passed several key pieces of legislation that boost access to capital and help startups and small businesses. All three bills received broad bipartisan support. While the bills were quickly passed via a voice vote in the Senate, the bills received heavy… Read More