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Mastercard Expands Strategic Global Partnership With Marqeta

Marqeta, a fintech unicorn that claims to be the first global modern card issuing platform, and Mastercard announced on Thursday they have extended global partnership to expand into new geographies, open access to new products, and launch additional card programs together. The duo reported they… Read More

CrowdStreet Provides Unique Perspective into Real Estate Crowdfunding: We feel that we are experiencing our “Zoom” moment

CrowdStreet: COVID Will Accelerate Trends Already in Place Real estate investing has been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis – as it has many other industries. In the online investing sector, many platforms have reported a rapid decline in activity during the early days… Read More

Payments Technology & Software Solutions Provider Global Payments Announces Multi-Year Agreement with Wells Fargo Bank

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions, announced on Tuesday its Issuer Solutions business, TSYS, has renewed its agreement with Wells Fargo Bank. Through the agreement,  TSYS will continue to provide a range of processing and support services… Read More

Who is Against Expanding the Definition of an Accredited Investor?

It should be obvious to most everyone that the current definition of an Accredited Investor not only disenfranchises the vast majority of the population it is not really an effective proxy to evaluate an individual’s ability to assess risk and the opportunity affiliated with private… Read More

Anna Pinedo, Partner at Mayer Brown, Comments on Possible Update to Regulation S-K

Tomorrow, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will reveal any changes to Regulation S-K. A proposal by the Commission was introduced in 2019. According to the meeting notice, the Commission will consider: “whether to adopt amendments to modernize the description of business, legal proceedings, and… Read More

CBDC: China’s Digital Currency Live in the Wild

It is no secret that China has long been working on a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Today, there is a video circulating on Twitter of an individual using the digital RMB.   China is starting to test the Digital RMB and educate its citizens…. Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Posts Agenda for August Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee has posted its agenda for its upcoming meeting scheduled for August 4th. The SEC states that the Committee will focus its agenda on how capital markets are serving underrepresented founders, including minorities and… Read More

Gate.io Announces Upgraded Version of IEO Platform; Projects Raise $46 Million in 2020

Global digital asset exchange, Gate.io, recently announced it has released an upgraded version of its IEO platform, Startup 2.0. The platform also revealed that KardiaChain and Meter, the two projects that launched their IEOs on Startup in 2020, have already raised more than $46 million… Read More

King of the Hill: StartEngine Claims it Raised More Under Reg CF in Q2 Than Any Other Funding Portal

StartEngine claims that it raised more money under Reg CF than any other platform during Q2. Reg CF (or Regulation Crowdfunding) enables a company to raise up to $1.07 million from both accredited or non-accredited investors. The offering must be hosted on a FINRA regulated… Read More

Coconut Tops Crowdfunding Target, Closes Securities Offer at £2.45 Million

Coconut, an accounting and business finance app, has topped its offering target on Crowdcube.  Coconut originally sought £700,000 at a pre-money valuation of £12 million. In the end, Coconut closed the securities offer at £2,456,286 backed by 3037 individual investors. Coconut has raised growth capital… Read More

Mainvest CEO Calls US Paycheck Protection Program a Failure: “the small business relief money didn’t go to the right people”

Nick Mathews, CEO of Mainvest – a FINRA regulated funding portal offering securities under Reg CF, believes that the highly touted and popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), launched by the US Government to backstop the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been ineffective in getting money… Read More

UK Fintech Wagestream Secures £20 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Northzone

Wagestream, a UK-based fintech, announced on Tuesday it has secured £20 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by Northzone with participation from Balderton Capital, QED Investors, LocalGlobe, Fair By Design, Jigsaw VC, and Village Global. Founded in 2018, Wagestream explains it… Read More

HM Treasury Update Shows Ongoing Rise of COVID-19 Support Schemes, Bounce Back Loans Top One Million, Future Fund at £380 Million

  HM Treasury has posted its weekly update on its COVID-19 business support schemes and as one would expect the numbers continue to push higher. HM Treasury reports that more than one million businesses have been approved to receive £45 billion in financing support. In… Read More

Insurtech LeaseLock Milestone: Insured Leases Totals More Than $300 Million in Value

LeaseLock, an insurtech that provides totally eliminates security deposits, surety bonds and guarantors in rental housing, recently announced it has insured leases totaling more than $300 million in value. As previously reported, LeaseLock’s Zero Deposit allows renters to pay a lower monthly fee starting at… Read More

LendingClub Report: We are observing resilience on the platform

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has published a blog post and affiliated 8-K updating on platform performance during a challenging market pummeled by COVID-19. During the last earnings report, LendingClub reported loan originations down in April by a whopping 90%. Today’s missive is a bit more optimistic as… Read More

Digital Asset Derivatives Platform ZUBR Receives “In Principle” Approval from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

ZUBR, a digital asset platform to arbitrage using derivatives, has received “in-principle” approval from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) to be authorized as a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) provider. ZUBR targets a more sophisticated user that may use algorithmic trading. ZUBR’s client-base is said to… Read More

EstateGuru Opens £2 Million Crowdfunding Round on Seedrs, Quickly Tops Minimum Hurdle

EstateGuru, an online marketplace for loans secured by property, has quickly topped its minimum crowdfunding hurdle on Seedrs. EstateGuru set a minimum raise of €350,000 but as of today, the Fintech has raised over €483,000 from 548 individual investors. EstateGuru is hoping to raise €2… Read More

Telegram to Refund Money from GRAM ICO? Perhaps.

Last Thursday, a letter posted on the Russian website of SmartLab said that Telegram will offer GRAM purchasers the option to receive their money back as the deadline for the issuance of the tokens had passed. Telegram has been in an ongoing legal battle with… Read More

As Confusion Swirls Regarding PPP, FinCEN Provides FAQ Regarding BSA Requirements

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the elements of the CARES Act designed to help the US SME sector that has been demolished by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been lauded in its intent but criticized in its execution. Confusion continues as banks struggle to… Read More

SEC Provides Temporary Relief for BDCs Investing in SMEs

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that it is providing temporary, conditional exemptive relief for business development companies (BDCs) to enable them to make additional investments in small and medium-sized businesses. The SEC pointed out that this included firms affected by COVID-19. BDCs invest… Read More

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