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Anthony Zeoli Named to National Law Journal’s List of Crypto, Blockchain & Fintech Trailblazers

Anthony Zeoli, a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP and long time CI Senior Contributor, has been named to the National Law Journal’s (NLJ’s) list of Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazers. NLJ says the attorneys on their list are individuals who truly have “moved the needle” in… Read More

JOBS Act 3.0: Breaking Down Highlights of The  “JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018”

Earlier this month the House Financial Services Committee unveiled a new bill aimed at fostering increased private investment. The “JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018,” as the bill is titles, is actually a compilation of 32 individual bills. While the complete list of the… Read More

Focusing on the How, Not the What: Making Sense of Recent SEC Guidance on Crypto Assets

Through a triad of recent releases/interviews, the SEC has further clarified how it views the offering and sale of crypto assets. These guidance materials provide some really good insight on the SEC’s thinking with respect to its treatment of crypto assets; including some bright line… Read More

The Sometimes Dubious Practice of ICO Advisors

The world of initial coin offering (ICO) investing is chock full of peril and risk, as well as opportunity. Purchasing a tokenized asset has become a trip to Vegas-like event as investors attempt to discern which ICO will rise and which offering will quickly plummet…. Read More

Initial Coin Offerings: Why the SAFT is DEAD …

Investment in the cryptocurrency industry is currently dominated by the use of Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs). While SAFTs were a somewhat novel approach when they were introduced, now that cryptocurrency assets have become almost universally deemed “securities” by the SEC, the use of… Read More

Initial Coin Offering Attorneys Beware, You Could Be Next!

Following the SEC’s recent initial subpoena offerings (pun intended) targeting initial coin offering (ICO) issuers, many believe the SEC might now turn its sights toward some of the gatekeepers involved in the subject ICOs, including the attorneys. Some attorneys practicing in the ICO space have… Read More

CERES Coin Files to Raise $20 Million ICO for Blockchain based Cannabis Transaction Network

CERES Coin has filed a Form D with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicating its intent to raise up to $20 million to launch a “Blockchain based transaction network for the legal Cannabis industry.” Ceres’ initial coin offering (ICO) seeks to provide a solution… Read More

Priming the ICO Pump: Don’t Get Sucked In

If you’ve been under a rock for the last year or so, you might not know that “initial coin offerings” or ICOs are the hottest thing in the financial market today. As if the fact that the overwhelming majority of ICOs aren’t regulated in any… Read More

State of the States: An Updated Analysis of Current Intrastate Crowdfunding Options

While Regulation (Title III) Crowdfunding continues to get all of the attention, the overwhelming majority of states currently have some form of “intrastate” retail crowdfunding laws already in effect; many of which offer significantly more favorable terms to issuers and investors than the federal rules…. Read More

Vanishing IPOs: A Discussion Of The Causes, Cures & Implications

In a recent testimony to the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Scott Kupor, CEO & Managing Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a $6.5 billion multi-stage venture capital firm, gave an amazingly comprehensive and concise description of today’s vanishing IPO market, the… Read More

Point of View: Regulating The Fintech Revolution

What was previously a relatively innocuous industry sector, the financial technology (or “Fintech”) industry has exploded over the past few years. With the litany of new Fintech startups and existing Fintech businesses, and even Fintech specific incubators and accelerators popping up, the Fintech revolution is… Read More

Chicago Rising: New Entry to List of Fintech Hubs is Important Gain for the Windy City

Deloitte’s recent report on Fintech Hubs entitled A tale of 44 cities – Connecting Global FinTech: Interim Hub Review 2017 indicated that London remained at the top of the list with Singapore closely behind it and obviously hoping to become number one. But alongside the original 20… Read More

The Invest in America Act: Supporting Entrepreneurs & Innovation While Empowering Everyday Americans

  First off, we all owe Tony a debt of gratitude for actually drafting this set of regulations. Legislative drafting is yeoman’s work especially when it comes to tax law. This new legislation solves for two extremely important problems in the U.S. economy and society…. Read More

Calling All Would-be Angels: “Invest In America Act” Bill Could Help You Find Your Wings

Start-ups and small businesses represent the heart of the American economy and fostering this sector is integral to continued innovation and job growth in the U.S.  Access to capital however, is always a critical issue for these types of businesses and angel investors often represent… Read More

Ohio is Preparing Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules

Ohio is next on the list to consider intrastate crowdfunding legislation. If the current bill passes (HB 10), Ohio will join 30+ states that have already signed legislation into law that allows for raising capital online for businesses based in their states. Today, issuers have… Read More

Illinois Crowdfunding Starting Strong in 2017

While it took longer than expected to get here, Crowdfunding for Illinois businesses is now officially up and running and its full steam ahead. To mark the occasion, a joint press conference was held yesterday at local incubator 1871 which I was privileged to be… Read More

Indiegogo Enters Equity Crowdfunding Sector with Partner MicroVentures: New Investors Welcome

  Indiegogo, the trend-setting international crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition, has launched a new equity crowdfunding portal with MicroVentures allowing anyone to invest in startups and growing companies. By utilizing new equity crowdfunding regulations that took effect in May, the new service provides… Read More

Vestlo Lists “First” Intrastate Crowdfunding Offer in Illinois

VestLo is an intrastate crowdfunding platform operating in Illinois. It was set up in 2015 by Howard Orloff and Hector Robles. Anthony Zeoli, a Crowdfund Insider Senior Contributor and Chicago based attorney, has advised the firm on its operation. Zeoli is also the main author… Read More

Massive Rule 147 Amendments May Be On The Horizon Impacting Intrastate Crowdfunding

Almost a year ago, the SEC proposed certain amendments to the current Rule 147 which were intended to help foster, and increase the viability of, Intrastate crowdfunding. While little has been heard about these amendments since their release (except from Intrastate proponents like me of… Read More

There are Now 17 Registered Reg CF Platforms. Can they be Sustained?

Reg CF investment crowdfunding (Title III of the JOBS Act) has only been actionable since May of this year. At the end of May, there were 10 FINRA/SEC approved Regulation CF platforms with only a handful listing live investment opportunities. The approved platforms at the… Read More

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