Tagged: broker-dealer

Voyager Digital Completes Acquisition of Registered Broker-Dealer VYGR Digital

Voyager Digital Ltd. (CSE: VYGR) (OTC Pink: VYGVF) (FRA: UCD2) announced earlier this week it has completed its acquisition of VYGR Digital Securities, LLC. Voyager Digital reported that the acquisition cements its position as a broker-dealer on the Voyager Platform, which was claimed to be… Read More

US-based Digital Asset Brokerage Firm BitOoda Acquires $7 Million via Seed Round Including Contributions from Former JPMorgan Exec

US-headquartered digital asset brokerage firm BitOoda has acquired $7 million in capital from several large investors including a former senior investment executive at JPMorgan, the world’s sixth-largest bank. Established in 2017, BitOoda is an established crypto-asset financial services provider that aims to leverage applied science… Read More

BnkToTheFuture Invests in Broker Dealer BMI Capital

BnkToTheFuture alongside Coinstreet Partners has invested in US Broker-Dealer BMI Capital, according to a company release. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. BnkToTheFuture said it plans to bring security tokens to institutional investors in both the US and Asia facilitated by the BMI Capital…. Read More

Harbor Gains Approval as SEC Registered Transfer Agent to Expand Scope of Digital Securities Services

Harbor has received regulatory approval to operate an SEC-registered transfer agent, according to a company release. Habor recently received approval to receive a Broker-Dealer License from FINRA. The approval will help expand Harbor’s digital securities services including Reg A+, alternative assets and other traditional capital… Read More

Broker Dealer Watchdog Capital Announces Platform that Supports Digital Securities as it Embraces Blockchain Technology

FINRA regulated Broker-Dealer Watchdog Capital believes in the future of blockchain-powered digital securities. Watchdog in a release said distributed ledger technology will soon “transform global capital markets.” The firm says that rather than fight the rising digital tied it plans to build a platform that… Read More

StartEngine 2.0: Crowdfunding Platform Becomes Broker Dealer

Crowdfunding Platform Tops $100 Million in Funding StartEngine, one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in the US, has been approved as a broker-dealer. Following 18 months of working with regulators, Broker-Dealer StartEngine Primary, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. and is registered… Read More

Gemini Applies for Broker Dealer License as it Moves Towards Tokenized Securities

Gemini, a New York-licensed cryptocurrency exchange owned by the Winklevoss twins, is seeking a broker-dealer license to sell tokenized securities from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an unnamed source has told CoinDesk. In doing so, Gemini is seeking to go beyond providing regulated cryptocurrency trades… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform Silicon Prairie is Approved as a State Regulated Broker Dealer (No FINRA Oversight)

Silicon Prairie, an investment crowdfunding platform that offers securities as a Reg CF portal as well as under intrastate securities exemptions, is now a broker-dealer. But Silicon Prairie is not required to be regulated by FINRA as it has received approval to operate under the… Read More

NextSeed Becomes a Broker Dealer. Looks to Expand Offerings Beyond Reg CF [u]

NextSeed, a FINRA regulated funding portal issuing securities under Reg CF, has become a broker-dealer. In an email distributed to its community, NextSeed announced the change in strategy for its investment crowdfunding platform. The announcement was joined by a site re-design and the addition of… Read More

Additional Info on Circle’s Acquisition of Poloniex Indicates Crypto Exchange will Soon Register as Broker Dealer & ATS

  Circle’s acquisition of cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex was big news today. The combination of the two platforms may create a powerful payments / money transfer / digital currency exchange with a global presence. Simultaneously, questions crocked up about Poloniex’s exchange site that is operating without… 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

StartEngine Update: Equity Crowdfunding Platform Now Seeking to Sell Securities in All 50 States Without A Broker-Dealer

Earlier this week, StartEngine announced it is now aiming to sell securities in all 50 states without a broker-dealer. This news comes less than a month after the equity crowdfunding platform filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $5 million in common equity… Read More

Minimizing Potential Litigation & Regulatory Risks for Crowdfunding Platforms

Crowdfunding regulations were enacted with the goal of providing small businesses access to capital without imposing arduous registration and disclosure burdens.[i]  In that regard, the regulations have shown significant promise. Commentators have rightfully highlighted the substantial benefits to both issuers and investors based on their… Read More

SEC Issues Cease & Desist Order To “EB-5” Investment Companies For Acting As Unregistered Broker-Dealers: This Matters to the Crowdfunding Industry

  Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued  a Cease and Desist Order (the “Order” embedded below) against two related companies for acting as unregistered broker-dealers in connection with the sale of securities under the “EB-5” Investor Program (also sometimes referred to… Read More

Michigan Seeks to Create New Type of Broker Dealer

Michigan has been one of the states at the forefront of allowing intrastate investment crowdfunding to occur as Title III retail crowdfunding remains in a regulatory holding pattern.  The state has found capable champions in the legislature and within the business community making crowdfunding a… Read More

EquityNet Partners With Crowdnetic & North Private Capital Securities On Deal Network

EquityNet has announced a partnership with Dow Jones MarketWatch via Crowdnetic and North Capital Private Securities that seeks to allow issuers to “showcase their private offerings” on MarketWatch, CrowdWatch and other crowdfunding platforms. Privately-held businesses can use EquityNet’s new distribution network and patented technology to showcase… Read More

Daniel Gorfine: Crowdfunding Is Missing The Crowd

Daniel Gorfine is the Director of Financial Markets Policy at the Milken Institute. He has long been a balanced, pragmatic voice in the crowdfunding conversation, which is why his recent piece in Washington Monthly should be cause for concern. It’s important to note that the… Read More

Broker-Dealer Solution for Crowdfunding Portals cTrade Launched

CommunityLeader and Benjamin & Jerald have  jointly announced  the launch of cTrade—as an accredited and authorized broker-dealer solution for crowdfunding portals. cTrade was designed to support the online solicitation and sale of securities in today’s regulatory environment, and will be fully prepared to support portals… Read More

For broker/dealers, crowdfunding presents new opportunity

  While start-up owners eagerly await the Securities and Exchange Commission’s regulations for crowdfunding, a handful of broker/dealers are racing to be the first to capi­tal­ize on the phenomenon.   An exemption in the Securities Act allows start-ups to conduct a version of crowdfunding today — as long… Read More

Equity Crowdfunders: Mind What You Tweet And Pay Attention To Disclosure

As we approach the dawn of equity crowdfunding in the US, one of the challenges portals will eventually face has to do with educating their entrepreneurs about how to stay on the right side of the SEC. Specifically, I want to talk about the difference… Read More

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