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SPAC Market Cools in 2022, Meanwhile the SEC Has Proposed New Rules that May Undermine SPACs Further

Last year was a big one for the SPAC [special purpose acquisition company] market. Reportedly, 613 SPAC offerings were floated on an exchange easily topping 420 traditional initial public offerings. Since the beginning of 2022, SPAC offerings have slowed to around 62 so far. SPACs… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding: The Importance of Securities Compliance with Online Capital Formation

The Importance of Compliance. Under the JOBS Act 0f 2012, online capital formation – or investment crowdfunding, became legal in the US. Three exemptions were created that enabled firms to raise money online to fund a company by selling securities. The legislation created Regulation Crowdfunding… Read More

With “Looming” Regulatory Enforcement, Compliant NFT Securitization Comes “Front and Center” with GUARDD, Dalmore and PPEX

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is watching. It likely will not be long before the first enforcement action against a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) issuer is announced. The 80+ enforcement actions the regulators have taken to date on cryptocurrency, digital assets, and Initial Coin… Read More

SPACs Have Big Year in 2021. What’s Next for 2022?

Doug Ellenoff of Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole Shares Insight into Booming SPAC Market. Special purpose Acquisition Companies or SPACs had a blowout year in 2021.  While the financing vehicle has been around for decades, in recent years SPACs have rocketed in popularity. SPACs are an… Read More

Doug Ellenoff: Investment Crowdfunding Will Challenge Traditional Venture Capital

The US investment crowdfunding industry received a boost this year as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adjusted the securities exemptions that platforms and issuers utilize to raise growth capital online. Along with other improvements, key changes include the adjustment of Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding)… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Comments on Updates to the Exempt Offering Ecosystem. Momentum in SPACs Expected to Continue

  Doug Ellenoff, the Managing Partner of Manhattan law firm Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole (EGS), has been involved with the Fintech sector since the early days of the JOBS Act – the legislation that eventually legalized investment crowdfunding. He is not only deeply engaged with… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Advocates Join to Launch New Fintech Startup GUARDD in Move to Boost Secondary Markets for Exempt Securities

The exempt securities marketplace can be arcane and challenging to manage for entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital. The advent of online capital formation has helped to democratize access to capital as well as streamline securities offerings but hurdles do remain. A new startup co-founded by… Read More

The SEC Updates Reg CF, Reg A+ and More. Boosts Reg CF to $5 Million, Reg A+ Increased to $75 Million

During an open meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commission approved updates to the exempt offering ecosystem that are designed to improve access to capital, boost access to greater opportunity for investors while maintaining important investor protection criteria. In a party-line vote,… Read More

King of SPACs: Doug Ellenoff of EGS Discusses the Hot SPAC Market – “Not a Fad”

The law firm of Ellenoff, Grossman, and Schole (EGS) has long been a leading Manhattan firm in the SPAC sector (Special Purpose Acquisition Company). This year, SPACs have boomed, including multiple high profile issuers as well as several Fintech focused SPACs. So how did SPACs… Read More

Association of Online Investment Platforms Ask SEC to Immediately Boost Reg CF Cap to Help Alleviate Challenges of COVID-19

In a public statement, the Association of Online Investment Platforms (AOIP) has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to move quickly and to improve the regulatory environment to support small businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Addressed to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, and… Read More

SEC Broadens Definition of Accredited Investor to Include Certain Sophistication Measures

As widely anticipated, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated the definition of an Accredited Investor expanding the rule by adding certain sophistication criteria. The current definition defines an individual who earns over $200,000 a year ($300,000 if married) as accredited. If an individual has… Read More

Free is Good: LawCloud Offers Free Legal Documents to SMEs Impacted by COVID

Legaltech firm LawCloud is now offering its legal document library for free to all of its users in an effort to help small businesses impacted by COVID, according to a note from the company. Some of the free legal documents include Employment Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements… Read More

SEC Small Business Committee Tells Commission to Raise Reg CF Cap, Reg A+ Too

In May, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met to discuss pending decisions by the SEC regarding an update to the exempt offering ecosystem. The SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee was established by the SEC Small Business… Read More

The Association of Online Investment Platforms Responds to SEC’s Proposed Changes to the Exempt Offering Framework

On March 4th the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a proposal to amend multiple securities exemptions. If enacted, the proposed amendments would be the largest changes to securities law since the passage of the JOBS Act, and will strengthen the small business and startup… Read More

SEC Proposes Raising Reg CF to $5 Million, Reg A+ to $75 Million, Adds Other Improvements to Security Exemptions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed meaningful changes to multiple securities exemptions today. The pending rule change came following a closed meeting of the Commission without a public agenda. The proposals may dramatically impact platforms that facilitate online securities offerings and benefit smaller companies… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Comments on SEC Concept Release on Regulatory Harmonization: “The SEC has considerable rule making authority to make the changes it believes necessary”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a significant review of the securities exemption ecosystem in June of this year. During the past few decades, the Commission, with some help from Congress, has updated and added to the many rules that regulate private securities offerings…. Read More

Association of Online Investment Platforms Visits Capitol Hill to Discuss Crowdfunding Exemptions & More with House & Senate Staffers

The Association of Online Investment Platforms (AOIP) visited both House and Senate staffers last week, along with a meeting at the US Department of Treasury. The goal of the trip was to review the status of current crowdfunding exemptions and what must be done to… Read More

Reg CF: In More than 3 Years this Crowdfunding Exemption has Seen Zero Fraud in Contrast to What Some Expected

Reg CF [Regulation Crowdfunding], the smallest of the three crowdfunding exemptions created by the bi-partisan JOBS Act of 2012, became officially actionable in May of 2016. In that time, hundreds of issuers have raised money on FINRA regulated “funding portals” taking advantage of the internet… Read More

US House Financial Services Subcommittee Debates the Merits of Securities Exemptions & Accredited Investor Definition

Yesterday, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets held a hearing entitled “Examining Private Market Exemptions as a Barrier to IPOs and Retail Investment.” The hearing saw a debate on the merits of private securities exemptions, such as Reg D, Reg… Read More

Must See Live Stream: House Financial Services Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Private Market Securities Exemptions & IPOs

Tomorrow (September 11), the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, will hold a must-see hearing on “Examining Private Market Exemptions as a Barrier to IPOs and Retail Investment.”  The Subcommittee is Chaired by Representative Carolyn Maloney. The Hearing incorporates multiple pending… Read More

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