Tagged: john berlau

“Sarbanes-Oxley is Shutting Out Average Investors from the Early Growth Stages of the Next Cisco & Starbucks”

It is a fact that the number of public companies and the number of companies going public have dramatically decreased over the last 15 years. For private investors like High Net Worth Individuals or Venture Capitalists this has not been an issue. It is arguable… Read More

Congressional Committee to Review Cost of Being a Public Company

The Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment, part of the Financial Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing to take place next week on the topic of the excessive cost of being public company. The hearing entitled, “The Cost of Being a Public Company in… Read More

CFPB Ruling on Arbitration May “Transfer Wealth from Consumers to Wealthy Attorneys”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule to ban financial companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses. The CFPB said these rules have denied people their day in court. Many consumer financial products like credit cards and bank accounts have arbitration clauses in… Read More

Jay Clayton to Join SEC During Unprecedented Need to “Cut the Red Tape”

Financial regulations are often enacted with little concrete definition, to say nothing of quantification, of their costs and benefits. Regulators and economists have little understanding of causal mechanisms that may provide benefits and incur costs. Worse, they often think they know cause and effect, either… Read More

Will CFPB Move to Limit Arbitration Undermine Alternative Finance?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)recently proposed banning arbitration regarding certain  consumer financial agreements and to allow the legal process to take hold in the case of a dispute. The CFPB posted the proposal this past May, outlined as follows: First, the proposed rule would… Read More

The Fix Crowdfunding Act Passes House & Heads to the Senate

The Fix Crowdfunding Act (HR 4855) easily cruised through the House by a vote of 394 – 4 as it attracted broad bipartisan support.  It was joined by the Supporting America’s Innovators Act (HR 4854) which passed on a vote of 389-9. HR 4854 raised… Read More

Half a Crowdfunding Fix: HR 4855 Passes House Financial Services Committee with Several Changes

HR 4855, or the Fix Crowdfunding Act, was approved by the House Financial Services Committee on a solidly bipartisan vote of 57-2.  The bill, sponsored by Congressman Patrick McHenry, was created in response to multiple shortcomings intrinsic to existing Title III or Reg CF investment… Read More

CEI’s John Berlau on Forthcoming Title III Rules: SEC will Eliminate Burdensome Requirements

Anticipating the forthcoming vote and final rules on Title III, retail crowdfunding, later today by the SEC, John Berlau from the Competitive  Enterprise Institute believes the Commission will provide much needed regulatory relief; Today’s equity crowdfunding rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission implementing Title… Read More

CEI to Congress, Regulators: End Millionaires Only Rule Now

CEI Report on Crowdfunding Tells Congress & Regulators to End ‘Millionaires Only’ Rules for Investment During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on how regulation threatens entrepreneurs and their abilities to start businesses, create jobs, and bring new products… Read More