Tagged: legislation

Have the Wheels Fallen Off of Reg CF Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, as allowed under Reg CF (created by Title III of the JOBS Act) was designed to improve access to capital for smaller firms in need of funding while providing new investment opportunities for smaller investors. For too many years the little guy has been… Read More

Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Expected to Include Changes to Jobs Act Exemptions and More

The creation of Representative Jeb Hensarling, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 is geared to replace much of Dodd-Frank legislation. Dodd-Frank has become the poster-child for poorly written law that increased cost to financial service firms while increasing the potential of “too big to fail.”… Read More

Try, Try Again. California Crowdfunding Bill Returns to State Legislature

California is perhaps the most natural state to enact an instrastate law to facilitate investment crowdfunding. Yet multiple attempts at crafting bespoke legislation to allow crowdfunding have failed multiple times. Honestly, I have lost count of the number of bills hoisted up the lawmaking flagpole… Read More

Once Again, the SEC Publishes Small Business Forum Report but This Year May Be Different

Earlier this month the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published their annual report pertaining to the yearly SEC Government -Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The gathering is mandated by law and has taken place since 1982. Each and every year a group of… Read More

The JOBS Act Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups or JOBS Act is celebrating its 5th year anniversary. This is the law enacted during the Obama administration that legalized three different iterations of investment crowdfunding. The JOBS Act under Title II enabled Reg D (506c) issuers to “generally solicit”… Read More

Supporting America’s Innovators Act Passes the House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives passed the Supporting America’s Innovators Act (HR 1219) today. The bill received solid backing with a vote of 417 for and 3 against. The bill now moves to the Senate for review. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, the Vice Chairman… Read More

Australian MP Ed Husic Attacks Fintech Australia. Fintech Australia Hits Back.

Recently the Australian Senate approved a new investment crowdfunding law (Crowd-sourced funding). The final bill has been a long time in coming as Australia has made several attempts at improving access to capital for smaller firms be allowing issuers to raise capital online. But the… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry on Financial Inclusion through Technology

On Monday, March 6, 2017, Congressman Patrick McHenry gave keynote remarks at the Lendit Conference in New York City. Among the themes of his speech, McHenry talked about the need for financial inclusion, citing a statistic that counties with less than 100,000 in population saw… Read More

Fintech Australia Welcomes Approval of Crowdfunding Legislation

Fintech Australia lauded the Australian Parliament’s vote to support the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-Sourced Funding) Bill of 2016. The advocacy group said the approval of the equity crowdfunding law will provide a major avenue for companies to raise capital and create new jobs. Fintech Australia CEO… Read More

Utah Intrastate Crowdfunding Bill Slowly Endures Legislative Process

Utah, like a majority of the other states, is attempting to enact an instrastate crowdfunding exemption. The bill has been meandering between the House and the Senate since the beginning of the year. Co-sponsored by Representative Brian M. Greene and Senator Wayne A. Harper, the bill… Read More

Paul Niederer Slams Australian Crowdfunding Legislation in Public Comment

Paul Niederer, former CEO of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) – the very first platform established to raise capital online, posted a comment letter in response to the proposed Australian Crowd-Sourced Funding Bill (crowdfunding for the rest of the world). Never one to… 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

Australia Senate Publishes Report on Crowdfunding Bill

Today the Australian Senate published a report on the Corporation Amendment or Crowd-Sourced Funding Bill – the legislation designed to improve the investment crowdfunding sector in Australia. The provisions of the bill were referred to the Economics Legislation Committee. The committee recommended that the bill… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Chair Hensarling Says Dodd Frank is on its Way Out

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has become an iconic act of legislation for the Democratic party. Not because it is good legislation but because its demise represents a profound retrenchment of what they fought so hard to accomplish. This is a… Read More

Back to Work: Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act Passes the House

The Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act or HALOS Act passed the House today with solid bipartisan support. The final vote stood at 344-73.  The HALOS Act, sponsored by House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot, addressed a nagging issue regarding when a business may make… Read More

2017 Holds Promise for Tax & Financing Policy for Startups

2016 brought with it many positive developments for startups in terms of capital access and tax policy. Investment crowdfunding finally went live, a number of bills to facilitate capital formation passed the House, and the startup community galvanized around a tax bill that would make… Read More

Needed Policy Reforms to Improve Entrepreneurs’ Access to Capital

Capital formation and entrepreneurship improve economic growth, productivity and real wages. Existing securities laws impede entrepreneurial capital formation. To promote prosperity, Congress and a reconstituted Securities and Exchange Commission need to systematically reduce or eliminate state and federal regulatory barriers hindering entrepreneurs’ access to capital…. Read More