Tagged: michael piwowar

Recent Cease & Desist by Texas Regulators Targeting BitconnectX ICO May Foreshadow More Enforcement Actions

The regulatory drums are getting louder when it comes to initial coin offerings (ICOs). The first shot across the virtual bow was the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Report addressing the DAO and the fact it was an unregistered security. Since last July, there have been… Read More

Commissioner Piwowar Shares Insight into Securities Rulemaking, Fintech & SEC Direction on Capital Formation

Commissioner Michael Piwowar, who was Acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) until the successful appointment of Jay Clayton, visited with David Burton of the Heritage Foundation earlier this week providing a unique glimpse into the world of the SEC. Burton, who is… Read More

The JOBS Act Turns Five, Regulation A+ Turns Two, Regulation Crowdfunding Turns One: What Should Be Next on the SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s Agenda

With the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act having just reached its five year milestone, Regulation Crowdfunding hitting its one year milestone, and the two year anniversary of Regulation A(+) fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to (briefly) reflect on the… Read More

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Investor Bulletin on Robo-Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published information and guidance for investors and the financial services industry regarding the use of Robo-advisers, which are registered investment advisers that use computer algorithms to provide investment advisory services online. The Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued… Read More

SEC is Hosting a “Crowdfunding Dialogue” on February 28th

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has partnered with NYU’s Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions to host a symposium on the effects of investment crowdfunding on February 28th. The Commission’s Division of Economics and Risk Analysis (DERA) is leading the dialogue and… Read More

Acting SEC Chairman Piwowar Talks Crowdfunding & Small Business Advocate to Open ACSEC Meeting

SEC Acting Chair Michael Piwowar was present to open the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) last week. Piwowar, a Republican appointee, took the opportunity to highlight several policy issues. While pointing to the importance of small business as the… Read More

SEC Acting Chair Michael Piwowar Statement on NASAA Data Sharing Agreement

SEC Acting Chair Michael Piwowar released a statement at the signing of the agreement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) today. NASAA is the association that represents and lobbies on behalf of state and provincial securities regulators…. Read More

SEC & NASAA Sign Agreement to Share Data on Intrastate Crowdfunding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) have signed an information-sharing agreement regarding new rules to facilitate intrastate crowdfunding offerings and regional offerings take effect. NASAA is the lobbying group that represents state securities regulators. According to the… Read More

Forthcoming ACSEC Meeting to Tackle Several Important Issues: Secondary Markets & Dearth of IPOs

The SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) is scheduled to meet in Washington, DC next week at SEC HQ.  On the Committee’s agenda are two important issues: Secondary market liquidity for Regulation A Tier 2 and non-exchange listed companies and why companies are… Read More

SEC Commissioner Piwowar: “The Great Potential of Fintech Should Not Be Hindered by Our Current Regulatory Structure”

As a growing number of nations around the globe embrace the potential of Fintech to provide superior services to consumers, businesses and the under-banked, one country stands out as lacking in leadership in the evolution of finance. The US has been the epicenter of financial… Read More

SEC Chair Mary Jo White: “With Power Comes Responsibility”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) kicked off its Fintech Forum today with remarks by Chair Mary Jo White, followed by Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar and Commissioner Kara M. Stein. Chair White told the audience that “with power comes responsibility”, namely that new fintech products should… Read More

SEC Commissioner Piwowar Nails it in Remarks to ACSEC Discussion on Accredited Investor Definition

“Should the Commission consider doing away with the notion of a so-called “accredited investor” altogether?” The above question is posed not by this digital publication but by a sitting SEC Commissioner, Michael S. Piwowar. The Commissioner was speaking at the recent gathering of the Advisory… Read More

ACSEC Debates Definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC States 8 Cases of Possible Fraud Associated with JOBS Act Exemptions

    The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met yesterday at the SEC HQ on Capitol Hill. The main topic of discussion was the definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC Chair Mary Jo White was joined by her two remaining Commissioners, Michael… Read More

Potential Pitfalls of Regulation CF – Part I: Practical Concerns for an Issuer

  When SEC Commissioner Piwowar lodged his controversial “NO” vote for the final rules implementing Title III Regulation CF last October, he did so with concern that the overcomplicated rules were laden with “traps” that could snare an unassuming company trying to raise funds. Unfortunately,… Read More

Vote No: Commissioner Piwowar Dissents on Crowdfunding & Rule 147 Rules

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar cast the lone dissenting vote regarding final rules for Title III equity crowdfunding and proposed updates to Rule 147 which impact intrastate crowdfunding. Piwowar, the lone Republican appointee following the departure of Commissioner Gallagher, expressed his concern that Title III rules… Read More

Title III Crowdfunding: Talking About a Revolution

What took place this morning is nothing short of revolutionary. For the first time in the history of the Securities and Exchange Commission (82 years), retail investors (ordinary people without income, wealth or sophistication qualifications) will be able to invest in private businesses en mass…. Read More

Capital Unbound; Piwowar Suggests Regulators Need Restraining & Crowdfunding Should Look to States

A CATO Institute event on the status of capital markets in the US provided a bright spot to an otherwise bleak and rainy day in New York City. Amidst the libertarian rhetoric and literature, two speakers stood out with certain observations and proposed remedies to… Read More