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How (Not) to Market Your Regulation A+ Mini-IPO Offering

SEC Regulation A (commonly referred to as Regulation A+) was implemented by the SEC in 2015 pursuant to major Congressional legislation, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act). It allows companies to raise up to $50 million in a 12 month… Read More

Singapore or London: Which One is the Top Fintech Hub?

A report published a few days backed, addressed the question of which country is tops when it comes to Fintech innovation. For some time now, Singapore and the UK have both aspired to sit on the Fintech throne each providing unique characteristics to their entrepreneurial… Read More

“Democravesting,” a Possible Catalyst for the Next Crypto Bull Market

Last year’s explosion in cryptocurrencies (in both price and awareness among the public) has made the financial world sit up and take notice. The promise of blockchain technology disrupting industries, democratizing finance through decentralization and potentially making investors wealthy—was the driving force behind the rise… Read More

Investing in Crowdfunded Companies: Concept & Team Count but Pay Attention to Deal Structure

Investing in early-stage firms is highly risky. As this publication has stated time and again, many, if not most, early-stage firms will fail or simply bounce along failing to achieve the founder’s expectations of great financial success. Investment crowdfunding platforms typically list mainly startup or… Read More

As RealtyShares Shuts Down, the Real Estate Crowdfunding Industry Ponders the Future

Earlier this week it was revealed that RealtyShares, a respected real estate crowdfunding platform that has originated just under $900 million in investment capital, was winding down operations. The turn of events was driven by the lack of available risk capital to keep the real… Read More

Germany: Blockchain Industry Representatives Meet with Bundestag to Work on Common Sense Regulation

It has been a few choppy weeks in Germany for the blockchain / digital asset industry. Last month, a German court ruled that Bitcoin was not a financial instrument. The case centered around an enterprising teenager who launched a Bitcoin exchange five years ago. He was… Read More

Attorney on SEC Crypto Exchange Enforcement Action: “Settlement May Be Only the First”

Today, the first enforcement action was taken by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a cryptocurrency exchange; EtherDelta. Prior to this, the SEC had only targeted issuers and promoters of crypto – largely for fraud and selling unregistered securities.  While the action against EtherData is… Read More

What Does Control of the House by Democrats Mean for Fintech Innovation & Small Business in General?

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Yesterday, mid-term elections took place in the US and while the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, the House of Representatives moved over to the Democrats. This split government means that an already divisive, and at times excessively acrimonious, political environment will get even more… Read More

Attorney on SEC & Crypto Asset Marketplaces: “By Not Allowing Intermediaries They Are Stifling Innovation”

Recently, at the StartEngine Summit during LA Blockchain Week, CI had the chance to sit down with prominent securities attorney Linda Lerner. Lerner is Senior Counsel at Crowell Moring and a veteran lawyer with deep experience and expertise in securities issuance and regulation of stock exchanges…. Read More

Crowdcube Has Now Helped to Raise Capital for Three UK Unicorns

UK Unicorns Monzo, BrewDog & Revolut are Crowdcube Alumni UK’s largest investment crowdfunding platform by volume Crowdcube has now helped to raise capital for three separate unicorns aka firms that have attained a valuation of $ 1 billion or more. Crowdcube pointed to this fact… Read More

All You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency Wallets

A lot of people think of their cryptocurrency wallet as merely a digitized version of a real wallet that is used for storing funds. However, it doesn’t actually store cryptocurrencies. Rather, it saves a pair of public and private keys that grant access to one’s digital belongings. In a nutshell, a public key is a… Read More

War is Over on Bitcoin’s Tenth Birthday

It’s a tale woven from the stuff legends are made of: In the midst of global financial chaos, corrupt bailouts of the super rich, and growing mistrust in institutions, a mysterious figure arrives out of nowhere to save day. In a nine-page short document, an… Read More

Happy Birthday Bitcoin: Zero to $100 Billion in Ten Years

The one crypto to rule them all, Bitcoin, is celebrating a birthday. The creation of Satoshi Nakamoto (whomever he or she really is), Bitcoin has become an iconic concept in global Fintech and the emerging world of digital assets. Starting as a novelty in 2008,… Read More

Blockchain and Security Tokens (a/k/a Digital Securities): A Securities Lawyer’s View from the 2018 Los Angeles Crypto Invest Summit

As a securities attorney, when I attend a conference in a rapidly developing area, I come with my own prejudices and beliefs, but with an open mind and open ears – to hear,  digest and discuss the latest developments and thinking.  The 2018 Crypto Invest… Read More

State Bankers Sue OCC Over Fintech Charter

CI reported last month that the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) was considering filing a lawsuit against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Once again, the CSBS mission is a legal challenge to the much debated OCC Fintech Charter. Last week, the… Read More

Blockchain Can Help Players to Create Killer Content for Games on a Scale Never Before Seen

Content created from out of game tools can be the most inventive and powerful ways to change a gaming experience. The introduction of a decentralized gaming ecosystem offers unfettered freedom to communities in developing such content for their favourite games. Old school gamers – yes,… Read More

Crowdfunding: Law Professor Rutherford Campbell, Jr. on Reg CF, “It’s Just Not Working”

The much heralded JOBS Act was signed into law in 2012 during a brief moment of bi-partisan cooperation. The objective was to drive economic growth, and job creation, via a series of regulatory updates including the legalization of investment crowdfunding. But has the JOBS Act… Read More

KYC is Broken and Should Be Put Out of its Misery

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Background checks are broken. They’re necessary, especially when verifying personnel for sensitive positions, but right now, the system is broken. It’s a really lucrative business if you’re a background check company, because the system is great at exploiting companies checking applicants and creating more work… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Discusses the Emerging Security Token Market, Contrasts STOs to the ICO World: In the US, a Utility Token is a Myth

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) hit the popular media screen during 2017 with stories of outrageous sums of money being raised online – sometimes under questionable circumstances. In total, according to EY, $4.1 billion was raised for the top ICOs during 2017. In 2018, that number… Read More

Is Regulation Killing The Blockchain? How Blockchain Can Adapt to New Laws While Sticking to its Original Principles

The blockchain has revolutionized a number of industries, but none so much as the financial sector. From equity crowdfunding platforms which allow users to buy shares in projects with tokens, to startups raising funds through initial coin offerings (ICOs), to token exchanges where users can… Read More

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