Tagged: regulation

Report: Peoples Bank of China Expected to Regulate P2P Lenders, Payment Firms

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is expected to strengthen the regulation of internet finance firms including peer to peer lenders and payment platforms. The report by China News references a statement by the PBOC that labels some financial products offered by Fintech firms as… Read More

FCA Survey: 25% of Regulated Firms Believe FCA is Facilitating Innovation in the UK

In the financial services sector clear and transparent regulation is vital to a healthy marketplace. There is no financial services firm that will take issue with this statement. Yet regulation that balances on the tightrope of an efficient market and investor protection is quite hard…. Read More

Singapore Concurs with US SEC: ICOs May Be Regulated as Securities by MAS

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is out with a statement today regarding the burgeoning Initial Coin Offering or ICO market. The cryptocurrency driven funding sector has been red hot in recent months with some issuers raising tens of millions of dollars in a totally… Read More

When is an ICO a Security? Law Firm Morrison Foerster Responds

In the aftermath of the SEC statement on Initial Coin Offerings and their intent to crack down on issuers in breach of securities law we reached out to Morrison Foerster for commentary on the question as to when an ICO is in fact a security…. Read More

Recommendations Provided to EU to Boost Crowdfunding in Renewable Energy

CrowdfundRES is a group of policy recommendations to improve the regulatory and market framework to boost investment in renewable energy across the European Union. A group of 14 different partners worked on the project that saw the participation of the European Crowdfunding Network and four… Read More

CoinList Attempting to Standardize & Self-Regulate ICOs

CoinList, founded as a partnership between Angel List and Protocol Labs, is quietly trying to standardize initial coin offerings (ICOs) by self-imposing similar restrictions as the SEC imposes on companies that conduct certain private offerings under Regulation D. The Growing ICO Market ICOs have been… Read More

Doug Ellenoff: We Have Concerns about ICOs But Want to Work With the Industry to Ensure a Successful Outcome

The Initial Coin Offering (ICO) space has been rocketing recently. It seems that every few days the next hot ICO is raising incredible sums of money from global investors. ICOs have plenty of supporters and detractors with most followers advising caution in this largely unregulated… Read More

The Bitcoin Foundation Asks Regulators to Push Pause on Regulating Virtual Currency

In a letter addressed to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, authored by the Bitcoin Foundation based in San Francisco, a request was made to back off of a proposed uniform statute entitled, “Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Business.” In brief, the… Read More

New & Improved: Reg A+ May Soon Be Available for Publicly Traded Firms

There is a bill circulating in Congress that may dramatically impact Reg A+ utilization – the crowdfunding rule that currently allows issuers to raise up to $50 million in a scaled disclosure environment. Sponsored by House Representatives Kyrsten Sinema and Trey Hollingsworth, the bill (HR… Read More

Investor protection vs Access to Finance: The Growth of Alternative Finance

The presentation embedded below is an interesting perspective on the growth of alternative finance, specifically in Europe. There has been a certain amount of discussion regarding the tepid growth of investment crowdfunding in the US (not including marketplace lending) and the reasons why the sector… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding: Is a SAFE Safer than the SEC Thinks?

Not too long ago the SEC came out with an Investor Bulletin, emanating from the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, regarding the utilization of SAFEs as an investment vehicle on crowdfunding platforms. The SEC stated; “Some issuers have been offering a new type of… Read More

Australian Securities & Investments Commission Publishes Guides on “Crowd-Sourced Funding”

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is out with two consultation papers that are guides for crowd-sourced funding (or investment crowdfunding). The first, “Crowd-sourced funding: Guide for public companies,” is consultation seeking feedback for proposed guidance on public companies raising capital online. The second, “Crowd-sourced funding:… Read More

Morgan Stanley Believes Bitcoin Needs Regulations for Further Growth

In a recent report titled “Blockchain: Unchained?”, Morgan Stanley details its hesitance towards Bitcoin and outlines its belief that in order for Bitcoin to see continued growth, more regulations need to be enacted. While Morgan Stanley does have high hopes for blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin,… Read More

FCA Director of Competition Chris Woolard Cautions on Usage of Bitcoin

Chris Woolard, the Financial Conduct Authority’s competition Czar, has commented on the usage of cryptocurrencies. As reported by FN news, Woolard said; “We don’t prohibit regulated firms from engaging in digital currency trading, nor do we prohibit banks from offering banking services to deal with… Read More

Is the SEC About to Crack Down on ICOs?

The exponential growth of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), which are being used to raise huge amounts of money using blockchain based tokens, have been increasingly scrutinized. According to a recent report on Reuters, regulators within the SEC are taking a hard look at the use of… Read More

FESE Responds to EU’s Consultation on Fintech

  The Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) recently published their response to the European Commission’s Consultation, “FinTech: a more competitive and innovative European Financial Sector.” In their response, they listed three principles that they believe will be vital for the development of the Fintech… Read More

Treasury Report Seeks to Deliver Regulatory Relief to Banks & Credit Unions

The US Department of Treasury is out with its first report in a series addressing regulatory reform regarding the financial services industry.  Due to the enormity of the task, Treasury will divide its review of the financial system into a series of reports. While Fintech… Read More

Here is the European Commission Consultation Paper on Fintech

Earlier this year, the European Commission published a consultation paper on Fintech. Entitled, “Fintech: A More Competitve and Innovative European Financial Sector,” comments are starting to be published as the deadline nears (June 15, 2017). The ESMA published their comments today. The consultation was predicated… Read More

The European Securities & Markets Authority Responds to EC Consultation Paper on Fintech

Response Specifically Targets, AI, Crowdfunding, Blockchain, Regtech & More. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has responded to the European Commission consultation paper on “Fintech: a more competitive and innovative financial sector”. The ESMA welcomed the initiative to take a stock-take of the EU’s… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Posts Consultation on Robo-Advisors

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published a consultation on the regulation of Robo-Advisors or “Digital Advisory Services.” The consultation will close on July 7, 2017. The MAS proposal seeks to support innovation in financial services by recognising the unique characteristics of digital platforms…. Read More