Tagged: regulations

Growing Reg Influence in MENA Fintech: Abu Dhabi Global Market Joins R3 Consortium

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, has joined R3 as a new member of its international consortium. ADGM is the first regulatory body in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to be part of the R3 consortium, comprising over… Read More

Here is the Recommendation Letter on Reg A+ Secondary Market Liquidity Shared by ACSEC [u]

The SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) addressed questions about secondary market liquidity in Reg A+ securities last week at their meeting in DC.  The Committee members reviewed challenges and demands for facilitating secondary transactions. Providing liquidity is an important aspect of… Read More

“Cost of Going Public is Onerous”: Presentation Deals with Declining IPO Market (Deck)

At the SEC’s meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC), a presentation was delivered on the slowdown in US IPOs and what could possibly be done to increase the moribund IPO market. In the past ten years, the number of public… Read More

How To Blow Your Reg D Offering: General Solicitation

Welcome to Part 1 of a series discussing the various ways an issuer can easily screw up their offering. In this part, we’ll be talking about general solicitation as it applies to Regulation D (Reg D) offerings. For those that are unaware, Reg D is, for… Read More

The Fix Crowdfunding Portion of the Financial Choice Act is Not Much of a Fix

The Financial Choice Act is a valiant effort to address the profound shortcomings of the Dodd-Frank law. Dodd-Frank has been lambasted as regulatory overreach driven by politicians that really don’t quite understand what they are doing. At worst, Dodd-Frank has institutionalized too big to fail…. Read More

SEC Proposes Changes to Investment Adviser Act for Small Business Investment Company Advisers

On May 3, 2017, the SEC released its proposed amendments to the Investment Advisers Act (the Advisers Act) to reflect changes made under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act). The FAST Act, which was passed in 2015, amended sections 203(l) and 203(m) of… Read More

German Crowdfunding Association Urges Regulator Not to Exclude Real Estate from Crowdfunding Regulation

Since the beginning of this year, the German government has undertaken a review of the crowdinvesting regulation introduced in July 2015. It has now officially released its conclusions and is proposing several changes to the existing law, including a most controversial exclusion of real estate… Read More

Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, Delivers Speech on Importance of Fintech Innovation

“That ability to adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of customers and the marketplace is as critical” Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, delivered a speech today at Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. The speech comes at an interesting time as… Read More

Germany: Lawmakers Must Strengthen Market for Investment Crowdfunding

Jamal El Mallouki, CrowdDesk CEO and current Chair of the German Crowdfunding Association (Bundesverband Crowdfunding), wants to boost the German crowdfunding market and affiliated regulatory framework. To improve the crowdfunding ecosystem, El Mallouki and the Association have published three concrete proposals for policymakers to pursue. In… Read More

Singapore on Regulating Fintech: “Financial Regulators Should not be Afraid to Work Collaboratively”

This is a special time of the year in Washington, DC. It is the annual Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank meaning a diverse group of policymakers and regulators descend upon the US Capitol clogging restaurants and over-booking hotels. This also means there… Read More

Harvard Kennedy School Study Recommends P2P Marketplace Policy Overhaul

The proliferation of P2P marketplace, and most importantly online lending brings a competitive challenge for existing financial institutions that is here to stay. Its meteoric rise has provoked regulators around the world to deliberate on the new models of oversight needed to benefit consumers and… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Wecash Nails Down Series C Funding with $ 80 million Big Data Company Wecash raised $ 80 million in series C funding led by China Merchants Capital, Fore Bright Capital and SIG. Two new investors – Dongfang Hongdao Asset Management and Lingfeng Capital joined the existing… Read More

Regulatory Notice: FINRA Asks for Comments on Capital Formation Including Crowdfunding & More

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed a regulatory notice and a request for comments regarding capital formation. The review includes aspects of the JOBS Act and crowdfunding. FINRA said the request for comments was part of its FINRA360 initiative, a comprehensive review of… Read More

Kabbage Co-Founder & Head Fintecher Kathryn Petralia: Power Lending, Predictions & Progress

  “Fintech, online lending, AI and privacy are complicated issues, so we’ve created innovative solutions and approaches that D.C. embraces once they understand them. Our message to Washington is: call us! We have someone to translate tech speak and “bureaucratese” for all of Washington’s questions.”… Read More

SEC Releases New Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations On Regulation Crowdfunding

Yesterday, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance released two new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) answering questions related to Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). CD&Is are the Commission’s way of giving some informal guidance, through a question and answer format, on how its staff members interpret certain rules. They… Read More

No April Fools: North Carolina Crowdfunding Law Kicks in on April 1st

The North Carolina Providing Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and Small business Act (NC PACES Act) was signed into law in July 2016. Final rules were adopted on March 31, 2017 and were filed with the NC Codifier of Rules on the same day. Subsequently, the rules… Read More

Chinese P2P Lenders Are Still Having Trouble Finding Bank Custodians

China’s peer-to-peer (P2P) lending market is the largest in the world, but recently the industry has come under increased regulation from the Chinese government. Just a month ago, the China Banking Regulatory Authority (CBRA) imposed a new policy that would require all P2P lenders to appoint… Read More

Time for Reform: FINRA Posts Special Notice Requesting Comments on How to Best Further its Mission

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA is seeking feedback on how to best execute on its mission to regulate members who operate in the securities industry. FINRA has come under criticism in recent years as losing touch with its membership and negating its “Self-Regulatory Organization”… Read More

Attention! Crowdfunding (Reg CF) Filing Deadline: Don’t Get Caught Unaware

Many entrepreneurs that successfully raised money using the newly enacted Regulation CF (or Reg CF for short) have likely tried to put the tiresome process behind them and are focusing on company operations and executing on their business plans. However, all successful issuers need to… Read More

The OCC Issues Draft Requirements for a Fintech Charter. Is a Charter for Innovative Financial Firms Dead in the Water?

As expected, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has published a draft licensing manual regarding the creation of a Fintech Charter. The draft is a supplement to the agency’s existing Licensing Manual and explains how Fintech firms may apply for special purpose bank charters…. Read More