Tagged: sam guzik

Confido Initial Coin Offering Vaporizes Leaving Token Holders with Little More than Digital Dust

Confido, a small Initial Coin Offering (ICO), has vaporized. The site, Twitter acount and subbreddit is no more. This is a cautionary tale for anyone who may blindly invest in an ICO without doing proper due diligence as this one looks like it is on… Read More

The SEC and Regulated ICOs: Be Careful What You Wish For

Man Proposes and God Disposes On November 8, at an Annual  New York City gathering of securities professionals, SEC Chair Jay Clayton went off script – and in doing so provided what is likely to be the clearest guidance we can expect to receive from… Read More

The SEC, the ICO and Avoiding the ICU: A Call for Leadership and Action

As a securities lawyer and a sometimes advocate for smart regulation of capital formation, I must confess: When it comes to addressing the current state of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) marketplace, I believe that market participants face a crisis of growing proportions. No Hype… Read More

Tezos Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Filed In California. Is this the Beginning of the End for Unregistered ICOs?

Tezos raised an astounding $232 million in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) this past summer.  As the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rocketed higher, some industry followers pegged the actual raise by Tezos closer to $400 million. A couple weeks back things started to… 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

House Approves Financial CHOICE Act, the Dodd-Frank Replacement

Dodd-Frank has proven to be a horrible act of legislation. A reactionary swipe directed towards the financial services industry following the calamity known as the Great Recession, many portions of the law have not yet been fully enacted. The new regulations are simply too convoluted… Read More

Guzik Welcome’s Congressman McHenry’s Letter to SEC But Believes More Needs to Be Done

Sam Guzik, a securities attorney and Crowdfund Insider Senior Contributor, has shared his perspective on Congressman Patrick McHenry’s letter to SEC Chair Jay Clayton. Guzik welcomes, McHenry’s requests but believes more needs to be done; “I applaud the unrelenting and tireless efforts of Congressman McHenry… Read More

NextGen Crowdfunding Schedules Title III, Reg CF Anniversary Show

NextGen Crowdfunding, a platform that helps people explore new types of crowdfunding, has announced a webinar special celebrating the one year anniversary since Title III regulations took effect in May 2016. The webinar will take place today (May 16, 2017) at 1PM PT / 4PM ET…. 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

Commercial for YayYo Reg A+ Crowdfunding “IPO” Offer May Push Promotion Too Far

Earlier this month I was running CNBC in the background and a commercial came up that caused me to pause. On the screen was a besuited old white male pitching the next great investment. Coming off a bit like a used-car salesman, I learned later… 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

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

Jay Clayton to Join SEC During Unprecedented Need to “Cut the Red Tape”

Financial regulations are often enacted with little concrete definition, to say nothing of quantification, of their costs and benefits. Regulators and economists have little understanding of causal mechanisms that may provide benefits and incur costs. Worse, they often think they know cause and effect, either… Read More

Why I am “High” on the Prospects for SME’s in 2017

The beginning of a new year is typically accompanied by renewed hope and positive expectations. 2017 is no exception.  As a staunch advocate of promoting the interests of small business generally, and smart regulation of capital formation, in particular, 2017 stands out to me as… Read More

SEC Small Business Advocate Act Signed Into Law

There will soon be a new office at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Today, President Barack Obama signed into law HR 3784 or the SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016.  The legislation passed the Senate without amendment late last week (December 9, 2016). The… Read More

SEC Small Business Advocate Moves Closer to Reality as Senate Passes Bill

The SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016 or HR 3784 passed the Senate on Friday (December 9, 2016) as part of a last-minute legislative push before Congress adjourns for the holiday season. The bill passed the House earlier this year meaning the bill will… Read More

Creating Financial Prosperity for Business & Investment Act Quickly Passes House and Moves to Senate

Entrepreneurs and small business may have something for them under the Christmas tree this year courtesy of Congress.  The House of Representatives passed HR 6427 today as legislators scrambled to get a few things done before they disperse for the coming Holiday.  While there is… Read More

Unstacking the Deck Against SME’s in Washington: A Call for an SEC Small Business Advocate

With a new administration set to take the reins of power in the White House in January 2017, not to mention a new, Republican appointed Chair of the SEC in the offing, when it comes to the interests of small business’s access to capital, many… Read More

Med-X Files Reg D as Reg A+ Offer Unrolls

Med-X – a medical Cannabis startup,  listed a Regulation A+ offer on StartEngine back in December of 2015. The securities offer was promoted as the “first ever” equity crowdfunding campaign for the Marijuana industry. Med-X registered $3.7 million in non-binding investor interest by February but… Read More

SEC Adopts Modernized Intrastate “Crowdfunding” Rules:  A Time to Yawn?

On October 26, 2016, the SEC’s three Commissioners convened at their headquarters to adopt new rules intended to modernize what had historically been a little used path of raising capital for startups, early stage businesses and community-based enterprises: the so called intrastate exemption. It had… Read More