Tagged: sec

Securities Crowdfunding in the U.S. – Washington, DC

The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and New York University’s Salomon Center are organizing a half-day dialogue on U.S. securities-based crowdfunding (such as equity or debt). Regulation Crowdfunding, a key JOBS Act rulemaking that came into… Read More

We Need a Regulatory Framework for Cross-Border Crowdfunding Offerings

  Sara Hanks is well known in the alternative finance/crowdfunding space. Hanks is CEO and founder of CrowdCheck –  a due diligence, disclosure and compliance services for online capital formation. She is a Board member of CFIRA and is the current Chair of the SEC’s… 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

EY: Public Listings Have Declined by More than 50% Since 1996 Peak (Deck)

As part of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies meeting last week, there were two presentations on the decline of IPOs in the US. The first was provided by the law firm Goodwin was shared earlier on Crowdfund Insider. Also in attendance… 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 Schedules Investor Advisory Committee Meeting for March 9th

The Securities and Exchange Commission has scheduled their first Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting for 2017. The meeting will be held at the SEC offices in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 9 from 9:00 AM to 11:55 AM. These meetings are open to the public and… Read More

FINRA Unravelled: Is the Securities Regulator in Need of Profound Reform?

FINRA, or the “Financial Industry Regulatory Authority”, is one of the most powerful financial regulators in the United States. It is also a private corporation that performs its duties as a “self-regulatory organization” (SRO). FINRA oversees the thousands of broker-dealers and other financial industry participants… Read More

OCC Fintech Charter: We Need a Government that Embraces Financial Innovation

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury that was created by the National Currency Act of 1863 (154 years ago, 20 years before the automobile was invented by Karl Benz from Germany)…. Read More

The Securities & Exchange Commission and NYU Partner on Half Day Session on Investment Crowdfunding

The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the research arm of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has partnered with New York University’s Salomon Center on a half-day conference reviewing investment crowdfunding. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at… Read More

Fintech Acquisition Corp. II Reveals Pricing For IPO to Raise to $153 Million

FinTech Acquisition Corp. II, a blank-check company that acquires or merges with one or more businesses or entities in the fintech industry, announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15.3 million units at a price of $10 per unit, for gross proceeds to the… Read More

Med-X in Hearing Before Administrative Judge this Month

Med-X, a marijuana-based startup, is engaged in a public hearing this month before Administrative Law Judge Jason S. Patil. The hearings pertain to an attempt to raise capital that was described as the first ever Reg A+ investment crowdfunding round for the Cannabis industry. The proceedings are… 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

Attorney Jay Clayton is Trump’s Pick for SEC Chair [u]

Multiple news sources are reporting that Jay Clayton will be President-elect Donald Trump’s selection for the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Reuters published a statement by President-elect Trump; “Jay Clayton is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and… Read More

Online Lending Enters Annual SEC Report on Rating Organizations for First Time

The Securities and Exchange Commission publishes an annual report on “nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NSROs).”  These are the agencies that publish credit ratings on certain securities and institutions.  The mandated report has recognized the emergence of online lending for the very first time. The document… 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

Five Key Take-Aways from FINRA’s Expulsion of Crowdfunding Portal UFP

FINRA recently completed a settlement expelling from FINRA membership UFP, LLC, a registered funding portal that operated under uFundingPortal.com.   The matter marks both early and decisive action by FINRA against a registered funding portal operating under Regulation Crowdfunding.  It establishes that FINRA takes seriously… Read More

2017 Holds Promise for Tax & Financing Policy for Startups

2016 brought with it many positive developments for startups in terms of capital access and tax policy. Investment crowdfunding finally went live, a number of bills to facilitate capital formation passed the House, and the startup community galvanized around a tax bill that would make… Read More

Needed Policy Reforms to Improve Entrepreneurs’ Access to Capital

Capital formation and entrepreneurship improve economic growth, productivity and real wages. Existing securities laws impede entrepreneurial capital formation. To promote prosperity, Congress and a reconstituted Securities and Exchange Commission need to systematically reduce or eliminate state and federal regulatory barriers hindering entrepreneurs’ access to capital…. Read More

FINRA Action on uFundingportal: Potential for Fraud Found on Crowdfunding Platform

uFundingPortal (UFP, LLC), disappeared from the ranks of approved Reg CF crowdfunding platforms in early November. Before their removal, a multitude of crowdfunding industry insiders questioned the operation and the investment offers posted on the site. The posted investments lacked transparency while proposing valuations and… Read More