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SEC to Consider Rule Change to Improve Access to Capital for SMEs

The Securities and Exchange Commission has scheduled an open meeting for this coming Wednesday (Apri 8, 2020) to consider amendments that may improve the ecosystem to foster access to capital for SMEs. As we all know, SMEs have been pummeled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many… Read More

SEC Small Business Advocate to Host Virtual Coffee Breaks. First Meeting to Include NextSeed, Republic and Honeycomb Credit

Earlier this week the SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation announced a series of  “virtual coffee breaks” to engage with the public to discuss updates, trends, and perspectives on how COVID-19 is impacting raising capital. The very first virtual gather is… Read More

It’s Going to be Really Bad: SEC Small Business Committee Discusses COVID-19 Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met today in a teleconference to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and small business. In brief, several Committee members expressed the opinion that it is going to be really bad. Martha Legg Miller,… Read More

BOX Exchange Requested Rule Change Denied Again by SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has denied a requested rule change by the BOX Exchange to amend the fee schedule affiliated with entities that connect to the BOX network. On March 29, 2019, the Division of Trading and Markets at the SEC issued an… Read More

SEC: Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee & Investor Advisory Committee Schedule Meetings to Discuss COVID-19 Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced two meetings of Committees that provide recommendations to the Commission. The Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Meeting and the Investor Advisory Committee will both be holding meetings on Thursday, April 2, 2020…. Read More

Online Capital Formation: Reg A+ and Reg CF Issuers Receive Some COVID-19 Induced Relief from SEC

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it is providing temporary regulatory relief to market participants in response to the effects of COVID-19. The actions involve filings on the EDGAR system as well as certain company filing obligations under Regulation A (Reg A+)… Read More

The Association of Online Investment Platforms Responds to SEC’s Proposed Changes to the Exempt Offering Framework

On March 4th the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a proposal to amend multiple securities exemptions. If enacted, the proposed amendments would be the largest changes to securities law since the passage of the JOBS Act, and will strengthen the small business and startup… Read More

Judge Castel: Telegram Fails to Establish Exemption from Registration

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Yesterday, in an Opinion and Order from Judge P. Kevin Castel, it was decided that Telegram has failed to establish an exemption from the registration requirement under existing securities law. Telegram is an app that is a highly popular messaging service utilized by more than… Read More

Asset Freeze: SEC Shuts Down Alleged Meta 1 Coin Digital Asset Scam the Involved Former Washington State Senator

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shut down an alleged “ongoing securities fraud” orchestrated by former Washington state Senator David Schmidt along with two Florida residents, Nicole Bowdler and Robert Dunlap – who was doing business as Clear International Trust. The SEC said that… Read More

U.S. SEC Provides Update For COVID-19 Response

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has updated its response to COVID-19 and the related effects on the U.S. securities markets. The organization reported that its efforts are centered, first and foremost, on the health and safety of its employees as well as all… Read More

Comment Period Ends on Proposal to Update the Definition of an Accredited Investor. So Who Said What?

Towards the end of 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an update to the definition of an accredited investor. The rule change is part of a broader “concept release” that the SEC has issued to review the exempt offering ecosystem and how this… Read More

NASAA Slams SEC’s Proposal to Update Accredited Investor Definition to Enable Sophisticated Individuals to Qualify

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the entity that lobbies on behalf of state and provincial regulators, is “urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not to move forward with its proposal to expand access to high-risk private securities offerings to individual investors.” NASAA… Read More

SEC Enforcement Action Alleges Bogus Websites Fleeced Investors Out of $26 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Denis Georgiyevich Sotnikov and entities he controlled for allegedly participating in a scam to trap U.S. investors into buying fictitious Certificates of Deposit (CDs) via “spoofed” websites.  The SEC states that $26 million was stolen from investors…. Read More

Securities and Exchange Commission Asks Staff to “Telework”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted an “Operating Status” notification on its website indicating that much of its DC staff have been asked to work from home during the Coronavirus outbreak. Recently, the Commission has canceled multiple meetings, according to its event page…. Read More

ICOBox: SEC Obtains Default Judgement on $14.6 Million Illegal Securities Offering, Allegedly Failed to Register as Broker While Facilitating $650 Million in ICOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has received a default judgment against ICOBox and founder Nikolay Evdokimov for conducting an illegal $14.6 million securities offering. In a release, the SEC said that Judge Dale S. Fischer of the United States District Court for the Central… Read More

Huge Win: AOIP Members Comment on SEC Proposal to Improve Capital Formation

This week the Securities and Exchange Commission released a proposal to amend multiple securities exemptions. The proposed amendments to the exemption ecosystem may dramatically impact online capital formation for the better. These changes could make it easier for firms to raise money online while helping… Read More

Crypto Assets Will Help Private Capital Markets in Becoming the Standard, Says Jay Biancamano, Managing Director at State Street

Jay Biancamano, the managing director and digital currency lead at giant custodian bank State Street, has argued that crypto assets will assist the private capital market in becoming the global standard for trading within the next 10 years. During a recent episode of The Block’s… Read More

SEC Commissioners Issue Comments on Proposed Improvements to Exempt Offering Framework

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed significant changes to the exempt offering framework that should benefit issuers, investors and regulated platforms that facilitate these types of offerings. So far, industry response has been overwhelmingly positive. The proposed amendments will impact Reg CF, Reg… Read More

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council Comments on SEC Proposals Improving SME Capital Formation

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) has issued a statement on the “series of practical changes” announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday. The SEC has proposed improving several securities exemptions that are utilized by online capital formation platforms. This includes… Read More

SEC Publishes Report on Reg A+: $2.216 Billion in Tier 2 offerings, Mostly Real Estate

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published an update on the progress of Regulation A, commonly referenced as Reg A+. When the JOBS Act of 2012 was signed into law, Regulation A received an update that took a securities exemption from just about zero… Read More

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