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REPORT: Equity Crowdfunding – Risks and liabilities as the industry matures

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  BY Ronald Kleverlaan Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Commission, co-founder European Crowdfunding Network Within the rapidly-expanding alternative finance industry, equity crowdfunding is emerging as a popular method of growth finance. Equity crowdfunding is a mechanism by which a broad group of investors can fund start-up companies and small businesses in return for equity. In collaboration with UK insurance company AIG, the researchers of CrowdfundingHub worked together with leading European experts from SyndicateRoom, Seedrs, AIG, CrowdCube, Invesdor, Twintangibles and Legal Alternative to create a state-of-the-art overview of the Equity Crowdfunding industry. Summary of report Introduction: The rise and rise of equity crowdfunding Overview of the growth…

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Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

By  Bret Daniel , Wealthforge.com, CrowdfundBeat Guest Post, The SEC crackdown on unregistered entities continues to grab headlines. Recently, we wrote about the importance of complying with the broker-dealer registration requirement under Section 15(a) by highlighting the latest violations by portfolio managers, online platforms, and individuals. We suggested that anyone that helps to facilitate a securities offering, even in the broadest sense, should consult a lawyer about the necessity of registering as a broker. The most recent SEC enforcement action, however, demonstrates that even lawyers can get tangled up in the wide net cast over unregistered broker-dealers. EB-5: Visa or Security? Mark Ivener was a…

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Intermediaries, Trust and Equity Crowdfunding

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By Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor Intermediary-controlled trust has been the main game in selling shares and equity since the 1930’s. That is why regulators have latched onto intermediaries, and their existing regimes to regulate the emergence of crowdfunding. However intermediary-less trust is on its way. A truism that is getting stronger and stronger is that “the crowd will catch a bad actor long before the regulator will”. The persistent focus on intermediaries by regulators means that they have not empowered the assistance the crowd can give in keeping equity crowdfunding participants honest. If blockchains become the new way to evidence trusted equity crowdfunding transactions we…

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Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: Get Rid of the State Legends!

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By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. I see lots of offering documents like this, with pages of state “legends.” The good news is that in Crowdfunding offerings – Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding), and Title IV (Regulation A) – you can and should get rid of them.               The legal case is pretty simple: Before 1996, states were allowed to regulate private offerings. Every state allowed exemptions, but these exemptions often required legends, differing from state to state. The National Securities Market Improvement Act of 1996 added section 18 to the Securities…

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Commonwealth Capital Adds New Crowdfunding Chapter to Its Premier E-Book,

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CHICAGO, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Commonwealth Capital LLC, a pioneering provider of Corporate Finance Advisory and Regulation Crowdfunding services, announced today that it has updated its popular e-book with a new Chapter Two dedicated entirely to crowdfunding. The definition of the term “crowdfunding” has evolved in recent years. The term was originally used for donation-based crowdfunding only, but is now used to define capital-based crowdfunding — also known as Regulation Crowdfunding — under Title II (2) and then under Title III (3) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. The JOBS Act has significantly leveled the investment playing field, encouraging a growing…

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A Reflection of Online Money Lending

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By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFund Beat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Some many months back, in fact prior to their listings, I wrote a piece questioning the lofty valuations of the marketplace lending platforms (LC and ONDK) as they entered the public markets.  The basic thesis was recognizing the fundamental business these platforms engaged, i.e., money lending, and how others in the same space, albeit not as “technology positioned”, delivered the same product and/or service, and I thus intimated that the newbies should be valued with similar metrics to the incumbent financial institutions. In observing the platforms’ performances over the last year, as well as evolving market conditions,…

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Crowdfunding with Self Directed IRA?

“The Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, Crowdfund Beat Sr. contributing editor, The Evolving Crowdfunding Regulations: Now Presenting “The Fix Crowdfunding Act” On April 5, 2012 the JOBS Act was passed. On October 30, 2015 Title III: Equity Crowdfunding final rules were passed which marked all 7 Titles of the JOBS Act were approved. Recently, the ‘‘Fix Crowdfunding  Act’’ was  introduced to Congress to improve Regulation Crowdfunding.  FINRA and SEC has taken an approach of letting the crowdfunding industry cultivate the business model and the regulators will oversee and implement regulations on an as needed basis. The integration of technology within the private capital markets is…

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A CEO’s Perspective Crowdfunding with “REG CF Title III”

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By Terry White is the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel company WOLACO. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post Since Title III of the Jobs Act just recently went into effect we decide to get a closer look at how CEOs actually view the new legislation in respect to their future financing needs. We had an opportunity for a Q&A with Terry White the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel companyWOLACO.  He was able to share with us the company’s history as well as their first crowdfunding experience with Kickstarter and his perspective on Title III. CT: What does WOLACO mean? TW: WOLACO is an acronym for Way of Life Athletic Co. I thought…

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Lending Club, Well that was unexpected.

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By Bo Brustkern, CEO NSR Invest, Crowdfund Beat Gust Post, I certainly didn’t think I would be reading about Renaud Laplanche’s resignation as CEO of Lending Club while drinking my morning coffee last Monday. Since then, the news hasn’t gotten any better and emotions are… shall we say, running high? Here at NSR Invest we have fielded a large number of calls from anxious investors over the past several days, so in lieu of our traditional monthly newsletter I figure let’s just talk about Lending Club. But before I weigh in, I need you to keep a couple things in mind. First, this short missive can…

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SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

By Mark Roderick Shareholder, Flaster/Greenberg P.C. CrowdFund Beat ‘s  Sr.Guest Editor. The SEC just provided guidance for Title III issuers in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations. You can read the CD&I’s themselves here. Before Filing Before filing Form C (the disclosure document used in Title III) and being listed on a Funding Portal, a Title III issuer may not take any action that would “condition the public mind or arouse public interest in the issuer or in its securities.” That means: No Demo Days No email blasts or social media posts about the offering No meetings with possible investors After Filing Once a Title III…

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New CrowdFunding Rules are a Game Changer

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By Joel Block CEO at Bullseye Capital MarketPlace Partners, LLC , CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, This was an historic week in the securities industry. Rules that have been in place for more than 80 years were smashed and replaced with new, modern rules that allow citizens from every walk of life to invest in start-up companies right on the Internet. In the past, private placements had to be kept private which effectively meant that you had to be a millionaire to get into a private placement and make any money. Nothing seems more un-American than having to be a millionaire to make money in the United States…

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HEADLINE NEWS

ForbesTitle III Crowdfunding For Real, Part IIForbesTitle III of the JOBS Act went into effect last year, and many entrepreneurs and small businesses are curious about if it works and how. I had the pleasure of interviewing several companies that have gone through “equity crowdfunding [...]

EntrepreneurThis Crowdfunding Category Will Blow Up in 2017, Says the CEO of ...EntrepreneurDavid Mandelbrot believes these kinds of products will be big on the crowdfunding platform this year. He also shares his tips for successful fundraising.and more » [...]

The AdvocateCan Equity Crowdfunding Be Fixed?The AdvocateWith the adoption last year of the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) exemptions by the Securities and Exchange Commissionprivate companies can now raise capital from all 230 million American adults. Until now, businesses have bee [...]

Funerals paid for by crowdfunding are on the riseBBC NewsCharles Wells, chief operations officer for JustGiving, said: "Thinking about the costs of a funeral is the last thing a grieving family wants to do but with the cost of funerals rising JustGiving has seen increasing number [...]

Phys.OrgCrowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regionsPhys.OrgThe study found that crowdfunding in a region, and in particular successful technology campaigns, appeared to cause an increase in venture capital funding in the region. This occurs as venture capitalists [...]

Crowdfund InsiderBeatStars & Play Impossible Set to Close Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns on IndiegogoCrowdfund Insiderindiegogo-equity-crowdfunding BeatStars and Play Impossible are set to close their crowdfunding campaigns through Indiegogo and MicroVentures' equit [...]

Telegraph.co.ukWellesley to freeze crowdfunding campaign as it courts City investorsTelegraph.co.ukPeer-to-peer property lender Wellesley is suspending its crowd-funding efforts as it courts City investors to help fund its expansion. Wellesley is set to pause its campaign that asked s [...]

Business Insider UKLondon startup Pact Coffee moved out of its office after failing to raise a £1 million crowdfunding roundBusiness Insider UKPact Coffee's move comes after the startup failed to hit a £1 million crowdfunding target last March. The Crowdcube campaign was terminat [...]

SBC NewsPeople Power – Crowdfunding in igamingSBC NewsWhen asked what advice he'd give a company considering going down this route, Rose told SBC: “A company looking to launch should firstly make sure crowdfunding is really the best option for them. Do you really need to raise mo [...]

BCN Biotech Aromics Nears 100K€ Crowdfunding on Capital CellCrowdfund InsiderSince launching its crowdfunding campaign on Capital Cell, Aromics has raised just over 95,020€ toward its 300,000€ goal for 6.19% equity offered. Cofounded by CEO Dr. Carme Plasencia, CFO and Chairman of the [...]

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