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Unregistered broker-dealer services can be illegal…and costly.

By Tim Boykin Corporate Counsel at WealthForge, Crowdfund Beat Guest Contributor, Last month, in our blog post “Unregistered? You might be breaking the law… and the SEC is watching.,” we discussed the importance of the registration requirement of Section 15(a)(1) of the ’34 Act. We suggested that Section 15(a)(1) requires registration as a broker-dealer when a person effects or induces the purchase or sale of securities. Recent SEC action suggests that the SEC is construing the registration requirement broadly and is bringing related enforcement actions. The previous post discussed a specific SEC enforcement action involving an unregistered online platform. This post dives a bit deeper into the…

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FINRA’s Latest Proposed Funding Portal Rules and Fees “charts”

FINRA’s Latest Proposed Funding Portal Rules and Fees “charts”

By Lauren Leibowitz, CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, On October 9, 2015, 2 years after FINRA first published its proposed Funding Portals rules , FINRA published the amended proposed Funding Portal Rules to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The following are FINRA’s proposed rule submissions:         1. SR-FINRA-2015-040 a. Adopt Funding Portal Rules 100,110,200, 300, 800,900 and 1200 and related forms. b. Adopt FINRA rule 4518: Notification to FINRA in Connection with the JOBS Act. 2. SR-FINRA-2015-041: Adopt Section 15 of Schedule A to the FINRA By-Laws governing fees for funding portals that are FINRA Members. In April 2012, when…

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Raising Money online with a Participating Broker-Dealer?

Raising Money online with a Participating Broker-Dealer?

By Scott Andersen, CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at finLawyer.com FinLaw:  Raising Money online with a Participating Broker-Dealer? Welcome to the World of FINRA Regulation In my last article regarding Regulation A+ filing requirements, I discussed how when raising funds for a Reg A offering you are required not only to make a Form 1-A filing with the SEC, but also one with FINRA pursuant to FINRA Rule 5110. Rule 5110, known as the Corporate Financing Rule, enables FINRA to review and evaluate the fairness of underwriting terms and arrangements.  However, this is not the only FINRA rule that those seeking to publicly raise funds over the internet need to…

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SEC Sanctions Finder’s Fees by non-Broker-Dealer

SEC Sanctions Finder’s Fees by non-Broker-Dealer

By Jonathan Wilson CrowdFundBeat , Sr. contributing guest editor, partner in the corporate law department of Taylor English  LLP In a consent judgment announced recently the SEC re-emphasized its position that parties who are not licensed as broker-dealers are prohibited by securities laws from accepting so-called finder’s fees for connecting investors with securities issuers. In its consent judgment in In re IREECO, LLC, the SEC described IRRECO, LLC and certain named affiliates who ran a business in which they assisted prospective investors in EB-5 transactions with regional centers who were seeking investors for EB-5 project financings.  The EB-5 program is one that allows non-U.S. citizens to make an investment of at…

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The Many Definitions of “Crowdfunding”

By Fred Bryant, President, WealthForge It was 2010 and I had just received a question from a regulatory body: What is crowdfunding? While I have since answered this question dozens of times, crowdfunding as a term has been used by a variety of groups who have defined it in different ways, creating confusion about what exactly it is. To be clear, there are, in fact, many different flavors of crowdfunding. The three most common are donation-based, presale of a product, and securities or “equity” crowdfunding. All three have one thing in common: some sort of monetary exchange where one entity looks to source capital directly from…

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Forbes7 Crowdfunding Keys For Social EntrepreneursForbesLots of people hold themselves out to be crowdfunding experts. I haven't met anyone who has raised more money in on Kickstarter and Indiegogo than Funded Today's Zach Smith. He reports raising over $110 million total ov [...]

NEPA Scene (blog)Keystone Rampworks starts crowdfunding campaign for new Wilkes-Barre skate park and entertainment venueNEPA Scene (blog)With a business plan in place, the first-time business owners are currently working on securing the funding, so they've started a crowdfunding [...]

Chicago TribuneCompetitor acquires Chicago-based crowdfunding site GiveForwardChicago TribuneGiveForward, the Chicago-based crowdfunding platform, has been acquired by YouCaring, a San Francisco-based competitor. Launched in 2008 by Desiree Vargas Wrigley ⇒ and Ethan Austin, GiveForwa [...]

UK Fundraising10:10 seeks organisations to benefit from solar power crowdfunding campaignUK FundraisingThe crowdfunding campaign and its focus is a tribute to singer-songwriter, actor and musician Prince, who died last year. After his death it emerged that he was a clean energy advoca [...]

PGH City Paper (blog)WQED's Rick Sebak launches crowdfunding campaignPGH City Paper (blog)At a time when funding for public broadcasting is at risk, one Pittsburgh legend is looking to bring more programming to WQED through alternative means. This week, Sebak launched a Kickstart [...]

Yahoo FinanceHapbeat Begins Kickstarter Crowdfunding Project for Wearable Device "hapbeat"Yahoo FinanceHapbeat, a start-up company formed at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, will begin a crowdfunding campaign (https://goo.gl/j6g0oy) on Kickstarter for the production of rev [...]

Crowdfunding launched for Cho-Sargent memorialLewiston Sun JournalA crowdfunding campaign on the popular site GoFundMe was launched late last week toward a memorial garden project in honor of Foley's son, Jayden Cho-Sargent, just a few days after the family was told the current m [...]

Boulder foam snowshoe makers launch crowdfunding campaignBizWest MediaNow, Crescent Moon is raising capital to make the molds for the foam shoe, a small one that will fit most men and women. Thamm said the company is committed to making the shoe, which they're calling the Eva, wh [...]

Danbury News TimesNoteworthy Chocolates turns to crowdfunding to pay for patentDanbury News TimesThe Sauvageaus are also no strangers to running successful crowdfunding campaigns, having raised more than $28,000 from 390 supporters on Kickstarter last spring to launch the business. Th [...]

People's Light launches crowdfunding campaign on play about ...The PhoenixMALVERN >> This month, People's Light launched a month-long crowdfunding campaign around the world premiere production of “Project Dawn,” a vital new ...and more » [...]

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