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Crowdfunding: Disclosing Both Pros and Cons?

Crowdfunding: Disclosing Both Pros and Cons?

ByTom Muller, Partner Co-Chair, Real Estate and Land @ Manatt, Crowdfunding has grown tremendously in the past few years, and with the recent finalization by the Securities and Exchange Commission of its rulemaking under a 2012 law, there may be an even greater expansion of investor opportunities. Traditionally, large real estate equity and debt transactions are funded by large institutions such as REITs and life insurance companies that invest in companies or joint ventures with only one or two investors. At the other end of the scale, a local real estate developer or investor might gain funding from friends and family members by way of…

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Hope’s Role in Equity Crowdfunding

By Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor At a recent Angel Investor event I overheard an entrepreneur seeking capital ask an Angel Investor the following question. “What sectors do you specialise in when selecting investments?” The Angel Investor said he had no special preference as he was primarily after “anything that had enough in it to back up a 10 times return”. That got me thinking. Maybe a “Hope Matrix” like the one below would be a quick way for an entrepreneur or founder to work out where there particular opportunity is best pitched. If they definitely have something that fits squarely in the top right then…

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REG A+ Elio Motors: The company now has a $1B market value at OTCQX

By Jonathan B. Wilson  partner in the Atlanta business law firm of Taylor English  CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Elio Motors (OTCQX: OTCM), one of the first companies to use the expanded offering potential in Regulation A+, has listed its securities for resale on the OTC QX market. “We are proud to welcome Elio Motors, the first company to raise capital online and go public on OTCQX under the JOBS Act Regulation A+,” said Jason Paltrowitz, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at OTC Markets Group. “OTC Markets Group welcomes innovators and entrepreneurs and is proud to offer the market of choice for the new generation of…

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5 Tips When Meeting With An Investment Bank

          Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, If you are meeting with an Investment Bank then your company has the need to raise capital from outside investors to fuel its growth. An Investment Bank is the intermediary between your company and investors through a capital raise process.  Having an Investment Bank handle your capital raise allows for an independent party to structure a viable transaction that is fair and balanced for the you, the Issuer, and Investors.           Investment Bankers are knowledgeable and experienced in outlining the necessary supporting due diligence, analyzing the…

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Holy Grail of Regulated Crowdfunding

By Oscar A Jofre Jr. President/CEO, Fintech, Regulated Crowdfunding, Capital Markets,  CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, Travelling around the world gives you great perspective on many things.  From the people, culture, food, and market, to how everyone has their own way of getting things done. I spent the tail end of 2015 in airports and on airplanes travelling around the world to speak at conferences, and it has fundamentally changed my perspective on many things. I had a system when I was travelling.  Each time that I was called on to speak in a new country, I’d begin by studying local securities regulations – how they work,…

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Origin Capital Partners Launches Denver Tech Corridor Crowdfunding Opportunity

Origin Capital Partners Launches Denver Tech Corridor Crowdfunding Opportunity

CrowdfundBeat News Wire, CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Real estate investment firm Origin Capital Partners has launched its first Denver deal on its new crowdfunding platform: Denver Corporate Center I (DCC I), an 11-story office building in the Denver Tech Center. Investments in the building begin at $10,000 for accredited investors, who must meet certain income or net worth requirements. “Real estate crowdfunding is growing fast — it’s expected to raise more than $3 billion in 2016,” said Michael Episcope, cofounder of Origin, which has more than $500 million of real estate under management. “But we’re not marketing other people’s deals. Our firm owns…

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 JOBS Act Regulatory Action Update

 JOBS Act Regulatory Action Update

  By Scott Andersen, CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at finLawyer.com During her keynote address at the 47th Annual Securities Regulation Institute on October 28, 2015, SEC Chairman Mary Jo White reminded us that the securities industry is an industry closely monitored by its regulators.  While the speech focused attention on the dramatic changes in capital raising now permissible through the JOBS Act, White made clear that enforcement investigations and actions were a critical part of the SEC’s monitoring of the industry.           White stated that enforcement investigations were open and focused on the Rule 506 offering space, focusing on discrete areas such…

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Crowdfunding – Funding Portal Requirements

by Steve Quinlivan , Stinson Leonard Street LLP The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has issued final rules on Regulation Crowdfunding. This post analyzes the “Additional Funding Portal Requirements” and “Miscellaneous” sections of the SEC’s adopting release. Additional Funding Portal Requirements Registration Requirement Securities Act Section 4A(a)(1) requires that an intermediary facilitating a transaction made in reliance on Securities Act Section 4(a)(6) register with the Commission as a broker or a funding portal. The statute does not, however, prescribe the manner in which a funding portal would register with the Commission. Registration will be made through the EDGAR system.  The registration requirements for funding portals are…

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SEC’s Rules for Title III of the JOBS ACT may Now be Closer

SEC’s Rules for Title III of the JOBS ACT may Now be Closer

By Irene Tordera , crowdvalley.com, Three full years have passed since the JOBS Act was signed. In this time, the SEC has translated into rules only some of the Titles within it, for example TItle II and Title V, but has not acted yet on Title III, which should open online investing to retail investors. However, in these weeks there are signs that the situation may change. Six Congressional Democrats issued an open letter dated October 5 to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, begging the regulator to issue the long-overdue rules to implement crowdfunding under Title III. Additionally and most notably,  the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority…

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Crowdfunding Under Title III of the JOBS Act: Where Do We Stand Today?

Crowdfunding Under Title III of the JOBS Act: Where Do We Stand Today?

By Jonathan Wilson CrowdFundBeat , Sr. contributing guest editor, partner in the corporate law department of Taylor English  LLP When a bi-partisan Congress passed the JOBS Act in 2012 (H.R. 3606), small businesses and start-ups thought that the fundraising world was about to change. Among other innovations, in one of the biggest changes to securities law since 1933, the JOBS Act intended to make it possible for small businesses and start-ups to solicit investors directly – in person and on the Web – to make investments in their companies. Congress expected change to occur immediately. Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC), one of the JOBS Act’s sponsors, said that crowdfunding “utilized online technology…

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Robo-Advisor, CrowdFunding Portal or FinTech Business?

Robo-Advisor, CrowdFunding Portal or FinTech Business?

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, In the heart of Silicon Valley in California operates FinTech Associates, a boutique FinTech Engineering & Consulting firm dubbed the “McKinsey equivalent for FinTech” which has taken startups and established Financial Services players from FinTech idea to market solving a major problem given the shortage of engineering talent. But even better, they have experienced FinTech Entrepreneurs that partner with you to launch your Robo-Advisor or Equity CrowdFunding Portal at the speed of a startup. New York, NY, August 25, 2015 –(PR.com)– There is a lot of hype about FinTech in general given the passing of the JOBS Act in 2012 (aka equity…

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Marking Assets to Market in SBRE Funds

Marking Assets to Market in SBRE Funds

By Matt Burk, Founder and CEO Fairway America, LLC, and SBREfunds.com, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, One of the challenges in an open-ended Net Asset Value (“NAV”) pooled SBRE fund is determining what value to ascribe to any given individual asset in the portfolio at any given point in time. In fact, this is one of the most frequently misunderstood and mishandled issues we see in our deep and myriad involvement with SBRE funds which includes advisory, creation, administration and investing. Many managers simply do not understand the issue and how to apply it to their fund. Many more refuse to acknowledge when assets have been impaired or have declined…

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SEC to regulate crowd-fundingInquirer.netThe Securities and Exchange Commission is set to regulate crowd-funding activities in the country to protect the investing public from the abuse of fund-raising innovations typically designed for start-up companies. Crowd-funding refers to a me [...]

LivemintCrowdfunding Indian hopes and fearsLivemintOver the last few years, crowdfunding websites such as Milaap have become a repository of connected India's aspirations and anxieties. They clearly highlight our country's big failures in the areas of health and education. T [...]

5 Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding CampaignHuffPostTake time to really research which crowdfunding platform (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdrise, etc) is best. Don't only talk to the teams there, but also talk to people who have run crowdfunding campaigns on that platform [...]

CNBCSome crowdfunding donors could be accidentally breaking tax lawsCNBCDonors may face tricky gift-tax rules, non-deductible donations and a lack of accountability when contributing online.and more » [...]

CampaignLiveMother-backed incubator Broody acquires a 5% stake in crowdfunding platformCampaignLiveCrowdfunding is part of a societal shift towards world-class brands demonstrating measurable social impact, Pippa Dunn, co-founder of Broody, said: "It's therefore integral to [...]

Eater San DiegoNorth Park Distillery and Restaurant Launches Crowdfunding CampaignEater San DiegoA new distillery and restaurant in North Park is taking to crowdfunding to get the project to the finish line. 619 Distillery & Tasting Room, which is in construction at the corner of [...]

Bankless TimesWhy do crowdfunding campaigns fail?Bankless TimesFor a start, a crowdfunding page is only one of the elements that you need to complete as a business. You should also set up a business site – you can even do it yourself if you follow the instructions on https://WebsiteBu [...]

Financial TimesMonzo plans crowdfunding push to deepen ties with customersFinancial TimesBanking app Monzo is planning to launch one of the UK's largest crowdfunding efforts next year to give customers in the fast-growing bank what it calls “a greater share of ownership”. Tom Blo [...]

Khaleej TimesUAE mulls regulation for crowdfunding - Khaleej TimesKhaleej TimesThe Central Bank of the UAE is looking at regulation for crowdfunding in the emirates as part of measures to boost financing for small and medium enterprises, ...UAE credit growth seen in high single digits [...]

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