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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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GeekBIKI Robot Fish Paddles Past Crowdfunding Goal - Geek.comGeekSpring has barely sprung, but some folks are already prepping their summer essentials: bathing suit, fishing rod, portable underwater drone. Chinese company ...and more » [...]

Small business crowdfunding: Dos and Don'tsArizona Daily SunMany are the entrepreneurs who have lamented, “If only I had the money to start my enterprise.” For startup businesses experiencing difficulty — and often exasperation — trying to get financing via traditional means, cro [...]

OregonLive.comCrowdfunding efforts for Portland stabbing victims top $1 million days after attackOregonLive.comThe crowdfunding campaigns sprang up soon after news reports spread of the attack. Two are designed to help all three families with medical costs and to alleviate any financi [...]

Daily MailNick Clegg crowdfunding former Deputy PM appeals donations ...Daily MailLib Dem MP Nick Cleg is 'crowdfunding' to help bankroll the publication of thousands of party leaflets for canvassing ahead of the re-election bid in Sheffield ...and more » [...]

Roanoke TimesVirginia Tech launches its own crowdfunding site to reach new generation of donorsRoanoke TimesOne of the first four pilot projects that went live on Jump, Tech's crowdfunding website, lets users pay for as little as one local child to attend educational programming [...]

Crowdfund InsiderResearch on Risk Shows Crowdfunding Has Significant Fraud Immunity: Here's WhyCrowdfund InsiderIt may be counterintuitive but the research has been done and the results are now in – and it's as we've been saying for almost five years. Fraud in crowdfund [...]

Hall alone in vote against rape kit crowdfundingRockwall County Herald Banner“Rape kit testing is far too important to rely on an undependable funding source like crowdfunding. This is a core function of government and as such it should be funded by government. Victims deserve to know [...]

New York MagazineFacebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding to EveryoneNew York MagazineDepending on your perspective, the rise in popularity of crowdfunding is either a fantastic new way that the internet lets strangers help each other out, or emblematic of the decay of institutional safeguards [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: BIKI is an underwater drone that ...Android Authority (blog)Drones are fun, but they can only move through air. We know plenty of you prefer to go underwater. If so, BIKI is for you.and more » [...]

Digital TrendsCryorig's innovative PC case, the Taku, seeks crowdfunding on KickstarterDigital TrendsPC cooling specialist Cryorig has taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund its Taku ITX chassis. The product has been shown publicly before, notably at last year's Computex event, b [...]

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