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2017 Real Estate Crowdfunding: Surveying the Landscape

        “Copyright” By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFund Beat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP The impact of crowdfunding on real estate finance and deal-making has been one of the hottest topics of the past year.[1]  With the advent of crowdfunding, real estate developers and investors have multiple pathways to finance their projects and even to plot their exits.  But in many ways the impact of crowdfunding has not yet arrived.  Crowdfunding for real estate is still in the early stages and may take several detours along the way to its final destination. What is Crowdfunding? The idea of “crowdfunding” has been…

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Reg A+ From Zero To One To $50MM – The Roadmap To Get It Done

Reg A+ From Zero To One To $50MM – The Roadmap To Get It Done

By Philip Chen, CrowdfundBeat  Sr. Editor, Reg A+ is the latest rule to be enacted as part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act and is otherwise known as Title IV of the Act. The predecessor Titles were passed in 2012 and 2013 and the main one, Reg CF (aka Title III- Crowdfunding) is expected anytime now. Reg A+ is the first federal legislation that combines the benefits of general solicitation with providing non-accredited and accredited investors an opportunity to participate. Given it’s complexity and expected cost, it’s meant for late state growth companies to raise up $50MM by performing a “mini-IPO”. Moreover, the…

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Jobs-act Title III on the Horizon, FINRA Releases Proposed Funding Portal Rules

By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP  On October 12, 2015, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) announced that it would file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a proposed rule change to adopt Funding Portal Rules 100, 110, 200, 300, 800,900 and 1200 (collectively, the “Funding Portal Rules”) and related forms.  In addition, FINRA proposed to adopt new FINRA Rule 4518 (Notification to FINRA in Connection with the JOBS Act) in the FINRA rulebook. The proposed rules are part of FINRA’s effort to implement the crowdfunding provisions of Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS…

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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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FTC Settles Crowdfunding Fraud Case

Jonathan Wilson  CrowdFundBeat , Sr. contributing guest editor, partner in the corporate law department of Taylor English  LLP The FTC announced last week its first settlement in a crowdfunding fraud case. The FTC had accused Erik Chevalier of defrauding consumers in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in which he sought to raise funds for a board game to be called “The Doom that Came to Atlantic City.” Chevalier and his company, The Forking Path, launched their campaign for “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City” on Kickstarter in May 2012.  The game was based on a board that looked a lot like Monopoly, and required players to play the roles of…

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ForbesThe Ultimate Pre-Launch Crowdfunding ChecklistForbesCrowdfunding is not limited to the platform where you launch your campaign. Instead, it has become a valuable way to transform your idea into a mainstream business. In order to head in that direction, you must execute a number [...]

The AustralianIgniteme heats up crowdfundingThe Australian“The only other comparable film that raised money through crowdfunding would be Crocodile Dundee, but not all funding came from the crowd.” Mr Morello said the idea behind the platform was relatively simple — giving new and bud [...]

DVS Gaming (registration) (blog)Crowdfunding: How Does it Help Indie Developers?DVS Gaming (registration) (blog)2012 is when crowdfunding really blew up, prior to 2012 the average amount of money devs would receive could range from 10k-100k. By today's standards, that's stil [...]

The MemoCrowdfunding has become a 'monster' argues its greatest criticThe MemoBrown has become a thorn in the side of this blossoming industry, even more so as it's clear his blog is now even read by regulators at the Financial Conduct Authority. The Memo sat down with [...]

U.S. News & World ReportNo Cash for Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding FirmsU.S. News & World ReportThe block on mainstream crowdfunding is just the latest blow to far-right activists operating online. In the last 24 hours, neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer had its domain regi [...]

LivemintFinding the right balance on crowdfundingLivemintSecurities market regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has been trying to get a handle on digital platform-based crowdfunding since at least 2014, when it issued a cautiously positive consultation paper. It fl [...]

Crain's Cleveland Business'Smaller' gifts can go long way for Clinic's crowdfunding platformCrain's Cleveland BusinessFor an institution accustomed to securing multimillion-dollar donations, Cleveland Clinic's latest fundraising effort has some relatively [...]

Australian Brews NewsBrewery crowdfunding effective overall: PozibleAustralian Brews NewsEquity crowdfunding by breweries overseas has been effective overall, despite some high profile failures, according to Pozible. The largest reward-based crowdfunding platform in the Asia Pacific, [...]

FortuneUncensored Social Network Gab Raises $1 Million in Crowdfunding CampaignFortuneA crowdfunding campaign for Gab, a Twitter-like social network that touts its commitment to freedom of speech, surpassed $1 million yesterday. The company claims it is politically neutral and committ [...]

Crowdfund InsiderIsraeli Crowdfunding Platform ExitValley Self Crowdfunds, Plans UK ExpansionCrowdfund InsiderThe digital platform to book parking anywhere raised $2 million – a portion of that, $270,000, reportedly came from ExitValley. To date the self-crowdfunding offer has raised [...]

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