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  • Realty Mogul Raises $9M as Real Estate Crowdsourcing Turns Into Hot Property

    Crowdfunding, which has influenced the making of movies, consumer electronics and various types of loans, is now spreading to real estate.  Realty Mogul Chief Executive Jilliene Helman Realty Mogul
    In the second such funding of a real estate startup this week, Realty Mogul Co. raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Canaan Partners, bringing its total funding to $10 million. Valuation is not disclosed.

    Crowdfund Beat March 27, 2014

  • Tough love as crowdfunding grows up

    The main benefactor of this rule change has been the real estate industry. Douglas Ellenoff, a securities lawyer who specializes in crowdfunding, estimates that more than half of the $160 million raised by online crowdfunding platforms in the U.S. since September went into real estate projects. The amount raised offline, for example by developers raising money from neighbors, could be significantly higher.

    Real Estate Weekly March 26, 2014

  • Bills Authorizing Intrastate “Crowdfinancing” Filed in Florida House and Senate

    The Florida Crowd Finance Association held its inaugural meeting March 5 at the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff in Coral Gables in support of a bipartisan initiative filed in the Florida House and Senate authorizing certain forms of “Crowdfinancing” between Florida-based entities.

    PR Web March 11, 2014

  • The New Era of Investor Relations

    In 2013, the ban on general solicitation of accredited investors was lifted, causing the largest change to securities laws in decades. While everyone from startups to hedge funds will enjoy new liberties in investor marketing and outreach campaigns, it's critical that the new rules are followed to a T, eliminating the chance for exemption rescission. Panel speakers include veteran securities attorney Doug Ellenoff...

    SXSW January 22, 2014

  • The top 30 influential leaders in the crowdfunding industry (infographic)

    Israeli equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd worked with marketing firm Evolve Inc. to handpick a list of 800 influential members of the crowdfunding community.

    The multibillion dollar crowdfunding industry wouldn't be where it is today without the people on this list.
    They are entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, politicians, analysts, legal professionals, and journalists. Together, their actions and commentary have driven the nascent industry forward.

    Venture Beat January 22, 2014

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Worldwide Stock Transfer Offers Investor Accreditation Services to Private Companies

    New product offers first-of-its-kind stock transfer option for private companies

    HACKENSACK, N.J. (Jan. 7, 2014) – Worldwide Stock Transfer, LLC (WST), a nation’s leading
    stock transfer agent, announced today the launch of a first of its kind platform that facilitates
    the investor accreditation process by connecting private companies and investors with their
    verifiers without requiring private documents.

    Worldwide Stock Transfer provides private companies who are utilizing crowd funding as a
    method to raise capital, the ability to secure investor accreditation. An individual investor must
    document an annual income of more than $200,000 individually, $300,000 as a couple or have a
    net worth of more than $1,000,000 excluding the value of a primary household.
    "Worldwide Stock has developed the stock transfer industry’s first one stop shopping
    platform,” said Jonathan Gellis, president of Worldwide Stock Transfer. “We have put together
    a platform that handles all the major back office components for private companies. A private
    company can utilize Worldwide for shareholder services, receive escrow and investor
    accreditation services all under one roof at a cost competitive rate."
    Worldwide’s automated verification software streamlines the accreditation process while also
    ensuring that customers comply with the safe harbor provision outlined by Title II of the JOBS
    Act.

    About Worldwide Stock Transfer, LLC
    Worldwide Stock Transfer, LLC is a premier stock transfer firm specializing in an array of transfer
    services including DRS and DWAC, accurate record keeping and account maintenance, investor
    relations and restricted stock. WST offers escrow lockbox capabilities and unlimited online
    services to clients and shareholders. Founded in 2005 at the request of numerous micro-cap
    and small to mid-level size companies searching for a higher level of service and individual
    attention, WST strongly believes in personalized, low cost professional service when it comes to
    the stock transfer industry. WST has assembled a highly experienced team consisting of
    professionals with extensive years of financial service skills in a variety of areas. For more
    information on WST, please visit www.wwstr.com.

    Click here for more information.

    January 4, 2014

  • Crowdfund Global Expo: The first important crowdfunding event of 2014

    Platforms and portals, security firms, investors, title II and III experts, attorneys, financial and fund managers, start-ups, real estate brokers and developers, P2P investors, entrepreneurs, incubators, and accelerators meet up during this two-day professional event while attending informative keynote sessions and networking with industry leaders.

    Venture Beat December 9, 2013

  • The SEC’s Crowdfunding Proposal – A Preliminary Look (Webinar)

    The Business Law Section and the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is hosting a live program and webcast in New York City on December 11, 2013, to review crowdfunding. The event is titled, “The SEC’s Crowdfunding Proposal – A Preliminary Look”, and it is open to anyone who registers on the NYSBA site. The webcast is free of charge.
     

    Crowdfund Insider December 6, 2013

  • The Crowdfunding Professional Association’s 2nd Annual Crowd Investing Innovation Forum

    Top crowdfunding pioneers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and investors will convene to
    address the most urgent issues in capital formation, job creation, public policy as well as
    corporate and entrepreneurial initiatives. Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of the Firm, will be
    one of the speakers.
     

    CFPA August 5, 2013

  • JOBS Act Title II Rulemaking Update
    The final rules adopted by the SEC on July 10th to eliminate the ban on general solicitation and advertising and define bad actor disqualifications for Rule 506 offerings have been published in the Federal Register. These rules go into effect on September 23, 2013.

    We will be working with our clients and friends to develop compliance protocols for these new rules.

    July 25, 2013

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