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  • The FINRA Board of Governors met today and authorized the publication of a Regulatory Notice to solicit comment on proposed rules and related forms governing funding portals pursuant to Title III of the JOBS Act. The proposed rules address among other things the membership application process for funding portals, fraud and manipulation, just and equitable principles of trade, communications with the public, supervision and anti-money laundering. FINRA expects to publish the Notice when the SEC releases its proposed rules pursuant to Title III of the JOBS Act for comment.
     

    July 12, 2013

  • Shifting to Accredited Crowdfunding: In Depth with Ellenoff

    I recently spoke with attorney Douglas Ellenoff, our contributing expert on crowdfunding and the JOBS Act, about the recent "no action" letters issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission to crowdfunding platforms like AngelList and FundersClub targeted at accredited investors.

    Crowdsourcing.org May 28, 2013

  • Making Crowdfunding CREDIBLE

    Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of the Firm, wrote an article on Crowdfunding that was published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.

    Vanderbilt University Law School May 10, 2013

  • JOBS Act Plus One Year: In Depth with Ellenoff

    I spoke with attorney Douglas Ellenoff, our contributing expert on crowdfunding and the JOBS Act, shortly after the one year anniversarry of the signing of the JOBS Act in April 2012. Ellenoff spoke at a Silicon Valley crowdfunding conference on the first birthday of the law, which...

    Crowdsourcing.org April 22, 2013

  • Crowdfunding nearly doubled last year with 1M successful campaigns

    Crowdfunding is getting so much bigger than Kickstarter. Last year alone, it generated 1 million successful campaigns and $2.7 billion across the globe.  Research firm Massolution gathered that data from 308 active crowdfunding platforms (CFPs) worldwide via the website for its 2013 Crowdfunding Industry Report. The information shows that crowdfunding nearly doubled last year, with an 81 percent increase over 2011. North America and Europe, taking second, dominate the market, with a more than 95 percent stake.

    Venture Beat April 17, 2013

  • Live with Crowdfunding Expert Doug Ellenoff

    Doug Ellenoff, the leading attorney in the investment crowdfunding space will join me live at 4:00 Eastern today to discuss crowdfunding.  We’ll discuss common misunderstandings in the crowdfunding community. We’ll also get Doug’s take on why the status quo—where 98 percent of Americans are essentially not allowed to invest in startups—is considered acceptable.

    Forbes April 17, 2013

  • SEC blamed for blocking JOBS Act

    Hear hearings on the delay.

    Small Business April 10, 2013

  • Anniversary Of JOBS Act Finds Investment Crowdfunders Champing At The Bit

    With the anniversary of the signing of the landmark JOBS Act signed on April 5, 2012, the investment crowdfunding community is champing at the bit to get to work, still waiting on the SEC to issue regulations required by the Act.  The regulations, due on January 5, 2013, have not yet been promulgated. In fact, the agency has yet to issue draft regulations for...

    Forbes April 3, 2013

  • SEC Recognizes FundersClub as first-ever online VC

    No action is good action. At least for the online investment platform FundersClub, which today received a “no-action letter” from the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that it will not recommend enforcement action.  The letter is a green light for FundersClub and validation that its investment model is legal. The news is significant for the venture capital and finance industries as well as startups looking for more flexible methods of fundraising.

    Venture Beat March 28, 2013

  • How Crowdfunding Fights Fraud -- In Depth With Ellenoff

    In this latest of a special series of conversations with Douglas Ellenoff -- one of our contributing experts on the JOBS Act and the future of crowdfunding for equity in the US and elsewhere -- we tackle the much-debated issue of the potential for fraud in a new crowdfunding industry.

    Crowdsourcing.org March 27, 2013

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