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Crypto Mom Warns SEC of Over Expansive Definition of Howey in Token Offerings

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SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce was awarded the nick name “Crypto Mom” by digital asset aficionados in a previous speech encouraging forward thinking by the SEC in the regulation of tokens and initial coin offerings. Crypto Mom has now given her view on the application of the Howey test to... Read More

Topics: Blockchain Technology, Crowdfunding, Public Companies and Securities

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

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The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales, conducted by organizations using distributed ledger or blockchain technology, have been referred to, among other things, as... Read More

Topics: Blockchain Technology, Crowdfunding, Public Companies and Securities

SEC and North American Securities Administrators Association Sign Information-Sharing Agreement

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On February 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North America Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) entered into an information-sharing agreement in connection with intrastate crowdfunding and regional offering rules. As these new rules begin to take effect, NASAA and the SEC plan to share information regarding their observations of... Read More

Topics: Consumer Protection, Crowdfunding

Newest MNvest Crowdfunding Portal To Rely on Blockchain Technology

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An equity and debt based crowdfunding portal built on Blockchain technology is set to begin offering crowd-sourced financing opportunities to non-accredited investors under Minnesota’s MNvest crowdfunding legislation. Silicon Prairie Online is the second platform available for interstate crowdfunding under MNvest, following the approval of Venture Near’s crowd-funding portal by the... Read More

Topics: Blockchain Technology, Crowdfunding

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

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On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were previously considered and passed by the House in 2016, but that have... Read More

Topics: Broker-Dealer, Consumer Protection, Crowdfunding, Investment Advisers, Private Equity

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

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On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with offerings, the online platform will allow companies to sell equity securities or promissory notes to Minnesota investors.  While online... Read More

Topics: Crowdfunding

New SEC Rules for Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

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The SEC has adopted final rules to modernize intrastate securities offerings under Rule 147, adopted new Rule 147A to broaden the availability of the existing safe harbor for intrastate securities offerings and amended Rule 504 of Regulation D to facilitate regional securities offerings by increasing the maximum amount of securities... Read More

Topics: Crowdfunding, Public Companies and Securities