Blog Posts

April 25, 2017
Regulation D in 2016

Update on Regulation D: Data from 2016 Form D’s It’s been over a year since the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) published its report on Private Securities Offerings post-JOBS Act. And while since that time, DERA has published more data about Regulation CF and Regulation A, the SEC has yet to offer […]

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March 28, 2017
Congressman McHenry on Financial Inclusion Through Technology

Discussing Fintech with a policy leader. On Monday March 6, 2017, Congressman Patrick McHenry gave keynote remarks at the Lendit Conference in New York City. Among the themes of his speech, McHenry talked about the need for financial inclusion, citing a statistic that counties with less than 100,000 saw a decrease in small businesses. At […]

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March 28, 2017
What Is A Real Estate Syndication?

Syndication....? "What is a real estate syndication?" is a question our firm is asked often. Maybe you’re a developer, a real estate investor, or someone looking to expand your business by taking in outside investors to fund a larger project that you wouldn’t be able to do by yourself. Or maybe a friend or acquaintance […]

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March 27, 2017
How To Start A Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform?

So, you want to start a real estate crowdfunding (RECF) platform. This article is intended to serve as a basic guide. Decide on what you want to do There are many different types of crowdfunding platforms. You need to first make some business decisions as to what kind of platform you want to form: Will […]

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December 22, 2016
Crowdfunding Video: PYSK - Darren Powderly, CCIM of CrowdStreet

Check out the Darren's Crowdstreet site here. Or if you want to see more People You Should Know, click here.

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December 9, 2016
A No-B.S. Guide to Crowdfunding

Crowdfund Your Business in Less than One Month! Introduction to Crowdfunding Crowdfunding campaigns tend to look like sexy, overnight successes, but rarely are the successful ones so effortless. What I’m about to say sounds dumb—so dumb that I’m reluctant to have to even say it—but a lot of folks call thinking that crowdfunding is easy […]

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October 28, 2016
Crowdfunding vs Syndication

The Difference Between Syndication and Crowdfunding Syndication and crowdfunding are terms that have been used interchangeably within the last decade, and their concepts and meaning have become increasingly blurred. However, whereas syndication focuses on funding relationships and structure between the funder and funded, crowdfunding is a method of finding investors (or backers) with the cornerstone […]

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September 30, 2016
When You Use a Bomb to Swat a Fly: A Response to the Proposal to Ban SAFEs in Crowdfunding

This article originally appeared on CrowdfundInsider This article is a response to the draft paper referenced in the article entitled “Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE” authored by Joseph M. Green and John F. Coyle. There are many so words to describe my thoughts about the paper: patronizing, impractical, misguided—but mostly, unfortunate. One might attribute the recommendations of […]

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September 16, 2016
Why “Special Purpose Entities” Are So Special

This article was originally published at As securities attorneys, we’ve been getting a fair amount of questions lately on special purposes entities (SPEs), also known as special purpose vehicles (SPVs). What are they? What do they do? Should I choose an SPE over an LLC? (That last one is my favorite). First, to nip […]

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August 3, 2016
First Month of Title III Equity Crowdfunding

We’ve hit the one month mark since Title III became effective on May 16, 2016, and are just starting to see the first data points of this new industry. Here are some juicy statistics: In the first 30 days of the filing’s becoming effective, 40 companies have become issuers using Title III (as of the […]

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