Crowd Valley was a guest speaker at a seminar run by law firm K&L Gates entitled 'Crowdfunding: Commercial and Regulatory Developments' in the heart of the financial district of the City of London on March 4th. K&L Gates represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group, and it runs regular educational events on topics relating to new financial regulations.
On March 3rd Crowd Valley COO, Paul Higgins spoke on a panel entitled 'Financing the Internet of Things' at the Annual Internet of Things European Summit in Brussels.
Now in its fifth year, the IoT Summit is established as the leading event of its kind, bringing together key stakeholders for discussions around both the critical policy dimensions and commercial opportunities in Europe.
In the following weeks the Spanish government will be discussing the proposed regulation for equity crowdfunding, and seeks to issue a specific legal framework to a phenomenon that has already been working in the country since 2010.
In the last couple of years, crowdfunding has emerged in six different continents, as Crowd Valley’s recently published report shows. From USA to France, from Nigeria to Australia, the company has received requests for crowdfunding services and technologies from many countries. But what about China? What is the situation for crowdfunding there? Could a democratic financing mechanism, like crowdfunding, establish itself in the Chinese Republic?
“Driven by technology on the supply side and the financial crisis on the demand side, an investment revolution has begun.”
Andrew Haldane, Executive Director, Bank of England
Direct financing, such as equity crowdfunding and P2P lending, as well as capital markets act both as an information bridge and a conduit of financial flows between a large number of investees/borrowers and a large number of investors/lenders who receive a return for their investment. But the similarities already stop there. The design and characteristics of those two marketplaces are profoundly different.
Last week, Crowd Valley published the Crowdfunding Market Report for Q4 2013. One of the main trends that emerged in the last publication is that Private Equity Funds are starting to play a significant role in the crowdfunding ecosystem.
In October 2013, Crowd Valley published a post explaining the current situation regarding securities crowdfunding in France. In fact, at that time, the French Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises had just announced the opening of a public comment period on the proposed regulation for securities crowdfunding. Four months later, the public consultation is officially closed and France has a new regulation for crowdfunding.
In October 2013, Crowd Valley published the first Crowdfunding Market Report, which translated the company's overview on the international crowdfunding market into facts and figures presented at UC Berkeley.
Since then, a few important milestones have been achieved by the crowdfunding industry.
Last week, the public comment period on the regulation of equity crowdfunding proposed by SEC ended after 90 days. Several comments were provided by experts, platform managers, investors and other professionals, concerning issues for which a convincing and definite solution has not been found yet.
During the first Global Crowdfunding Expo, which took place in San Diego, California, last week, some interesting data on the sector were presented. We have written out a few highlights from those data, which might be useful in complementing the information included in the Global Crowdfunding Market Report that will be published shortly by Crowd Valley.