Entries by Jeffrey A. Bekiares Esq.

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Regulation Enforcement of CryptoCurrency Sept-2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, its first disciplinary action for securities violations against a cryptocurrency. The disciplinary action involves Rocky Mountain Ayre, Inc. (RMTN) in connection with its issuing and selling of HempCoin, which was marketed as “the first minable coin backed by marketable securities”. Ayre bought the […]


Is Ethereum a Security according to the SEC?

One day after the SEC town hall in Atlanta, Georgia, William Hinman, Director for the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC, gave a landmark speech declaring that Ethereum was ‘not a security’. These important statements follow on previous statements from SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, whose comments at a hearing in front of the House […]

How to Make a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign – Video

Here is a video link to Dun & Bradstreet’s hangout session from January 22, featuring Jeffrey Bekiares. This session features insights into what makes a successful crowdfunding campaign–including rewards and equity based. Jeff’s perspective focuses equity crowdfunding and crafting the right approach to a winning campaign. Equity crowdfunding is similar to rewards in many ways, in […]

Equity Crowdfunding in 2015

It’s a good time for small and emerging businesses to think about what the landscape for capital raising will look for the rest of 2015. The traditional channels will likely be unchanged: bank loans (if you can get them), angel investors (if you are a tech company based in San Francisco), or venture capital (if you […]

Equity Crowdfunding and SEC Rules

THE RISE OF “QUASI-PUBLIC OFFERINGS” REFLECTIONS FROM THE NASAA CONFERENCE As I prepare to deliver remarks at the NASAA Corporation Finance Training Conference in St. Louis this weekend, it has provided a cause for reflection on over three years marking the rise of what I would term as “quasi-public offerings”. Trends in corporation finance laws at […]