CBInsights recently held a webcast that offered a recap of 2018 events affecting the fintech sector. Global fintech investment reached a record at $39 billion in 2018. Venture-backed fintech deals declined in the fourth quarter of 2018 but remain high compared to historic levels. Early stage fintech deal share declined compared to 2017. There are

The recently published MoneyTree Report provides an overview of venture capital investment trends. In 2018, VC-backed companies raised $99.5 billion, an increase in annual funding of 30%, despite a decline in the number of deals. In 2018, the number of early-stage deals declined, but the number of later-stage deals increased. There were 184 “mega-rounds” completed

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The U.S. capital markets remain an attractive source of capital for emerging companies in the life sciences sector. Over 21.7% of the 2017 IPOs were life sciences companies. Many of these IPOs were preceded by late stage (or mezzanine) private placements made principally to U.S.

According to statistics from Dealogic and the Citi Capital Markets Review and 2019 Outlook, there was a modest decline in 2018 follow-on offering volume compared to 2017. The decline is likely attributable to increased volatility during the year. The Review notes several important trends in follow-on activity, citing increased reliance on marketed (versus unannounced or

The number of small businesses in the United States continues to climb, according to a recent CB Insights report. In 2015, there were approximately 31.9 million small businesses in the United States. There are now an estimated 39.9 million small businesses, with a projected 2.6 million additional firms expected by 2020. Defined as firms with

According to a recent research report by CB Insights, in the third-quarter of 2018, there were 375 VC-backed equity financings that raised over $5.64 billion for fintech companies globally. In total, 1,164 fintech financings have been completed in 2018, through October 31, raising over $32.6 billion in offering proceeds.  Approximately 40% (462) of these deals

In a speech yesterday, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton provided an overview of the Commission’s significant accomplishments in 2018.

Chair Clayton noted his approach to the Reg Flex agenda and the setting of more realistic rulemaking priorities.  In the last year, he noted that the Commission advanced 23 of the 26 rules on

On November 1, 2018, the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (“NASAA”) released for public comment proposed updates to the SCOR Statement of Policy and the SCOR Form (Form U-7).  According to the NASAA, the proposed updates are meant to incorporate many of the investor protections that have been put in place under state and

On November 16, 2018, the American Bar Association’s Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities hosted a dialogue with William Hinman, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. During the discussion, Hinman highlighted his priorities for the Division. Hinman wants to find other ways for mainstream investors who are not accredited