TAKE NOTICE THAT:
The DFSA has released the following for Consultation:
In 2016, the DFSA announced its preparedness to deal with the evolving world of financial technology, or FinTech. Since then, the DFSA has been dealing with, and discussing opportunities with, a number of interested parties in the FinTech area. Some of these discussions have been in the area of crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is a way in which people, organisations and businesses (including business start-ups) can raise money through on-line portals (crowdfunding platforms) to finance or re-finance their activities and enterprises.
In this Consultation Paper (CP), we propose introducing a framework for firms intending to operate a loan-based crowdfunding platform. This CP is the first of a series of papers which will set out the DFSA’s approach to the regulation of crowdfunding and of Fintech more generally.
Our proposals, as set out in the CP, cover what we believe to be the regulatory fundamentals for loan-based crowdfunding platforms:
Who is this CP aimed at?
This paper will be of interest to:
• Persons who intend to set up a loan-based crowdfunding platform in the DIFC;
• Authorised Firms providing financial services in the DIFC;
• Persons providing legal, accounting, audit, oversight of compliance services in the DIFC, or who wish to provide such services; and
• Potential investors.
What are the next steps?
The DFSA invites interested parties to provide their views and comments on the issues outlined in the consultation paper, using the Table of Comments provided, to [email protected]. Please mention the Consultation Paper number (109) in the subject line.
The deadline for providing comments on this consultation is 2 March 2017. This paper can be viewed on the DFSA website or by clicking on the above link.
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