Regulatory Notice 16-06

SEC Approval of FINRA Funding Portal Rules and Related Forms

Effective Date: January 29, 2016

Executive Summary

The SEC approved FINRA’s proposed Funding Portal Rules and related forms for SEC-registered funding portals that become FINRA members pursuant to the crowdfunding provisions of Title III of the JOBS Act and the SEC’s Regulation Crowdfunding. FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules will become effective on January 29, 2016, which aligns with the effective date of the SEC’s registration rules under Regulation Crowdfunding. This Notice provides a brief overview of the new Funding Portal Rules and provides information for prospective funding portals that plan to apply for FINRA membership.

The text of the Funding Portal Rules is available on FINRA’s website. The related forms are available for reference in the Appendices. (As discussed further in this Notice, prospective funding portals must file all forms electronically through FINRA’s Firm Gateway. The forms will be accessible on Firm Gateway effective January 29, 2016.)

Questions regarding this Notice should be directed to:

  • Alissa Robinson, Director, Membership Application Program, at (212) 858-4764; or
  • Adam Arkel, Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 728-6961.