Charities and internal investigations
On 6 April 2017, new criminal offences for companies and directors will be introduced when the Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017 (“the Reporting Regulations”) come into effect. Similar Regulations relating to limited liability partnerships (LLPs) will also come into force.
In February 2016, less than a year after raising £800,000 through an online crowdfunding platform, the claims management company, Rebus, went into administration. This episode highlights the risks associated with equity crowdfunding and raises questions as to the extent of investor protection required. The FCA bolstered their rules protecting retail investors in October 2014. These rules are now being reviewed and the FCA has published a ‘Call for input’.
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