Tadhg is a recent Law and Humanities graduate from New Zealand who is currently sweating it out as a business consultant in Yangon, Myanmar. He is an avid traveller and skier, and happiest with his backpack on exploring new places and making new friends.

Will Thailand’s equity crowdfunding regulation create investment?

Thailand, with its economy based on SMEs, makes a natural fit for crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is slowly gathering pace in Thailand, with platforms offering primarily reward and donation options. In an attempt to stimulate growth among start ups, SMEs and its nascent Fintech industry Thailand’s Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) published equity crowdfunding regulations in May 2015. Fintech businesses which involve financial payments and loans will be under the Bank of Thailand’s jurisdiction.

The regulations have focussed on obtaining market acceptance and promoting investor protection. Retail investors have stringent limits surround investment: they may only invest Bt 50,000 (1420 USD) per start up and no more than Bt 500,000 (14,200 USD) per year.

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Funded Here to help SGX listed companies raise short term bonds

Funded Here has become the first licensed crowdfunding platform in Singapore. It received its Capital Markets Services license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore on 18 March 2016, permitting it to deal in securities. This allows Funded Here to raise funds via short term bonds of up to S$5 million. The platform currently offers investment options from S$5,000. Funded Here hopes to have its first offers to its accredited investors by September 2016.

 

 

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