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Introduction The General Data Protection Regulations (the “GDPR”) will come into force on 25th May 2018. The GDPR will replace the current data protection legislation in Ireland and the EU. It will bring significant new compliance requirements and sanctions for non-compliance (in some cases up to €20m or 4% of worldwide turnover – whichever is […]

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In Ireland there is currently no regulation of the crowdfunding market. However due to the development of the industry in Ireland, the Department of Finance recently invited submissions for the potential regulation of the industry. In total, there were nine submissions made. Philip Lee was the only law firm to address the consultation in its […]

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As posted on BizPlus 24 August 2016. The EU Commission wants to impose red tape. The Department of Finance is liaising with the Central Bank to explore how best to regulate crowdfunding in Ireland.  This comes on the back of the European Commission’s recent conclusion that there is no strong case for a pan-European policy […]

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It was recently announced that an initiative, entitled “Vision and Targets for IFS 2020” will target the creation of 10,000 additional jobs over the next five years. The initiative has been drawn up for the Government and is set to be considered by the Cabinet later this month. Crowdfunding is due to feature in the […]

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As published in the Irish Times on Monday 1st December 2014 Crowdfunding must ensure IP rights are not infringed Crowdfunding, as an alternative way of financing a business or project, is experiencing rapid growth internationally and in Ireland. Globally the market is estimated to be worth $15 billion, representing a huge opportunity for up and […]

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How do equity crowdfunding and P2P lending differ? Equity crowdfunding is a model of crowdfunding that enables an investor to take a share in the ownership structure of a business. It differs from the other main investment model, lending or P2P crowdfunding as that model entitles the investor to an interest rate on the loan […]

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In this blog post, Eoghan Doyle looks at recent caselaw relating to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and how existing laws (pre-dating the explosion of global crowdfunding) can potentially impact crowdfunding platforms and their obligation to ensure that only authentic crowdfunding projects are used. During the summer of 2014, news emerged that LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis […]

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The European Commission are expected to publish a report on Crowdfunding today, Thursday 27 March 2014. This follows a consultation document from the Commission in October of last year. The publishing of the report is timely in that it coincides with new rules published this month by the FCA in the UK, due to come […]

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