MSU College of Law

Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law presents:

Crowdfunding: From Social Enterprise to SEC Regulations

Friday, March 18, 2016
MSU Law, Castle Boardroom

Join the Journal of Business and Securities Law for its fourth annual symposium. This half-day event will address the most recent developments regarding crowdfunding, including its application to “social enterprise” and the new SEC regulations for equity crowdfunding. The Journal warmly welcomes all who are interested in attending. Admission is free for all Michigan State students, faculty, and staff. Admission is $5 for all other individuals who are interested in attending. Breakfast and lunch will be served.



8:15 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Katila Howard, Executive Editor, Journal of Business and Securities Law, Volume 16
Dean Joan Howarth, Michigan State University College of Law

9:00 a.m.
Panel – Equity Crowdfunding under Section 4(a)(6) and Regulation Crowdfunding
Eric Alden, NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Thomas Coke, CrowdFund Connect
Richard Hoeg, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

11:10 a.m.

11:50 a.m.
Panel – Nonprofit Crowdfunding
Steven Dean, Brooklyn Law School
Summer Minnick, Crowdfuning MI
Ebrahim Varachia, Patronicity

1:55 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Matthew Morrow, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Business and Securities Law, Volume 16


Eric Alden, NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Professor Alden is an Associate Professor of Law who came to Chase from Palo Alto, California, where he had previously been an equity partner in corporate and securities law with a large high tech and IPO law firm in the Silicon Valley area and later equity partner in the Silicon Valley office of a global law firm. He has broad securities regulatory and transactional experience, including public company disclosure counseling, corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity, debt and hybrid securities, mergers and acquisitions, the formation of private investment funds and the representation of banks and hedge funds in their interactions with the public markets, with an overall emphasis on technical securities law and SEC compliance matters.

During 2005-2006, Professor Alden served as an Attorney Fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., in the Division of Corporation Finance, Office of Chief Counsel. In that capacity, he oversaw and administered for the 2006 proxy season the agency's shareholder proposal program, which has functioned as a central battleground of recent corporate governance disputes between institutional shareholders and public company boards of directors. Prior to joining Chase, Alden taught Corporate Governance as a Lecturer at the University of California Berkeley School of Law and Securities Regulation as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law. During 2010-2011, he was a Research Fellow in Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. He has published articles in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Berkeley Business Law Journal, University of Hawaii Law Review, and Nevada Law Journal (forthcoming) in addition to various industry publications. His area of teaching focus is in Contracts, Corporations, Business Organizations, Startups and Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities Regulation.

Thomas Coke, CrowdFund Connect
Mr. Coke is a former securities regulator for the State of Michigan now delving into the private sector and serving as a go-to source for crowdfunding and the JOBS Act. He focuses on how small businesses will be able to harness the new rules to raise capital. Mr. Coke has experience running his own law firm and is a certified mediator. Mr. Coke does public speaking at entrepreneur groups and university programs throughout the Midwest and has consulted on intrastate crowdfunding to assist with small business growth. Additionally, he is also the CEO of CampusStarter. Mr. Coke received his bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College and received his Juris Doctor at Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Coke works with local youth organizations such as 4H and local sports clubs and organizations.

Steven Dean, Brooklyn Law School
Professor Dean’s expertise lies in tax law. His scholarship addresses a range of tax and budget issues and has appeared in a number of leading law reviews. His articleTax Deregulation, for example, considered the surprising implications of enhancing taxpayer autonomy and appeared in theNew York University Law Review. Other work has considered unconventional solutions to longstanding problems such as tax havens, regulatory complexity and tax shelters. Recent work with Dana Brakman Reiser has explored the special challenges and opportunities presented by social enterprise ventures that simultaneously pursue private profits and the public good. Professor Dean is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Tax Section. Before joining the faculty he worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. In law school, he was an editor of theYale Law and Policy Review.

Richard Hoeg, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Mr. Hoeg focuses his practice in the area of general corporate governance with particular emphasis on venture capital representation and mergers and acquisitions. He also works extensively with start-up enterprises, including those in the life science and software fields. Mr. Hoeg received his Juris Doctor at the University of Michigan Law School where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Hillsdale College where he graduated summa cum laude.

Summer Minnick, Crowdfunding MI
Summer Hallwood Minnick joined the Michigan Municipal League in the fall of 2002. As the director of policy initiatives and federal affairs, she leads the League’s policy strategies around the concept of placemaking. She also serves as the League’s federal liaison in Washington D.C. Summer was previously the League’s Director of State Affairs coordinating the organization’s lobbying activities at the state level. Under her leadership, the League’s Lansing team was recognized in Spring of 2011 as one of the top lobbying organizations in Michigan. Prior to joining the League, Summer was the Executive Director of Government Relations at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was also previously employed by the Office of Governor John Engler and the City of East Lansing. Summer earned a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Public Administration from Michigan State University.

Ebrahim Varachia, Patronicity
Mr. Varachia is the President and Co-Founder of Patronicity, a civic and community based crowdfunding platform that works to bring local patrons and sponsors together to support great initiatives in their communities.