Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) Partner With Coastal Shows to Launch First Annual Crowdfund Global Expo

Leading Crowdfunding Advocacy Group CFIRA Partners With Veteran Technology and Business Conference Organizer Coastal Shows to Bring Together Equity and Debt Crowdfunding Experts Jan. 30-31 in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2014) - CFIRA, the leading lobbying organization dedicated to working with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on legislation regarding the JOBS Act, has joined forces with Coastal Shows to present the Crowdfund Global Expo. Taking place January 30-31, 2014, peer-to-peer lending, equity crowdfunding and real estate investment experts will gather in San Diego to deliver an education-focused conference that provides attendees with deep insights into emerging funding channels and securities law in a post-JOBS Act business environment.

During the two-day conference, attendees are invited to register for different educational tracks and learn about how crowdfunding is disrupting the investment landscape and creating brand new funding mechanisms for promising entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. CFIRA board members will play an integral role in providing the high-level, first-hand knowledge and legislative insights straight from their interactions with the SEC and other public officials.

"We are honored to have CFIRA on board as a co-sponsor and leading educational resource," says Andrea Downs, Coastal Shows President and CEO. "I believe the organization will be essential for providing the well-rounded and exclusive education we are striving to deliver attendees. Crowdfunding at its core is securities law, we want to ensure our attendees have the most comprehensive panelists on hand to deliver that education."

"As of September 23rd, Title II of the JOBS Act, which legalizes general solicitation of accredited investors for 506 (c) offerings, is now in effect. Moreover, the proposed rules for Title III were released in hopes of creating the framework for crowdfunding legalization. We at CFIRA believe it is critical to provide in-person education for issuers, investors and professionals wishing to learn more about this new asset class, " says Chris Tyrrell, Chairman of CFIRA's executive committee and CEO of private placement platform, OfferBoard. "The Crowdfund Global Expo provides a wonderful opportunity to accomplish our mission of engraining best practices into a marketplace in need of comprehensive education."

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Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA), was established following the signing of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. CFIRA is an organization formed by the crowdfunding industry's leading platforms and experts. The group works with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other affected governmental and quasi-governmental entities to help establish industry standards and best practices. For more information, visit

About Coastal Shows
Coastal Shows is an international full-service media company providing top-tier, educational experiences in the form of multifunctional events and tradeshows. The brainchild of seasoned conference industry veteran Andrea Downs, Coastal Shows delivers an elite and informative experience that connects attendees through innovative panel formats and exclusive access to current industry professionals. The company operates several dynamic events, including the Crowdfund Global Expo, the premiere intensive event for aspiring debt, real estate or equity crowdfunding professionals; The Crowdfund Real Estate Forum: Crowdfunding National Series; the AppShow, the largest application-focused trade show worldwide; and AppShow + CONNECT, the premier funding, discovery and monetization conference.