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InfoBytes Blog

InfoBytes Blog

Monitors and reports on news, legal developments and legislative actions affecting the financial services industry. By Buckley Sandler LLP.

http://www.infobytesblog.com/
Rank this Week: 540

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

Covers asset management, litigation, and rating agencies. By Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Aug 31

    Rating Agency Development

    Rating Agency Development
    On August 26, DBRS issued Methodology – Rating Companies in the Communications Industry.  Methodology. On August 26, DBRS issued Methodology – Rating Companies in the Consumer Products Industry. Methodology. On August 26,…
  • Aug 31

    Seventh Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment Ruling in RMBS Case

    Seventh Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment Ruling in RMBS Case
    On August 21, 2015, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a Wisconsin federal judge’s ruling granting summary judgment to RBS Securities Inc. (“RBS”)  dismissing all…
  • Aug 31

    FHFA’s $32 Billion RMBS Claims Are Not Time-Barred

    FHFA’s $32 Billion RMBS Claims Are Not Time-Barred
    On August 21, 2015, Judge Alvin Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut denied Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC’s (“RBS”) motion for summary judgment as to claims brought by the Federal…
Rank this Week: 1605

Investment Fund Law Blog

Investment Fund Law Blog

Provides updates and insights on legal issues facing fund managers and investors. By Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

http://www.investmentfundlawblog.com/
  • Aug 31

    FinCEN Proposes to Regulate Investment Advisers under the Bank Secrecy Act

    FinCEN Proposes to Regulate Investment Advisers under the Bank Secrecy Act
    The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 25, 2015 which, among other things, would add SEC-registered investment advisers to the “financial…
  • Aug 25

    FinCEN Proposes New AML Regulations for Investment Adviser

    FinCEN Proposes New AML Regulations for Investment Adviser
    In a release issued today, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has proposed anti-money laundering (AML) regulations for investment advisers. The proposed rule requires investment advisers registered or required to be registered…
  • Aug 24

    PILLSBURY PARTNER QUOTED IN FUNDFIRE

    PILLSBURY PARTNER QUOTED IN FUNDFIRE
    Kimberly Mann, co-head of Pillsbury’s Investment Funds and Investment Management Group, was interviewed and quoted at length in an article published in FundFire this week. The article explored whether regulators should permit asset…
Rank this Week: 3343

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 31

    ESMA Seeks Input on Clearinghouse Margin, Considers Compromise with U.S.

    ESMA Seeks Input on Clearinghouse Margin, Considers Compromise with U.S.
    By Lene Powell, J.D.The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is seeking feedback on a new consultation paper addressing the amount of margin required to be collected by clearinghouses. E.U. and U.S. regulatory regimes provide for…
  • Aug 28

    Commissioner Aguilar Calls for “Calibrated” Waiver Proce

    Commissioner Aguilar Calls for “Calibrated” Waiver Proce
    By Mark S. Nelson, J.D.SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar once again voiced his worries that the agency’s waiver process fails to capture the ambiguities that typically infuse the decision to grant or deny a person or entity accused of…
  • Aug 27

    Puerto Rico Seeks Supreme Court Review in Bankruptcy Preemption Case

    Puerto Rico Seeks Supreme Court Review in Bankruptcy Preemption Case
    By Kevin Kulling, J.D.The government of Puerto Rico has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in an effort to overturn a federal appeals court decision holding that the bankruptcy code preempted Puerto…
Rank this Week: 842

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Covers mortgage fraud information, fraud schemes and indictments. By Rachel Dollar.

http://mortgagefraudblog.com/
  • Aug 31

    Real Estate Investment Fraud Scheme Charged

    Real Estate Investment Fraud Scheme Charged
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Daniel J. Flynn, III, 52, Milton, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged in U.S. District in Boston with wire fraud.  According to the criminal complaint, Flynn defrauded investors of millions in a real estate…
  • Aug 28

    New York Businessman Pleads Guilty in Multi-Family Fraud

    New York Businessman Pleads Guilty in Multi-Family Fraud
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Selim Zherka, 47, businessman, Somers, New York, pled guilty to conspiring to make false statements to a bank in order to receive millions of dollars in loans and to file materially false tax returns with the…
  • Aug 27

    Indictment in Fake Rental Ponzi Scheme

    Indictment in Fake Rental Ponzi Scheme
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. A father and son schemed with a Chicago attorney and a Lincolnwood businessman to sell $2.9 million in phony mortgages to more than a dozen duped investors, according to a federal indictment. Albert Rossini, 67, the owner…
Rank this Week: 3

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

Covers business law for entrepreneurs, emerging companies and the investment management industry. By Alexander J. Davie.

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
  • Aug 31

    Why You Can’t Really Include Non-accredited Investors in Rule 506 Offering

    Why You Can’t Really Include Non-accredited Investors in Rule 506 Offering
    One common misconception I encounter among startups is the idea that companies raising capital can include non-accredited investors in Rule 506[1] offerings. While it is technically true that a Rule 506 offering may include up to 35…
  • Jul 31

    Summary of the Proposed Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act Rule

    Summary of the Proposed Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act Rule
    On May 20, 2015, the SEC issued proposed amendments to Form ADV and the Investment Advisers Act rules. In the release, the SEC proposed amendments to Form ADV that would require advisers to disclose additional information, such as information…
  • Jun 30

    Frequently Asked Questions about Regulation A+

    Frequently Asked Questions about Regulation A+
    Back in March, I wrote about proposed revisions to Regulation A, commonly known as “Regulation A+”, which were designed to implement Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). Since then, the SEC issued its…
Rank this Week: 3148

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Aug 31

    Pay Ratio: Media Tries to Sleuth Out Ratios Based on 3rd-Party Data

    Pay Ratio: Media Tries to Sleuth Out Ratios Based on 3rd-Party Data
    I’m wrapping up a comprehensive “pay ratio” chapter for the 2016 edition of our “Executive Compensation Disclosure Treatise” (order your copy now – 1600 pages!) and came across this article by Quartz.…
  • Aug 28

    SEC’s Filing Fees: Going Down 13% for Fiscal Year 2016!

    SEC’s Filing Fees: Going Down 13% for Fiscal Year 2016!
    Yesterday, the SEC issued this fee advisory that sets the filing fee rates for registration statements for 2016. Right now, the filing fee rate for Securities Act registration statements is $116.20 per million (the same rate applies under…
  • Aug 27

    I Doubt Apple’s CEO Violated Reg FD With His “China” Email to Jim Cramer

    I Doubt Apple’s CEO Violated Reg FD With His “China” Email to Jim Cramer
    Yesterday, I ran a popular poll about whether folks thought that Apple’s Tim Cook violated Regulation FD by emailing CNBC host Jim Cramer about how Apple was faring in China. The poll results indicated that 15% thought it was nowhere…
Rank this Week: 368

Lenders 360

Lenders 360

Provides news, information and commentary on important issues affecting the financial services industry. By Higier Allen & Lautin, P.C.

http://www.lenders360blog.com/
  • Aug 30

    A Loophole Big Enough to be a Wormhole

    A Loophole Big Enough to be a Wormhole
    Like most bank defendants, Key Bank was looking for the quickest way out of a $5 million fraudulent transfer lawsuit brought by a chapter 7 Trustee.  Rather than wait to win in the standard path of arguing facts, the bank relied on the…
  • Aug 16

    The Long Arm of the FDIC is Even Longer After Recent 5th Circuit Opinion Extends the Extender Statute

    The Long Arm of the FDIC is Even Longer After Recent 5th Circuit Opinion Extends the Extender Statute
    One of the many tools of the FDIC in resolving failed banks is the Extender Statute which, by its terms, replaces existing statutes of limitation under state law by a period of years.  In simple terms, the Extender Statute creates a…
  • Jul 28

    Sometimes Your Collateral is Source Code, which is Actually Nothing

    Sometimes Your Collateral is Source Code, which is Actually Nothing
    We are well out of the .com bubble, but tech companies still form and fail.  For the lenders brave enough to lend to the tech companies developing software, the collateral is often the source code which is the nuts and bolts of an…
Rank this Week: 1813

Lenders 360.

Lenders 360.

Covers business and legal issues affecting the financial services industry. By Winstead PC.

http://www.lenders360blog.com
  • Aug 30

    A Loophole Big Enough to be a Wormhole

    A Loophole Big Enough to be a Wormhole
    Like most bank defendants, Key Bank was looking for the quickest way out of a $5 million fraudulent transfer lawsuit brought by a chapter 7 Trustee.  Rather than wait to win in the standard path of arguing facts, the bank relied on the…
  • Aug 16

    The Long Arm of the FDIC is Even Longer After Recent 5th Circuit Opinion Extends the Extender Statute

    The Long Arm of the FDIC is Even Longer After Recent 5th Circuit Opinion Extends the Extender Statute
    One of the many tools of the FDIC in resolving failed banks is the Extender Statute which, by its terms, replaces existing statutes of limitation under state law by a period of years.  In simple terms, the Extender Statute creates a…
  • Jul 28

    Sometimes Your Collateral is Source Code, which is Actually Nothing

    Sometimes Your Collateral is Source Code, which is Actually Nothing
    We are well out of the .com bubble, but tech companies still form and fail.  For the lenders brave enough to lend to the tech companies developing software, the collateral is often the source code which is the nuts and bolts of an…
Rank this Week: 3829

AG Deal Diary

AG Deal Diary

A collection of insights and analysis on hot topics impacting companies, funds, dealmakers and directors. By Akin Gump.

http://www.akingump.com/en/experience/practices/corporate/ag-deal-diary/index.html
  • Aug 30

    SEC Provides Guidance on “General Solicitation” in C&DIs and No-Action Letter

    SEC Provides Guidance on “General Solicitation” in C&DIs and No-Action Letter
    On August 6, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DI Questions 256.23 through 256.33) regarding the meaning of…
  • Aug 27

    Recommended Reading: Corporate Governance Since the Managerial Capitalism Era

    Recommended Reading: Corporate Governance Since the Managerial Capitalism Era
    This week, we highlight a summary blog post of Brain Cheffins' academic paper "Corporate Governance Since the Managerial Capitalism Era". In his article, Mr. Cheffins explores the widespread institutionalization of corporate governance…
  • Aug 23

    The Developing 2017 Tax Agenda: The Tax Plans of Presidential Candidate

    The Developing 2017 Tax Agenda: The Tax Plans of Presidential Candidate
    With Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) officially in the race for president, the total number of Republican candidates for president stands at 17, while Democrats, led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-NY), total five. This crowded field…
Rank this Week: 2347

Payment Law Advisor

Payment Law Advisor

Provides legal commentary and resources for the payment industry. By Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

http://www.paymentlawadvisor.com/
Rank this Week: 1819

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

Covers the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). By Sterbcow Law Group LLC.

http://www.respalawyer.com/
Rank this Week: 4360

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

Features news, commentary and thoughts on the law of the securities markets. By Mark Astarita.

http://seclaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    Investor Alert: Market Risk: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

    Investor Alert: Market Risk: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
    FINRA has reissued an investor alert regarding market risk, to remind investors that  investing involves risks as well as rewards and that, generally speaking, the higher the risk, the greater the potential reward.FINRA believes that…
  • Aug 26

    Small Percentage of Brokers Fined is a Bad Thing?

    Small Percentage of Brokers Fined is a Bad Thing?
    It is truly a bizarre world that we live in. Anyone involved in the financial services industry knows that  the overwhelming majority, in fact almost all of the registered representatives in this country, are honest, hard working…
  • Aug 25

    More Filings and Regulations on the Way for Investment Advisers and Investment Companie

    More Filings and Regulations on the Way for Investment Advisers and Investment Companie
     The SEC is proposing to increase the reporting and disclosure requirements for Registered Investment Advisers and Investment companies.The investment company proposals would increase data reporting for mutual funds, ETFs and other…
Rank this Week: 2715

Florida Banking Law Blog

Florida Banking Law Blog

Covers legal developments impacting banking, finance and loan enforcement in Florida. By Rogers Towers, PA.

http://www.floridabankinglawblog.com/
  • Aug 27

    MILITARY LENDING ACT COVERS SOME BANKING PRODUCTS

    MILITARY LENDING ACT COVERS SOME BANKING PRODUCTS
    Authored by Adam B. Brandon of Rogers TowersOn July 22, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued its final rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA).  Enacted in 2006, the MLA seeks to protect active-duty military members and…
  • Aug 25

    What’s the Statute of Limitations in Florida for a Securities Claim subject to an Arbitration Provision?

    What’s the Statute of Limitations in Florida for a Securities Claim subject to an Arbitration Provision?
    Authored by Samantha Alves Orender of Rogers TowersSecurities claims subject to arbitration proceedings are subject to the same statute of limitations as any other judicial action. In holding that section 95.011, Florida Statutes, applies to…
  • Aug 20

    INVOLUNTARY BANKRUPTCY 101: THE PROCEDURE

    INVOLUNTARY BANKRUPTCY 101: THE PROCEDURE
    Authored by J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr. and Armando Nozzolilloand J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr. and Armando Nozzolillo of Rogers TowersIn the right circumstances, creditors can utilize involuntary bankruptcy a tool for collecting on its debts. This…
Rank this Week: 1695

Canadian M&A Perspectives

Canadian M&A Perspectives

Covers developments in private and public mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. By McCarthy Tetrault.

http://www.canadianmergersacquisitions.com
  • Aug 27

    Canadian M&A Activity: Recent Insights & Trends – Part Two

    Canadian M&A Activity: Recent Insights & Trends – Part Two
    By Matthew Kelleher, Genevieve Pinto and Fleur Heck In the first part of this blog post series, we looked at recent general trends in the Canadian M&A market overall, including a decline in overall transaction activity since…
  • Aug 25

    Proxy Access In Canada: CCGG Proposals to Give Shareholders More Input Into the Director Nomination Proce

    Proxy Access In Canada: CCGG Proposals to Give Shareholders More Input Into the Director Nomination Proce
    By Frederic Cotnoir, Fraser Bourne and Laure Fouin   The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) recently published a policy encouraging issuers to take measures to enhance “proxy access”, meaning the ability of…
  • Aug 20

    Canadian M&A Activity: Recent Insights & Trends – Part One

    Canadian M&A Activity: Recent Insights & Trends – Part One
    By Matthew Kelleher, Genevieve Pinto and Fleur Heck Canadian M&A activity has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent years, influenced by market factors, currency fluctuations, oil prices and other economic conditions. In this two-part…
Rank this Week: 3942

The Venture Alley

The Venture Alley

Covers business and legal issues for entrepreneurs, startups, venture capitalists and angel investors. By DLA Piper.

http://www.theventurealley.com
  • Aug 26

    SEC guidance on “catching up” delinquent filer

    SEC guidance on “catching up” delinquent filer
    CONTRIBUTED BY Andrew Ledbetter andrew.ledbetter@dlapiper.com   Every so often a public company finds itself unable to file periodic reports for a protracted time.  For example, a company may upgrade auditors and the new firm may…
  • Jul 30

    Merger activity remains strong in Q3 2015; average deal size spike

    Merger activity remains strong in Q3 2015; average deal size spike
    CONTRIBUTED BY Trent Dykes trent.dykes@dlapiper.com Earlier today PitchBook released its M&A Report for Q3 2015 and the stats indicate continued strength in merger and acquisition activity. While the overall deal count for Q2…
  • Jul 7

    Recap of Q2 2015 Venture Capital Activity by Region

    Recap of Q2 2015 Venture Capital Activity by Region
    CONTRIBUTED BY Trent Dykes trent.dykes@dlapiper.com PitchBook just released its analysis of 2Q 2015 venture capital activity by region, focusing on the six of the most active U.S. regions: the Bay Area; Boston; New York; Los Angeles; the…
Rank this Week: 3848

Broke and Broker

Broke and Broker

Covers the Wall Street docket of criminal, civil, regulatory, and arbitration cases. By Bill Singer.

http://brokeandbroker.com/index.php
  • Aug 26

    Unregistered Activity Proves Katalyst For FINRA Settlement

    Unregistered Activity Proves Katalyst For FINRA Settlement
    Does she need to be registered with your FINRA firm in order to do that? Does he need to be registered with your FINRA firm before you can pay him a fee? Such registration issues often bedevil member firms and their compliance/legal staff.…
  • Aug 26

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer WEEK IN REVIEW

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer WEEK IN REVIEW
    BREAKING STORY: Schwab DownThere are growing indications this morning that Charles Schwab is experiencing a widespread outage and customers cannot log in to their accounts either through manual entry of the ID/Password combination or the…
  • Aug 26

    BREAKING STORY: Schwab Down

    BREAKING STORY: Schwab Down
    BREAKING STORYThere are growing indications this morning that Charles Schwab is experiencing a widespread outage and customers cannot log in to their accounts either through manual entry of the ID/Password combination or the recently added…
Rank this Week: 468

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Aug 25

    Better Plan Ahead

    Better Plan Ahead
    Does the fact that an individual defendant’s stock trading took place pursuant to a pre-determined Rule 10b5-1 trading plan undermine any inference that the trades were “suspicious”?  Courts continue to be split on…
  • Jul 31

    Cornerstone Releases Midyear Report

    Cornerstone Releases Midyear Report
    Cornerstone Research (in conjunction with the Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse) has issued its 2015 midyear report on securities class action filings. The findings for the first half of 2015 include: (1) There were 85 new…
  • Jul 6

    How Strong is “Very Strong”?

    How Strong is “Very Strong”?
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia only hears a small number of securities cases, which means that it is often playing catch-up on the relevant legal standards.  In In re Harman Int’l Industries, Inc. Sec.…
Rank this Week: 2711

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

Reports on judicial decisions of significance to business and shareholders. By Mack Sperling of Brooks Pierce LLP.

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
Rank this Week: 1142

Pension Risk Matters

Pension Risk Matters

Focuses on pension financial risk issues from a governance and fiduciary perspective. Published by Susan M. Mangiero.

http://www.pensionriskmatters.com/
  • Aug 21

    Fiduciary Standard TV Ad

    Fiduciary Standard TV Ad
    I have long professed my concern that retirement issues get short shrift when it comes to political speeches and public discourse. I am not talking about industry discussions which occur all the time. I am referring instead to Main…
  • Aug 20

    Fiduciary Standard Thrust and Parry Continue

    Fiduciary Standard Thrust and Parry Continue
    In the aftermath of the recent U.S. Department of Labor hearings about the fiduciary standard, the debate continues with fervor. In the last few days, I have seen television ads that are subtle but seem to impugn attempts at getting a…
  • Aug 11

    U.S. Department of Labor Hearings About Conflict of Interest and Fiduciary Role

    U.S. Department of Labor Hearings About Conflict of Interest and Fiduciary Role
    Though it may seem arcane to those outside of the financial services industry, the current debate about who serves as a fiduciary, compensation and duties is a big deal. Depending on what you read and with whom you speak, millions of retirees…
Rank this Week: 3318

That Credit Union Blog

That Credit Union Blog

Covers current issues affecting the credit union industry. By the law firm of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis.

http://thatcreditunionblog.wordpress.com
  • Aug 17

    Rights to Set Off from a Credit Union’s Account

    Rights to Set Off from a Credit Union’s Account
    By: Matthew Young, Attorney I want to take a moment to address rights to set off (or “offset”) from a credit union’s account. This issue most commonly arises when the debtor misses a payment or dies. As a general matter,…
  • Jul 23

    CFPB Issues Final Rule Postponing Implementation of TILA/RESPA Regulations to October 3, 2015

    CFPB Issues Final Rule Postponing Implementation of TILA/RESPA Regulations to October 3, 2015
    By Matthew D. Urban, Attorney On June 3, 2015 the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, announced in a letter to Congress that the CFPB was postponing implementation of the TILA/RESPA rules until August…
  • Jun 15

    Michigan’s Amended Periodic Garnishment Statute

    Michigan’s Amended Periodic Garnishment Statute
    By David Wolfe, Attorney Michigan allows judgment creditors to garnish funds owed to a judgment debtor through a periodic garnishment (which is typically sent to an employer), a non-periodic garnishment (which typically seeks to seize funds…
Rank this Week: 1420

RIA Compliance Blog

RIA Compliance Blog

Covers registered investment advisor regulations. By Parker MacIntyre.

http://www.riacomplianceblog.com/
  • Aug 14

    New Amendments to Regulation A

    New Amendments to Regulation A
    On June 19, 2015, new amendments to Regulation A took effect which should increase capital raising options of some smaller businesses. Formerly, the Regulation A exemption was limited to $5 million. The new amendments provide an avenue for…
  • Jul 31

    SEC Enforcement Actions Against Corporate Officers - Targeting or Responsible Monitoring?

    SEC Enforcement Actions Against Corporate Officers - Targeting or Responsible Monitoring?
    In SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White's opening statement to about 1,000 broker-dealer compliance officials at the Annual Broker-Dealer Compliance Outreach Program, she was clearly dismissing a growing sense that compliance professionals are being…
  • Jul 24

    FINRA Amendments to Relax Filing Rules Governing Retail Communication

    FINRA Amendments to Relax Filing Rules Governing Retail Communication
    FINRA has recently released Regulatory Notice 15-16 which contains proposed amendments to the rules currently governing public communications they will make reporting by FINRA member firms regarding public communications less onerous due to…
Rank this Week: 3470

Financial Regulatory Report

Financial Regulatory Report

Covers financial services regulation, compliance, enforcement and litigation. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.financialregulatoryreport.com/
Rank this Week: 4064

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Covers credit card and other debt suit litigation in Texas from the defense side, including substantive legal and evidentiary issues, and comparative analysis of pleadings, legal theories, and litigation strategy. By Wolfgang Demino.

http://debt-suit-litigation-in-texas.blogspot.com
Rank this Week: 1766

NC Business & Banking Law Blog

NC Business & Banking Law Blog

Legal news and analysis on matters affecting financial institutions and other businesses, with an emphasis on North Carolina. By Matt Cordell.

http://bizlawnc.com/
  • Aug 8

    The Law of Prize Drawings: It's All Fun and Games, Until...

    The Law of Prize Drawings: It's All Fun and Games, Until...
    photo by Elliotphotos / foterEveryone loves a game. Games activate the creative, imaginative portions of our minds in ways that captivate our attention. Games can help organizations engage with people, which is why marketing…
  • Jul 3

    What Does It Mean To Be "Certified" In Privacy And Information Security?

    What Does It Mean To Be "Certified" In Privacy And Information Security?
    I recently became certified by the IAPP in information privacy and received the CIPP/US designation. "What does that mean?" you ask? Good question! What is the CIPP/US designation?The International Association of Privacy Professionals…
  • Jun 27

    Big Plans for the Future of the Legal Profession

    Big Plans for the Future of the Legal Profession
    Those of you know me well or who read this blog regularly know that I believe in the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association and the more than 6,400 young lawyers who belong to it.  In the past eight years, I have…
Rank this Week: 3934

Financial Institutions Law Blog

Financial Institutions Law Blog

Covers issues such as usury, form compliance for federal and state consumer transactions, UCC and securitization issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.financialinstitutionlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 821

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 473

Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

Covers Middle East banking and finance law. By Latham & Watkins LLP.

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
Rank this Week: 1744

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 8

    Feds Take Aim at Investment Adviser

    Feds Take Aim at Investment Adviser
    The SEC and DOJ brought a slew of cases against IAR's and RIA's in the first half of 2015. At least six cases were filed just last month alone. Here is a brief summary of a sampling of those cases. On January 21, 2015, the SEC filed fraud…
  • Jul 1

    Wells Fargo Takes One on the Chin

    Wells Fargo Takes One on the Chin
    A St. Louis County jury recently awarded over $70 million to the beneficiary of two trusts against Wells Fargo (WF).WF and its predecessors had served as the corporate trustee of one trust, and the custodian of the other. This firm…
  • Mar 11

    The Arbitration System

    The Arbitration System
    The premise that underlies the justification for the loss of rights in arbitration is simple:  both parties knowingly agreed to binding arbitration.  This presumption is based upon the presumptions that 1) signators read contracts…
Rank this Week: 4317

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

Covers reverse mergers, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), and other alternatives to initial public offerings (IPOs). By David Feldman.

http://www.reversemergerblog.com/
  • Jun 26

    Granting Stock to Charities and Non-Profits in Your Public Offering

    Granting Stock to Charities and Non-Profits in Your Public Offering
    Perhaps nothing is more magical than the immediate accretive value-add to equity shareholders that occurs when shares change from a closed private company to a public offering. This accretive addition of value to both the shareholders and the…
  • Jun 16

    Pump and Dump: Avoiding an Illicit Money-Raising Scheme

    Pump and Dump: Avoiding an Illicit Money-Raising Scheme
    One of the ways in which reverse mergers had had a bad rapport over the years is the often-repeated and sleazy practice of the typical pump-and-dump public offering. To the layperson, a pump-and-dump scheme likely sounds more complicated than…
  • Jun 9

    Is My Company Big Enough to Go Public?

    Is My Company Big Enough to Go Public?
    We’re often asked the question, “is my company big enough to go public?” While the SEC provides no specific threshold on size for going public, many of the exchanges limit the company’s market capitalization with…
Rank this Week: 873

Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Covers securities fraud, and other areas of securities law and banking and finance law. By Rich, Intelisano & Katz, LLP.

http://www.securitiesfraudattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2823

Southeast VC

Southeast VC

Covers businesses, trends, technology and venture investing in the Southeast. By Jason Caplain.

http://southeastvc.blogs.com/southeast_vc/
  • Jun 16

    Andreessen Horowitz: What's Going on in Venture Capital

    Andreessen Horowitz: What's Going on in Venture Capital
    Really good deck from Scott Kupor and the guys at Andreessen Horowitz on the current VC market and thought it would be good to share here. Topics: What's going on in the public markets. What are all these unicorns What's...
  • Feb 23

    Be Proactive to Grow Your Busine

    Be Proactive to Grow Your Busine
    I had coffee with a local service provider last week. I am always up for meeting new people and it was the first time we had met. Our conversation went really well, but he mentioned he was very disappointed one...
  • Nov 20

    Scott Kupor Andreessen Horowitz Speaks with Entrepreneurs at BCVP

    Scott Kupor Andreessen Horowitz Speaks with Entrepreneurs at BCVP
    We invited some local tech founders over to our office Wednesday night to meet Scott Kupor Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. We have been close with Scott since before he joined Andreessen Horowitz. We thought this would be a good...
Rank this Week: 2706

Mortgage Crisis Watch

Mortgage Crisis Watch

Covers business and legal issues affecting loan repurchases, mortgage-backed securities and mortgage insurance. By Bilzin Sumberg.

http://www.mortgagecrisiswatch.com/
  • Jun 11

    Mid-2015 Mortgage Crisis Update – The Repurchase Demands Continue

    Mid-2015 Mortgage Crisis Update – The Repurchase Demands Continue
    In the aftermath of the financial crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aggressively demanded Wall Street and big bank aggregators (“aggregators”) repurchase millions of defaulted and distressed loans, due to purported breaches…
  • May 20

    Wells Accused of Profiting from Foreclosure Relief Program

    Wells Accused of Profiting from Foreclosure Relief Program
    A recent class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of homeowners in New York against Wells Fargo alleges that while the bank received $25 billion in government bailout funds it failed to make a good faith effort to help…
  • May 12

    CFPB, DOJ Show Renewed Interest in Pursuing “Redlining” Case

    CFPB, DOJ Show Renewed Interest in Pursuing “Redlining” Case
    Evidence is mounting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are taking a renewed interest in investigating possible redlining—the practice of lenders charging certain groups more for…
Rank this Week: 3846

Bank Lawyer's Blog

Bank Lawyer's Blog

Covers accounting/auditing, commercial lending, credit unions, electronic banking, privacy, RESPA and stocks. By Kevin Funnell.

http://www.banklawyersblog.com/3_bank_lawyers/
  • May 31

    Sabbatical

    Sabbatical
    Other than holidays and brief vacations, I have not taken a break from this blog in over a decade. It's time. This blog is going on summer vacation. Have a great summer.
  • May 28

    The Underbelly Of The Mt. Holly Settlement

    The Underbelly Of The Mt. Holly Settlement
    The settlement of the Mt. Holly disparate impact case before it could be decided by the US Supreme Court were suspicious. At the time, it was thought by many that the US Justice Department had helped to engineer that settlement...
  • May 25

    Releash The Hound

    Releash The Hound
    Calling the CFPB a "rogue agency," Georgia Senator David Perdue introduced a bill in the Senate last week to bring the rogue to heel. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2015 is a companion bill to one…
Rank this Week: 397

The Swap Report

The Swap Report

Covers regulatory and transactional issues related to derivatives. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.theswapreport.com/
Rank this Week: 4053

Blog y Lana finanzas personales…

Blog y Lana finanzas personales que se entienden

Porque de nada sirve ganar mucho dinero si no sabemos mantenerlo en nuestra bolsa. Finanzas personales que se entienden.

http://www.blogylana.com/
  • Apr 17

    Novedosa alternativa para monetizar tu trabajo creativo. Podcast #167

    Novedosa alternativa para monetizar tu trabajo creativo. Podcast #167
    Monetizar (tener ingresos) las creaciones en linea en México y en algunos lugares de latinoamérica no ha sido fácil  de productos en internet. Dios sabe que yo también he batallado a pesar de generar contenido…
  • Apr 13

    ¿Invertir sin miedo? Descubre como lograrlo

    ¿Invertir sin miedo? Descubre como lograrlo
    No se pueden tener unas finanzas sólidas si solo ahorras. Ahorrar es la primera parte de la ecuación. ¿La segunda? Es invertir. Hacer que ese dinero que ya ahorraste ¡crezca! El problema es que si nadie nos…
  • Apr 10

    Evita el NO de los mejores proveedores y clientes Podcast #166

    Evita el NO de los mejores proveedores y clientes Podcast #166
    En el podcast #162 El Arte de Pedir explico los pequeños y a veces grandes detalles que hacen que uno reciba un NO cuando se pide algo. Mi querida invitada a este podcast Leonora Varo quiso retomar un poco el tema con un ángulo…
Rank this Week: 4816

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud, as well as other consumer and investor-related issues.

http://blog.jmkesquire.com
Rank this Week: 1283

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

Offers investigative reporting aimed at exposing securities fraud. By Chris Carey.

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Feb 4

    Trick Play: Memorabilia company peddled Patriots, Seahawks gear with forged player autograph

    Trick Play: Memorabilia company peddled Patriots, Seahawks gear with forged player autograph
      Just days after the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots claimed their spots in Super Bowl XLIX, a memorabilia company called The Highland Mint contacted customers with a tantalizing list of autographed collectibles. Highland…
  • Dec 31

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: Where are the Go-Karts?

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: Where are the Go-Karts?
    When the global economy collapsed in the fall of 2008, the sharp drop in consumer spending threw the power sports industry into a steep decline. Sales of motorcycles, go-karts and all-terrain vehicles each plunged by 30 percent or more,…
  • Oct 7

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill
    Last June, shares of Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI) doubled in the space of a week, spurred on by a mysterious network of social-media touters who later deleted their posts or shut down their accounts…
Rank this Week: 190

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Jan 27

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme
    A Wisconsin man was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme that took in more than $10 million from at least 122 investors.  Loren Holzhueter, 69, was the subject of an emergency enforcement action…
  • Jan 26

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme
    An Ohio man was sentenced to serve twenty-one years in federal prison for his role in funnelling investors to the massive "Black Diamond" Ponzi scheme that ultimately duped over 400 investors out of at least $40 million.  Jonathan…
  • Jan 26

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men have entered guilty pleas to operating a massive Ponzi scheme that allegedly caused losses of over $100 million to victims who thought they were investing in a profitable ATM leasing operation.  Joel Barry Gillis, 74,…
Rank this Week: 3252

Private Funds Law Update

Private Funds Law Update

Covers private funds and alternative investments. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.privatefundslaw.com/
  • Jan 22

    SEC Announces 2015 Exam Prioritie

    SEC Announces 2015 Exam Prioritie
    The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE” or the “Staff”) recently released its 2015 Exam Priorities. OCIE examines all types of SEC registrants, including investment advisers, broker-dealers,…
  • Dec 4

    AIFMD Round 2: Call for Evidence on AIFMD Passport and Non-EU AIFM

    AIFMD Round 2: Call for Evidence on AIFMD Passport and Non-EU AIFM
    This post was written by Vicky Thatcher. Pursuant to Article 67 of the Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (“AIFMD”), the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has until 22nd July…
  • Nov 10

    AIFMD Reporting by non-EEA AIFM

    AIFMD Reporting by non-EEA AIFM
    This post was authored by Winston Penhall, Editor of this blog and partner in the Investment Funds practice of Reed Smith LLP, London and Paul Moran, Reed Smith trainee, London.  Application The Alternative Investment Fund Managers…
Rank this Week: 1609

Asset Hunter: Tracking…

Asset Hunter: Tracking International Financial Fraud

Covers the legal ramifications of financial fraud related to multinational corporations, multinational financial institutions, foreign governments, foreign officials and high-profile individuals in sensitive regulatory, civil and international criminal matters. By Michael Diaz, Jr.

http://www.michaeldiazjr.com
  • Dec 2

    Diaz Reus Forms Drone Legal Practice

    Diaz Reus Forms Drone Legal Practice
    In response to the growing phenomenon of domestic drones and legal/regulatory issues surrounding their use, the Florida-based international law firm of Diaz Reus announces the launch of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice. Headed by…
  • Feb 5

    Diaz Reus & Targ LLP scored a stunning…

    Diaz Reus & Targ LLP scored a stunning victory in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last week on behalf of the government of Venezuela, obtaining complete and final dismissal with prejudice of a suit brought by…
  • Sep 25

    Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Colonel, Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, Arrested in Miami FBI Sting | Trial period set for October

    Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Colonel, Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, Arrested in Miami FBI Sting | Trial period set for October
    Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, the colonel leading Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Unit, is being held without bail in Miami, awaiting an October 21 trial period after being arrested in an August 31 Miami FBI sting operation where he attempted to…
Rank this Week: 1110

OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal Lawyers

OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal Lawyers

Covers the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control and its Specially Designated Nationals list. By McNabb Associates, P.C.

http://ofac-sdn-list-removal.com/
Rank this Week: 1018

Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
  • Nov 27

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview
                      In large cities the world over, passengers have stopped reaching into the air to hail a cab and have begun reaching into their pockets for their smartphones.  Companies such…
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
Rank this Week: 306

Redeye VC

Redeye VC

Offers a view of startup ecosystem. By Josh Kopelman.

http://redeye.firstround.com/
  • Sep 24

    WhatsApp Used This Pricing Strategy to Win and You Can Too

    WhatsApp Used This Pricing Strategy to Win and You Can Too
    Seven years ago, First Round Partner Josh Kopelman wrote a seminal blog post on the importance of free services in consumer-facing business models. He argued that most entrepreneurs misunderstand how subscription pricing works and…
  • Sep 22

    7 Tactics to Get the Most Out of Your Startup's Advisor

    7 Tactics to Get the Most Out of Your Startup's Advisor
    It happens all the time. A founder surrounds him or herself with a skilled group of advisors — maybe one or two from investors, a trusted mentor from their past, perhaps someone influential who can open doors. But as the company…
  • Sep 15

    Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program

    Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program
    At just three years old, Sift Science has accomplished a surprising amount. Its product, which combats fraud using machine learning, is an important tool for companies like Kickstarter, Airbnb, Uber and Opentable. But with just over 30…
Rank this Week: 1776

Banking Law Update

Banking Law Update

Provides updates and commentary on developments in law affecting banks and financial institutions. By Verrill Dana LLP.

http://www.bankinglawupdate.com/
  • Aug 26

    Tips for Merchants and Consumers Facing a Data Breach

    Tips for Merchants and Consumers Facing a Data Breach
    The high-profile data breach at Target made international news. But small and midsized businesses face the majority of cyber attacks and are even more likely to have employees mishandle data than large enterprises.
  • Aug 25

    CFPB Issues Advisory on Bitcoin, Virtual Currencie

    CFPB Issues Advisory on Bitcoin, Virtual Currencie
    On August 11, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a Consumer Advisory about virtual currencies.  The Advisory followed a directive by the U.S. Government Accountability Office for the CFPB to conduct a close…
  • Aug 8

    Maine Updates Truth-In-Savings, Funds Availability Rule

    Maine Updates Truth-In-Savings, Funds Availability Rule
    Maine’s Truth-in-Savings and Funds Availability Rule is getting an overhaul.  On August 6, 2014, Maine’s Bureau of Financial Institutions announced that changes to Chapter 118, Funds Availability and Truth-in-Savings had…
Rank this Week: 3251