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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/
  • Feb 11

    SEC: California Man Sold Investors Phony Stock to Pay Gambling Debt

    SEC: California Man Sold Investors Phony Stock to Pay Gambling Debt
    The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged an unregistered broker in Oceanside, Calif., with fraudulently selling purported stock in a medical device company and pocketing investors’ money.The SEC alleges that Gregory Ruehle…
  • Feb 10

    SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules Regarding Activity in the U.S.

    SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules Regarding Activity in the U.S.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to adopt rules that require a non-U.S. company that uses personnel located in a U.S. branch or office to arrange, negotiate, or execute a security-based swap transaction in connection with…
  • Feb 9

    Electronic Storage Failure Results in $2.6 Million Fine

    Electronic Storage Failure Results in $2.6 Million Fine
    If your firm has not reviewed its electronic storage systems and programs recently, now may be the time. While this is a guess, it seems to me that oversights at one firm cost it $2.6 million in fines.As we all know, the…
Rank this Week: 527

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

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

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Feb 11

    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and European Commission Announce Common Approach for Transatlantic CCP

    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and European Commission Announce Common Approach for Transatlantic CCP
    On February 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and the European Commission announced a common approach relating to requirements for transatlantic central clearing parties (CCPs). The CFTC and the…
  • Feb 11

    The SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rule

    The SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rule
    On February 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to regulate both U.S. and foreign dealers who engage in security-based swap…
  • Feb 11

    Rating Agency Development

    Rating Agency Development
    On February 9, DBRS published its methodology for rating Canadian government STRIP bonds. Report. On February 9, DBRS published its methodology for guarantees and other forms of support. Report. On February 9, DBRS published its methodology…
Rank this Week: 3510

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog

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

http://mortgagefraudblog.com/
  • Feb 11

    Investment Property Scheme Sentence

    Investment Property Scheme Sentence
    Minas Litos, 50, Saint John, Indiana; Adrian Tartareanu, 45, Saint John, Indiana; and Daniela Tartareanu, 44, Saint John, Indiana; were sentenced in federal court by Chief Judge Philip Simon  for conspiracy and wire fraud. Litos…
  • Feb 10

    Investment Scheme Co-Founder Pleads Guilty

    Investment Scheme Co-Founder Pleads Guilty
    Frank Enrique Lleras, 30, Charlotte, North Carolina, the co-founder of a Charlotte-area property investment firm, pleaded guilty to securities fraud and wire fraud, in connection with an investment fraud scheme involving real estate…
  • Feb 9

    Foreclosure Prevention Fraud Ends with Sentencing

    Foreclosure Prevention Fraud Ends with Sentencing
    Emily Suzanne Vasquez, 47, Inglewood, California, was sentenced in Nevada 12-48 months in prison after being convicted of one count of attempted theft, a category “C” felony. Vasquez was sentenced as a result of a local, state and…
Rank this Week: 3

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/
  • Feb 11

    Must a Lender Show Cause to Enforce an Assignment of Rents?

    Must a Lender Show Cause to Enforce an Assignment of Rents?
    The Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled last month that a lender does not need to show cause as a condition to enforcing an assignment of rents. In PNC Bank v. Maranatha Properties, Inc., No. 5:15-cv-563-Oc-30PRL,…
  • Feb 4

    Urban Land Institute Report Answers: What Markets are Poised for Growth in 2016?

    Urban Land Institute Report Answers: What Markets are Poised for Growth in 2016?
    With the real estate markets in large cities such as San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York City saturated with domestic and foreign capital, driving market prices beyond the reach of many developers and lenders, investors naturally…
  • Jan 26

    Fourth DCA Rules an Allonge Does Not Need to be Physically Attached to a Promissory Note

    Fourth DCA Rules an Allonge Does Not Need to be Physically Attached to a Promissory Note
    To establish standing to enforce a promissory note, a lender must prove that it is the rightful holder of the negotiable instrument. Typically, this entails producing the original note together with all allonges endorsing the note to…
Rank this Week: 3621

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 11

    Even General Counsels Get Defamed

    Even General Counsels Get Defamed
    What happens when the media re-states bluntly what you tried to say cleverly? A jury might find you liable for defamation, even if your statement was made in a legal document. This observation is one of many take-aways from the litigation…
  • Jan 27

    FINRA's BrokerCheck Posting Terminations More Quickly, but Firms Still have 30 days to Report

    FINRA's BrokerCheck Posting Terminations More Quickly, but Firms Still have 30 days to Report
    FINRA's RegulatoryNotice 15-39 is getting a little blog time, but sadly some law firms writing about it seem to misunderstand not only the Notice itself, but also the implications of the changes that have been implemented.  FINRA Rule…
  • Jan 7

    SEC Continues to Crack Down on EB-5 Fraud

    SEC Continues to Crack Down on EB-5 Fraud
    Late last year, investors who claimed the $8.5 million frozen by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was rightfully theirs were denied access to the money by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard ruled that management of…
Rank this Week: 1417

Southeast VC

Southeast VC

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

http://southeastvc.blogs.com/southeast_vc/
  • Feb 11

    Public SaaS Valuations Are Diving. How Should You React?

    Public SaaS Valuations Are Diving. How Should You React?
    I received data 48 hours ago from Pacific Crest which shows valuations of SaaS companies in a sharp decline. Given 90% of our investments are into software companies, this is very relevant and I forwarded the data to a few...
  • Sep 14

    Why It's a Mistake to Raise Money Too Soon

    Why It's a Mistake to Raise Money Too Soon
    The topic of raising money is popular with many entrepreneurs. But here is some great advice to from Joel Holland, CEO Washington DC-based VideoBlocks. He tells founders to wait as long as possible and not have a "race to raise."...
  • 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...
Rank this Week: 1469

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 11

    Raymond Lucia Fires Opening Salvo in ALJ Court Challenge, Aided by Mark Cuban

    Raymond Lucia Fires Opening Salvo in ALJ Court Challenge, Aided by Mark Cuban
    By John M. Jascob, J.D., LL.M.Raymond J. Lucia, Sr. and his eponymous investment advisory firm have fired the first shot in their court challenge to the SEC’s use of administrative law judges. In their suit opposing the SEC’s…
  • Feb 10

    GAO: SEC’s Priorities Have Changed Since Climate Change Disclosure Guidance

    GAO: SEC’s Priorities Have Changed Since Climate Change Disclosure Guidance
    By Amanda Maine, J.D. The Government Accountability Office issued a report on how companies disclose climate-related supply chain risks in SEC filings and through other channels. The report determined that the SEC has taken some action to…
  • Feb 9

    SEC Stands Up for Whistleblower Rule in Anti-Retaliation Appeal

    SEC Stands Up for Whistleblower Rule in Anti-Retaliation Appeal
    By Amy Leisinger, J.D.The SEC has filed an amicus brief urging the Sixth Circuit to defer to its rulemaking protecting employees from retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provision regardless of whether they reported…
Rank this Week: 1487

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Feb 11

    This Survey Doesn’t Bode Well for Pay Ratio Disclosure

    This Survey Doesn’t Bode Well for Pay Ratio Disclosure
    Here’s the teaser for this new set of survey results from Stanford: Recently, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University conducted a nationwide survey of 1,202 individuals — representative by gender, race,…
  • Feb 10

    SEC Chair White on Activism & Board Diversity

    SEC Chair White on Activism & Board Diversity
    This Q&A interview with SEC Chair White conducted by Wilson Sonsini’s Steve Bochner is more useful than the typical speech (here’s a summary from Ning Chiu). Here’s an excerpt from near the end: STEVEN BOCHNER: We have a…
  • Feb 9

    SEC to Double Funding by 2021?

    SEC to Double Funding by 2021?
    Here’s an excerpt from this WSJ article: The Obama administration will call on lawmakers to double the budgets of the top U.S. market cops over the next several years, the White House announced Monday, a push almost certain to encounter…
Rank this Week: 312

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/
  • Feb 9

    The CCO – the SEC’s Target or Ally in Enforcement and Examinations?

    The CCO – the SEC’s Target or Ally in Enforcement and Examinations?
    (This article was published in the first February 2016 issue of “The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation” and is reprinted here with permission.) The last half of 2015 has been characterized by a lot of debate and…
  • Jan 11

    SEC Reveals Wide-Ranging 2016 Examination Prioritie

    SEC Reveals Wide-Ranging 2016 Examination Prioritie
    On January 11, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the SEC announced its 2016 Examination Priorities (“Priorities”). To promote compliance, prevent fraud and identify market risk, OCIE examines…
  • Jan 4

    Spoofing Is No Joke: Prosecutors Clamp Down on High-Frequency Trader

    Spoofing Is No Joke: Prosecutors Clamp Down on High-Frequency Trader
    On November 3, 2015, an Illinois federal jury convicted Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities trader, of six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of spoofing—entering a buy or sell order with the intent to cancel before the…
Rank this Week: 3292

RIA Compliance Blog

RIA Compliance Blog

Covers registered investment advisor regulations. By Parker MacIntyre.

http://www.riacomplianceblog.com/
  • Feb 9

    SEC Releases Examination Priorities for 2016

    SEC Releases Examination Priorities for 2016
    The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently released its Examination Priorities for 2016. These examination priorities provide valuable insight…
  • Feb 3

    SEC Publishes Guidance on Avoiding Mischaracterization of 12b-1 Fee

    SEC Publishes Guidance on Avoiding Mischaracterization of 12b-1 Fee
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently published guidance on the characterization of mutual fund fees, specifically 12b-1 distribution fees and sub-accounting fees, as part of their ongoing…
  • Jan 26

    Hedge Fund Manager Settles Charges with SEC for Overcharging on Fees and Overvaluing Asset

    Hedge Fund Manager Settles Charges with SEC for Overcharging on Fees and Overvaluing Asset
    A Denver-based alternative fund manager was recently charged by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) with engaging in fraudulent behavior regarding the handling of its futures fund, The Frontier Fund…
Rank this Week: 3420

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 211

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
  • Feb 8

    The President’s FY 2017 Budget Contains Substantial Funding for Cybersecurity

    The President’s FY 2017 Budget Contains Substantial Funding for Cybersecurity
    The president’s FY 2017 budget, released today, includes cybersecurity as a national priority. The budget would invest $19 billion in overall federal resources for cybersecurity that are intended to support a broad-based cybersecurity…
  • Feb 8

    Campaigns Push on to New Hampshire

    Campaigns Push on to New Hampshire
    With the nation’s first caucuses in Iowa now over, the Republican field has shrunk, while Democrats Secretary Clinton and Sen. Sanders remain in a dead heat. Candidates on both sides continue to release limited details about their tax…
  • Feb 8

    EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Firm

    EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Firm
    On January 29, 2016, President Obama announced that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, plans to begin collecting employee compensation information pay data from firms with 100…
Rank this Week: 1885

Payment Law Advisor

Payment Law Advisor

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

http://www.paymentlawadvisor.com/
  • Feb 8

    Our Latest Survey of UDAAP Activity

    Our Latest Survey of UDAAP Activity
    DWT Payments Team member Adam Maarec recently published an updated Survey of Activities Identified as Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Under the Dodd-Frank Act. The survey covers activities that occurred during the second half of 2015.…
  • Jan 26

    Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test

    Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
    PLA today posts “Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test,” in which Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam Chilton, both of the University of Chicago School of Law, having studied the consumer impact of such disclosures,…
  • Jan 20

    CFSC Roundup: From Issuing Credit Online to UDAAP Compliance Management

    CFSC Roundup: From Issuing Credit Online to UDAAP Compliance Management
    DWT’s Payments Team participated in the ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee’s Winter Meeting in Park City, Utah last week. Andrew Owens delivered a presentation on advertising and issuing credit online during the…
Rank this Week: 2656

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
  • Feb 8

    BREAKING STORY:Morgan Stanley $3.2 Billion RMBS Settlement. READ FULL TEXT AGREEMENTS

    BREAKING STORY:Morgan Stanley $3.2 Billion RMBS Settlement. READ FULL TEXT AGREEMENTS
    On February 11, 2016, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") published a Press Release: "Morgan Stanley Agrees to Pay $2.6 Billion Penalty in Connection with Its Sale of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities" In addition to the DOJ…
  • Feb 8

    US Bancorp Investments Employment Dispute Ends With Mixed Result

    US Bancorp Investments Employment Dispute Ends With Mixed Result
    In marriage and employment, the honeymoon may be short and the relationship ends in an acrimonious and bitter divorce. In one of the great quirks of law, the divorce proceedings often last as long or longer than the marriage. Following about…
  • Feb 8

    UPDATE: Pro Se Respondent Battles SEC to Standstill

    UPDATE: Pro Se Respondent Battles SEC to Standstill
    This is an UPDATE of "Pro Se Respondent Battles SEC to Standstill" (BrokeAndBroker.com Blog, January 20, 2016).Today's BrokeAndBroker.com Blog considers a fascinating Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory case that…
Rank this Week: 665

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/
  • Feb 7

    Activist Investors Betting On Bank Merger

    Activist Investors Betting On Bank Merger
    It appears that "activist" investors are turning to banks because they, like many of the rest of us close to the banking sector, think that there will be continued consolidation of the banking industry in the U.S., and what…
  • Jan 31

    De Novo Deep Freeze Thawing? Not So Fast!

    De Novo Deep Freeze Thawing? Not So Fast!
    Although SNL's Nathan Stovall tantalizes readers with the headline "De novo market could be warming up," I think that--reading between the lines--the De Novo Deep Freeze of the past 8 years is not going to be thawing this year.…
  • Jan 24

    Yes, Virginia, There Is A Regulatory Burden On Small Bank

    Yes, Virginia, There Is A Regulatory Burden On Small Bank
    Preston Ash of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, sent me (on New Years Eve, no less) an article co-authored by Preston and Christoffer Koch and Thoma F. Siems of the Dallas Fed, entitled "Too Small to Succeed?--Community Banks in...
Rank this Week: 540

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: 903

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
  • Feb 3

    Rethinking Representation and Warranty Insurance in Canada

    Rethinking Representation and Warranty Insurance in Canada
    By Jake Irwin and Lama Sabbagh With special contribution from Robyn Weber, AVP, Private Equity Practice Leader, HUB International The sale of Representation and Warranty Insurance (“RWI”) policies has soared in recent years. In…
  • Jan 28

    Canadian Representation and Warranty Insurance FAQ

    Canadian Representation and Warranty Insurance FAQ
    By Ian C. Michael, Jake Irwin and Lama Sabbagh With special contribution from Robyn Weber, AVP, Private Equity Practice Leader, HUB International In the context of the purchase and sale of a company, when sellers seek to negotiate a…
  • Jan 12

    Cybersecurity and M&A – Part Three: Cyber Insurance

    Cybersecurity and M&A – Part Three: Cyber Insurance
    By Roland Hung, Matthew Harris and Beverly Ma In the second installment of this series we offered a brief review of cybersecurity provisions and considerations in M&A transaction agreements, and in the first installment of this series we…
Rank this Week: 1191

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/
  • Feb 3

    A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

    A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court
    The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims The Plaintiff made a claim against some of the Defendants for aiding…
  • Jan 18

    Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.

    Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.
    I don't draft arbitration provisions in agreements, but if I did I would not draft one like the one in Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc.  Not because it turned out to be unenforceable, but because it was found to be…
  • Jan 12

    NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer

    NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer
    Judge McGuire came down pretty hard on a Florida attorney admitted pro hac vice (meaning "for this one particular occasion") by another Superior Court Judge, in McCarthy v. Hampton, 2016NCBC 4.  He revoked the lawyer's admission and…
Rank this Week: 993

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: 528

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
  • Feb 2

    Data Breach Incidents – 16 DOs and DON’T

    Data Breach Incidents – 16 DOs and DON’T
    Data breaches are expensive. They cost an average of $5.4 million each to US companies in 2011 for mitigation and remediation alone, while also causing significant harm to brand and reputation.  The first 24 hours after you discover…
  • Jan 14

    The Hot List: 2016 Proxy Season Trends and Action Item

    The Hot List: 2016 Proxy Season Trends and Action Item
    Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Sanjay M. Shirodkar, David P. Lewis and Louis Lehot; originally published here:…
  • Jan 8

    Unicorn Infographic and 2015 Trend

    Unicorn Infographic and 2015 Trend
    CB Insights created the below infographic on October 26, 2015 illustrating the rise of unicorn companies since 2011. This graphic is particularly interesting when viewed together with CB Insights’ blog post this morning…
Rank this Week: 670

Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

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

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
  • Feb 2

    Egypt Liberalises Electricity Market to Allow Private Sector Participation

    Egypt Liberalises Electricity Market to Allow Private Sector Participation
    In 2015, Egypt issued its unified Electricity Law no. (87), paving the way for market liberalisation of its power generation and distribution services. A few months on from its introduction, what are some of the key takeaways? The…
  • Oct 29

    DIFC Says Transfer to US Cannot Rely on Safe Harbor

    DIFC Says Transfer to US Cannot Rely on Safe Harbor
    By Brian Meenagh On October 26, 2015, Raja Al Mazrouei, the Commissioner for Data Protection for the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC), issued guidance on the adequacy of US Safe Harbor for the purpose of exporting…
  • Jul 14

    Abu Dhabi Global Market Publishes New Commercial Regulations and begins Financial Regulation Consultation

    Abu Dhabi Global Market Publishes New Commercial Regulations and begins Financial Regulation Consultation
    On 15 June 2015, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (Global Market), Abu Dhabi’s financial free zone, published the following six new regulations concerning the regulation of non-financial services in the Global Market: - Application of…
Rank this Week: 1732

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/
  • Feb 1

    February 2 Hearing On New Fiduciary Bill

    February 2 Hearing On New Fiduciary Bill
    Grab the popcorn. At 10 am EST on February 2, 2016, the Education and Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will live stream its hearing on H.R. 4293, the Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act. Click here to access…
  • Jan 27

    ERISA Investment Committee Governance

    ERISA Investment Committee Governance
    For those who missed the January 27 webinar entitled "ERISA Plan Investment Governance: Avoiding Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims," click here to download the slides for this educational program. There were three presenters, each of…
  • Jan 18

    Chief Retirement Officer Redux

    Chief Retirement Officer Redux
    Skittishness about an individual's financial ability to retire is one factor that I believe underlies continued ERISA litigation activity. As I suggested to Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergeson,…
Rank this Week: 3238

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/
  • Jan 30

    Thanks, y'all!

    Thanks, y'all!
    Thanks, y'all!  I am very honored to be named, along with a number of fine lawyers across the state, in Business North Carolina's 2016 "Legal Elite"  as well as in Thompson Reuters' Super Lawyers for 2016.What is the…
  • Dec 16

    New European Privacy Plan Announced

    New European Privacy Plan Announced
    Earlier this week, the European Parliament and Council announced they have (finally) agreed upon a new General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR).  This is really big news for all U.S. companies that do business in Europe or…
  • Nov 30

    PSA: New North Carolina Laws Become Effective Today (December 1, 2015)

    PSA: New North Carolina Laws Become Effective Today (December 1, 2015)
    The law is ever-changing, which is part of the reason I find it fascinating.  Several new North Carolina laws become effective today, December 1st.  Many of them are criminal laws, but some that may be of interest to business owners…
Rank this Week: 3854

Lenders 360.

Lenders 360.

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

http://www.lenders360blog.com
  • Jan 26

    eSign & Commercial Finance: A License to Trash the Original Note?

    eSign & Commercial Finance: A License to Trash the Original Note?
    Are “electronic document” provisions appearing in your commercial loan documents?  This is the second in a series examining two provisions recently reviewed by me in commercial real estate transactions.   Unfortunately,…
  • Jan 5

    eSign & Commercial Finance: On the Bank Report Card in 2016

    eSign & Commercial Finance: On the Bank Report Card in 2016
    Last year, a new topic started to appear in commercial mortgage loan documents: provisions covering the use of electronic documents (aka “electronic records” or “eDocs”).  Unfortunately, two provisions examined by…
  • Jan 3

    The Lender Holds the Bag When the Appraisal is Wrong

    The Lender Holds the Bag When the Appraisal is Wrong
    The Bankruptcy Code permits a bankruptcy trustee to “surcharge” a lender’s collateral when the cost will benefit the lender and there is also benefit to the bankruptcy estate.  The friction arises when the collateral is…
Rank this Week: 3746

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/
  • Jan 26

    eSign & Commercial Finance: A License to Trash the Original Note?

    eSign & Commercial Finance: A License to Trash the Original Note?
    Are “electronic document” provisions appearing in your commercial loan documents?  This is the second in a series examining two provisions recently reviewed by me in commercial real estate transactions.   Unfortunately,…
  • Jan 5

    eSign & Commercial Finance: On the Bank Report Card in 2016

    eSign & Commercial Finance: On the Bank Report Card in 2016
    Last year, a new topic started to appear in commercial mortgage loan documents: provisions covering the use of electronic documents (aka “electronic records” or “eDocs”).  Unfortunately, two provisions examined by…
  • Jan 3

    The Lender Holds the Bag When the Appraisal is Wrong

    The Lender Holds the Bag When the Appraisal is Wrong
    The Bankruptcy Code permits a bankruptcy trustee to “surcharge” a lender’s collateral when the cost will benefit the lender and there is also benefit to the bankruptcy estate.  The friction arises when the collateral is…
Rank this Week: 2136

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

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

    Not Enough Studying

    Not Enough Studying
    Yelp is an online networking platform that hosts user-generated reviews of local businesses.  In a recent securities class action (Curry v. Yelp, Inc., 2015 WL 7454137 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 24, 2015)), the court considered claims that Yelp…
  • Dec 4

    Omnicare’s Scope

    Omnicare’s Scope
    In its Omnicare decision issued earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court held that opinions presented in registration statements can be subject to liability under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if either (a) the…
  • Oct 30

    Innocent Third Partie

    Innocent Third Partie
    The scienter (i.e., fraudulent intent) of an officer who makes a false or misleading statement can be imputed to the company based on the law of agency, but that rule potentially is subject to an…
Rank this Week: 1481

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

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

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
  • Jan 18

    The Pitfalls of Moonlighting in a Day Job for Startup Founder

    The Pitfalls of Moonlighting in a Day Job for Startup Founder
    This post first appeared in Southern Alpha on November 2, 2016. Many, if not most, founders have difficulty being able to afford to work full-time for their startup right from the start. But working in a day job while moonlighting at…
  • Jan 18

    The Pitfalls of Moonlighting in a Day Job for Startup Founder

    The Pitfalls of Moonlighting in a Day Job for Startup Founder
    This post first appeared in Southern Alpha on November 2, 2016. Many, if not most, founders have difficulty being able to afford to work full-time for their startup right from the start. But working in a day job while moonlighting at…
  • Jan 11

    Thoughts on the Final Crowdfunding Regulation

    Thoughts on the Final Crowdfunding Regulation
    In October, the SEC finally completed its implementing regulations to Title III of the JOBS Act, more commonly known as the “crowdfunding” exemption. The 600-page release can be found here. I’m not going to bother…
Rank this Week: 3107

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
  • Jan 14

    When is “Rate of Return” not the Real Rate of Return?

    When is “Rate of Return” not the Real Rate of Return?
    Investors need to be careful when they review and rely on performance reports provided by their stockbroker or financial advisor.  I recently reviewed a performance report that was provided to an investor by a major warehouse brokerage…
  • Apr 8

    FINRA BrokerCheck: Beware the … Blue … Flags?

    FINRA BrokerCheck: Beware the … Blue … Flags?
    FINRA recently underwent some changes to its BrokerCheck website.  For those that do not know, BrokerCheck is the online repository in which the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) discloses certain information about stock…
  • Mar 27

    FINRA Securities Arbitration Statistics – February 2011

    FINRA Securities Arbitration Statistics – February 2011
    FINRA recently reported its February 2011 arbitration statistics. For the two-month period ended February 28, 2011, 837 claims were filed. This represents a decrease of 9% as compared to the number of cases filed in February 2010 (918). The…
Rank this Week: 4785

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: 1497

Private Funds Law Update

Private Funds Law Update

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

http://www.privatefundslaw.com/
Rank this Week: 3979

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: 3958

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.respalawyer.com/
  • Dec 8

    RESPA CONSUMER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST REALOGY, PHH CORP, TRG, NRT, AND OTHERS SURROUNDING THEIR AFFILIATED BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS

    RESPA CONSUMER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST REALOGY, PHH CORP, TRG, NRT, AND OTHERS SURROUNDING THEIR AFFILIATED BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS
    A consumer class action RESPA lawsuit was filed on November 25, 2015 by Timothy L. Strader Sr., against PHH Corporation, REALOGY Holdings Corp., PHH Mortgage Corporation, PHH Home Loans LLC, RMR Financial LLC, NE Moves Mortgage LLC, PHH…
  • Oct 21

    RESPA News Lead Generation Compliance Webinar

    RESPA News Lead Generation Compliance Webinar
    Marx Sterbcow, managing attorney with the Sterbcow Law Group, and James Milano, member with Weiner Brodsky Kider PC will speak on RESPA News's webinar series on the topic of Lead Generation Compliance. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday,…
  • Oct 20

    Marx Sterbcow to Moderate RESPRO RESPA Webinar

    Marx Sterbcow to Moderate RESPRO RESPA Webinar
    Marx Sterbcow, managing attorney with the Sterbcow Law Group, will moderate a RESPRO Marketing Service Agreement webinar with Phil Schulman, partner at K&L Gates on October 22, 2015. The RESPA webinar titled "To Agree to Market or Not…
Rank this Week: 771

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Nov 22

    SEC expands fraud case to include Lenco Mobile, subject of a prior Sharesleuth investigation

    SEC expands fraud case to include Lenco Mobile, subject of a prior Sharesleuth investigation
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has quietly expanded its fraud case against financier Izak Zirk De Maison, adding seven more people as codefendants and identifying five more stocks he used in his schemes. According to the SEC’s…
  • 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,…
Rank this Week: 533

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
  • Nov 20

    Bankruptcy Forms to Change December 1st

    Bankruptcy Forms to Change December 1st
    By Keri P. Ebeck, Partner As of December 1, 2015, the United States Bankruptcy Courts will mandate usage and filing of the forms approved at the Judicial Conference in September 2015. Although many of the official bankruptcy forms will…
  • Oct 16

    Fraud Alert-Forged Paystub

    Fraud Alert-Forged Paystub
    By Matthew M. Young, Attorney While forging paystubs to obtain credit is not a new concept, I have a number of credit unions that have advised me of an alarming increase in the use of these phony documents to support employment and…
  • 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,…
Rank this Week: 1791

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: 1583

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: 2160

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: 3767

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: 3956

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: 4714

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: 1405

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: 4685

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: 1007

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: 225

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: 2352

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: 3188