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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
  • Sep 26

    Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosure

    Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosure
    Critics Claim “Intimidation” Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York and…
  • Sep 25

    Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Merger Agreement Efforts Subject of Litigation

    Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Merger Agreement Efforts Subject of Litigation
    In a recent action raising the issue of the nature of a merger party’s obligation to take steps necessary to clear antitrust regulatory hurdles “as promptly as reasonably practicable,” Alere, Inc. sued Abbott Laboratories in…
  • Sep 21

    2016 Pre-Election Political Report

    2016 Pre-Election Political Report
    The Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 2016 Pre-Election Political Report features updates on key federal policy platforms and perspectives that presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have addressed in their respective…
Rank this Week: 2084

Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

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

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
  • Jun 2

    Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security

    Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security
    Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is home to 14 of the 33 most water scarce countries globally, with six times less water availability than the worldwide average and less than 2…
  • May 25

    Telemedicine in the UAE

    Telemedicine in the UAE
    Telemedicine is a product of 20th century information and communication technologies. It is generally defined as the provision of healthcare services from a healthcare professional to a patient from a remote location using a telephone or the…
  • Mar 31

    New Saudi Companies Law – Accumulated Losses and Risk of Statutory Dissolution

    New Saudi Companies Law – Accumulated Losses and Risk of Statutory Dissolution
    For the past few decades, the obligations of companies with losses reaching 50% or more of their share capital has been a topic of high debate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. That is due to the uncertainty surrounding the application of…
Rank this Week: 3641

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: 4645

Attorney R. Tamara de Silva's Blog

Attorney R. Tamara de Silva's Blog

Features a skeptical lawyer's take on financial reform, Wall Street and white collar crime.

http://attyrtamaradesilva.wordpress.com
  • Aug 19

    Fat Tail and the Bail Out

    Fat Tail and the Bail Out
    “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Mark Twain
  • Aug 19

    Fat Tail and the Bail Out

    Fat Tail and the Bail Out
    “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Mark Twain Risk management is the difference between success and ruin in the financial…
  • Aug 19

    Market Transparency

    Market Transparency
    Market Transparency and Accountability Act of 2009 Misses the Mark R. Tamara de Silva February 22, 2009
Rank this Week: 4458

Australian Regulatory Compliance…

Australian Regulatory Compliance Review

Covers legal and regulatory impacts on Australian businesses. By David Jacobson.

http://www.djacobson.com/australian_regulatory_rev/
  • Jun 15

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?
    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private? Not automatically. In dealing with ASIC and other regulators it is important to understand that the Freedom of Information Act 1982 applies to government agency records and…
  • Jun 15

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?
    In the matter of Re1 Limited (ABN 80 145 743 862) and Re2 Limited as responsible entities for Westfield Retail Trust 1 and Westfield Retail Trust 2 (No 3) [2014] NSWSC 762 the NSW Supreme Court considered the adjournment of the adjournment of…
  • Jun 15

    Small amount credit change

    Small amount credit change
    The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contracts) Regulation 2014 was registered on 12 June 2014. The Regulation clarifies the changes introduced on 1 July 2013 which imposed a cap on costs and a limit on fees…
Rank this Week: 2449

Bank D&O Liability Law Blog

Bank D&O Liability Law Blog

Covers bank director and officer liability. By Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC.

http://www.bankdandolaw.com/
Rank this Week: 2849

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/
  • Sep 25

    Equal Opportunity Bad Behavior

    Equal Opportunity Bad Behavior
    While Wells Fargo's misdeeds have caught the main stream media's rapt attention, and given opponents of the banking industry like Liz Warren plenty of ammunition to demagogue until the cows come home (watching her call John Stumpf…
  • Sep 18

    The "Lessons" of Wells Fargo

    The "Lessons" of Wells Fargo
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves --William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 There's been a lot of ink spilled over the past week about Wells Fargo's cross-selling culture paving the road to...
  • Sep 11

    Names Silent in Stone

    Names Silent in Stone
    Fifteen years to the day, the time seems wrong to be focused on either banks or the law that affects them. Instead, it seems more appropriate to read a poem by America's pet laureate on 9/11/2001, to listen to a...
Rank this Week: 256

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: 545

BeyondVC

BeyondVC

Covers entrepreneurship, venture capital, technology, investing, and globalizaiton. By Ed Sim.

http://www.beyondvc.com/
  • Feb 12

    boldstart ventures in 2014 – our etho

    boldstart ventures in 2014 – our etho
    As we look into 2014, we thought it was important to reflect on our activities in 2013 and refocus and refine our thinking and messaging as a firm. We are thematic in our approach and primarily known as seed investors with a focus on…
  • Feb 12

    boldstart ventures in 2014 – our etho

    boldstart ventures in 2014 – our etho
    As we look into 2014, we thought it was important to reflect on our activities in 2013 and refocus and refine our thinking and messaging as a firm. We are thematic in our approach and primarily known as seed investors with a focus on…
  • May 17

    Branding first starts with your team

    Branding first starts with your team
    External branding starts with developing a consistent, internal message first. When you think of branding and positioning, remember that your first line of offense and the most important representation of your company comes from your…
Rank this Week: 2471

Big Four Blog

Big Four Blog

Covers accounting news, events and opinions by Big Four alumni.

http://bigfouralumni.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1168

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: 4588

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
  • Sep 20

    NY Life Rep Crosses Arbitration Rubicon With Expungement Case

    NY Life Rep Crosses Arbitration Rubicon With Expungement Case
    A former registered representative sued his former employer for six figures in damages. The causes of action were impressive. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's online BrokerCheck disclosed negative comments about the reasons for…
  • Sep 12

    Sportspicks.com Founder Lose FINRA Regulatory Wager

    Sportspicks.com Founder Lose FINRA Regulatory Wager
    In and out. On and off. Registered and unregistered. There are points and counterpoints to many things in life and on Wall Street. There are things that you can do when unregistered that do not require any regulatory disclosures; but,…
  • Sep 9

    UPDATE: SEC Settlement Gives Respondent 168 Years To Pay

    UPDATE: SEC Settlement Gives Respondent 168 Years To Pay
    This is an UPDATE of "SEC Settlement Gives Respondent 168 Years To Pay" (BrokeAndBroker.com Blog, February 17, 2016)We are regularly bombarded with press releases heralding some purportedly profound and historic settlement or verdict.…
Rank this Week: 268

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
  • Sep 23

    “Placeholder candidates”: an untested response to advance notice provision

    “Placeholder candidates”: an untested response to advance notice provision
    By Shane C. D'Souza, Deandra L. Schubert and Vanessa Chung Many US and Canadian public companies have implemented so-called advance notice provisions (“ANPs”), bylaws and policies requiring shareholders to provide a company with…
  • Sep 23

    Doing Business in Canada 2016: Read the latest updates to our popular guide

    Doing Business in Canada 2016: Read the latest updates to our popular guide
    By McCarthy Tétrault LLP McCarthy Tétrault’s Doing Business in Canada provides a user-friendly overview of central aspects of the Canadian political and legal systems that are most likely to affect new and established…
  • Aug 9

    Is the Death of Ontario’s Bulk Sales Act upon us? It looks like it may be.

    Is the Death of Ontario’s Bulk Sales Act upon us? It looks like it may be.
    By Ian Mak, Heidi Gordon and Matthew Griffin On June 8, 2016 Bill 218 (the Burden Reduction Act, 2016) passed first reading. The Bill is part of a provincial government initiative to, in part, reduce the regulatory burden on Ontario…
Rank this Week: 3811

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 21

    Financial Advisors Expunging Baseless Customer Complaints in State Court

    Financial Advisors Expunging Baseless Customer Complaints in State Court
    The Internet is awash with articles about “bad brokers” with clean U-4s, and “rouge brokers” obtaining expungements of valid customer complaints.  Indeed, studies have been published ostensibly demonstrating that…
  • Jul 29

    A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW OF ROBO-ADVISERS

    A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW OF ROBO-ADVISERS
    The Massachusetts Securities Division – one of the most active and sophisticated in the nation – recently issued a Policy Statement “to provide its state-registered investment advisers who establish concurrent or…
  • Jul 29

    A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW OF ROBO-ADVISERS

    A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW OF ROBO-ADVISERS
    The Massachusetts Securities Division – one of the most active and sophisticated in the nation – recently issued a Policy Statement “to provide its state-registered investment advisers who establish concurrent or…
Rank this Week: 3898

Dividends and Preferences

Dividends and Preferences

Musings on Venture Capital, Technology and Entrepreneurship. By Hank J. Heyming.

http://www.dividendsandpreferences.com/
  • Jan 24

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective
    {EAV:984c4a016f17013d} Microsoft acquires Skype! Largest Microsoft acquisition ever!! Facebook jilted!!! Google jilted!!!! Wait, Facebook wins through Microsoft!!!!! Wait, Microsoft overpaid by $4 billion with a B!!!!!! OMG Google just…
  • May 10

    Nerd Chic

    Nerd Chic
    Lately, I've noticed a new twist to the typical ebb and flow of the fashion wars.  It occurred to me that, for perhaps the first time in my lifetime, it is cool right now to be a nerd.
  • Apr 25

    Out and About

    Out and About
    Hey folks -- I'm getting ready to head down to the RTP area for the annual CED Venture Conference.  This year it is in downtown Raleigh, instead of Pinehurst, and looks to be bigger and better than ever. So, if anyone happens to be in the…
Rank this Week: 4210

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

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

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Sep 26

    Lehman Estate Settles Claims By RMBS Insurer and Trustee

    Lehman Estate Settles Claims By RMBS Insurer and Trustee
      On September 20, 2016, Judge Shelley Chapman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the $37 million settlement of $1.3 billion in claims asserted against the estates of two defunct Lehman…
  • Sep 26

    EBA Consults on Guidelines on Minimum Professional Indemnity Insurance under PSD2

    EBA Consults on Guidelines on Minimum Professional Indemnity Insurance under PSD2
      On September 22, 2016, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper (EBA/CP/2016/12) on draft guidelines in relation to professional indemnity insurance (PII) and the criteria competent authorities should follow…
  • Sep 26

    EBA Consults on Fee Terminology and Disclosure Documents under Payment Accounts Directive

    EBA Consults on Fee Terminology and Disclosure Documents under Payment Accounts Directive
      Pursuant to the Payment Accounts Directive (2014/92/EU) (PAD), on September 22, 2016, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper on draft technical standards on fee terminology and disclosure documents…
Rank this Week: 3316

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/
  • Sep 2

    CFPB Prevails On Summary Judgment Against CashCall, Inc.

    CFPB Prevails On Summary Judgment Against CashCall, Inc.
    On August 31, 2016, in a ground breaking decision, the United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled that CashCall, Inc. violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act in connection with efforts to collect on certain loans that would…
  • Aug 26

    Most Recent CFPB Supervisory Highlights Feature FCRA, Lo Compensation and Debt Collection Issue

    Most Recent CFPB Supervisory Highlights Feature FCRA, Lo Compensation and Debt Collection Issue
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s most recent supervisory highlights publication featured issues relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, loan originator compensation and in-person debt collection that should be on mortgage…
  • Jul 19

    Will Madden v Midland Disrupt Loan Sales and Platform Lending?

    Will Madden v Midland Disrupt Loan Sales and Platform Lending?
    Where do marketplace lenders and secondary loan market participants find themselves on the issue of preemption of state usury laws after the June 27 denial of the petition for a writ of certiorari in Madden v. Midland by the U.S. Supreme…
Rank this Week: 2650

Financial Institutions Legal…

Financial Institutions Legal Snapshot

Covers banking, finance and insurance law in South Africa. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.financialinstitutionslegalsnapshot.com/
  • Sep 26

    Failure to assess risk of schizophrenic prison inmate covered by policy

    Failure to assess risk of schizophrenic prison inmate covered by policy
    In June 2016, the Australian New South Wales Supreme Court held a liability insurer liable to indemnify its insured, a prison detention centre, for a claim arising from the insured’s failure to note that one of its inmates suffered from…
  • Sep 22

    Communication via brokers held not to be privileged

    Communication via brokers held not to be privileged
    A US court has ruled that communications between lawyers and insurers which passed through a London broker are not privileged. This is because entrusting lawyer advices to a third party, such as a third party broker, amounts to a waiver of…
  • Sep 21

    Pain and suffering includes mental anguish from medical negligence

    Pain and suffering includes mental anguish from medical negligence
    In March 2016, the Austrian Supreme Court granted an award for pain and suffering to a patient for mental strain after a piece of broken scissors was left in his body following a surgery despite the fact that the claimant had not suffered any…
Rank this Week: 2044

Financial Regulatory Report

Financial Regulatory Report

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

http://www.financialregulatoryreport.com/
  • Aug 16

    CFPB Finally Adopts Amendments To Its Mortgage Servicing Rule

    CFPB Finally Adopts Amendments To Its Mortgage Servicing Rule
    On August 4, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CFPB”) finally adopted amendments (the “Amendments”) to its 2013 mortgage servicing rules (the “Servicing Rules”). The Servicing Rules implemented…
  • Jun 17

    FCA Enforcement Action Overview

    FCA Enforcement Action Overview
    Reed Smith’s Enforcement Action by the FCA 2016 is a useful overview of enforcement action taken by the FCA in 2016.  Enforcement action is important in terms of showing where the focus of the regulator is in terms of…
  • May 11

    CFPB Moves Forward With Proposal To Ban Class Action Waivers In Arbitration

    CFPB Moves Forward With Proposal To Ban Class Action Waivers In Arbitration
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its long anticipated 377-page proposed rule to bar banks and regulated financial institutions from including class action waivers in mandatory arbitration provisions in consumer…
Rank this Week: 3743

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/
Rank this Week: 205

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: 170

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/
  • Sep 23

    Congress Seeks Answers from Bank CEO and Federal Bank Regulator

    Congress Seeks Answers from Bank CEO and Federal Bank Regulator
    On September 20, the CEO of a major national bank faced questions from the House Financial Services Committee over consumer account practices uncovered during a recent enforcement action by the CFPB. The CEO will return to Capitol Hill on…
  • Sep 23

    CFPB Sues Title Lenders for Failure to Post APR

    CFPB Sues Title Lenders for Failure to Post APR
    On September 21, the CFPB announced that it had filed five separate administrative actions against online auto title lenders formed in and operating out of Arizona. In the Notice of Charges to each company, the CFPB alleges that the lender…
  • Sep 23

    OCC Lays Out Supervision Plan for 2017

    OCC Lays Out Supervision Plan for 2017
    On September 14, the OCC released its bank supervision operating plan for fiscal year 2017. The plan identifies the OCC’s priority objectives, which include: (i) commercial and retail loan underwriting; (ii) business model…
Rank this Week: 3839

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Covers Sarbanes-Oxley and compliance.

http://insidesarbanesoxley.com/
  • Sep 10

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act
    If your organization isn’t already offering incentives to ferret out inappropriate behaviors, the new Dodd-Frank Act and whistleblowing rewards just might (and could make your company the next public spectacle). Deloitte’s…
  • May 26

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum
    The department painstakingly went through its inventory of SOX controls to determine which ones could be assessed just by analyzing data in company systems. Then data-analytic scripts were written to allow exceptions to be found. Now, for…
  • May 26

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader
    Ever since stock-listing requirements prompted many US companies to name an independent director to serve as the chairman, lead director, or presiding director of the board, these companies have been grappling with what, exactly, this board…
Rank this Week: 2291

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/
  • Sep 21

    Higher Qualified Client Net Worth Threshold Effective August 15, 2016

    Higher Qualified Client Net Worth Threshold Effective August 15, 2016
    3(c)(1) funds should update their offering documents to reflect $2.1 million net worth requirement. Assets under management threshold remains unchanged at $1 million. Only new client relationships entered and new investors admitted in private…
  • Jul 27

    Investment Adviser Sanctioned for Inadequate Trading Away Disclosure

    Investment Adviser Sanctioned for Inadequate Trading Away Disclosure
    On July 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced an enforcement action against RiverFront Investment Group, LLC, a registered investment adviser serving as sub-adviser to clients in wrap fee programs…
  • Jul 19

    PILLSBURY BREAKFAST EVENT CONNECTS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WITH WOMEN INVESTORS

    PILLSBURY BREAKFAST EVENT CONNECTS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WITH WOMEN INVESTORS
    Pillsbury is hosting Plum Alley Investments, a private-membership on-line platform connecting women investors with businesses run by women entrepreneurs.  The breakfast will feature an intimate conversation about shaping the world by…
Rank this Week: 416

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 28

    NASAA requests clarifications to SEC’s continuity plan proposal

    NASAA requests clarifications to SEC’s continuity plan proposal
    By Amy Leisinger, J.D.In comments to the SEC, NASAA offered support for the Commission’s proposal to require registered investment advisers to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans. According to the…
  • Sep 27

    Circuit split could put equitable tolling back on High Court’s agenda

    Circuit split could put equitable tolling back on High Court’s agenda
    By Anne Sherry, J.D.Two new petitions for certiorari ask the Supreme Court to look again at the effect of American Pipe tolling on statutes of repose. The petitioners opted out of class actions against Bear Stearns and the underwriters of…
  • Sep 26

    ICI, SIFMA oppose bulk of FSB response to asset management ‘threats’

    ICI, SIFMA oppose bulk of FSB response to asset management ‘threats’
    By Amy Leisinger, J.D.The Investment Company Institute and SIFMA’s Asset Management Group have filed comments in response to the Financial Stability Board’s proposed recommendations regarding vulnerabilities in the asset…
Rank this Week: 599

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: 4726

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 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…
Rank this Week: 985

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 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…
Rank this Week: 3629

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 160

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: 3630

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog

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

http://mortgagefraudblog.com/
  • Sep 23

    Syracuse couple on the run for five years arrested in mortgage fraud case | syracuse.com

    Syracuse couple on the run for five years arrested in mortgage fraud case | syracuse.com
    Alexander and Sima March fled to Canada after their 2011 indictment on mortgage fraud charges. Source: Syracuse couple on the run for five years arrested in mortgage fraud case | syracuse.com
  • Sep 22

    Bankruptcies To Avoid Mortgages Results in Prison Sentence

    Bankruptcies To Avoid Mortgages Results in Prison Sentence
    Barbara Jean Dennis, 60, Las Vegas, NV, a  former Nevada real estate agent who owned at least 12 rental properties in Nevada and Texas and filed multiple bankruptcy petitions to avoid paying the mortgages, has been sentenced to…
  • Sep 21

    14 1/2 Year Sentence in California Mortgage Fraud

    14 1/2 Year Sentence in California Mortgage Fraud
    Rachel Siders, 41, Roseville, California, was sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison for her involvement in mortgage fraud schemes that cost financial institutions over $17 million. Federal juries returned verdicts in two trials, in…
Rank this Week: 2

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 28

    Need to Raise Investment Dollars for Your Company? New(ish) Rule 506(c) May Be Your Best Bet!

    Need to Raise Investment Dollars for Your Company? New(ish) Rule 506(c) May Be Your Best Bet!
    Anyone who has been paying attention lately knows that there are some new ways to raise money from investors. State crowdfunding laws and SEC rule changes have opened up opportunities that have not been available in more than eighty years. …
  • Jul 8

    North Carolina Adopts A Virtual Currency Statute

    North Carolina Adopts A Virtual Currency Statute
    House Bill 289, passed by the General Assembly this week, re-writes the Money Transmitters Act and includes a new concept of Virtual Currency.  The North Carolina Commissioner of Banks will soon be regulating those who engage in Bitcoin…
  • Jul 5

    Business Associates Beware! The Feds Are Coming!

    Business Associates Beware! The Feds Are Coming!
    If your organization is a business associate of a HIPAA covered entity (such as a health care provider or employee health benefit plan), you should know that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is…
Rank this Week: 3606

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: 824

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: 64

Payment Law Advisor

Payment Law Advisor

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

http://www.paymentlawadvisor.com/
  • Sep 20

    Blockchain, Regtech Dominate Financial Industry Innovation

    Blockchain, Regtech Dominate Financial Industry Innovation
    On September 7, 2016, attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP attended Next Money NYC 2016. Next Money featured speakers from across the payments industry and the BBVA Open Talent Pitch Competition where twenty fintech start-ups competed for…
  • Sep 15

    Climate for Payments Innovation OCC “FinTech” Charter

    Climate for Payments Innovation OCC “FinTech” Charter
    At ACI’s 13th National Forum on Emerging Payment Systems Conference in Washington, D.C., DWT’s Emerging Payments and Prepaid practice leader, Andy Lorentz, discussed the climate for payments innovation in the context of…
  • Aug 22

    CFPB Proposes Changes to Mortgage Industry

    CFPB Proposes Changes to Mortgage Industry
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a proposed rule regarding integrated disclosure for mortgage transactions and, more recently, published a policy paper regarding loss mitigation programs in housing transactions. …
Rank this Week: 1763

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/
  • Sep 5

    Employee Fun Factor and the Bottom Line

    Employee Fun Factor and the Bottom Line
    This first Monday in September finds millions of Americans and Canadians celebrating Labor Day 2016 with a day off from work or school. For some it marks the end of summer and a return to "no play" for awhile. Smart employers know otherwise…
  • Aug 29

    Con Keating Weighs In About Pension Liability Valuation

    Con Keating Weighs In About Pension Liability Valuation
    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Con Keating a few years ago when I visited London on business. We had been introduced by the then CEO of a UK-based pension consulting firm who knew of our mutual interest in governance.…
  • Aug 29

    Surveys Highlight Importance of Fiduciary Focus When Hiring Advisor

    Surveys Highlight Importance of Fiduciary Focus When Hiring Advisor
    According to an August 17 press release from Fidelity Investments, "fiduciary responsibility tops plan sponsors' reasons for hiring advisors." What's more, this poll of nearly 1,000 defined contribution plan…
Rank this Week: 3080

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: 2995

Private Funds Law Update

Private Funds Law Update

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

http://www.privatefundslaw.com/
  • Aug 9

    ESMA Advice Extending the AIFMD Passport: Including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

    ESMA Advice Extending the AIFMD Passport: Including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland
    On 18 July 2016 the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to…
  • Aug 9

    The SBEEA: Register of Significant Beneficial Ownership

    The SBEEA: Register of Significant Beneficial Ownership
    The SBEEA (Part I: People with Significant Control) Against the backdrop of an increasing push for greater transparency of company ownership, the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (“SBEEA“) took effect on 6 April…
  • Aug 5

    Proposed changes to the UK Limited Partnership Act 1907

    Proposed changes to the UK Limited Partnership Act 1907
    On 23 July 2015, the UK Treasury published a consultation paper and draft Legislation Reform (Limited Partnership) Order 2015 setting out its proposed amendments to the Limited Partnership Act 1907 (LPA 1907). The proposals were intended to…
Rank this Week: 3755

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: 2656

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: 562

RIA Compliance Blog

RIA Compliance Blog

Covers registered investment advisor regulations. By Parker MacIntyre.

http://www.riacomplianceblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2840

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: 1495

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/
Rank this Week: 423

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: 598

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: 2470