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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
  • Feb 11

    Recommended Reading: Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey

    Recommended Reading: Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey
    This week, we highlight a compelling study released by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the audit firm EY entitled “Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey.” Surveying nearly 22,000…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1632

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: 1698

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

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: 4542

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: 2571

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: 3393

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: 447

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: 3187

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: 1756

Big Four Blog

Big Four Blog

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

http://bigfouralumni.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 965

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: 4713

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

    UPDATE: SEC Inspector General Exonerates ALJ System

    UPDATE: SEC Inspector General Exonerates ALJ System
    This is an UPDATE of "SEC Under Siege!  Dramatic Inspector General Report Shakes ALJ System" (BrokeAndBroker.com Blog, August 10, 2015) On August 7, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC's") Office of the Inspector…
  • Feb 8

    Texas Investor Guide: Strategies for Investing Wisely and Avoiding Financial Fraud

    Texas Investor Guide: Strategies for Investing Wisely and Avoiding Financial Fraud
    A personal message from Bill Singer, Esq., publisher of the BrokeAndBroker.com Blog:There is no question about it, and, no, I am not at all apologetic: I am not a fan of most securities-industry regulatory organizations. When I gaze out…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 501

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: 1633

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: 1382

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: 915

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

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

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Feb 12

    Credit Risk Transfer: Making a Successful Program Even Better

    Credit Risk Transfer: Making a Successful Program Even Better
    On February 10, Howard Altarescu participated in the Urban Institute / CoreLogic Sunset Seminar, “Credit Risk Transfer: Making a Successful Program Even Better.” The presentation outlined the importance of credit risk…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3502

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: 2629

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: 3968

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: 3640

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: 300

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/
  • Feb 12

    Federal Register Publishes Correction to CFPB’s KBYO Rule

    Federal Register Publishes Correction to CFPB’s KBYO Rule
    On February 10, the CFPB published a correction to amend the preamble of the Know Before You Owe (KBYO) rule. Under the former RESPA rules, prepaid property taxes, HOA dues, condo fees, and co-op fees were not subject to tolerances, and the…
  • Feb 12

    FTC Submits Letter to CFPB Regarding ECOA Enforcement and Education Activitie

    FTC Submits Letter to CFPB Regarding ECOA Enforcement and Education Activitie
    On February 8, the FTC sent the CFPB a letter summarizing the FTC’s enforcement activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and implementing Regulation B during 2015. The annual letter reviews the…
  • Feb 12

    Obama Administration’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal Makes Room for Small Dollar Loan Program

    Obama Administration’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal Makes Room for Small Dollar Loan Program
    This week, the Obama Administration released the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal. President Obama’s proposed budget for the Department of the Treasury would, through the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, reserve…
Rank this Week: 624

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: 1668

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: 3291

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 12

    Corporate Governance Panelists Discuss Directors’ Responsibilitie

    Corporate Governance Panelists Discuss Directors’ Responsibilitie
    By Jacquelyn LumbThe Practising Law Institute’s corporate governance conference featured panel discussions on the responsibilities of directors serving on compensation, audit, nominating, and governance committees. Panelists also…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1639

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: 4783

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: 1983

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: 3743

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 230

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: 3787

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

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: 3844

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: 947

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: 1010

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: 1919

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: 3243

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: 1585

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

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: 2643

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: 841

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: 3416

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: 1841

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: 487

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: 664

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: 1659

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: 3105