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Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog

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

http://mortgagefraudblog.com/
  • Nov 24

    2 Admit Using Falsified Settlement Statements to Defraud Lender

    2 Admit Using Falsified Settlement Statements to Defraud Lender
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Malgorzata Karas-Golka, also known as “Margaret,” 46, Newington, Connecticut, and Carmelinda Marotta, also known as “Linda,” 45, Manchester, Connecticut, who were involved in an extensive mortgage…
  • Nov 24

    Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Defrauding Soldiers in Loan Scam

    Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Defrauding Soldiers in Loan Scam
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Daniel Lee Rosales, 21, Killeen, TX, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing money from U.S. Army soldiers though a fraudulent loan scam. In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge…
  • Nov 24

    11 Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auction

    11 Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auction
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned three multi-count indictments against eleven real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California. The…
Rank this Week: 4

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 23

    A Look at IRS's Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap

    A Look at IRS's Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap
    Background   There are still a number of corporations which have not fully recovered from the economic downturn, which consequently leads to less tax revenue for tax authorities.  As such, some of the tax authorities around the…
  • Nov 23

    Government Gone Overboard With Sarbanes-Oxley

    Government Gone Overboard With Sarbanes-Oxley
                  For most, it would be a stretch to compare the acts of a corporate executive who shredded company documents in order to cover up financial fraud with those of a…
  • Nov 23

    Pregnancy Discrimination in The Workplace: Proposed Changes in The Law

    Pregnancy Discrimination in The Workplace: Proposed Changes in The Law
    The impact women have on the workforce is not minute. In 2010, 46.8% of the labor force in the United States was comprised of women.[1] Yet many working women feel pressured to choose between having families and advancing their careers. The…
Rank this Week: 68

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: 265

VentureBlog

VentureBlog

Covers entrepreneurial success, legal issues, management issues, presenting your company, and more. By David Hornik.

http://ventureblog.com/
  • Jun 7

    Ten Years of Venture Capital: Just Getting Started

    Ten Years of Venture Capital: Just Getting Started
    Over this weekend I celebrated my tenth anniversary as a Venture Capitalist. When I joined August Capital 10 years ago, things weren't so different than they are today. There had been a period of real exuberance in venture investing but it…
  • May 7

    What a Fucking Waste of Time

    What a Fucking Waste of Time
    One of the lead tech stories this week concerned the wild and crazy early days of Facebook. According to David Kirkpatrick's soon to be released book, "The Facebook Effect," Mark Zuckerberg used to have business cards that read "I'm CEO ...…
  • Apr 2

    Why the Time for Mobile is Now

    Why the Time for Mobile is Now
    I was at a party the other night to celebrate the first anniversary of Nokia's "Ideas Project." The "Ideas Project" is an effort to bring together a diverse group of smart folks to share their thoughts on the evolution of media.
Rank this Week: 303

Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

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

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
  • Nov 23

    As Bitcoin Gains Momentum, Focus on Regulation Increase

    As Bitcoin Gains Momentum, Focus on Regulation Increase
    The virtual currency market has emerged in the United Arab Emirates with Dubai’s first Bitcoin ATM introduced in April 2014. Middle East entrepreneurs have begun launching Bitcoin payment products and SMEs are beginning to realise the…
  • Nov 17

    Is Green Sukuk a Viable Option for Clean Energy Initiatives in the GCC?

    Is Green Sukuk a Viable Option for Clean Energy Initiatives in the GCC?
    A number of GCC governments, including those in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have set ambitious clean energy and energy efficiency targets. As the fastest growing region in the world, the GCC’s population is expected to grow more than 53…
  • Nov 12

    Why International Investors are Watching the Tadawul

    Why International Investors are Watching the Tadawul
    The MSCI upgrade of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to “emerging market’ status marked the beginning of increasingly liberalised GCC stock exchanges. Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, the Tadawul, is by far the largest…
Rank this Week: 873

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/
  • Nov 21

    CFPB Proposes Amendments to Mortgage Servicing Rule

    CFPB Proposes Amendments to Mortgage Servicing Rule
    On November 20, the CFPB announced the issuance of a proposed rule to amend RESPA (Reg. X) and TILA (Reg.Z). The proposed rule changes primarily focus on clarifying, revising or amending (i) Regulation X’s servicing provisions regarding…
  • Nov 21

    CFPB Issues Guidance to Help Lenders Avoid Fair Lending Risk

    CFPB Issues Guidance to Help Lenders Avoid Fair Lending Risk
    On November 19, the CFPB issued a press release highlighting the publication of its compliance bulletin, “Social Security Disability Income Verification.” The compliance bulletin reminds lenders that requiring consumers receiving…
  • Nov 21

    DOJ Announces Arrests and Charges Against Debt Collection Company

    DOJ Announces Arrests and Charges Against Debt Collection Company
    On November 19, the DOJ issued a press release announcing charges against six employees of a Georgia-based debt collection company for allegedly running a $4.1 million dollar debt collection scam. According to the press release, from…
Rank this Week: 859

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    Commissioner Bowen Seeks Input on New Market Risk Advisory Committee

    Commissioner Bowen Seeks Input on New Market Risk Advisory Committee
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Lene Powell, J.D.CFTC Commissioner Sharon Bowen put out a call for comment on the composition and priorities of a new committee looking at market risk, as well as nominations…
  • Nov 20

    Senator Blumenthal Urges SEC to Require Disclosure of Fee-Shifting Provisions in Company By-law

    Senator Blumenthal Urges SEC to Require Disclosure of Fee-Shifting Provisions in Company By-law
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D Conn) called on the SEC to protect a key check on corporate malfeasance, namely, private citizen suits. Specifically, in a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the Senator asked the SEC to investigate Alibaba Group…
  • Nov 19

    Oregon Proposes Crowdfunding Rule

    Oregon Proposes Crowdfunding Rule
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Jay Fishman, J.D.The Oregon Finance and Corporate Securities Division recently proposed crowdfunding rules to help small businesses raise capital. The “Oregon…
Rank this Week: 612

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

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

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Nov 21

    ResCap’s Claims Against Mortgage Originators in Minnesota Will Proceed

    ResCap’s Claims Against Mortgage Originators in Minnesota Will Proceed
    On November 12, Judge Susan Richard Nelson of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota declined to dismiss claims by the Residential Capital LLC (ResCap) bankruptcy trust against six mortgage originators.  ResCap…
  • Nov 21

    Assured Guaranty Discontinues Lawsuit Against DB Structured Product

    Assured Guaranty Discontinues Lawsuit Against DB Structured Product
    On November 17, 2014, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich of the Supreme Court for the State of New York, New York County approved the stipulation of voluntary discontinuance between Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp., DB Structured Products,…
  • Nov 21

    Court Finds FHFA Claims Against Nomura Are Not Time-Barred

    Court Finds FHFA Claims Against Nomura Are Not Time-Barred
    On November 18, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s motion for partial summary judgment on the statute of limitations defense asserted…
Rank this Week: 867

RIA Compliance Blog

RIA Compliance Blog

Covers registered investment advisor regulations. By Parker MacIntyre.

http://www.riacomplianceblog.com/
  • Nov 19

    SEC Concerns Regarding Wrap Fee Program

    SEC Concerns Regarding Wrap Fee Program
    Earlier this year, the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") sent a letter to registered investment advisers requesting information about their wrap fee programs and how their suitability for clients was determined. …
  • Nov 17

    SEC Enforcement Action Against Former Wells Fargo Advisor for Altering Requested Document

    SEC Enforcement Action Against Former Wells Fargo Advisor for Altering Requested Document
    In a case that underscores the importance of maintaining thorough and contemporaneous records of compliance reviews of trading records of firm personnel for both broker-dealers and registered investment advisers, on October 15th, 2014, the…
  • Nov 3

    SEC INSTITUTES CHARGES AGAINST FUND MANAGER FOR CUSTODY RULE VIOLATIONS

    SEC INSTITUTES CHARGES AGAINST FUND MANAGER FOR CUSTODY RULE VIOLATIONS
    The Securities and Exchange Commission announced last week that it has charged Sands Brothers Asset Management, LLC and three of its officers with violating the custody rule as it relates to firms who manage funds in which their clients…
Rank this Week: 459

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
  • Nov 18

    FINRA Sanctions UBS Employees For Altered Records Part 3

    FINRA Sanctions UBS Employees For Altered Records Part 3
    This is Part 3 of a three part BrokeAndBroker Blog commentary. If you've started here, you need to go back and first read Part 1 and then Part 2, where you will be advised to get a cup of coffee and find yourself a nice donut. Okay . . . now,…
  • Nov 18

    FINRA Sanctions UBS Employees For Altered Records Part 2

    FINRA Sanctions UBS Employees For Altered Records Part 2
    This is Part 2 of a three part BrokeAndBroker Blog commentary. If you've started here, you need to go back and first read Part 1, where you will be advised to get a cup of coffee and find yourself a nice donut. Okay . . . now, sit down and…
  • Nov 18

    FINRA Sanctions UBS Employees for Altered Records Part 1

    FINRA Sanctions UBS Employees for Altered Records Part 1
    Get a cup of coffee. Find yourself a nice donut. Okay . . . now, sit down and make a modest investment of your time. This is a three-part BrokeAndBroker.com Blog with a bit of a surprise ending. By way of spoiler alert: FINRA settled…
Rank this Week: 825

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Oct 7

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

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill
    Last June, shares of Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI) doubled in the space of a week, spurred on by a mysterious network of social-media touters who later deleted their posts or shut down their accounts…
  • Jun 17

    Telestone Technologies revisited: SEC letters reveal doubts about revenues and receivable

    Telestone Technologies revisited: SEC letters reveal doubts about revenues and receivable
    Recently released letters between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Telestone Technologies Corp. (Pink Sheets: TSTC) show that regulators have significant concerns about the Chinese wireless communication company’s reported…
  • Jun 3

    Guanwei Recycling Corp. and Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The Rui Wang Connection

    Guanwei Recycling Corp. and Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The Rui Wang Connection
    A Chinese businessman who figures into a fraud case involving Guanwei Recycling Corp. (Nasdaq: GPRC) also has an intriguing connection to Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI), whose shares were allegedly manipulated by the same group.…
Rank this Week: 610

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 6

    New FINRA Rule Limits usage of Expungement Requests in Arbitration

    New FINRA Rule Limits usage of Expungement Requests in Arbitration
    The SEC has approved FINRA Rule 2081 that would disallow brokers from conditioning settlement of a customer dispute on a customer’s consent to the broker’s request for expungment from the Central Registration Depository…
  • Aug 12

    Does your Investment Adviser Firm Have a Social Media Policy?

    Does your Investment Adviser Firm Have a Social Media Policy?
    Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or blogs have become popular mechanisms for companies to communicate with the public. Social media allows companies to communicate with clients and prospective clients, market their services,…
  • Aug 1

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?
    A customary practice in the securities industry is for financial advisors to receive a transition bonus above and beyond an advisor’s standard commission compensation upon joining to a new firm. The bonus amount is usually determined…
Rank this Week: 367

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

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

http://debt-suit-litigation-in-texas.blogspot.com
Rank this Week: 630

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: 635

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: 651

Big Four Blog

Big Four Blog

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

http://bigfouralumni.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 543

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
  • Nov 24

    Mini-Tenders 301: Will Such Offers Be Used in Proxy Contests?

    Mini-Tenders 301: Will Such Offers Be Used in Proxy Contests?
    By Matthew Cumming, Shane C. D'Souza and Matthew Griffin This is the final article in our mini-tender trilogy. We have previously discussed mini-tender offers from the perspectives of the offeror, and the issuer and shareholders. This article…
  • Nov 18

    “Golden Leashes” are back: Will shareholder activists win this round?

    “Golden Leashes” are back: Will shareholder activists win this round?
    By Shane C. D'Souza and Deandra Schubert After taking a break this past proxy season, “golden leash” arrangements are back in the spotlight. A few days ago, Third Point LLC proposed so-called “golden leash”…
  • Nov 17

    SCC Delivers Ground-Breaking Decision in Canadian Contract Law

    SCC Delivers Ground-Breaking Decision in Canadian Contract Law
    By McCarthy Tétrault LLP The following Canadian Appeals Monitor blog post by Brandon Kain and Neil Finkelstein may be of interest to readers of this blog: SCC Delivers Ground-Breaking Decision in Canadian Contract Law The Supreme Court…
Rank this Week: 4411

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

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

http://www.reversemergerblog.com/
  • Nov 24

    Venture Capital vs. Reverse Merger

    Venture Capital vs. Reverse Merger
    Financing is always a double-edged sword. When it comes to looking for money, there are always positives and negatives included in a decision that heads in any direction. The question is, what is the lesser of the evils for your particular…
  • Nov 17

    How Tos for Form SB-2 Self-Filing

    How Tos for Form SB-2 Self-Filing
    Not all going public events require an IPO or even a typical reverse merger. No, sometimes going public is even more simple–at least on the surface. Certainly other options exist including Form 10-SB and SB-2 shells. What follows…
  • Nov 12

    Pre-IPO Investing with a Self-Directed IRA

    Pre-IPO Investing with a Self-Directed IRA
    The virtues of pre-IPO investing cannot be understated. Combining the opportunity of pre-IPO investing with a tax-advantaged account like a self-directed IRA is one of the secrets to great wealth. Not only are investors able to reap the…
Rank this Week: 1569

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Nov 24

    (Not Much) News from the ABA Fall Meeting

    (Not Much) News from the ABA Fall Meeting
    On Friday, I attended the annual ABA Fall Meeting for the Business Law Section. For the “Corp Fin Director’s Dialogue,” Director Keith Higgins brought a handful of other Staffers to join him. Not surprisingly, nary a word…
  • Nov 21

    Studies: Bridging Company/Investor Sustainability Gap

    Studies: Bridging Company/Investor Sustainability Gap
    The largest studies of CEOs and investors to date on sustainability reveal consensus on the value of sustainability generally, but a huge disconnect in CEOs’ and investors’ views on certain fundamental aspects…
  • Nov 20

    Proxy Access: Will the Whole Foods No-Action Request Maim Private Ordering?

    Proxy Access: Will the Whole Foods No-Action Request Maim Private Ordering?
    Proxy access is back to being red hot. So hot that I just calendared this webcast in a few weeks: “Proxy Access: A New World of Private Ordering.” Why is it hot? Some pension funds are frustrated because it’s been three…
Rank this Week: 2800

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/
  • Nov 24

    Cliente chatarra vs cliente nutritivo

    Cliente chatarra vs cliente nutritivo
    Como freelance no tienes opción: para sobrevivir debes aprender a distinguir entre clientes chatarra y clientes nutritivos. De otra forma tu negocio podría estancarse (o peor, morir) a manos de los clientes chatarra sin que lo…
  • Nov 21

    Oveja financiera al desnudo: Sesión preguntas y respuestas 2

    Oveja financiera al desnudo: Sesión preguntas y respuestas 2
    Continuamente recibo preguntas similares en mi correo, así que pensé que una buena forma de contestarlas y sobre todo, compartirlas para que todo el rebaño ovejuno pueda acceder a ellas es organizar una sesión de…
  • Nov 20

    Minimalismo en tu cartera

    Minimalismo en tu cartera
    El minimalismo puede ayudar no solo a tus finanzas personales sino a simplificar tu vida y con ello, disminuir el estrés. Tener cosas puede ser emocionante, pero también es desgastante y nos quita tiempo y espacio. Aprende a…
Rank this Week: 2967

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/
  • Nov 23

    State Nullification: Inhale Deeply

    State Nullification: Inhale Deeply
    When we asked a couple of months ago whether the Cannabis Co-operative Credit Unions that have been authorized by Colorado law were "dead on arrival," we thought that the answer was "yes." Yet, there appears to be a…
  • Nov 19

    Rant Me A River

    Rant Me A River
    When credit union consultant Marvin Umholtz gets worked up, it makes my blogging life a breeze. All I have to do is cut and paste. While a number of bankers would rather drink Drano rather than follow a newsletter dedicated...
  • Nov 16

    CFPB Shocked To Discover The Rules of Discovery

    CFPB Shocked To Discover The Rules of Discovery
    Thanks to Marvin Umholtz, I recently discovered the fact that the CFPB suffers from the same psychological ailment that struck the OCC a few years ago: "transparencyphobia." A federal judge forced the Consumer Financial Protection…
Rank this Week: 2819

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/
  • Nov 21

    Five Ways Fraudsters Trick Investor

    Five Ways Fraudsters Trick Investor
    "People fall for fraud because fraudsters are that good with special effects. It seems that real,"Michael Hendon, a representative from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.At a recent securities law summit, government representatives…
  • Nov 20

    Let Us Know - Ebola Related Scam

    Let Us Know - Ebola Related Scam
    While there have been a significant number of deaths from Ebola, the "outbreak" seemed to be largely a news story scam, at least in the United States.It is therefore hard to believe that a serious investor would even consider an investment in…
  • Nov 20

    SEC Press Release

    SEC Press Release
    India-Based Operators Charged for High-Yield Investment Scheme Using Social MediaCharges have been announced against two India-based operators of an alleged high-yield investment scheme seeking to exploit investors through pervasive social…
Rank this Week: 2803

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/
  • Nov 21

    Operation Choke Point

    Operation Choke Point
    Authored by Adam B. Brandon of Rogers TowersAs part of a coordinated, multi-agency initiative known as “Operation Choke Point,” the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has warned financial institutions that they might be…
  • Nov 18

    Judgment Debtor in Garnishment Action Has No Vested Right to Compel Strict Compliance With Service of Process Requirements on Garnishee

    Judgment Debtor in Garnishment Action Has No Vested Right to Compel Strict Compliance With Service of Process Requirements on Garnishee
    Authored by Armando Nozzolillo and Michael S. Waskiewiczand Armando Nozzolillo and Michael S. Waskiewicz of Rogers TowersGarnishments are one of the most effective tools at a creditor’s disposal for collection purposes.  The rules…
  • Nov 13

    Usury in Florida: Exceptions to Civil Penaltie

    Usury in Florida: Exceptions to Civil Penaltie
    Authored by Scott J. Kennelly and Janet C. Owens and Scott J. Kennelly and Janet C. Owens of Rogers TowersWhen a lender “willfully” charges interest in excess of statutory limits, civil usury penalties may apply. …
Rank this Week: 2905

Southeast VC

Southeast VC

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

http://southeastvc.blogs.com/southeast_vc/
  • Nov 20

    Scott Kupor Andreessen Horowitz Speaks with Entrepreneurs at BCVP

    Scott Kupor Andreessen Horowitz Speaks with Entrepreneurs at BCVP
    We invited some local tech founders over to our office Wednesday night to meet Scott Kupor Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. We have been close with Scott since before he joined Andreessen Horowitz. We thought this would be a good...
  • Sep 9

    WedPics CEO Shares Investor Email

    WedPics CEO Shares Investor Email
    I referenced WedPics' CEO/founder Justin Miller in my last blog post. He sends a monthly email to us. His emails serve 2 purposes: 1) Keeps Justin and WedPics top of mind 2) Shows off his continued success as he thinks...
  • Sep 9

    Fundraising Tip

    Fundraising Tip
    Raising capital from investors can be a long, tough and often an incredibly frustrating process. Entrepreneurs often ask us for help (even when we're not in their company). I thought I would share my email I just sent in response...
Rank this Week: 2815

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 4561

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/
  • Nov 20

    BofA Underwater Mortgage Cases Hit Supreme Court

    BofA Underwater Mortgage Cases Hit Supreme Court
    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by Bank of America regarding whether a second mortgage on an underwater property can be voided during Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Both cases involve Florida homeowners who sued to void second…
  • Nov 3

    Freddie Mac’s Index Shows Housing Market Improvement

    Freddie Mac’s Index Shows Housing Market Improvement
    According to Freddie Mac, things are looking up for the South Florida housing market. The August Multi-Indicator Market Index (MIMI) ratings, released last Friday, awarded the Miami Metro Area a score of 69.2. While Miami is still 11 points…
  • Oct 17

    Connect at the 2014 MBA Annual Convention & Expo

    Connect at the 2014 MBA Annual Convention & Expo
    The 2014 MBA Annual Convention & Expo will be held in Las Vegas, NV from October 19-22. My colleague Robert M. Siegel and I will be attending the conference. As many of you know, we lead the mortgage industry team here at Bilzin Sumberg.…
Rank this Week: 3985

The Swap Report

The Swap Report

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

http://www.theswapreport.com/
  • Nov 19

    Comparing Collateral Segregation Regimes for Uncleared Swap Margin

    Comparing Collateral Segregation Regimes for Uncleared Swap Margin
    The proposed margin rules from the CFTC and the prudential regulators, when considered alongside the existing CFTC collateral segregation rules, present the potential for three different collateral segregation regimes applying to initial…
  • Oct 27

    CFTC Chairman Massad Announces Open Meeting on Three End-User Issue

    CFTC Chairman Massad Announces Open Meeting on Three End-User Issue
    This afternoon, CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad announced a public meeting of the CFTC to take place on November 3, 2014 at 10:30 am (Eastern). The meeting will address the "further fine-tuning of [the CFTC] rules" with respect to…
  • Oct 15

    Approaching Ambiguities in the Financial Entity Definition

    Approaching Ambiguities in the Financial Entity Definition
    The third installment of our ongoing series on the 2014 CFTC Reauthorization Act covers a potential change to the definition of a "financial entity", which has been a particularly troublesome and confusing definition for end-users, and the…
Rank this Week: 1495

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/
  • Nov 18

    ERISA Whistle Blower

    ERISA Whistle Blower
    In the aftermath of the November 17, 2014 Strafford CLE webinar entitled ERISA Plan Investment Committee Governance, I asked several attorneys for their thoughts about whistle blower protection. Attorney Stephen…
  • Nov 17

    ERISA Plan Investment Committee Governance

    ERISA Plan Investment Committee Governance
    In case you missed "ERISA Plan Investment Committee Governance: Avoiding Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims" with Dr. Susan Mangiero (Fiduciary Leadership, LLC), Ms. Rhonda Prussack (Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance) and Attorney…
  • Nov 5

    Susan Mangiero of Fiduciary Leadership, LLC Earns the "Professional Plan Consultant" (PPC) Credential

    Susan Mangiero of Fiduciary Leadership, LLC Earns the "Professional Plan Consultant" (PPC) Credential
    Trumbull, CT (November 6, 2014) – Dr. Susan Mangiero is pleased to announce her designation by Financial Service Standards, a division of fi360, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) in the area of retirement plan consulting.  She is the…
Rank this Week: 3694

Payment Law Advisor

Payment Law Advisor

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

http://www.paymentlawadvisor.com/
  • Nov 18

    Operation Chokepoint and the Brave New World of Criminal Liability

    Operation Chokepoint and the Brave New World of Criminal Liability
    The U.S. Department of Justice and banking regulators have stepped up the pace of criminal, civil and administrative actions against banks, payment processors, money transmitters, and other financial institutions, for violations of the Bank…
  • Nov 17

    PLA Announces the Launch of UDAAP Database

    PLA Announces the Launch of UDAAP Database
    The PLA editors have created a database of enforcement actions that include allegations of unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) in connection with consumer financial products.  The database focuses on enforcement…
  • Nov 13

    CFPB Proposed Prepaid Account Rule

    CFPB Proposed Prepaid Account Rule
    On November 13, 2014 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its long-awaited proposed rule on prepaid products. The rules would apply broadly to any “prepaid account,” whether in the form of a card, code or other device,…
Rank this Week: 2264

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

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

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3651

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/
  • Nov 15

    Yet Another Reason to Handle Consumer Electronic Consents Correctly

    Yet Another Reason to Handle Consumer Electronic Consents Correctly
    From time to time, clients balk when I describe the components of an effective consumer consent to an electronic transaction.  They say "I've seen lots of other websites, and they don't require this."  They are correct, in…
  • Nov 6

    Combatting Financial Exploitation: A New Tool

    Combatting Financial Exploitation: A New Tool
    This week, I had the privilege to join a distinguished panel of experts for a series of training webinars on combatting financial exploitation of the elderly and disabled.  The webinar was coordinated by the NC Administrative Office of…
  • Nov 6

    A Message to New North Carolina Lawyer

    A Message to New North Carolina Lawyer
    The following article was published by the NC Bar Association in The Advocate earlier this month.  If you know any newly-licensed lawyers in North Carolina, I encourage you to share it with them:Welcome to the YLDby Matt Cordell,…
Rank this Week: 4980

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

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

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
Rank this Week: 1485

Private Funds Law Update

Private Funds Law Update

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

http://www.privatefundslaw.com/
  • Nov 10

    AIFMD Reporting by non-EEA AIFM

    AIFMD Reporting by non-EEA AIFM
    This post was authored by Winston Penhall, Editor of this blog and partner in the Investment Funds practice of Reed Smith LLP, London and Paul Moran, Reed Smith trainee, London.  Application The Alternative Investment Fund Managers…
  • Jun 20

    AFIMD update for US managers of non-EU alternative investment fund

    AFIMD update for US managers of non-EU alternative investment fund
    This post was authored by Winston Penhall, Editor of this blog and partner in the Investment Funds practice of Reed Smith LLP, London. We are frequently asked by non-EU managers broadly what their options are in relation to AIFMD compliance…
  • Oct 8

    What should UK and non EU AIFMs be doing now?

    What should UK and non EU AIFMs be doing now?
    This post was authored by Jacqui Hatfield, regulatory partner at Reed Smith LLP, London. The AIFMD trigger date occurred on 22 July this year, with a 12-month transitional period (TP) in place in the UK for (i) existing UK managers of AIFs…
Rank this Week: 1414

Financial Regulatory Report

Financial Regulatory Report

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

http://www.financialregulatoryreport.com/
  • Nov 10

    FCC Confirms that Even Solicited Fax Ads Must Contain Opt-Out Language, and Sets Six-Month Deadline for Companies to Seek a Retroactive Waiver

    FCC Confirms that Even Solicited Fax Ads Must Contain Opt-Out Language, and Sets Six-Month Deadline for Companies to Seek a Retroactive Waiver
    Recently, our Global Regulatory Enforcement colleagues wrote about an FCC ruling, which resolves several petitions seeking clarification of the opt-out notice requirement regarding advertisements faxed to consumers as contained in the…
  • Nov 4

    Mobile Banking and Payments - FCA Industry Review

    Mobile Banking and Payments - FCA Industry Review
    This post was written by Travis Nelson. Recently, our colleagues in London wrote about the Financial Conduct Authority’s review of market participants’ ability to achieve positive outcomes for consumers when delivering mobile…
  • Sep 12

    Mobile Payments - The Future is NOW

    Mobile Payments - The Future is NOW
    This post was written by Angela Angelovska-Wilson and Christopher Fatherley. At this week’s highly anticipated new product launch, Tim Cook (Apple’s CEO) introduced Apple Pay, Apple’s new payment platform driven by the…
Rank this Week: 1409

Lenders 360.

Lenders 360.

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

http://www.lenders360blog.com
  • Nov 9

    Confidential Information May Not be so Confidential in Bankruptcy. Just Ask Apple.

    Confidential Information May Not be so Confidential in Bankruptcy. Just Ask Apple.
    It is said that when the debtor files bankruptcy the debtor is in a fish bowl.  The reason is simple:  the debtor in bankruptcy is required to make honest and sworn disclosure of all manner of financial and operational information…
  • Nov 3

    Money for Nothing and Overdraft Fee

    Money for Nothing and Overdraft Fee
    Between 2005 and 2007, Wells Fargo made a paltry $1.4 billion in overdraft fees.  However, a California Federal Court found that those fees were a result of misleading practices and ordered Wells Fargo pay $203 million in…
  • Oct 29

    How to Delete Your Way Into Liability

    How to Delete Your Way Into Liability
    I always assume that people who like NASCAR are really watching for the wrecks.  The cars loop around the track for hours, but only the wrecks make the highlight reels.  In a recent Texas Supreme Court case, the high court…
Rank this Week: 4163

The Venture Alley

The Venture Alley

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

http://www.theventurealley.com
  • Nov 6

    Tax reform after the mid-terms: Why we can expect Congress to act

    Tax reform after the mid-terms: Why we can expect Congress to act
    Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Evan Migdail, Bruce Thompson and Linda Pfatteicher; originally published here: http://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2014/11/tax-reform-after-the-mid-terms/. While…
  • Oct 16

    Why do VCs require legal opinions in venture deals?

    Why do VCs require legal opinions in venture deals?
    Contributed by Jeffrey A. Showalter Most large venture deals require that the Company’s outside legal counsel issue a customary legal opinion, addressed to the investors in the financing, in order to give the investors comfort that…
  • Oct 13

    2014 Technology Leaders Forecast Survey Results Released

    2014 Technology Leaders Forecast Survey Results Released
    CONTRIBUTED BY Trent Dykes trent.dykes@dlapiper.com Thank you to all who participated in the Technology Leaders Forecast Survey that we posted last month. As posted earlier, on October 7, DLA Piper hosted its 2014 Global Technology Leaders…
Rank this Week: 4345

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Nov 5

    Omnicare Argued

    Omnicare Argued
    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund case, which addresses the pleading standard for a claim under Section 11 of the…
  • Oct 24

    Middle Ground

    Middle Ground
    How to evaluate corporate scienter continues to be an unresolved issue in securities litigation.  Some courts, notably the Fifth Circuit (and arguably the Eleventh Circuit), have taken the position that a court can only “look…
  • Oct 10

    Confirmatory Information

    Confirmatory Information
    In its Halliburton II decision, the Supreme Court held that a securities fraud defendant can overcome the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance at the class certification stage of a case “through evidence that the…
Rank this Week: 2802

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/
  • Nov 4

    Reminder: 2015 IARD Account Renewal Obligations For Investment Adviser

    Reminder: 2015 IARD Account Renewal Obligations For Investment Adviser
    This is a reminder that the 2015 IARD account renewal obligation for investment advisers (including exempt reporting advisers) starts this November.  An investment adviser must ensure that its IARD account is adequately funded to cover…
  • Oct 29

    SEC Brings Custody Rule Enforcement

    SEC Brings Custody Rule Enforcement
    On October 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced an administrative enforcement action against an investment advisory firm and three top officials for violating rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment…
  • Oct 13

    China’s New Foreign Exchange Control Rule on Outbound and Round-Trip Investment

    China’s New Foreign Exchange Control Rule on Outbound and Round-Trip Investment
    Replacing Circular 75, Circular 37 simplifies the SAFE registration process for Chinese residents seeking offshore investments and financings, and it liberalizes cross-border capital outflow by Chinese residents. In addition, Circular 37 also…
Rank this Week: 3728

That Credit Union Blog

That Credit Union Blog

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

http://thatcreditunionblog.wordpress.com
  • Oct 31

    Going Paperless and Complying with the E-Sign Act

    Going Paperless and Complying with the E-Sign Act
    By Matthew Young, Attorney As more and more credit union members move to online banking, credit unions are similarly encouraging members to accept electronic statements in lieu of paper statements as part of their online banking service. The…
  • Sep 24

    Your Legal Right to Setoff (or lack thereof) for Credit Card Account

    Your Legal Right to Setoff (or lack thereof) for Credit Card Account
    By Matthew Young, Attorney When your member defaults on his or her loan, your Credit Union is going to want your member to cure the default as quickly as possible or exercise the quickest and most cost effective means to recover the balance.…
  • Aug 29

    The Importance of Updating your Credit Union’s Statutory Agent

    The Importance of Updating your Credit Union’s Statutory Agent
    By Matthew Young, Attorney At least a couple of times a month, a credit union will reach out to me with a summons or other court pleading which was directed to a former employee or retired/deceased board member.  Commonly, the credit…
Rank this Week: 891

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.respalawyer.com/
  • Oct 31

    RESPA Webinar: "Marketing Services Agreements in the New Era of RESPA Enforcement"

    RESPA Webinar: "Marketing Services Agreements in the New Era of RESPA Enforcement"
    October Research has scheduled a webinar for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 2:00-3:30 PM EST in which Marx Sterbcow of the Sterbcow Law Group; Charles Cain who is the Senior Vice President Midwest Agency Manager of WFG National Title…
  • Sep 30

    CFPB ANNOUNCES RESPA MSA ENFORCEMENT ACTION

    CFPB ANNOUNCES RESPA MSA ENFORCEMENT ACTION
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced today, September 30, 2014, that they had entered into a Consent Order with Lighthouse Title, a Michigan title insurance agency, for entering into Marketing Service Agreements (MSAs)…
  • Sep 29

    Wells Fargo announces RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure Form Plan

    Wells Fargo announces RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure Form Plan
    Wells Fargo announced that effective August 1, 2015 it will control the generation and delivery of the borrower's Closing Disclosure form in anticipation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule. The new Closing Disclosure is a mix of…
Rank this Week: 4281

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: 2818

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: 3550

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

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

    Ponzi Schemes Remain Prevalent In 2014; Over $1 Billion In New Schemes Uncovered

    Ponzi Schemes Remain Prevalent In 2014; Over $1 Billion In New Schemes Uncovered
    Nearly six years after the word "Ponzi scheme" became a household name thanks to Bernard Madoff, Ponzi schemes continue to proliferate and leave a trail of financial destruction in their wake as demonstrated by newly-compiled data showing…
  • Aug 20

    Former Attorney Gets 10-Year Sentence For $4 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Former Attorney Gets 10-Year Sentence For $4 Million Ponzi Scheme
    A now-disbarred Minnesota attorney who swindled victims out of more than $4 million in an elaborate Ponzi scheme was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison.  Mark Holt, 45, received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Susan…
  • Aug 20

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men will each serve at least a decade in prison for operating a real estate Ponzi scheme that duped victims out of nearly $5 million.  Terrance Brown, of San Jose, California, and Antranik Kabajouzian, of Morgan City,…
Rank this Week: 3838

Financial Industry Resource Center

Financial Industry Resource Center

Covers the financial crisis. By Hunton & Williams.

http://www.huntonfinancialindustryresourcecenter.com/
  • May 7

    CFPB Proposes New GLB Privacy Notice Rule

    CFPB Proposes New GLB Privacy Notice Rule
    As reported on our Privacy and Information Security Law Blog, on May 6, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a new proposed rule impacting privacy notices that financial institutions are required to…
  • Jan 23

    SEC Releases "Regulation A+" Proposal

    SEC Releases "Regulation A+" Proposal
    On December 18, 2013, the SEC proposed rules under Title IV of the JOBS Act to amend Regulation A (Rules 251-263 under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act")). The proposed rules, which have been referred to informally as…
  • Nov 27

    CFTC Court Case and New Rules Establish Bank Duties to Monitor Commodity Broker

    CFTC Court Case and New Rules Establish Bank Duties to Monitor Commodity Broker
    A recent court order in favor of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or CFTC) and new rules issued by CFTC establish a standard of liability for depository institutions that fail to fulfill their customer funds protection obligations…
Rank this Week: 4008

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: 2817