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Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog

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

http://mortgagefraudblog.com/
  • Apr 23

    Conspirators Admit Inflating Purchase Prices to Obtain Kickback

    Conspirators Admit Inflating Purchase Prices to Obtain Kickback
    Nsane Phanuel Ligate, 42, Ashburn, Virginia, a real estate agent, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage scheme involving the purchase of two properties located on North Patterson Park Avenue,…
  • Apr 22

    Hard Money Lender Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Hard Money Lender Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme
    Emiel A. Kandi, 37, University Place, Washington, a former hard money lender, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to submit false statements in loan applications and make false statements to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and to…
  • Apr 22

    Jury Convicts Loan Officer and New York Corrections Officer of Mortgage Fraud

    Jury Convicts Loan Officer and New York Corrections Officer of Mortgage Fraud
    Andrew Constantinou, 57, Unionville, Connecticut, and Jacques Kelly, 48, Poughkeepsie, New York, were convicted by a federal jury for their roles in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme arising from the fraudulent purchases of more than 40…
Rank this Week: 15

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 133

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/
  • Apr 15

    APRA defines Tier 1 mutual equity interest

    APRA defines Tier 1 mutual equity interest
    APRA has released the final amended Prudential Standard APS 111 Capital Adequacy: Measurement of Capital (APS 111), which allows mutually owned ADIs to issue Additional Tier 1 (AT1) and Tier 2 (T2) Capital instruments that will qualify to be…
  • Apr 15

    Privacy case note: disclosure of personal information in public place

    Privacy case note: disclosure of personal information in public place
    Whilst cyber security receives constant publicity, the most obvious privacy breach risk is the disclosure of information in public areas, whether it is an office, a lift, a bus or an airport. In ‘BO’ and AeroCare Pty Ltd [2014]…
  • Apr 15

    Financial Services and Credit Responsible Manager CPD seminar

    Financial Services and Credit Responsible Manager CPD seminar
    Our CPD seminars are taking place in Sydney on 6 May and Brisbane on 13 May. The seminar will focus on the most important regulatory issues affecting financial services responsible managers today including conduct risk, privacy and credit…
Rank this Week: 172

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: 174

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/
  • Apr 23

    Bill Isaac: A B-52 Cluster Snark Bomber

    Bill Isaac: A B-52 Cluster Snark Bomber
    While my blog was knocked off the air for several days due to the massive DDoS attack on Typepad (my blog hosting service), former FDIC Chairman stepped up to the plate and held high the mighty fist of snark, which...
  • Apr 20

    States Pointing Out Problems With Choke Oint

    States Pointing Out Problems With Choke Oint
    According to the American Banker (paid subscription required), state bank regulators are expressing their concern that the DOJ and federal bank regulators "Operation Choke Point" is throttling more than some bad guys the operation…
  • Apr 17

    When Curry Speaks, All Banks Should Listen

    When Curry Speaks, All Banks Should Listen
    The Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry gave a speech the other day (paid subscription required), and emphasized a couple of points that vendor management folks at financial institutions with various charters--state and federal, bank and…
Rank this Week: 184

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/
  • Apr 17

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality
    The Internet is the modern day printing press; a revolutionary game changer. The Internet owes much of its success to the theory of net neutrality. While net neutrality is not a new topic of discussion, it has been thrust in the limelight…
  • Apr 13

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest
                 Competition and innovation are key ideals in American society, and they were the main focus on March 5, 2014 when the CEOs of SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (“ULA”) testified…
  • Apr 12

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer
                The Illinois’ Local Retailers’ Occupation Tax Acts (ROT Acts) allows “municipal governments and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to impose a retail occupation tax…
Rank this Week: 219

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
  • Apr 15

    Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

    Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications – A Mandelman Matters Podcast
    If Professor Robert Hockett is the man behind the plan to use eminent domain to take over underwater loans and write them down for homeowners, Tom Deutsch is his arch nemesis. This is an opportunity to hear how the opposition to the plan to…
  • Apr 14

    How to Handle the Increased Costs We’ll All Pay Under ObamaCare

    How to Handle the Increased Costs We’ll All Pay Under ObamaCare
    ObamaCare's out of pocket maximums established by the IRS for 2014 are $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family… so that means that we’ll all pay coinsurance, copays and deductibles up to those out-of-pocket limit…
  • Apr 14

    It was an honor to help him get his loan modified…

    It was an honor to help him get his loan modified…
    It was an honor to help Arlie Matthews get his loan modified with Bank of America. At the times when I sit and wonder why I've done what I've done, and how I can possibly continue doing it for one more day, I think of Arlie.
Rank this Week: 236

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Apr 23

    Glossy Annual Reports: Corp Fin Will No Longer Scan Them, So Why…

    Glossy Annual Reports: Corp Fin Will No Longer Scan Them, So Why…
    Last week, Corp Fin announced that it will no longer scan glossy annual reports into Edgar – thus, meaning they will no longer be available online through the SEC’s website. However, companies are still required to post glossy…
  • Apr 22

    Why I Don’t Like Corp Fin’s New “Legend for Twitter” Guidance

    Why I Don’t Like Corp Fin’s New “Legend for Twitter” Guidance
    Yesterday, Corp Fin issued 2 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations dealing with social media. The first CDI deals with how to affix legends to tweets & other social media communications. The second CDI deals with retweeting or…
  • Apr 21

    18 Cool Things About Spectra Energy’s ’14 Proxy Statement

    18 Cool Things About Spectra Energy’s ’14 Proxy Statement
    In this 2-minute video, there are 18 great ways that Spectra Energy enhances the usability of its 2014 proxy statement (compare to last year’s proxy): Say-on-Pay: 3rd & 4th Failures Over the last week, Cogent Communications Group…
Rank this Week: 282

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/
  • Apr 9

    A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

    A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit
    When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008,  I was disappointed,…
  • Apr 8

    Business Court Makes North Carolina Safe For Construction Lawyer

    Business Court Makes North Carolina Safe For Construction Lawyer
    Construction lawyers in North Carolina can breathe a sigh of relief.  On Friday of last week, the Business Court ruled that the service of on-line service provider Lienguard in preparing claims of lien constitutes the unauthorized…
  • Apr 7

    Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency

    Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency
    Dual agency is a big deal to real estate agents.  It lets them represent both a buyer and a seller in a transaction.  Dual agency was the focal point of the Business Court's opinion last week in BDM Investments v. Lenhil, Inc.,…
Rank this Week: 493

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/
  • Apr 23

    Honolulu Woman Charged with Fraud Through Social Media

    Honolulu Woman Charged with Fraud Through Social Media
    According to the SEC, its investigation found that Keiko Kawamura engaged in two separate fraudulent schemes to raise money from investors while casting herself as an investment and hedge fund expert when in fact she had virtually no prior…
  • Apr 21

    SEC Charges Brokerage Firm Executives in Kickback Scheme to Secure Business of Venezuelan Bank

    SEC Charges Brokerage Firm Executives in Kickback Scheme to Secure Business of Venezuelan Bank
    The Securities and Exchange Commission announced another round of charges in its ongoing case against several individuals involved in a massive kickback scheme to secure the bond trading business of a state-owned Venezuelan bank.The SEC…
  • Apr 20

    Lessons About Handling Money

    Lessons About Handling Money
    I have represented a few professional athletes over the years. Unfortunately, it is after they have lost their wealth, or failed to plan for the end of their professional sports careers. They have either lost their money, or spent it, and are…
Rank this Week: 504

Big Four Blog

Big Four Blog

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

http://bigfouralumni.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 713

Current Issues in Credit Unions

Current Issues in Credit Unions

Covers credit unions and the issues they face daily. Hosted by Brian Witt, Guy Messick, Gwen Baker and Robert Rutkowski.

http://ciicu.libsyn.com
Rank this Week: 732

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Apr 23

    SEC Seeks To Move TelexFree Bankruptcy To Massachusett

    SEC Seeks To Move TelexFree Bankruptcy To Massachusett
    Citing a "coordinated effort to avoid the Massachusetts courts," the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a motion in a Nevada bankruptcy court seeking to transfer venue of the TelexFree bankruptcy to a Massachusetts bankruptcy court.…
  • Apr 23

    TelexFree Trustee Says "Compelling Evidence of Fraud," Seeks Appointment Of Independent Trustee

    TelexFree Trustee Says "Compelling Evidence of Fraud," Seeks Appointment Of Independent Trustee
     Given the facts alleged in the SEC Case, TelexFree appears to be engaged in a classic Ponzi scheme. - Tracy Hope Davis, U.S. Trustee  The United States trustee overseeing the bankruptcy cases of TelexFree, LLC, TelexFree,…
  • Apr 22

    TelexFree Seeks Six-Week Extension To File Financial Information

    TelexFree Seeks Six-Week Extension To File Financial Information
    Attorneys for TelexFree have filed a motion seeking court approval for a six-week extension to provide the required supplements to their bankruptcy filing, including financial disclosure statements, summaries of assets, and lists of…
Rank this Week: 776

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
  • Apr 8

    Trusts Made Simple

    Trusts Made Simple
    By Matthew M. Young, Attorney As general counsel for many credit unions, among the most common inquiry I address relates to the law of trusts.  Trusts law is a complex area of the law and for those credit unions navigating these waters,…
  • Apr 3

    Credit Unions and the Battle to Expand the MBL Cap and Retain Their Tax Exempt Statu

    Credit Unions and the Battle to Expand the MBL Cap and Retain Their Tax Exempt Statu
    By Matthew Urban, Attorney First there was LBJ’s war on poverty in the 1960′s and then President Reagan’s war on drugs in the 1980′s.  The common thread among all of these “wars” is that for better or…
  • Apr 1

    CFPB Enforcement of FDCPA Against First Party Collectors: What You Need to Know

    CFPB Enforcement of FDCPA Against First Party Collectors: What You Need to Know
    By James J. Todd, Attorney The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arose out of the national foreclosure crisis in July 2010 by way of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the…
Rank this Week: 813

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Apr 23

    All The CLE You Could Possibly Want

    All The CLE You Could Possibly Want
    It is not too late to sign up for PLI's Handling a Securities Case 2014: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between. The program takes place on Thursday, April 24 in New York and via webcast (and, shortly thereafter,...
  • Apr 11

    Cornerstone Releases Report On Settlement

    Cornerstone Releases Report On Settlement
    Cornerstone Research has released its annual report on securities class action settlements. The notable findings include: (1) There were 67 settlements last year, a 17.5% increase from 2012. The report concludes that the increase is likely…
  • Mar 28

    Shielding From Suspicion

    Shielding From Suspicion
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued an opinion - Yates v. Municipal Mortgage & Equity, LLC, 2014 WL 890018 (4th Cir. March 7, 2014) - that clarifies the court's position on several securities fraud issues....
Rank this Week: 878

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…
  • 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…
  • Jan 15

    Camping out and closing deal

    Camping out and closing deal
    I am sure you can see a common thread in many of my recent posts - Sales, Sales, Sales!  I don't care how great your product is because without an ability to articulate the value proposition succinctly, tell the world about it in a…
Rank this Week: 879

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/
  • Apr 18

    CFPB Issues Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule Compliance Resource

    CFPB Issues Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule Compliance Resource
    On April 17, the CFPB issued a guide to completing the disclosure forms required by its November 2013 TILA-RESPA integrated disclosures rule, which generally applies to transactions for which a creditor or broker receives an application on or…
  • Apr 18

    Comptroller Curry Takes Vendor Management Message To Third-Party Provider

    Comptroller Curry Takes Vendor Management Message To Third-Party Provider
    On April 16, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry spoke to attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show Government Conference, taking his concerns about banks’ vendor relationships and cybersecurity risks to potential third-party…
  • Apr 18

    SEC Announces Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

    SEC Announces Cybersecurity Examination Initiative
    On April 15, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations announced that it will be conducting cybersecurity examinations of more than 50 registered broker-dealers and registered investment advisers. The examinations will…
Rank this Week: 1020

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 11

    Conseguir clientes, tener o no tener tarjeta. Podcast #134

    Conseguir clientes, tener o no tener tarjeta. Podcast #134
    El ya clásico dilema: me ofrecen una tarjeta de crédito (o ya me llegó a casa)… ¿la acepto o no la acepto? ¿me conviene? Aquí mi consejo. Quiero ser freelance pero no se como conseguir…
  • Apr 7

    Facebook y la economía de lo grati

    Facebook y la economía de lo grati
    Ya todos lo saben: Facebook está matando las visitas orgánicas de todos. Empresas gigantes y páginas personales por igual. Para quien no lo sepa he aquí en breve resumen: Tienes una página de tu sitio,…
  • Apr 2

    Vivir a los 40 en casa de mamá para ahorrar ¿vale la pena?

    Vivir a los 40 en casa de mamá para ahorrar ¿vale la pena?
    Esta es la sección de invitados. Todos los lectores de Blog&Lana están invitados a colaborar con un artículo (o dos o más) siempre y cuando, esté de alguna manera relacionado con el dinero, sea…
Rank this Week: 1031

Southeast VC

Southeast VC

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

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

    Durham, Washington DC, Tech Job

    Durham, Washington DC, Tech Job
    Like all VC firms, we receive a lot of resumes. And I just wanted to post here as a reminder that most of our companies are hiring. ChannelAdvisor - Morrisville NC Etix - Morrisville NC Global Value Commerce - Raleigh...
  • Apr 9

    Reference Check a VC

    Reference Check a VC
    Pulling up and referencing some old blog posts, but I think this is important topic. Entrepreneurs need to take time to do their homework referencing a new investor. With some recent financings I have seen getting done, this was not...
  • Apr 2

    Proof: Innovation is Happening Outside of Silicon Valley

    Proof: Innovation is Happening Outside of Silicon Valley
    I couldn't make it out for the Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, which Google hosted earlier today. My partner David Jones was there and I watched remotely. You can watch it here. A few comments: I know the Valley is...
Rank this Week: 1116

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/
  • Apr 17

    Bad Hair Day in Investment Fiduciary Land

    Bad Hair Day in Investment Fiduciary Land
    From time to time, I have allowed students at the local beauty school to learn on a real head - mine. Invariably, I regret my decision, so much so that I am now resigned to using a professional service for future visits. Originally,…
  • Apr 4

    Pension Usage of Swap

    Pension Usage of Swap
    I have been writing, training and consulting about the use of derivatives by pension plans for many years. There is no shortage of topics, especially in the aftermath of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection ("Dodd-Frank")…
  • Apr 2

    Fifth Third Bancorp v John Dudenhoeffer

    Fifth Third Bancorp v John Dudenhoeffer
    For those unable to attend the April 2, 2014 U.S. Supreme Court hearing, a review of the transcript of Fifth Third Bancorp et al v. John Dudenhoeffer et al (No. 12-751) may be of interest. Appearances were made by Robert A. Long, Esquire and…
Rank this Week: 1147

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: 1241

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference
    Most of us have at least a “street-level” understanding of defamation. Individuals that hear or read damaging false statements about themselves or their business typically think: “I need to find a defamation lawyer.”…
  • Mar 19

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management
    In 1378, the Statute of Scandalum Magnatum granted judges and church officials in England a legal right to compensation if they had been insulted or defamed. The first Common Law defamation action on record was filed in England in 1507. …
  • Mar 12

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List
    Troy Kennedy (Kennedy”) left his position as director and executive officer of a trust and investment company when that company was bought by Central Trust & Investment Company (“CTI”). Kennedy left to found a competing…
Rank this Week: 1286

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/
  • May 22

    Join Us On My New Blog!

    Join Us On My New Blog!
    All: as of May 1, 2013, I am now blogging exclusively at http://www.davidfeldmanblog.com. In addition to continuing my coverage of alternatives to traditional IPOs, including reverse mergers, we have expanded the commentary to include the…
  • Mar 9

    Market Surges But Microcaps Still Struggle – Let’s Give Everyone Short Form Registration

    Market Surges But Microcaps Still Struggle – Let’s Give Everyone Short Form Registration
    Of course we are all happy that the stock market has been hitting new highs this past week. It has been a long road back from 2009 when the market had less than half its current value. The M&A market is awake, lots of large financings…
  • Mar 5

    Dow Hits New High

    Dow Hits New High
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has beaten the previous record high of 14,198.10 set in October 2007. That’s a pretty cool thing. If only we felt as positive and optimistic as we did in October 2007, but then again that’s just…
Rank this Week: 1451

The AAO Weblog

The AAO Weblog

Deals with current accounting topics related to investment and finance. By Jack Ciesielski.

http://www.accountingobserver.com/PublicBlog/tabid/54/BlogId/1/Default.aspx
  • Nov 17

    Fair Value Puzzles: M&T Buys Wilmington Trust

    Fair Value Puzzles: M&T Buys Wilmington Trust
    First-things-first disclosure: I own M&T Bank in my accounts and in accounts of clients.
  • Feb 25

    For Your Reading Pleasure

    For Your Reading Pleasure
    Finished writing an Accounting Observer report on the FASB's recent amendments of revenue accounti
  • Feb 23

    Deciding To Decide

    Deciding To Decide
    At an open meeting tomorrow morning, the SEC's commissioners "will consider whether to publish a statement regarding its continued support for a single-set of high-quality globally accepted accounting standards and its ongoing consideration…
Rank this Week: 1468

Venture Law Lines

Venture Law Lines

Venture capital and startup business advice. By Suzie Dingwall Williams.

http://venturelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 17

    When University Commercialization Offices Turn Troll

    When University Commercialization Offices Turn Troll
    Bloomberg reports that the patent licensing office at the University of New Mexico has launched a lawsuit against Intel alleging infringement of a UNM patent for a process of making circuit boards.The lawsuit comes on the heels of rumoured…
  • Nov 16

    What to do When Blackberry KIKs You to the Curb

    What to do When Blackberry KIKs You to the Curb
    This morning the blogosphere was abuzz with news that Blackberry had removed KIK from the Blackberry APP World store, without apparently providing any reason for doing so. It's not clear whether this is actually the case, but let's assume for…
  • Sep 23

    Founder CEOs and Severance Agreements: Drafting tips from Mark Hurd

    Founder CEOs and Severance Agreements: Drafting tips from Mark Hurd
    The value of a severance agreements for departing CEOs lies not only in how much they promise to pay, but in what protection it preserves. Mark Hurd's agreement with HP sets out some of the subtleties that you should ensure your own…
Rank this Week: 1481

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: 1496

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: 1551

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
  • Apr 17

    Customer Loan Earns Stockbroker A Fine And Suspension

    Customer Loan Earns Stockbroker A Fine And Suspension
    Wall Street may be the place where trillions of dollars exchange hands, but it's not the place where a registered person should simply ask a customer for the loan of a few bucks. Which is not to say that a stockbroker can't borrow money from…
  • Apr 17

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com
    Stockbroker, Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory JobsEmployment Page BrokeAndBroker.com Jobs#brokeandbroker ...
  • Apr 16

    Getting The Wall Street Girl To Do It

    Getting The Wall Street Girl To Do It
    For the purpose of proposing a settlement of rule violations alleged by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), without admitting or denying the findings, prior to a regulatory hearing, and without an adjudication of…
Rank this Week: 1583

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Mar 28

    SEC probe of Kandi Technologies has risen to a formal investigation

    SEC probe of Kandi Technologies has risen to a formal investigation
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a formal investigation of Kandi Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: KNDI), a Chinese company that has been the subject of several Sharesleuth stories. Kandi did not mention the investigation in the…
  • Oct 31

    People behind Twitter suit have history of questionable dealing

    People behind Twitter suit have history of questionable dealing
    The principals of two financial firms that sued Twitter Inc. for $124 million in damages have a history of dealings with questionable companies and questionable partners. Continental Advisors SA and Precedo Capital Group Inc. say Twitter…
  • Sep 23

    Virtual Piggy Inc: Developer of safe payment system for young people has questionable backer

    Virtual Piggy Inc: Developer of safe payment system for young people has questionable backer
    (Editor’s Note: Sharesleuth has taken down the story on Virtual Piggy Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG) that appeared under this headline last Friday. We will publish a revised version shortly.)
Rank this Week: 1649

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.respalawyer.com/
  • Feb 10

    RESPA: CFPB ISSUES CONSENT ORDER AGAINST MORTGAGE LENDER FOR ILLEGAL OFFICE SPACE LEASE AGREEMENT

    RESPA: CFPB ISSUES CONSENT ORDER AGAINST MORTGAGE LENDER FOR ILLEGAL OFFICE SPACE LEASE AGREEMENT
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "CFPB" issued a Consent Order against Fidelity Mortgage Corporation "FFMC" and Mark Figert on January 16, 2014 for engaging in illegal business practices which violated Section 8 of the Real Estate…
  • Jan 31

    RESPA: FEDERAL COURT CERTIFIES MARKETING AGREEMENT CLASS ACTION

    RESPA: FEDERAL COURT CERTIFIES MARKETING AGREEMENT CLASS ACTION
    The United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division certified a Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act "RESPA" class action lawsuit on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 involving marketing agreements between a "Team" of real…
  • Jan 31

    RESPA KICKBACKS: CFPB GOES AFTER LENDER FOR MORTGAGE INSURANCE KICKBACK ARRANGEMENT

    RESPA KICKBACKS: CFPB GOES AFTER LENDER FOR MORTGAGE INSURANCE KICKBACK ARRANGEMENT
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced they initiated an administrative proceeding against mortgage lender PHH Corporation on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The CFPB alleges that PHH originated consumer mortgages it steered consumers…
Rank this Week: 1654

Redeye VC

Redeye VC

Offers a view of startup ecosystem. By Josh Kopelman.

http://redeye.firstround.com/
  • Apr 21

    The Best Hires Are Right Under Your Nose - Use This System to Never Miss Them Again

    The Best Hires Are Right Under Your Nose - Use This System to Never Miss Them Again
    Do you know where your first 10 employees are going to come from? How about the next 10? 99% of the time your best hires will come from your staff's combined network — you might already know that. But do you know how to go about mining…
  • Apr 16

    This Advice From IDEO's Nicole Kahn Will Transform the Way You Give Presentation

    This Advice From IDEO's Nicole Kahn Will Transform the Way You Give Presentation
    “Stories are the way our teams get excited, aligned, and rallied around the same goal,” says long-time IDEO Project Lead Nicole Kahn. “But more importantly, we know that our designs don’t live on with our clients…
  • Apr 14

    80% of Your Culture is Your Founder

    80% of Your Culture is Your Founder
    When Molly Graham joined Facebook in 2008, the company still felt scrappy. With 400 employees serving 80 million users, people were so busy “moving fast and breaking things” that the culture still needed to be defined. Graham was…
Rank this Week: 1658

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

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

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Apr 8

    ESMA Publishes Q&A Paper on Regulation of European Venture Capital Funds and European Social Entrepreneurship Fund

    ESMA Publishes Q&A Paper on Regulation of European Venture Capital Funds and European Social Entrepreneurship Fund
    On March 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Questions and Answers paper on the application of the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) Regulation (Regulation 346/2013) and the European Venture…
  • Apr 8

    Updated Basel III Monitoring Workbook Published

    Updated Basel III Monitoring Workbook Published
    The Bank for International Settlements has published on its website an updated version of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s Basel III monitoring workbook, accompanying instructions and a list of frequently asked questions.…
  • Apr 8

    FCA Publishes Report on Hedge Fund Activity in the UK

    FCA Publishes Report on Hedge Fund Activity in the UK
    On March 24, the FCA published a report which sets out its findings from a survey of hedge fund activity in the UK. Key findings are: 98 percent of total leverage used by hedge funds in the UK is acquired through Read More
Rank this Week: 1712

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: 1882

The PSLRA Nugget

The PSLRA Nugget

Covers securities class action case law. By Christopher S. Jones.

http://pslranugget.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 3

    The Nugget is Moving to a New Home

    The Nugget is Moving to a New Home
    Please update your bookmarks, as the PSLRA Nugget is moving to a new easier to remember website address.  Also if you are getting this by email, and you would like to continue getting it that way, you just need to go to
  • Feb 2

    Yes Shorter is Better (at least in legal briefing)

    Yes Shorter is Better (at least in legal briefing)
    OK, you know who you are.  The serial page extension requesters.  But Judge, we have to have 100 pages to explain it.  I know, I know, we've all done it.  And yes I agree sometimes it's necessary.  But District Judge Joy Flowers Conti…
  • Mar 18

    Confidential Sources Still Alive & Kicking

    Confidential Sources Still Alive & Kicking
    What's that? You thought Tellabs banned confidential witnesses? Well, let's not get carried away here, as there's certainly at least two ways to read that opinion. Of course, after the 7th Circuit decided Higginbotham v. Baxter, it was…
Rank this Week: 1941

Financial Industry Resource Center

Financial Industry Resource Center

Covers the financial crisis. By Hunton & Williams.

http://www.huntonfinancialindustryresourcecenter.com/
  • 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…
  • Apr 11

    SEC and CFTC Adopt Rules on Red Flags and Identity Theft

    SEC and CFTC Adopt Rules on Red Flags and Identity Theft
    On April 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) jointly adopted rules that require broker-dealers, mutual funds, investment advisers and certain…
Rank this Week: 2002

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: 2005

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
Rank this Week: 2124

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/
  • Oct 25

    UBS in Web of Puerto Rico Bond Funds Suffering Massive Losse

    UBS in Web of Puerto Rico Bond Funds Suffering Massive Losse
    Puerto Rico bond funds have been suffering massive losses recently and regulators have already taken action. According to the SEC, UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico Inc. (“UBS”) misled thousands of its retail investors in 23…
  • Dec 9

    Bloomberg Update on $383M Client Case v. Citigroup

    Bloomberg Update on $383M Client Case v. Citigroup
    Below is a piece by Bloomberg on our firm's $383 million claim against Citigroup. There's more on this case on the firm's website at http://www.riklawfirm.com/ Citigroup’s Mathur Said to Depart With Hybrid Traders as Pandit Cuts Jobs By…
  • Dec 1

    American Lawyer Piece on Firm's Citigroup Case

    American Lawyer Piece on Firm's Citigroup Case
    Below is an American Lawyer piece which explains our clients' pending $383 million FINRA arbitration against Citigroup. It goes on to talk about how there are more and more large and complex cases at FINRA. It's true. As partner John Rich…
Rank this Week: 2131

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
  • 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…
  • Aug 14

    Are You Too Busy To Be A Good Parent?

    Are You Too Busy To Be A Good Parent?
    The ongoing custody battle between R&B singer Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, highlights the challenges that busy parents face today. It is already hard enough for two parents to manage busy professional schedules and still make…
Rank this Week: 2248

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: 2371

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
  • Apr 10

    Fairness Opinions – Important Ontario Court Comment

    Fairness Opinions – Important Ontario Court Comment
    By Graham Gow, Jonathan Grant, Andrew Parkerand Matthew Cumming The following article by Graham P.C. Gow, Jonathan Grant, Andrew Parker and Matthew Cumming may be of interest to readers of this blog: Fairness Opinions – Important…
  • Apr 2

    Hot Off the Press – Doing Business in Canada: Navigating Opportunities for Investment and Growth

    Hot Off the Press – Doing Business in Canada: Navigating Opportunities for Investment and Growth
    By McCarthy Tétrault LLP If your organization is currently thinking about establishing or acquiring a business in Canada, the newest edition of Doing Business in Canada, written by McCarthy Tétrault, will prove to be a valuable…
  • Feb 14

    Don’t “put” yourself at risk

    Don’t “put” yourself at risk
    Beware of the use of put and call optionsBy Patrick Boucher Canadian securities legislation provides that a take-over bid may be triggered when an offer to acquire outstanding voting or equity securities of a class of a public company is made…
Rank this Week: 2426

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/
  • Apr 17

    Advice on Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation and Complying with North Carolina's New Statute

    Advice on Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation and Complying with North Carolina's New Statute
    Today the North Carolina Bankers Association hosted its annual Deposit Accounts Clinic in High Point. For those who were unable to attend, here are the slides and handouts from my presentation.
  • Apr 15

    CFPB Offers Reprieve to Banks on Foreign Remittance Transfer

    CFPB Offers Reprieve to Banks on Foreign Remittance Transfer
    Photo credit: epSos.de In August of last year, I summarized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Foreign Remittance Transfer rules here on the North Carolina Business & Banking Law Blog. Those rules became effective in late October…
  • Mar 15

    Banks Can (and Must) Manage Social Media Risks Effectively

    Banks Can (and Must) Manage Social Media Risks Effectively
    image by Matt Cordell using Creative Commons content BY-SA 3.0 Bankers, does your bank use social media?  Do employees use social media on behalf of the bank? Did you know that examiners will be looking for a social media risk…
Rank this Week: 2474

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

    Market Transparency

    Market Transparency
    Market Transparency and Accountability Act of 2009 Misses the Mark R. Tamara de Silva February 22, 2009
  • Aug 19

    Proposed Regulation

    Proposed Regulation
    Proposed Regulations, If Needed, Ought to Value Assets Better R. Tamara de Silva August 19, 2009 Are the United States Treasury, along with the Executive and Legislative branches looking everywhere but at the causes of the financial crisis…
Rank this Week: 2743

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Kueser Law Firm Blog

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

http://blog.jmkesquire.com
Rank this Week: 2795

Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

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

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
  • Feb 12

    Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Negotiations Ease Certain US and EU Sanction

    Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Negotiations Ease Certain US and EU Sanction
    Earlier this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had met its initial obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (Joint Plan) with the “P5+1” (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia,…
  • Feb 2

    How LIBOR Administration Change will Impact Financial Contract

    How LIBOR Administration Change will Impact Financial Contract
    This month, the UK Financial Conduct Authority formally authorised ICE Benchmark Administration Limited (IBA) to assume responsibility for the administration of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). IBA is a subsidiary of the…
  • Jan 29

    How Greater Regulation Will Lead to Islamic Finance Growth in Qatar

    How Greater Regulation Will Lead to Islamic Finance Growth in Qatar
    Qatar is set to further enhance financial markets regulation by developing a consistent risk-based regulatory framework.  Governor H.E. Abdulla bin Saoud al Thani has announced a three-year strategic plan, which was jointly drafted by…
Rank this Week: 2836