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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 17

    2 Charged with Conspiracy to Defraud Lender

    2 Charged with Conspiracy to Defraud Lender
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Jeffery Allen Gardner, 61, Hopkins, Minnesota, and Stuart Alan Voigt, 66, Apple Valley, Minnesota, have been indicted and charged with conspiring to defraud individuals and financial institutions, bank fraud and making a…
  • Apr 17

    Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty to Investment Scheme

    Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty to Investment Scheme
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Brenda Ashcraft, 45, Milford, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to defrauding investors of at least $15 million between 2009 and 2013 in a fraudulent investment scheme to purchase and sell real estate through…
  • Apr 17

    Businessman Sent to Prison for $44M Loan Fraud Conspiracy

    Businessman Sent to Prison for $44M Loan Fraud Conspiracy
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Pedro “Pete” Benevides, 45, Astatula, Florida, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Gregory J. Presnell to nine years in federal prison for his role in obtaining 20 fraudulent commercial…
Rank this Week: 8

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 18

    Lockheed Martin Wants Out of 40-Year-Old Disclosure Order

    Lockheed Martin Wants Out of 40-Year-Old Disclosure Order
    By Anne Sherry, J.D.Nearly 40 years ago, the SEC obtained an order requiring Lockheed Aircraft Corporation to, among other undertakings, file a Form 8-K at least 10 days before revising its anti-corruption policies. Lockheed Martin…
  • Apr 17

    Gallagher Lambastes FSB’s ‘Coercive’ Global Regulation Tactic

    Gallagher Lambastes FSB’s ‘Coercive’ Global Regulation Tactic
    By Amy Leisinger, J.D.In recent remarks, SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher addressed the tenuous relationship between global and domestic regulation of the financial industry. He questioned the effects of mandates by the G-20 and the…
  • Apr 16

    Massachusetts Permanently Adopts Emergency Crowdfunding Exemption

    Massachusetts Permanently Adopts Emergency Crowdfunding Exemption
    By Jay Fishman, J.D.The Massachusetts Securities Division permanently adopted an emergency intrastate crowdfunding exemption permitting job growth by helping Massachusetts small and early-stage businesses find investors and gain greater…
Rank this Week: 139

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: 169

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: 183

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 12

    The Fed's Cold Comfort To Colorado MJ Businesse

    The Fed's Cold Comfort To Colorado MJ Businesse
    I'm traveling this week on business, but I didn't want to leave town without a comment on the visit of Esther George. head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, to Denver last week. She was invited to meet...
  • Apr 8

    New ILCs? Nahhh!

    New ILCs? Nahhh!
    Four and one-half years ago, we wondered if the three-year moratorium on FDIC insurance applications for new industrial loan companies (ILCs) and other restrictions placed upon ILCs by Franken-Dodd would spell the death knell for the ILC…
  • Apr 6

    Subprime May Return, But Will It Be In A Pine Box?

    Subprime May Return, But Will It Be In A Pine Box?
    Former community banker and occasional guest poster Pat Dalrymple is a columnist for a Colorado newspaper who has a former insider's view on the sometimes wild and wacky world of commercial lending. You didn't think it was either wild or...
Rank this Week: 195

Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
  • Nov 27

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview
                      In large cities the world over, passengers have stopped reaching into the air to hail a cab and have begun reaching into their pockets for their smartphones.  Companies such…
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
Rank this Week: 214

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
  • Apr 14

    THE HOMEOWNERS’ ANTHEM – 2015

    THE HOMEOWNERS’ ANTHEM – 2015
    Here lies the body of Mary Lee; tried to modify her loan when she was 33. For over five years she fought to keep her sanity; didn’t tell a soul as a matter of vanity.
  • Apr 14

    Saxon Settles HAMP Class Action for $4.5 Million… A win for homeowners, LOL

    Saxon Settles HAMP Class Action for $4.5 Million… A win for homeowners, LOL
    A class action law suit filed against Saxon Mortgage Services/Morgan Stanley alleged that the servicer improperly denied thousands of California homeowners loan modifications through the federal Home Affordable Modification Plan (HAMP), and…
  • Apr 10

    Leave Octogenarians at Home – Stop evictions after 80.

    Leave Octogenarians at Home – Stop evictions after 80.
    Over the last few weeks I’ve learned that we’re a country that actually doesn’t care about people in their 80s that run into financial difficulties. In fact… and as incredible as it may seem, WE EVICT THEM.
Rank this Week: 235

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Apr 17

    Cybersecurity: Another Verizon Report & More

    Cybersecurity: Another Verizon Report & More
    Like last year, Verizon has put out a new “2015 Data Breach Investigations Report.” This year’s Verizon report is 69 pages, with a host of useful information as it relies on over 80,000 incidents from 70 organizations for…
  • Apr 16

    Deadline Ends In 1 Week: 33% Early Bird Discount for Our Executive Pay Conference

    Deadline Ends In 1 Week: 33% Early Bird Discount for Our Executive Pay Conference
    You should register soon for our popular conferences – “Tackling Your 2016 Compensation Disclosures: Proxy Disclosure Conference” & “Say-on-Pay Workshop: 12th Annual Executive Compensation Conference” –…
  • Apr 15

    Shareholder Proposals: Wal-Mart No Longer Compelled to Include

    Shareholder Proposals: Wal-Mart No Longer Compelled to Include
    Yesterday, just a week after oral argument, the 3rd Circuit overturned the district court in the much-awaited Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart case. Here’s the news from Skadden: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a…
Rank this Week: 290

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 14

    Some Stats On The Business Court

    Some Stats On The Business Court
    When the North Carolina Legislature "modernized" the Business Court last year, it added a provision to the General Statutes mandating that the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts prepare a report, twice a year, showing the…
  • Apr 10

    NC Business Court Takes On The Oxford Comma

    NC Business Court Takes On The Oxford Comma
    You most likely have heard of the Oxford Comma.  It is also referred to as the "serial comma."  If you are not familiar with this literary device, it is a comma placed before the word "and" or another conjunction (like or or nor) in…
  • Apr 6

    Pizzas And Trademark Infringement

    Pizzas And Trademark Infringement
    It is easy to forget that there is a North Carolina Trademark Registration Act.  It is in Chapter 80 of the General Statutes.  The Business Court's mandatory jurisdiction extends to cases brought under Chapter 80 per N.C. Gen. Stat.…
Rank this Week: 507

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 13

    SEC Fines Company for Stifling Whistleblower

    SEC Fines Company for Stifling Whistleblower
    Whistleblowers, and the SEC's Whistleblower program, are a large part of the Dodd-Frank Act. The SEC believes that information from a whistleblower who knows of possible securities law violations can be among the most powerful weapons in…
  • Mar 19

    Corporate Insiders Individually Charged for Failing to Update SEC Filing

    Corporate Insiders Individually Charged for Failing to Update SEC Filing
    While we all understand that registered individuals rely on their firms to update their required filings, so do corporate officers and shareholders. The problem is that the individuals are still personally responsible for the updates - and…
  • Mar 16

    SEC News - FCPA Violations, Trade Suspensions, Whistleblower Award

    SEC News - FCPA Violations, Trade Suspensions, Whistleblower Award
    Goodyear Charged With FCPA ViolationsGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when its subsidiaries paid bribes to land tire sales in Kenya and Angola.SEC Halts Ponzi-Like…
Rank this Week: 512

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Jan 27

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme
    A Wisconsin man was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme that took in more than $10 million from at least 122 investors.  Loren Holzhueter, 69, was the subject of an emergency enforcement action…
  • Jan 26

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme
    An Ohio man was sentenced to serve twenty-one years in federal prison for his role in funnelling investors to the massive "Black Diamond" Ponzi scheme that ultimately duped over 400 investors out of at least $40 million.  Jonathan…
  • Jan 26

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men have entered guilty pleas to operating a massive Ponzi scheme that allegedly caused losses of over $100 million to victims who thought they were investing in a profitable ATM leasing operation.  Joel Barry Gillis, 74,…
Rank this Week: 702

Big Four Blog

Big Four Blog

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

http://bigfouralumni.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 745

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: 787

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
  • Mar 12

    Cashing in on Bad Check

    Cashing in on Bad Check
    By: Matthew M. Young, Attorney As a financial institution, credit unions expect to incur certain losses for members who pass bad checks; however, it is critical to utilize methods available in the law to curb such abuse. In Ohio and most…
  • Feb 26

    1099-C Filing

    1099-C Filing
    By Matthew M. Young, Attorney With tax season upon us, I want to remind credit unions of their obligation to timely file form 1099-Cs in cases of certain satisfied and charged off debts. A credit union that forgives or writes off $600 or more…
  • Jan 30

    Powers of Attorney-Built to Last

    Powers of Attorney-Built to Last
    By Matthew M. Young, Attorney Any credit union accepting powers of attorney (POA) should know that a POA ceases upon the death of the principal.  A lesser known fact relates to durable powers of attorney; the durable POA survives…
Rank this Week: 827

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Apr 17

    Creating Your Own Losse

    Creating Your Own Losse
    Under the PSLRA, the presumptive lead plaintiff in a securities class action is the applicant with the “largest financial interest in the relief sought by the class.”  The largest financial interest is measured by assessing…
  • Mar 25

    Omnicare Decided

    Omnicare Decided
    The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a decision in the Omnicare case holding that opinions presented in registration statements can be subject to Section 11 liability if either (a) the opinion was not genuinely held, or (b) the registration…
  • Mar 20

    The Streak Is Over

    The Streak Is Over
    Plaintiffs in securities class actions often point to insider trades as evidence that the individual defendants had a pecuniary motive to commit fraud.   But if the plaintiffs do not make any allegations related to insider…
Rank this Week: 911

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: 925

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 17

    CFPB and Navajo Nation Partner in UDAAP Action Against Companies Involved in Alleged Tax Refund Scheme

    CFPB and Navajo Nation Partner in UDAAP Action Against Companies Involved in Alleged Tax Refund Scheme
    On April 14, the CFPB along with the Navajo Nation jointly announced an enforcement action against two companies and their respective owners (Defendants) for running an alleged tax-refund scheme, marking the CFPB’s “first…
  • Apr 17

    CFPB Issues Guidance on Housing Counselor Requirement

    CFPB Issues Guidance on Housing Counselor Requirement
    On April 15, the CFPB issued an interpretive rule clarifying requirements for providing a list of housing counselors to mortgage borrowers, as required under the Bureau’s 2013 Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act final rule. Among…
  • Apr 17

    CFPB Grants Credit Card Issuers One-Year Suspension From Filing Card Agreement

    CFPB Grants Credit Card Issuers One-Year Suspension From Filing Card Agreement
    On April 15, the CFPB issued a final rule temporarily suspending credit card issuers’ obligation to submit their card agreements to the CFPB, as required by the Credit Card Accontability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (CARD Act).…
Rank this Week: 958

Blog y Lana finanzas personales…

Blog y Lana finanzas personales que se entienden

Porque de nada sirve ganar mucho dinero si no sabemos mantenerlo en nuestra bolsa. Finanzas personales que se entienden.

http://www.blogylana.com/
  • Apr 17

    Novedosa alternativa para monetizar tu trabajo creativo. Podcast #167

    Novedosa alternativa para monetizar tu trabajo creativo. Podcast #167
    Monetizar (tener ingresos) las creaciones en linea en México y en algunos lugares de latinoamérica no ha sido fácil  de productos en internet. Dios sabe que yo también he batallado a pesar de generar contenido…
  • Apr 13

    ¿Invertir sin miedo? Descubre como lograrlo

    ¿Invertir sin miedo? Descubre como lograrlo
    No se pueden tener unas finanzas sólidas si solo ahorras. Ahorrar es la primera parte de la ecuación. ¿La segunda? Es invertir. Hacer que ese dinero que ya ahorraste ¡crezca! El problema es que si nadie nos…
  • Apr 10

    Evita el NO de los mejores proveedores y clientes Podcast #166

    Evita el NO de los mejores proveedores y clientes Podcast #166
    En el podcast #162 El Arte de Pedir explico los pequeños y a veces grandes detalles que hacen que uno reciba un NO cuando se pide algo. Mi querida invitada a este podcast Leonora Varo quiso retomar un poco el tema con un ángulo…
Rank this Week: 1031

Southeast VC

Southeast VC

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

http://southeastvc.blogs.com/southeast_vc/
  • Feb 23

    Be Proactive to Grow Your Busine

    Be Proactive to Grow Your Busine
    I had coffee with a local service provider last week. I am always up for meeting new people and it was the first time we had met. Our conversation went really well, but he mentioned he was very disappointed one...
  • 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...
Rank this Week: 1126

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 16

    ERISA Litigation Predicted To Rise

    ERISA Litigation Predicted To Rise
    I have just returned from Chicago where I spent two days listening to transaction attorneys, litigators and insurance company executives talk about trends in ERISA enforcement and legal disputes. Sponsored by the American Conference…
  • Apr 15

    Pension Risk Management For Public Plan

    Pension Risk Management For Public Plan
    Dr. Susan Mangiero will speak about pension risk management on June 1, 2015. Part of the annual conference for the Government Finance Officers Association ("GFOA"), this session will examine changing rules and economics that go beyond…
  • Mar 29

    Investment Committee Teamwork

    Investment Committee Teamwork
    Watching the Rockettes dancing in sync to foot-stomping music this weekend was a good reminder that team work requires attention and commitment. My guess is that these ladies can't miss a step and expect to stay employed for too long. It's…
Rank this Week: 1178

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: 1231

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Feb 4

    Trick Play: Memorabilia company peddled Patriots, Seahawks gear with forged player autograph

    Trick Play: Memorabilia company peddled Patriots, Seahawks gear with forged player autograph
      Just days after the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots claimed their spots in Super Bowl XLIX, a memorabilia company called The Highland Mint contacted customers with a tantalizing list of autographed collectibles. Highland…
  • Dec 31

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: Where are the Go-Karts?

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: Where are the Go-Karts?
    When the global economy collapsed in the fall of 2008, the sharp drop in consumer spending threw the power sports industry into a steep decline. Sales of motorcycles, go-karts and all-terrain vehicles each plunged by 30 percent or more,…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1273

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: 1282

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1291

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: 1349

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/
  • Apr 13

    Myths About Public Company Share Registration & the SEC

    Myths About Public Company Share Registration & the SEC
    Before I delve in to a discussion about what the SEC does and does not do, let me be very clear: the SEC produces and changes its opinion fairly frequently and–due to the complex nature of most SEC rules and arguments–it would be…
  • Apr 5

    Vetting Reverse Merger Candidate

    Vetting Reverse Merger Candidate
    We receive a great deal of requests from folks I like to refer to as the tire kickers. They’re those that like to waste a lot of time, but at the end of the day their business–or in most cases their business idea–lacks the…
  • Mar 30

    Foreign RTOs: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    Foreign RTOs: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
    Yes it is possible to have a non U.S.-based entity go public in the United States. It’s long been a way for private, foreign companies to gain access to the lucrative U.S. capital markets without having to pay the large underwriting…
Rank this Week: 1379

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

    Expunge

    Expunge
    In a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) Arbitration Statement of Claim filed in March 2013, Claimant Marriott Claimant asserted breach of fiduciary duty; common law fraud; violation of the Texas Securities Act;…
  • Apr 15

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer WEEK IN REVIEW

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer WEEK IN REVIEW
    US Attorney and SEC Charge Investment Advisor In $20 Million FraudOn April 16, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Michael Oppenheim, 48, Livingston, NJ had been charged in a Criminal…
  • Apr 15

    US Attorney and SEC Charge Investment Advisor In $20 Million Fraud

    US Attorney and SEC Charge Investment Advisor In $20 Million Fraud
    On April 16, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Michael Oppenheim, 48, Livingston, NJ had been charged in a Criminal Complaint with one count each of wire fraud, embezzlement, securities…
Rank this Week: 1442

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/
  • Apr 1

    Court Severs Term But Otherwise Enforces Arbitration Provision With A Class Action Waiver

    Court Severs Term But Otherwise Enforces Arbitration Provision With A Class Action Waiver
    In a victory for Sheppard Mullin and its client, in Trabert v. Consumer Portfolio Serv., Inc., __ Cal. App. 4th. __, 2015 WL 880949 (4th Dist. Mar. 3, 2015), the California Court of Appeal compelled arbitration and enforced a class…
  • Mar 23

    CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin On Confidentiality of Supervisory Information

    CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin On Confidentiality of Supervisory Information
    On January 27, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a compliance bulletin reminding supervised financial institutions (including large depository institutions, credit unions and their affiliates, certain…
  • Jan 9

    No Change Of Position, No Estoppel

    No Change Of Position, No Estoppel
    Under California Law, a party seeking to defeat the statute of frauds based on promissory estoppel must allege an actual change in position.  In Jones v. Wachovia Bank, 230 Cal.App.4th 935 (2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed…
Rank this Week: 1457

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: 1515

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

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

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
Rank this Week: 1638

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.respalawyer.com/
Rank this Week: 1644

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: 1657

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: 1864

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: 1946

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: 1989

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

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

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
  • Mar 24

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 20: Founders’ Stock

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 20: Founders’ Stock
    This post is the twentieth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior nineteen posts, we provided an introduction to negotiation…
  • Feb 5

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 19: Board Matter

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 19: Board Matter
    This post is the nineteenth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior eighteen posts, we provided an introduction to…
  • Jan 14

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 18: Non-Disclosure and Developments Agreement

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 18: Non-Disclosure and Developments Agreement
    This post is the eighteenth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior seventeen posts, we provided an introduction to…
Rank this Week: 1992

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
  • Apr 6

    Carefully Draft NDAs to Avoid Whistleblower Concern

    Carefully Draft NDAs to Avoid Whistleblower Concern
    CONTRIBUTED BY Andrew Ledbetter andrew.ledbetter@dlapiper.com In light of the SEC’s first enforcement action against a company for impeding whistleblower activity in violation of Rule 21F-17, employers may wish to consider clarifying in…
  • Apr 2

    Factors the SEC Considers in “Bad Actor” Waiver

    Factors the SEC Considers in “Bad Actor” Waiver
    CONTRIBUTED BY Andrew Ledbetter andrew.ledbetter@dlapiper.com   We have previously blogged about the SEC’s July 2013 rule change that disqualifies certain “bad actors” from using Rule 506. Thankfully, Rule 506 permits…
  • Mar 24

    IMHO, Omnicare Doesn’t Materially Change Opinion Disclosure

    IMHO, Omnicare Doesn’t Materially Change Opinion Disclosure
    CONTRIBUTED BY Andrew Ledbetter andrew.ledbetter@dlapiper.com   Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its anticipated Omnicare decision, which addresses the standard of liability applied to expressions of opinion in a registration…
Rank this Week: 2058

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/
  • Apr 15

    Labor Department Proposes New Rule Imposing Fiduciary Duty on Broker

    Labor Department Proposes New Rule Imposing Fiduciary Duty on Broker
    In what has become a hot issue this Spring, the Labor Department yesterday proposed a new set of standards for brokers who offer advice in connection with 401(k)’s and other retirement accounts. Currently, brokers are required only to…
  • Apr 10

    Concern Mounts Over the Lack of a Rule Imposing a Fiduciary Duty on Broker

    Concern Mounts Over the Lack of a Rule Imposing a Fiduciary Duty on Broker
    I noted in my March 20 post that the Chair of the SEC had just come out in favor of a rule requiring brokers to act in their clients best interests. While investors wait for the SEC to move forward on the issue, the New York City…
  • Apr 10

    Broker Dealers Try to Avoid FINRA Arbitration: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

    Broker Dealers Try to Avoid FINRA Arbitration: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
    There has been a spate of litigation in recent years over whether broker dealers can contract out of FINRA arbitration and litigate in court instead. Goldman, Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Schools Financing Authority, 764 F.3d 210 (2d Cir.…
Rank this Week: 2118

Asset Hunter: Tracking…

Asset Hunter: Tracking International Financial Fraud

Covers the legal ramifications of financial fraud related to multinational corporations, multinational financial institutions, foreign governments, foreign officials and high-profile individuals in sensitive regulatory, civil and international criminal matters. By Michael Diaz, Jr.

http://www.michaeldiazjr.com
  • Dec 2

    Diaz Reus Forms Drone Legal Practice

    Diaz Reus Forms Drone Legal Practice
    In response to the growing phenomenon of domestic drones and legal/regulatory issues surrounding their use, the Florida-based international law firm of Diaz Reus announces the launch of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice. Headed by…
  • Feb 5

    Diaz Reus & Targ LLP scored a stunning…

    Diaz Reus & Targ LLP scored a stunning victory in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last week on behalf of the government of Venezuela, obtaining complete and final dismissal with prejudice of a suit brought by…
  • Sep 25

    Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Colonel, Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, Arrested in Miami FBI Sting | Trial period set for October

    Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Colonel, Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, Arrested in Miami FBI Sting | Trial period set for October
    Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, the colonel leading Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Unit, is being held without bail in Miami, awaiting an October 21 trial period after being arrested in an August 31 Miami FBI sting operation where he attempted to…
Rank this Week: 2196

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: 2308

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 16

    Harnessing Social Media in Proxy Contests: Opportunities and Legal Challenge

    Harnessing Social Media in Proxy Contests: Opportunities and Legal Challenge
    By Shane C. D'Souza, Deandra Schubert and Blake Jones Social media has very seldom been leveraged in Canadian proxy contests. One reason for this may be the lack of knowledge about its full potential.[1] To address this reason, our first…
  • Apr 14

    Harnessing Social Media in Proxy Contest: Not Just “Social”

    Harnessing Social Media in Proxy Contest: Not Just “Social”
    By Shane C. D'Souza, Deandra Schubert and Blake Jones Social media has revolutionized how stakeholders receive information about companies. An estimated 1.79 billion people used social media in 2014; 2.44 billion will by 2018.[1] Despite…
  • Apr 2

    CSA Releases Amendments to the Take-Over Bid Regime

    CSA Releases Amendments to the Take-Over Bid Regime
    By McCarthy Tétrault LLP On March 31, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a CSA Notice and Request for Comment with respect to proposed amendments to Multilateral Instrument 62-104 – Take-Over Bids and…
Rank this Week: 2408

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/
  • Mar 1

    Data Security Breaches, Unauthorized Transfers, and Corporate Accout Takeovers ...What You Missed!

    Data Security Breaches, Unauthorized Transfers, and Corporate Accout Takeovers ...What You Missed!
    On Friday, I had the honor to join some distinguished speakers for an all-day continuing legal education seminar on computer technology and the law.  My fellow presenters were:Clark Walton, former CIA forensic computer analyst, lawyer…
  • Feb 9

    NC Commissioner of Banks Ray Grace Re-Appointed

    NC Commissioner of Banks Ray Grace Re-Appointed
    Commissioner Ray Grace -photo by M. CordellToday, Governor McCrory appointed Ray Grace to serve as North Carolina's Commissioner of Banks for another term.  Although Commissioenr Grace has been "appointed," the process actually works…
  • Jan 16

    What Would The White House's Data Security Breach Proposal Mean For North Carolina Businesses?

    What Would The White House's Data Security Breach Proposal Mean For North Carolina Businesses?
    Earlier this week, the President announced a new cybersecurity initiative. The White House explained that:"[t]here is a growing perception that individuals have lost control of their personal information; a negative implication of such a…
Rank this Week: 2443

Attorney R. Tamara de Silva's Blog

Attorney R. Tamara de Silva's Blog

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

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

    Fat Tail and the Bail Out

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

    Fat Tail and the Bail Out

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

    Market Transparency

    Market Transparency
    Market Transparency and Accountability Act of 2009 Misses the Mark R. Tamara de Silva February 22, 2009
Rank this Week: 2740

Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

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

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
  • Jan 20

    How Oil and Gas Companies can Optimize Technology Performance and Costs During Oil Price Volatility

    How Oil and Gas Companies can Optimize Technology Performance and Costs During Oil Price Volatility
    An unexpected surge in production coupled with weakened global demand has resulted in a 50 percent drop in the price of crude oil since June 2014 and currently averaging US$50 a barrel. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries…
  • Jan 13

    What You Need to Know About Abu Dhabi Global Market’s New Draft Regulation

    What You Need to Know About Abu Dhabi Global Market’s New Draft Regulation
    The Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi’s new financial free zone, located on Al Maryah Island, recently issued a first wave of draft regulations and related consultation papers. The Global Market’s general approach in the draft…
  • Jan 12

    Navigating the Risks of Omnichannel Retail

    Navigating the Risks of Omnichannel Retail
    Digital innovation is reinventing the retail experience. IT is changing the way retailers interact with customers by integrating sales and communication channels, enabling in-store digital interfaces and diversifying payment platforms. As…
Rank this Week: 2782

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: 2789