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100 F Street

100 F Street

Covers securities law for growing businesses. By Vanessa Schoenthaler.

http://100fstreet.com/
  • Jul 9

    The SEC’s Latest C&DIs On Accredited Investors and Verifying Accredited Investor Statu

    The SEC’s Latest C&DIs On Accredited Investors and Verifying Accredited Investor Statu
    Last Thursday the Division of Corporation Finance released its latest set of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) related to defined terms in Rule 501 of Regulation D and accredited investor…
  • Jun 28

    Chair White Offers Insight Into How the SEC Views Director

    Chair White Offers Insight Into How the SEC Views Director
    This past Monday night Chair White gave a keynote address at the 20th Annual Stanford Directors’ College where she spoke about the Commission’s “mindset” on certain matters relevant to directors.…
  • Jun 18

    Automatic Disqualification Waivers: A Recurring Theme

    Automatic Disqualification Waivers: A Recurring Theme
    Last Thursday Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, penned a letter to Chair White questioning the Commission’s practices and…
Rank this Week: 3942

About Broker Fraud Blog

About Broker Fraud Blog

Covers compliance rules, duty of disclosure, elder abuse and fraud. By the Hayes Law Firm.

http://aboutbrokerfraud.typepad.com/about_broker_fraud_blog/
  • Dec 6

    SEC Freeze Assets in Alleged Diamond-Themed Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Freeze Assets in Alleged Diamond-Themed Ponzi Scheme
    The SEC alleges that Richard Dalton and Universal Consulting Resources LLC (UCR) raised approximately $17 million from investors for two fraudulent offerings. The programs were generally referred to as the “Trading Program” and the…
  • Sep 28

    Arbitrators Award Ten Times Amount of Investment in Auction Rate Securities Case

    Arbitrators Award Ten Times Amount of Investment in Auction Rate Securities Case
    Last month an arbitration panel ordered the investment firm USB financial to pay over $80 million in consequential investments to Kajeet, Inc., a company who markets cellphones for kids. Kajeet’s award fell short of the $110 million…
  • Aug 30

    Raymond James Must Buy Back Auction Rate Securitie

    Raymond James Must Buy Back Auction Rate Securitie
    A Texas couple got some great news last week from the FINRA arbitration panel that ruled on their claim. The panel ruled that the Raymond James Financial Inc. and broker Larry Milton must buy back some $925,000 worth of auction…
Rank this Week: 720

Alixe Cormick: Small Cap Lawyer

Alixe Cormick: Small Cap Lawyer

Focuses on Canadian and United States securities law matters of interest to micro and small cap companies.

http://www.alixecormick.com
  • Apr 30

    Welcome to Canada! Using Regulation A+ to List on the CSE, TSX or TSX Venture Exchange

    Welcome to Canada! Using Regulation A+ to List on the CSE, TSX or TSX Venture Exchange
     By Alixe Cormick Using Regulation A in conjunction with listing on the CSE, TSX, or TSX Venture Exchange in Canada is an option that will become more practical for United States (US) based issuers once proposed changes to Regulation A…
  • Apr 21

    How Much Does an Offering Memorandum Cost?

    How Much Does an Offering Memorandum Cost?
    By Alixe Cormick Asking what the “all-in-costs” are for preparing an offering memorandum (an OM) is like asking how much it costs to build a house. A new 4,000 square foot custom-built house in West Vancouver, BC will cost more…
  • Apr 17

    Where You Can Find the Proposed Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Rules and Form

    Where You Can Find the Proposed Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Rules and Form
      By Alixe Cormick In Canada, two crowdfunding specific exemption proposals are out for public comment: a start-up crowdfunding exemption and an integrated crowdfunding exemption. Six provinces (including Saskatchewan) are…
Rank this Week: 3189

Amato Law Firm, LLC Blog

Amato Law Firm, LLC Blog

Overview of current developments in the area of securities law with a focus on securities arbitration and broker-dealer regulation.

http://www.ramatolaw.com/blog1
  • Jul 17

    FINRA Seeks to Delay Implementation of REIT Pricing Rule

    FINRA Seeks to Delay Implementation of REIT Pricing Rule
    According to recent reports, FINRA has sought to delay the implementation of a new rule that would provide greater clarity for investors in non-traded REITs as to the value of their shares.  The proposed rule filing would require firms…
  • Jul 10

    FINRA Pulls Controversial Recruiting Bonus Disclosure Rule

    FINRA Pulls Controversial Recruiting Bonus Disclosure Rule
    As recently reported in the financial press, FINRA late last month filed a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating that it is pulling its proposed Rule 2243.  The controversial proposed rule — which was…
  • Mar 27

    LPL Hammered by FINRA in Connection with Sales of Alternative

    LPL Hammered by FINRA in Connection with Sales of Alternative
    Independent broker-dealer LPL Financial – a leading seller of alternative investments such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) – once again is in trouble with regulators, as FINRA announced on Monday that it has…
Rank this Week: 2425

Andrew Abramowitz, PLLC

Andrew Abramowitz, PLLC

News, advice, and trends from the corporate law world.

http://aalegalnyc.com/blog/
  • Jul 28

    Some Interesting Legal Reads for the Week of July 28 2014

    Some Interesting Legal Reads for the Week of July 28 2014
    From Keith Higgins, the SEC’s Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, some testimony to a Congressional subcommittee on the state of the various rule-making initiatives.  And here is Jim Hamilton’s summary of the…
  • Jul 24

    Cleanup Board Resolution

    Cleanup Board Resolution
    One of the reasons that limited liability companies have become so popular as an alternative to corporations is that the state laws governing LLCs are so much more liberal in terms of formal requirements for documenting company…
  • Jul 22

    Some Interesting Legal Reads for the Week of July 21, 2014

    Some Interesting Legal Reads for the Week of July 21, 2014
    The SEC issued some Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations on accredited investor verification for Rule 506(c) generally solicited offerings.  Here’s a summary from Proskauer. I agree with Joe Wallin on equity crowdfunding in…
Rank this Week: 3258

BD Law Blog

BD Law Blog

Features news, updates and thoughts regarding broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation and legal and compliance issues. By the Beck Law Firm, LLC.

http://www.bdlawblog.com/
  • Aug 21

    The #ALSIceBucketChallenge

    The #ALSIceBucketChallenge
    I was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last night by some family members, who I thought loved me. It's all good - and it's all for a good cause, to raise awareness, and funds, to help fight ALS....
  • Aug 21

    Investor Alert Roundup

    Investor Alert Roundup
    Some investor alerts have been in the news lately, including those recently issued, and those re-issued to warn folks of continuing threats or issues as seen by the regulators. Here's a few: FINRA Investor Alert: Viral Disease Stock Scams.…
  • Aug 8

    The Power of Connections: Finding Good Advisors for your Busine

    The Power of Connections: Finding Good Advisors for your Busine
    I had lunch today with a new friend who has recently left a career in the corporate world and started his own business. Though quite an experienced and knowledgeable guy, he's new to running his own business, and, while looking...
Rank this Week: 2625

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
  • Aug 28

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  • Aug 18

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer Labor Day Holiday Review

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer Labor Day Holiday Review
    Stockbroker Wins Expungement of 1990 Customer ComplaintAugust 29, 2014You know how you figure something's foolproof? For example, I recently left for vacation and set a week's worth of articles on the BrokeAndBroker.com ...Read OnChase Banker…
Rank this Week: 1101

Business Blog

Business Blog

Covers business law, labor & employment, real estate and securities and finance topics. By Scarinci Hollenbeck.

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Aug 29

    NJ Supreme Court Rules Fitness Centers Can’t Disclaim All Personal Injury Liability

    NJ Supreme Court Rules Fitness Centers Can’t Disclaim All Personal Injury Liability
    In a precedential ruling, the Supreme Court of New Jersey recently held that a fitness center could not insulate itself through an exculpatory clause from the ordinary common law duty of care owed by all businesses to its invitees. The case…
  • Aug 28

    U.S. Supreme Court to Address Pregnancy Discrimination

    U.S. Supreme Court to Address Pregnancy Discrimination
    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider yet another high-profile women’s health issue next term. In Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the justices will determine what types of accommodations employers must make for pregnant workers. As…
  • Aug 27

    New Privilege Rule Takes Effect in New York on September 2

    New Privilege Rule Takes Effect in New York on September 2
    Discovery can be one of the most costly and burdensome aspects of complex commercial litigation. On September 2, 2014, a new privilege rule will take effect for cases brought in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court that…
Rank this Week: 2598

Business Law Post

Business Law Post

Covers corporate law, securities law, intellectual property, and social entrepreneurship. By Arina Shulga.

http://www.businesslawpost.com
  • Aug 22

    New Seed Financing Documents (500 Startups and Y Combinator)

    New Seed Financing Documents (500 Startups and Y Combinator)
    The startup industry keeps on coming up with new innovative solutions to seed financing.  The latest trend is convertible equity.  Two startup venture funds and incubators, 500 Startups and Y Combinator, recently released their…
  • Aug 22

    Unregistered IPOs of Bitcoin Companies Do Not Go Unnoticed By the SEC

    Unregistered IPOs of Bitcoin Companies Do Not Go Unnoticed By the SEC
    As I previously discussed in my blog here, the SEC does not have a mandate to regulate Bitcoin. Not unless it is used in a securities offering, especially in an unregistered initial public offering conducted over the Internet in violation of…
  • Aug 6

    Crowdfunding Right Now (Fund Model, Broker-Dealer Model, Lending Platforms and Intrastate Offerings)

    Crowdfunding Right Now (Fund Model, Broker-Dealer Model, Lending Platforms and Intrastate Offerings)
    We are still waiting for the SEC to issue final rules with respect to the Title III crowdfunding that will allow the U.S. companies to issue up to $1 million in securities to non-accredited investors through the online funding portals. So,…
Rank this Week: 1133

Cady Bar the Door

Cady Bar the Door

Provides insight and commentary on SEC enforcement actions. By Brooks Pierce.

http://www.secmiscellany.com
  • Aug 26

    Freedom to Retaliate against Foreign Whistleblowers May Not Be as Much Fun as It First Appear

    Freedom to Retaliate against Foreign Whistleblowers May Not Be as Much Fun as It First Appear
    What I’m about to say is grossly oversimplified, but here goes: The Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions have two primary prongs.  The first says that an individual who voluntarily provides the SEC with original…
  • Aug 20

    Unregistered Brokers: Watch out for Shortcut

    Unregistered Brokers: Watch out for Shortcut
    One of the things I’ve learned since returning to private practice three years ago is that people like to raise money for profitable enterprises when they can.  And why not?  It can be lucrative.  And if the people…
  • Jul 28

    Guns and More Guns: SEC Hits Smith & Wesson for FCPA Violation

    Guns and More Guns: SEC Hits Smith & Wesson for FCPA Violation
    One thing the SEC likes to do is bring cases with a lot of deterrent value.  That is, cases that it hopes will scare other people and companies into complying with the law.  Often that means cases with large price tags…
Rank this Week: 1054

California Corporate & Securities…

California Corporate & Securities Law

Covers California securities law, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and securities litigation. By Keith Paul Bishop.

http://calcorporatelaw.com/
  • Aug 29

    I Just Don’t Understand Labor Day

    I Just Don’t Understand Labor Day
    I just don’t understand Labor Day.  To be more specific, I don’t understand the holiday’s name.  “Labor” is derived from the Latin word meaning work or toil.  Etymologically speaking, therefore,…
  • Aug 28

    Why Keeping Corporate Lawyers Quiet Is Good For Us All

    Why Keeping Corporate Lawyers Quiet Is Good For Us All
    In a recent post in The New York Times DealBook, Berkeley Law School Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon argues that keeping corporate lawyers silent “can shelter wrongdoing”.  I completely agree that the…
  • Aug 27

    Judge Rules Choice Of Law Waives CSL Claim

    Judge Rules Choice Of Law Waives CSL Claim
    I was quite surprised to read Judge Gregory M. Sleet’s ruling in OpenGate Capital Group LLC v. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92256 (D. Del. July 8, 2014).  The lawsuit was brought by the purchaser…
Rank this Week: 288

California Securities Fraud Lawyer…

California Securities Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers securities regulation, fiduciaries, and securities disputes news and updates. Published By Alcala Law Firm.

http://www.californiasecuritiesfraudlawyerblog.com/
  • May 1

    March - April 2014 Disciplinary Action

    March - April 2014 Disciplinary Action
    William Jeffrey Austin (WBB Securitiies, Redlands, California) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 30 business days. The…
  • Apr 24

    Update: Charles Schwab to Allow Customer Class Action

    Update: Charles Schwab to Allow Customer Class Action
    Today, Charles Schwab agreed to end a long standing dispute over their customer's right to participate in securities class action lawsuits. In a settlement reached with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Charles Schwab…
  • Mar 24

    Regulators Fine LPL Financial LLC $950,000 Over Unsuitable Alternative Investments Sale

    Regulators Fine LPL Financial LLC $950,000 Over Unsuitable Alternative Investments Sale
    Today, LPL Financial LLC reached a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over the firm's failure to adequately supervise the sale of non-traded REITs and other risky alternative investments. LPL's settlement…
Rank this Week: 1387

Canadian Securities Law Online

Canadian Securities Law Online

Covers Canadian securities law topics, including disclosures, corporate governance, mergers, registration and compliance. By Stikeman Elliott.

http://www.canadiansecuritieslaw.com/
  • Aug 28

    A closer look at Orange Capital's unconventional tender offer for units of Partners REIT

    A closer look at Orange Capital's unconventional tender offer for units of Partners REIT
    Adam Kline and Alex Colangelo -  On May 28, Orange Capital announced that it was launching a tender offer at a premium to market to purchase up to 10% of the outstanding units of Partners REIT. While it did not constitute a takeover…
  • Aug 22

    OSC publishes The Investment Funds Practitioner for July 2014

    OSC publishes The Investment Funds Practitioner for July 2014
    Darin Renton - The Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission recently released the July 2014 issue of The Investments Funds Practitioner, which provides an overview of recent issues…
  • Aug 22

    Delaware Chancery provides important guidance to boards of directors and financial advisor

    Delaware Chancery provides important guidance to boards of directors and financial advisor
    Stéphane Rousseau and Benoît Dubord - The recent Rural Metro decision in the Delaware Court of Chancery provides important guidance to boards of directors and financial advisors in change of control situations. Specifically, the…
Rank this Week: 1834

Chicago Securities Lawyer Blog

Chicago Securities Lawyer Blog

Covers FINRA and securities fraud. By Thomas F. Burke, P.C.

http://www.chicagosecuritieslawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 29

    Steven Stahler Under FINRA Investigation

    Steven Stahler Under FINRA Investigation
    On March 25, 2014 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), through a Wells Notice, made a preliminary determination to recommend that disciplinary action be brought against Steven Stahler for potential violations of NASD Rule…
  • Jul 16

    Regulators Concerned About High Frequency Trading and Timestamp

    Regulators Concerned About High Frequency Trading and Timestamp
    The United States securities regulators, the Securities Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") and the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") are tightening rules to impose…
  • Jul 9

    SEC Trying to Even the Field for Bond Market

    SEC Trying to Even the Field for Bond Market
    The Wall Street Journal reported that the Securities Exchange Commission ("SEC") wants to even the field in the bond market between small investors and Wall Street's biggest banks. The SEC unveiled plans to make real time pricing information…
Rank this Week: 3348

ComplianceAsia News

ComplianceAsia News

Provides information for compliance professionals dealing with issues in financial regulation with a focus on the Asian region.

http://www.compliance.asia/
  • Feb 6

    WSJ report highlights significant concerns about the nature of global AML system

    WSJ report highlights significant concerns about the nature of global AML system
    Finally there is some reporting about the dirty little secret of global AML enforcement - it might not work.  The following was reported in the Wall Street Journal today and we recommend you read the full article: The Morning Risk…
  • Oct 27

    New FATF announcements regarding the progress various countries are making on AML CFT

    New FATF announcements regarding the progress various countries are making on AML CFT
    On Friday the SFC sent around a circular to licensed firms with details of a number of additions to the AML sanctions regime and this included advice from the FATF that some countries were not doing enough to improve their AML CFT…
  • Oct 23

    Mary Jo White sets out her views on the role of compliance

    Mary Jo White sets out her views on the role of compliance
    SEC Chair, Mary Jo White, recently spoke to an industry association in the United States and talked about the importance of the rule of compliance officers.  Here is the speech: Remarks at National Society of Compliance Professionals…
Rank this Week: 1052

Corporate Finance & Securities Law…

Corporate Finance & Securities Law Blog

Covers mergers and acquisitions, private to public transactions, public company disclosure, regulatory defense, and other financial issues. By The Lebrecht Group.

http://www.thelebrechtgroup.com/blog/
  • Jul 11

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering
    At long last, the SEC has approved general solicitation in 506 offerings.  I have previously blogged on the subject here and here. It seems each stakeholder group is claiming it as their own victory.  Hedge funds, crowdfunders,…
  • Jun 19

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?
    This week, Fox Business News contributor Tobin Smith was terminated because he violated their policy that “no contributor to FBN [Fox Business Network], nor his/her firm, and/or family members are allowed to accept financial…
  • Jun 6

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?
    This, of course, is a misleading question.  The answer is never.  In case you need some law to back up that conclusion, take a look at the recent case of Robert J. Vitale.  Mr. Vitale was the subject of an SEC enforcement…
Rank this Week: 3335

Corporate Law and Democracy

Corporate Law and Democracy

A repository of ideas, comments and papers on a range of issues related to corporate law and democracy. By Boston College Law School Professor Renee Jones.

http://reneejones.wordpress.com/
  • Nov 18

    Whither State Securities Enforcement?

    Whither State Securities Enforcement?
    Susan Antilla of Bloomberg news published a recent column  revisiting the question of the continued viability of state securities regulators’ enforcement authority.  I spoke to Susan about my research  on the issue and I am quoted in…
  • Sep 19

    Bailout-palooza

    Bailout-palooza
    The federal goverment’s proposal for a bailout of the financial industry sounded somewhat familiar to me.  I remembered that I had blogged about a similar proposal about a year ago on Conglomerate.
  • Sep 17

    What a Difference a Year Make

    What a Difference a Year Make
    One year ago discussions surrounding corporate law policy were driven by the Sarbanes-Oxley ‘backlash.”  The Paulson Committee and others were warning about how excessive regulation and litigation would lead to the ruin of Wall Street. …
Rank this Week: 4046

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Focuses on complliance, corporate governance, disclosure, mergers and tax issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.corporatesecuritieslawblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Indemnification Sleight of Hand

    Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Indemnification Sleight of Hand
    In Branin v. Stein Roe Inv. Counsel, LLC, C.A. 8481-VCN, 2014 WL 2961084 (Del. Ch. June 30, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a vested right to indemnification may not be rescinded by a subsequent amendment to the governing…
  • Jul 15

    Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?

    Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?
    Individuals and entities, including those from outside California, who invest in or do business through an out-of-state limited liability company (“LLC”) may be surprised to find out that they have filing obligations and tax…
  • Jul 7

    Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement

    Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement
    In a closely-watched decision involving judicial review of agency settlements, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated United States District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s 2011 order rejecting a proposed $285…
Rank this Week: 361

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 12

    Does your Investment Adviser Firm Have a Social Media Policy?

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

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?
    A customary practice in the securities industry is for financial advisors to receive a transition bonus above and beyond an advisor’s standard commission compensation upon joining to a new firm. The bonus amount is usually determined…
  • Jul 29

    Calculating Breach of Fiduciary Duty Damage

    Calculating Breach of Fiduciary Duty Damage
    According to a variety of authorities including the SEC, the much-debated fiduciary duty for registered investment advisers and their representatives includes a subset of responsibilities[1].  Common sense would, or should tell you that…
Rank this Week: 1031

DealLawyers.com Blog

DealLawyers.com Blog

Covers mergers & acquisitions. From editor Broc Romanek, who is also editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net.

http://www.deallawyers.com/Blog/
  • Aug 26

    HSR: FTC Levies $900k Fine for File Failure Over Incremental Note Conversion

    HSR: FTC Levies $900k Fine for File Failure Over Incremental Note Conversion
    Last week, the FTC fined Berkshire Hathaway in the amount of $896,000 to settle allegations for HSR file failures in connection with acquisitions of USG Corporation shares when it converted notes over time. The FTC alleged that Berkshire…
  • Aug 20

    M&A: Bankruptcy-Proofing a License

    M&A: Bankruptcy-Proofing a License
    In this video, Jeff Bell of Morrison & Foerster uses an IP portfolio as an example when explaining how to make that acquisition more valuable by insuring financial stability and lowering the risk of insolvency.
  • Aug 19

    U.S. Mid Year Activism Review: Slow Start, Big Finish

    U.S. Mid Year Activism Review: Slow Start, Big Finish
    From ISS: The resurgence in proxy contest activism that began in 2012 appeared to have stalled by Q1 of 2014 when only two contested situations went to a shareholder vote, compared to eight in the first quarter of 2013. Both of these…
Rank this Week: 386

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: 4899

Federal Securities Law Blog

Federal Securities Law Blog

FedSecLaw.com is devoted to highlighting current issues in securities laws, discussing the ramifications of those issues for today’s businesses, and providing bottom-line takeaways for busy owners, managers, and executives. By Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

http://www.fedseclaw.com/
  • Aug 25

    Merging? Making an acquisition? Be careful out there.

    Merging? Making an acquisition? Be careful out there.
    By Jetta Sandin and Jay Levine Almost 40 years ago, Congress passed the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act provided a mechanism pursuant to which partied to an acquisition of assets…
  • Jul 24

    SEC adopts money market fund reform

    SEC adopts money market fund reform
    By Robert J. Tannous On July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it adopted amendments to the rules governing money market mutual funds. Read a copy of the final rules. These amendments complete some…
  • Jul 15

    Should entrepreneurs care about crowdfunding? It depends on the crowd.

    Should entrepreneurs care about crowdfunding? It depends on the crowd.
    By Jack J. Gravelle It has been more than two years since the JOBS Act was passed and almost nine months since the SEC proposed crowdfunding rules — but still no final rules. Should entrepreneurs care? Probably not. The proposed SEC…
Rank this Week: 716

Financial Counsel

Financial Counsel

Covers compliance, employment and industry intelligence for investment professionals and investment, planning and regulatory intelligence for investors. By James J. Eccleston.

http://financialcounselblog.com
  • Aug 29

    Wells Fargo Dominates Recruiting Game

    Wells Fargo Dominates Recruiting Game
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Wells Fargo leads the 2014 recruiting game over Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS. The reasons are several. Wells Fargo Management emphasizes the firm’s…
  • Aug 28

    Former MIT Professor, Son Plead Guilty In Hedge Fund Fraud

    Former MIT Professor, Son Plead Guilty In Hedge Fund Fraud
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Gabriel Bitran, a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and associate dean at its business school, and his son Marco Bitran,…
  • Aug 26

    Financial Planner Charged In $10 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Financial Planner Charged In $10 Million Ponzi Scheme
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Sean Meadows, an unregistered Minneapolis financial planner, has been charged with orchestrating a $10 million Ponzi scheme. From 2007 to 2014, Meadows raised at…
Rank this Week: 211

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • Aug 29

    August 27, 2014 FINRA Disciplinary Action

    August 27, 2014 FINRA Disciplinary Action
    On August 27, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, sanctioned Ronald Willard Vaught, Michael Mannasse and Laura McSparren.  Ronald Willard Vaught (CRD 2605545):  Ronald Willard Vaught was barred by FINRA on…
  • Aug 28

    Investigation: Sale of GWG Renewable Secured Debentures by David Escarcega

    Investigation: Sale of GWG Renewable Secured Debentures by David Escarcega
    As part of its ongoing investigation into the sale of GWG Renewable Secured Debentures, Fitapelli Kurta is investigating the sale of those products by broker David Escarcega.  In August 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority,…
  • Aug 27

    Investigation: Scotrun, PA Broker Anthony Diaz

    Investigation: Scotrun, PA Broker Anthony Diaz
    Fitapelli Kurta, is investigating customer complaints against Scotrun, PA broker Anthony Diaz.  On August 6, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, filed a complaint against Anthony Diaz, who is currently registered…
Rank this Week: 486

Florida Securities Fraud Attorney…

Florida Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Covers Florida securities fraud cases and issues. By Ralph Behr, Esq. P.A.

http://www.floridasecuritiesfraudattorney.com/
  • Jun 4

    Scanning License Plates and Privacy

    Scanning License Plates and Privacy
    Fort Lauderdale police agencies have technology to read license plates. Once read, the plates are matched against outstanding traffic tickets. In addition, the owner’s name is matched against outstanding criminal warrants. At what…
  • Jun 2

    SEC Charges White Collar Crimes in Sarasota

    SEC Charges White Collar Crimes in Sarasota
    A fund manager in Sarasota, Florida was charged with defrauding investors of $3.8 million. The fund manager, Gaeton Della Penna, faces federal criminal charges in the Middle District of Florida for defrauding investors. Criminal charges,…
  • May 29

    Demands for Chemtrail Conspiracy Arrest

    Demands for Chemtrail Conspiracy Arrest
    The History Channel‘s broadcast of "Weather Warfare" focused international interest in The State of the Nation’s demand that the International Criminal Court begin a criminal investigation into what I have dubbed "The…
Rank this Week: 4114

Florida Securities Fraud Lawyer…

Florida Securities Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers securities fraud, investor fraud and Ponzi schemes. By McCabe Rabin, P.A.

http://www.floridasecuritiesfraudlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 324

Footnoted

Footnoted

Reports on actionable information in SEC filings.

http://www.footnoted.com/
Rank this Week: 2933

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com
  • Aug 6

    NFA Action Against Firm for Inadequate 1101 Investigation

    NFA Action Against Firm for Inadequate 1101 Investigation
    Doing Business with Non-Members – NFA Action Raises Compliance Questions Under NFA Bylaw 1101, NFA members are restricted from doing business with individuals or entities that should be, but are not, registered with the CFTC and members…
  • Aug 1

    Hedge Fund Events August 2014

    Hedge Fund Events August 2014
    The following are various hedge fund events happening this month. Please email us if you would like us to add your event to this list. **** August 4-5, 2014 Sponsor: InVida Events Event: Ship Energy Management in Practice Location:…
  • Jul 18

    New IA Rules in Washington State

    New IA Rules in Washington State
    Amendments to Investment Adviser Rules in Washington State Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has amended the rules governing the registration and activities of investment advisers set forth in Chapter 460-24A WAC.…
Rank this Week: 1678

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: 946

Institutional Investor Securities…

Institutional Investor Securities Blog

Covers investment fraud involving auction-rate securities, credit rating agencies, hedge funds and mortgage-backed securities. By Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas.

http://www.institutionalinvestorsecuritiesblog.com/
  • Dec 29

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae
    Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) has arrived at a $591 million mortgage settlement with Fannie Mae (FNMA). The arrangement resolves claims that the banking institution sold faulty mortgages to the government run-home loan financier and covers…
  • Aug 26

    FINRA Claims Wedbush Securities Engaged in Supervisory and Anti-Money Laundering Violation

    FINRA Claims Wedbush Securities Engaged in Supervisory and Anti-Money Laundering Violation
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has filed a disciplinary complaint against Wedbush Securities Inc. that accuses the firm of violations related to anti-money laundering and systemic supervision. The self-regulatory organization…
  • Aug 23

    Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle DOJ Mortgage Probe

    Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle DOJ Mortgage Probe
    Bank of America (BAC) and the U.S. Department of Justice have arrived at a $16.65 billion mortgage settlement. Under the agreement, the lender will pay $9.65 billion to the DOJ, the SEC, other government agencies, and six states. The…
Rank this Week: 376

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

Covers the right to recover money from dishonest stockbrokers and investment advisers.

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
  • Jul 30

    New York Brokerage Firm Newport Coast Securities, Representatives Charged with $1 Million Churning Violation

    New York Brokerage Firm Newport Coast Securities, Representatives Charged with $1 Million Churning Violation
    FINRA has filed charges against five stockbrokers formerly employed by Newport Coast Securities Inc., as well as the firm itself and two supervisors, alleging that the firm excessively traded customer accounts for the purpose of generating…
  • Jun 23

    Investor Files FINRA Arbitration Claim Against First Allied Regarding Private Equitie

    Investor Files FINRA Arbitration Claim Against First Allied Regarding Private Equitie
    Stockbroker arbitration lawyers are looking into accusations made against First Allied Securities, Inc. and broker Rami Yahalom regarding risky investments in AE Luxtera Investments II, LLC, a private technology start-up company. According to…
  • Jun 18

    FINRA Bars Wade James Lawrence from Financial Industry

    FINRA Bars Wade James Lawrence from Financial Industry
    Recently, Wade James Lawrence was barred from the financial industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Investors’ rights lawyers are exploring accusations made against Lawrence regarding misappropriation of funds…
Rank this Week: 809

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 29

    Big Four Supports Proposed Going Concern and New Future Viability Statements Based on Sharman Panel

    Big Four Supports Proposed Going Concern and New Future Viability Statements Based on Sharman Panel
    The Big Four generally support the U.K. Financial Reporting Council’s proposed changes to the Corporate Governance Code implementing the recommendations of the Sharman Panel on going concern statements and a new statement on the…
  • Aug 28

    SEC Proposes 12-Month Pilot Program on Wider Tick Size

    SEC Proposes 12-Month Pilot Program on Wider Tick Size
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Amanda Maine, J.D.The SEC announced that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the national securities exchanges have filed a proposal to implement a pilot…
  • Aug 27

    House and Senate Members Ask Fed to Tighten Emergency Lending Proposal

    House and Senate Members Ask Fed to Tighten Emergency Lending Proposal
    Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and David Vitter (R-LA), and Representatives Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and Michael Capuano (D-MA), and colleagues in the Senate and House, sent a bi-partisan letter to Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen…
Rank this Week: 320

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: 3708

May Law, PC Blog

May Law, PC Blog

Covers investment law, securities laws the requirements of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

http://www.maylawpc.net/category/blog/
Rank this Week: 2611

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
  • Aug 15

    Are Some Customers Paying Too Much In Fees? The SEC Cracks Down on Linkbroker

    Are Some Customers Paying Too Much In Fees? The SEC Cracks Down on Linkbroker
    "Is my stockbroker charging me too much in commissions and fees?" This is a common question many investors frequently have. Unfortunately, all too often, the answer to this question is "Yes." In fact, just yesterday, the SEC announced…
  • Aug 1

    Are We Coming Up On A "Sweet Spot" for SEC Whistleblowers?

    Are We Coming Up On A "Sweet Spot" for SEC Whistleblowers?
    In only three years, the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program, which promises cash rewards for those whose tips lead to a successful investigation by the SEC, has yielded more than 6,500 tips according to a recent article in the Wall Street…
  • May 9

    Bitcoin Update: Alerts and Guidance Issued by the SEC, FINRA and IRS

    Bitcoin Update: Alerts and Guidance Issued by the SEC, FINRA and IRS
    It's Buyer Beware, according to guidance and alerts issued recently by the SEC, FINRA and IRS concerning risks inherent in Bitcoin. Bitcoin is described by all three offices as a decentralized, peer-to-peer virtual currency that can be used…
Rank this Week: 3811

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

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

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
Rank this Week: 1594

Page Perry LLC Blog

Page Perry LLC Blog

Covers securities broker abuses, early retirement scams, elder abuses, subprime mortages, collateralized debt obligations, and annuities.

http://www.pageperry.com/blog/
  • Jul 16

    CYNK Latest Wall Street Trap?

    CYNK Latest Wall Street Trap?
    Cynk is a social network company that has no revenue, no assets, and no profits. Until last week, it was the hottest stock on Wall Street, according to a Business Insider report by Hunter Walker and Julia La Roche (July 14, 2014).  Its…
  • Jul 14

    Former LPL Broker Jason Parker Leaves Trail Of Complaint

    Former LPL Broker Jason Parker Leaves Trail Of Complaint
    By law, a broker has to recommend suitable investments. To be considered suitable, an investment should align with the client’s investment objectives. Dumping all client funds into a single foreign stock, despite the client’s low…
  • Jun 13

    Pension Advisers Fall Under Scrutiny

    Pension Advisers Fall Under Scrutiny
    The problem of conflicts of interest for pension advisers attracted Congressional attention, according to a Wall Street Journal article by Dan Fitzpatrick  (June 9, 2014).  U.S. Representative George Miller (D., Calif.) has written…
Rank this Week: 229

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

Covers business, health care, intellectual property and media law.

http://pkjlawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Feb 2

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On
    If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans permanently traumatized by the government’s highly lauded, but horribly executed, loan modification program, take heart.  I’m here to tell you that there’s another government…
  • Oct 27

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    The Lincoln Lawyer
    Before Abraham Lincoln became our greatest president, he was a great corporate lawyer.  And before he was a corporate lawyer, he was a brilliant trial lawyer. In the 1840s, Lincoln represented a Revolutionary War widow who had been bilked…
  • Oct 22

    Cornell Scores in Forum Case

    Cornell Scores in Forum Case
    PKJ’s Timothy Cornell scored a significant victory Friday, when U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns dismissed a multimillion case against an Internet company, finding that the plaintiff was bound by his contract’s forum selection…
Rank this Week: 2221

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

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

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

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

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

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

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men will each serve at least a decade in prison for operating a real estate Ponzi scheme that duped victims out of nearly $5 million.  Terrance Brown, of San Jose, California, and Antranik Kabajouzian, of Morgan City,…
Rank this Week: 493

Proxyland

Proxyland

Covers corporate governance.

http://proxyland.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    One Blog Closes, Another Open

    One Blog Closes, Another Open
    Big news, dear readers.
  • Feb 17

    Stimulus Plan Attacks Executive Compensation: Stay Tuned

    Stimulus Plan Attacks Executive Compensation: Stay Tuned
    Everyone knows about the freaky fireball that plummeted through the Texas sky last weekend. In an unrelated development, a fireball suddenly appeared in the skies over Proxyland on Friday. That one, however, has been identified: it’s Title…
  • Feb 11

    Geithner's Financial Stability Plan, Or Whatever

    Geithner's Financial Stability Plan, Or Whatever
    C’mon now, everyone. Cheer up. At least Tim Geithner is easier on the eyes than Hank Paulson, whose face seemed to have the words “we’re all gonna die” written on it no matter what he was saying.
Rank this Week: 2835

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

Covers securities arbitration, litigation and regulatory news. By Maddox Hargett & Caruso, P.C.

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • Aug 29

    FINRA has Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in Hot Water

    FINRA has Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in Hot Water
    Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is being fined $1.85 million for best execution and supervisory violations in non-convertible preferred securities transactions. They also ordered Citigroup to pay more than $638,000 in compensation, plus…
  • Aug 24

    Expectations v. Reality of Unconstrained Bond

    Expectations v. Reality of Unconstrained Bond
    Investors’ fears of rising interest rates of traditional bonds, have shown an influx in these “go anywhere” funds. With a focus on returns, many investors don’t understand the risk. In the category of a nontraditional…
  • Aug 24

    The Complications of Structured Note

    The Complications of Structured Note
    A complicated investment to begin with, structured notes have grown more complex the last few years and are best to be avoided. They commonly claim to limit instability in a down market. A debt instrument whose return hinges on the price…
Rank this Week: 241

SEC Lawyers Blog

SEC Lawyers Blog

Covers stock fraud. By Sonn & Erez, PLC.

http://www.seclawyersblog.com/
  • Aug 18

    FINRA Cautions Investors on Viral Disease Stock Scam

    FINRA Cautions Investors on Viral Disease Stock Scam
    FINRA recently issued an Investor Alert, "Viral Disease Stock Scams: Don't Let Them Infect Your Portfolio." In the Alert, FINRA warns that dramatic news stories viral outbreaks, such as Ebola and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome ("MERS"),…
  • Aug 15

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Paul Gerard Chiampa

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Paul Gerard Chiampa
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding Paul Gerard Chiampa (CRD #1133609, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts). Chiampa recently entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent ("AWC") in which he was fined $7,500 and suspended from…
  • Jul 27

    SEC Approves FINRA Rule to Prohibit Conditioning Settlements on Expungement

    SEC Approves FINRA Rule to Prohibit Conditioning Settlements on Expungement
    The Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved the implementation of FINRa Rule 2081, which prohibits brokers from making settlements of customer disputes contingent on the claimant's agreement not to oppose expungement of the…
Rank this Week: 553

SEC Whistleblower Blog

SEC Whistleblower Blog

Covers corporate whistleblower programs and whistleblower protection issues.

http://www.secwhistleblowerprogram.org/SEC-Whistleblower-Blog/
  • Jan 10

    Whistleblower Protection under the SEC Whistleblower Program

    Whistleblower Protection under the SEC Whistleblower Program
    In our web site, we established the types of anti-retaliatory protections offered employees under the SEC Whistleblower Program.
  • Dec 10

    SEC Whistleblowers can Help Uncover "Soft Dollar" Practice

    SEC Whistleblowers can Help Uncover "Soft Dollar" Practice
    Hedge fund operators (politely called “Investment Managers” on Wall Street) can make the plaintiffs’ bar look like expensively dressed social workers. The hedge fund industry is estimated to be a $2.5 trillion industry.
  • Dec 6

    Five travel expense related FCPA violation

    Five travel expense related FCPA violation
    Here’s a tip for potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act whistleblowers: travel expenses clearly fall within FCPA guidelines.
Rank this Week: 4110

Securities Arbitration Blog

Securities Arbitration Blog

Covers the happenings in the Securities and Investment Fraud Sector. By Guiliano Law Firm.

http://www.securitiesarbitrations.com
  • Jun 10

    Pittsburgh Area Stockbroker Patricia S. Miller Alleged to Have Stolen Millions from Customer

    Pittsburgh Area Stockbroker Patricia S. Miller Alleged to Have Stolen Millions from Customer
    andnbsp;Hairdressor, Marcy Salandra went to her stockbrokerandrsquo;s office at Investors Capital Corporation in McMurray Pennsylvania to withdraw money to buy a house. andnbsp;However, instead of meeting her broker Patricia S. Miller, she…
  • Apr 18

    Lawyers Tempt Fate Before Second Circuit and No One Likes What They May Get

    Lawyers Tempt Fate Before Second Circuit and No One Likes What They May Get
    Last year, a Connecticut based hedge fund, Turnberry Capital Management LP, filed a FINRA arbitration securities claim against SunTrust Banks, Inc. to recover $13 million it lost in 2007 by investing in mortgage backed securities. However,…
  • Mar 13

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania
    What does a big firm commercial defense lawyer, a banker, a healthcare lobbyist, a parking authority commissioner and an Allegheny parks commissioner all have in common? andnbsp; Apparently, they are all friends of Pennsylvania Governor Tom…
Rank this Week: 346

Securities Attorney Law Blog

Securities Attorney Law Blog

Reviews Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, Arbitration, Whistleblower Claims & Derivative Lawsuits. By Jay Eng.

http://securitiesattorneys.us/
Rank this Week: 1496