When Fundraising Becomes More Lucrative Than Running the Business

Erick Mathe had a vision of creating a media empire. Well, maybe not an empire, more of a small keep. His plan was to broadcast over Low Power Television Service. Those are locally-oriented television broadcasts in small communities. Mr. Mathe had a line up of streaming music and infomercials. He just needed capital to get […]

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Why I think the Accredited Investor Standard Should Not Change

The SEC Investor Advisory Committee is scheduled to vote on a reform plan from a subcommittee at its Oct. 9 meeting. That plan calls for the SEC to rethink the income and net-worth minimums used to define an “accredited investor.” Much of the concern about private placements is about risk. They seem to be universally […]

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Weekend Reading: Predator

Predator covers the story of the birth of the Predator drone and its effect on military and covert operations. Richard Whittle manages to weave through the military and aeronautic bureaucracy of the Predator as it is destined to become  the most successful military unmanned aircraft. I was surprised to see the level of detail about […]

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Compliance Bricks and Mortar for September 26

These are some of the compliance-related stories that recently caught my attention. Fixing a Company’s Ethics and Compliance Culture by Michael Volkov in Corruption, Crime & Compliance A company’s ability to enact meaningful change depends on the innate desire of its leadership to execute real change. It is too easy to say that such change […]

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First Enforcement Action for Private Equity Fund Expense Allocation

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been making lots of noise about how its unhappy with how private equity firms are allocating expenses to portfolio companies. And it has finally hit its first target. The SEC charged a a private equity fund manager with breaching its fiduciary duty to a pair of private equity funds […]

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The NFL Teaches Us the Difference Between Ethics and Compliance

The National Football League is by far the most popular sport in the US. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks about what he calls “protecting the shield.” He originally handed down a two-game suspension to Ray Rice for a punch to the head of Mr. Rice’s fiance that left her lying unconscious on the floor of […]

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Compliance Bricks and Mortar for September 19

These are some of the compliance-related stories that recently caught my eye. The NFL’s True Problem: Misplaced Priorities Trumping Ethics & Compliance by Matt Kelly in Compliance Week Contrary to what you might believe lately, the National Football League does have an ethics & compliance program. What’s more, the program actually looks pretty good. Except, […]

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Controls on Fee Deductions and Disbursements

A recent action by the Securities and Exchange Commission caught my attention. The SEC charged a hedge fund manager with taking excess management fees. For a more exciting headline, the SEC press release says the excess fees were to “make lavish purchases.” Sean C. Cooper improperly withdrew more than $320,000 from a hedge fund he […]

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CFTC Allows General Solicitation for Private Funds

In early 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission decided to grab for more regulatory oversight and revoked some long-standing exemptions. The CFTC also got handed the regulatory oversight of non-securities derivatives. As a result, private funds with interest rate hedges had to figure out if they had to register with the CFTC as a commodity […]

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Weekend Reading: House of Debt

In House of Debt, Atif Mian, an economist at Princeton University, and Amir Sufi, a finance professor at the University of Chicago, make the case that household debt was the 2008 recession’s main culprit. This is a nuanced view that differs slightly from the view that it was the 2007 home price decline. Mian and […]

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