Michael Reif

Michael Reif

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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.31.16

A lawsuit over an alleged Ponzi scheme involving a fund pushed by MetLife agents is raising hard questions for the insurance giant over the reaches of corporate liability...more

5/31/2016 - Banks Capital Rules Citigroup Corporate Liability Crowdfunding Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Sector Hostile Takeover Insurance Industry IPO Merger Agreements MetLife Ponzi Scheme Regulatory Oversight SIFIs UK Venture Capital

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.27.16

New evidence uncovered by the digital security firm Symantec suggests that the recent series of Swift-based bank hacks may be linked to North Korea in what “appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks...more

5/27/2016 - Banks Citigroup Consumer Lenders Data Breach Financial Markets Forex Hackers IPO Lending Club Libor North Korea Philips Electronics SnapChat Symantec Valeant

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

5/26/2016 - Alibaba Bank of America CFTC China Citigroup E-Commerce FinTech Gawker HSBC Individual Accountability Innovative Technology Interest Rates Merrill Lynch Mortgage Fraud RMBS Securities Fraud Theranos Venture Capital Volkswagen Walgreens White Collar Crimes

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.25.16

It’s a week of big fat NOs so far, with Tribune emphatically turning down Gannett yesterday and Monsanto doing the same to Bayer and its massive all-cash $62 billion offer...more

5/25/2016 - Anheuser-Busch Bayer Beer Block Trades CFPB Credit Reporting Agencies Equifax Experian Financial Markets Financial Sector Foreign Debt Greece Hewlett-Packard IMF Mergers Mobile Apps Mobile Payments Monsanto Technology Sector TransUnion

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.24.16

Tribune’s not only given a hard “no” to Gannett, but it’s got some new firepower (and capital) on its side thanks to a $70.5 million investment by Nant Capital—a group “founded by Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire who has...more

5/24/2016 - Antitrust Litigation Bank of America Banks Barclays Countrywide Credit Suisse Delaware General Corporation Law DOJ Fannie Mae Financial Sector Freddie Mac General Motors Insider Trading Interest Rates JPMorgan Chase Libor Putative Class Actions Startups Swaps

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.20.16

Manhattan USA Preet Bharara’s back in front of the cameras and back on the insider-trading horse with the announcement yesterday of criminal charges against well-known sports bettor Billy Walters and former investment banker...more

5/20/2016 - Apple Banks Bipartisan Agreement Block Chain Criminal Prosecution Cyber Attacks Financial Sector Form 10-Q Gambling General Mills Hackers Illegal Tipping Insider Trading Merger Agreements Monsanto Puerto Rico SEC Securities Fraud Sovereign Debt Valeant Venture Capital Wells Fargo Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.19.16

Bayer’s making good on its rumored interest in Monsanto in a deal that could be valued at more than $42 billion and would bring together two of the world’s biggest suppliers of crop seeds and pesticides...more

5/19/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Bank of America Bayer Bonds Credit Suisse Deutsche Bank Federal Reserve Financial Markets Financial Sector Interest Rate Adjustments Market Manipulation Meeting Minutes Merger Agreements Monsanto Shareholder Activism Theranos Trading Platforms Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.18.16

Lending Club week continues here on the Brief, where the Deal Professor tries to take the good (disrupting the traditional banking system and opening up new paths of credit for consumers) with the bad (yet another...more

5/18/2016 - Bank of America Banking Sector Bonds Class Action Consumer Lenders Data Breach Distressed Debt Financial Markets Gender Discrimination Google HUD Lending Club Mortgages Online Marketplace Lending Pandora Stock Drop Litigation Whistleblowers

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.17.16

Gannet’s still after Tribune Publishing, and it’s upped its ante after Tribune “resoundingly rejected” early overtures – NYTimes... The Journal walks us through the fall of the Laplanche empire at Lending Club with a...more

5/17/2016 - Apple Berkshire Hathaway Financial Sector Lending Club Merger Agreements Merrill Lynch Newspapers Pfizer Pharmaceutical Industry SCOTUS SEC Stocks Takeover Bids Warren Buffet Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.16.16

We’ve been hearing a lot about Verizon’s bid for Yahoo. But it’s not alone. In fact, it’s bringing some odd folks to the table together. Case in point: Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans’ Dan Gilbert – NYTimes and Bloomberg...more

5/16/2016 - CFPB Financial Crimes Financial Sector Home Buyer Insider Trading Investment Firms IPO Lending Club Silicon Valley Startups Verizon Warren Buffet Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.13.16

We learned yesterday of the effect that broken mergers are having on some hedge funds. Now comes news that, like many other institutional investors, large US insurance companies are yanking huge sums of money out of their...more

5/13/2016 - Apple Banks Bayer Charter Chile China Connected Cars Countrywide CPUC Cyber Attacks Financial Sector Hedge Funds Insurance Industry Investment Portfolios Merger Agreements Mitsubishi Monsanto Nissan NY Supreme Court Private Equity Qualified Settlement Funds RMBS SEC Sharing Economy Time Warner

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.12.16

Record-setting executive compensation aside (hey, that was so last year), hedge funds have been hammered by the recent spate of mega-deals come undone. Particularly hard hit are the funds focusing on “merger arbitrage”—a type...more

5/12/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Banks Brazil Financial Sector Google Impeachment Merger Agreements Mitsubishi National Emissions Standards Nissan Online Advertisements Online Marketplace Lending Payday Loans Pharmaceutical Industry Shareholder Activism

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.11.16

The fallout from Lending Club’s surprise news about Renaud Laplanche’s departure continues, with Goldman Sachs and Jeffries LLC hitting the pause on planned LC bond sales – WSJ... A Treasury Department white paper...more

5/11/2016 - Allergan Inc Bonds Citibank Economic Downturn Financial Sector FinTech Forex Goldman Sachs Home Depot Investment Banks Market Manipulation Merger Agreements Online Marketplace Lending Pfizer Puerto Rico Share Buybacks Social Media Staples Startups Venture Capital

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.10.16

Big news out of the online lending space, as Lending Club’s chair and CEO—Renaud Laplanche—has resigned after an internal review “showed a violation of the company’s business practices” related to sales of $22 million in...more

5/10/2016 - Corporate Social Responsibility Default Dividends ESPN Financial Sector Insider Trading Keurig Inc Mossack Fonseca Offshore Banks Offshore Funds Online Marketplace Lending Panama Papers Peer-to-Peer Puerto Rico Sustainable Business Practices Tax Evasion Tax Haven Valeant

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.9.16

Friday’s jobs report underwhelmed, but it shouldn’t necessarily put off a June rate hike by the Fed, says the Journal, especially given the news that wages climbed last month – WSJ... Fair Game got downright monarchical...more

5/9/2016 - Anbang Antitrust Violations Carried Interest Tax Rates China Fannie Mae Financial Sector Freddie Mac GE Capital Retail Bank HSBC Income Taxes Insurance Industry Insurance Regulations Investment Funds IPO Job Creation Libor Merger Agreements Oil & Gas Price-Fixing RMBS Saudi Arabia

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.6.16

And just as quickly as he was back on the scene, now he’s gone. With a wipe of the evidence purporting to show he invented Bitcoin and a new post entitled “I’m sorry,” Craig Steven Wright appears poised to fade back into the...more

5/6/2016 - Alibaba Antitrust Litigation Benchmarks Beneficial Owner Bitcoin CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Financial Institutions Financial Sector Interest Rates Job Creation Millennials Panama Papers Reporting Requirements Sanofi Takeover Bids Virtual Currency

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.5.16

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is releasing a rule today that will ban consumer financial services providers from “prohibiting customers, through contracts with mandatory arbitration clauses, from filing or joining...more

5/5/2016 - Arbitration CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Credit Suisse EU Euro Foreign Currency Merger Agreements Oil & Gas Publishers Securitization Vehicles

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.4.16

MetLife, accused by regulators of misleading tens of thousands of customers about variable annuities—“a product that retirees seek out for safety,” will pay a $25 million dollar fine for its actions. It’s the second-largest...more

5/4/2016 - Adidas Bank of America Banks Citibank Financial Sector FINRA Insurance Industry Interest Rates ISDA JPMorgan Chase Merger Agreements MetLife Swaps Variable Annuities Wealth Management

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.3.16

Craig Steven Wright—the Australian who claims to be famed Bitcoin mastermind Satoshi Nakamoto—is not exactly being welcomed with open (and unquestioning) arms – NYTimes... Stocks came booming back yesterday after a tough...more

5/3/2016 - Baker Hughes Banking Sector Berkshire Hathaway Bitcoin China Corporate Misconduct Financial Markets Foreign Currency Halliburton Libor Moody's SEC Spain Valeant Virtual Currency

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.2.16

Nearly a year-and-a-half after announcing their plans to join forces, Halliburton and Baker Hughes have reportedly called off their $35 billion merger. Serious DOJ reservations about the deal and a wildly changed energy...more

5/2/2016 - Baker Hughes Banks Block Chain China Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Digital Data DOJ Energy Sector Financial Markets Hackers Halliburton Manufacturers OCC Puerto Rico SWIFT Valeant

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.29.16

Dealbook looks back at a crazy Thursday of healthcare company deals [with Abbott/St. Jude taking the prize for biggest] and concludes that the industry appears to be “convinced, regardless of tax benefits [or common financial...more

4/29/2016 - AbbVie Bank of America Brokers Facebook Financial Markets Financial Sector FINRA Ford Motor Merger Agreements Pharmaceutical Industry Spoofing

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.28.16

As expected, the Fed held steady on rates as it waits for the American economy and labor market to keep improving. June remains on the table for the next incremental increase, though some analysts are shifting expectations...more

4/28/2016 - Board of Directors Comcast Financial Markets Financial Sector Hedge Funds Interest Rate Adjustments Pharmaceutical Industry Regulatory Oversight Sanofi SEC Valeant Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.27.16

Alibaba’s online payment affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group, announced late yesterday that it’s raised more than $4.5 billion from investors—boosting it to a valuation of roughly $60 billion. Beyond online payments, Ant...more

4/27/2016 - Bonds Capital Raising Hedge Funds Mergers Oil Prices

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.26.16

In major media news yesterday, Gannett has bypassed Tribune Publishing’s leadership and gone directly to its shareholders with a $815 million takeover offer. If accepted, the move would add the LA Times and Chicago Tribune to...more

4/26/2016 - Banks Charter Communications FDIC Mergers SEC Shareholders Takeovers Time Warner

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