Michael Reif

Michael Reif

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We learned about KraftHeinz’s offer to merge with Unilever only after it had been rejected. And now it appears to be off the table completely—all $143 billion of it....more

2/20/2017 - Administrative Appointments Capital Raising Deregulation DOL Employee Benefits Fiduciary Rule Financial Sector Heinz Investment Investment Adviser Investors IPO Kraft Merger Agreements Public Offerings Retirement SEC SnapChat Social Media Trump Administration Unilever

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Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar has reportedly scaled back some of the agency’s enforcement staff’s use of delegated authority by funneling all subpoena issuance and probe initiation through the SEC’s director of...more

2/17/2017 - Administrative Proceedings Anti-Corruption Banking Sector Bribery Consumer Lenders Enforcement Actions Financial Sector Kraft Online Marketplace Lending Pharmaceutical Industry Samsung SEC Takeover Bids Technology Technology Sector Theranos Unilever

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We had a pretty good inkling this was coming. Yahoo and Verizon are reportedly nearing a new deal, with Y! knocking something close to $300 million off of the sale price to ensure that Verizon will still go through with the...more

2/16/2017 - Banking Sector Banks CFPB Consumer Lenders Financial Sector IPO Merger Agreements Mortgages Public Offerings SnapChat Social Media Social Networks Verizon Yahoo!

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Japan’s SoftBank hasn’t been shy about bold moves, but its most recent one—the decision to buy American PE giant Fortress Investment Group—is an especially big one. The deal is seen as bolstering SoftBank’s recently announced...more

2/15/2017 - Activist Investors Automotive Industry Banking Sector Class Action Deutsche Bank Dodd-Frank Financial Markets Financial Sector Foreign Exchanges Forex General Motors Interest Rates Investment Funds Japan Merger Agreements Motion to Dismiss Proctor & Gamble Repeal Technology Toshiba

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We’ve talked a fair amount about the switch to chip & pin card systems over the past few years. But how about a lack of cards altogether? Because that’s what the banks have in mind....more

2/14/2017 - Aetna Apple Banking Sector Chip and PIN Credit Cards Data Breach Debit Cards Financial Sector Fraud Health Insurance Humana Insurance Industry Internet Retailers iPhone Merger Agreements Oil & Gas OPEC Point of Sale Terminals Retail Market Retailers Saudi Arabia Smartphones Technology Sector Wendy's

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Former AIG chief Hank Greenberg and his co-defendant, AIG’s former CFO, reached an “unexpected” settlement last week with NY officials. The duo will fork over about $10 million in bonuses payments and admit that they...more

2/13/2017 - AIG Amazon Marketplace Artificial Intelligence Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Bear Sterns Capital Raising Credit Ratings Denmark Feeder Funds Financial Markets Financial Sector Ford Motor Fraud Hedge Funds Insurance Industry IPO Rating Agencies SnapChat Social Networks Tax Code Technology

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Ex-VW-Chairman Ferdinand Piech has thrown a wrench in the automaker’s official narrative of the emissions cheating scandal by suggesting, in sworn testimony, that the company knew of the cheating months before it was...more

2/10/2017 - Airlines Anthem Insurance Appeals Banking Sector CIGNA Corruption Dodd-Frank DOL Environmental Violations Fiduciary Rule Financial Sector Health Insurance Insurance Industry Investment Investment Adviser Ireland Merger Controls National Emissions Standards Regulatory Oversight SnapChat Student Loans Volkswagen White Collar Crimes

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While Wall Street’s been waiting with bated breath for the big Snap IPO, Jose Cuervo (yes, that Jose Cuervo, via parent company Becle) has briefly stolen a bit of its public offering thunder with its plans to sell shares on...more

2/9/2017 - Agricultural Sector Anthem Insurance Anticompetitive Behavior Bitcoin BSA/AML CIGNA Digital Currency DOL Euro European Central Bank Farms Fiduciary Rule Foreign Currency Greece Health Insurance Insurance Industry Investment Adviser IPO Italy Merger Agreements Mexico Payment Processors PayPal Public Offerings SEC SnapChat Stock Exchange Virtual Currency

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The FHLB Boston’s $5.9 billion MBS case against Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Credit Suisse, is back in Massachusetts state court—a result of the Supreme Court’s Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage case that held that Fannie Mae’s...more

2/8/2017 - Antitrust Violations Banking Sector Barclays China Class Action Commercial Real Estate Market Credit Suisse Deutsche Bank Dodd-Frank Electricity Energy Sector Fannie Mae FHLB Financial Markets Financial Regulatory Reform Freddie Mac Investment Banks Market Manipulation Morgan Stanley Real Estate Market RMBS UBS

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Measuring growth according to GDP. It’s how we’ve always done it, but here’s an interesting argument that the transition to an online services-based economy may mean that we’re underestimating growth by as much as 2 percent...more

2/7/2017 - Disney Dodd-Frank DOL ERISA Fiduciary Rule Financial Sector GDP Investment Adviser Pay Gap Private Equity Retirement Plan SEC Succession Planning Uber Wages

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Snap Inc. filed its first public prospectus yesterday in advance of its fast-approaching offering date, playing up the strength of its ad revenue in just two short years as part of its pitch for big-time value....more

2/3/2017 - Banking Sector Deutsche Bank Economic Development Financial Markets Financial Sector FinTech Interest Rate Adjustments Interest Rates IPO Job Creation SnapChat Social Media Social Networks Startups Trump Administration

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The CFPB has ordered UniRush (purveyor of the RushCard prepaid debit card) and its payment processor, MasterCard, to fork over $13 million in fines after a breakdown last year that blocked thousands of customers from...more

2/2/2017 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Banking Sector CFPB Cross-Selling Financial Sector Fines Fraud Interest Rate Adjustments JPMorgan Chase Lehman Brothers MasterCard National Emissions Standards Online Marketplace Lending Prepaid Payment Products Volkswagen White Collar Crimes

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The Deal Professor thinks that Alibaba’s play for MoneyGram (via its Ant Financial arm) could tell us a lot about how the new administration will handle Chinese investment in the US....more

2/1/2017 - Aircraft Equipment Alibaba China Consumer Financial Products DaimlerChrysler Financial Markets Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Foreign Investment Portugal SEC Silicon Valley Technology Sector Uber UK Brexit

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Unfortunately enough for Deutsche Bank, 2017 isn’t starting off much better than the previous year. The German banking giant has agreed to pay a $425 million fine to NY state authorities (and another $204 million to the UK’s...more

1/31/2017 - Banking Sector Banks Bonds Capital Requirements Deutsche Bank Dodd-Frank Elon Musk Energy Storage Facebook Federal Reserve Financial Sector Investors Microsoft Money Laundering Renewable Energy Russia Stress Tests Tesla Trump Administration

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Turns out the Fed’s plate isn’t just full of decisions surrounding interest rates. It’s got a massive portfolio of mortgage and Treasury securities that needs some serious tending, too....more

1/30/2017 - Bonds Distressed Assets DOL Federal Reserve Fiduciary Rule Financial Sector Globalization IKEA Imports Manufacturers Mexico Mortgages RMBS Securities Securities Fraud Silicon Valley Trade Relations U.S. Treasury UBS US Trade Policies

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Some solid non-search-engine growth helped Alphabet post pretty solid Q4 numbers (with profit missing estimates but revenue surging past them)....more

1/27/2017 - Alibaba Banks Barclays Charter Communications EU Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Google Importers Imports Mergers Mexico Telecommunications Trade Relations UK UK Brexit US Trade Policies Verizon

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The recent US rejection of the TPP will have wide-reaching effects in Asia. Among them is the strong likelihood of 80s-style trade warring between Japan and the US....more

1/26/2017 - Aircraft Banking Sector Banks Biotechnology Boeing Credit Suisse Deutsche Bank DOL Dow Jones Fiduciary Rule Financial Markets Mergers Nasdaq RMBS Royal Bank of Scotland Securities Stock Exchange Trade Relations Trans-Pacific Partnership US Trade Policies

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The Journal reported yesterday that more than 6,000 Wells Fargo branches were routinely tipped off to inspections by internal risk monitors, a practice that allowed the bank’s sham-account scandal to go undetected for years....more

1/25/2017 - Activist Investors Alibaba Banks Capital Raising Conflicts of Interest Deutsche Bank Fannie Mae Financial Markets Financial Sector Housing Market Investment Firms IPO Mortgages Real Estate Market Rental Property RMBS SnapChat Social Media Trust Indenture Act Wells Fargo

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Judge John Bates of the US District Court for DC has blocked a proposed $37 billion mega-health-care-merger between Aetna and Humana, one of 2 major deals before the courts opposed by the Obama-era DOJ over antitrust...more

1/24/2017 - Aetna Antitrust Provisions Automotive Industry Automotive Loans CFPB Citigroup Data Breach DOJ EU Financial Institutions Financial Sector FinTech Ford Motor Healthcare Humana Investment Banks Loans Member State Mergers Money Market Funds Mortgage Servicers Mortgages Online Marketplace Lending Referendums Search Engines SEC Technology Telecommunications UK UK Brexit Verizon Yahoo!

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JPMorgan and other asset managers are pushing hard for a new type of ETF that “mimics active strategies but keeps its investments secret.” The concept hasn’t yet been embraced by the SEC, though the heavy-hitters looking to...more

1/23/2017 - Acquisitions Consumer Financial Products Data Breach EFTs Federal Student Loans Financial Markets Financial Sector Investment IPO JPMorgan Chase Loans Mergers Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Navient Quicken Loans Reporting Requirements Search Engines SEC Securities Violations SnapChat Social Media Telecommunications Verizon Yahoo!

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We learned about Navient and its allegedly trouble-filled student-loan servicing practices yesterday. Turns out the issues are not only long-standing, but they bear similarities to the mortgage-lending issues that were at...more

1/20/2017 - CFTC China Citigroup Economic Development Federal Student Loans Financial Crisis Financial Markets Financial Sector Interest Rate Adjustments Junk Bonds Loans Navient Rating Agencies RMBS Securities Spoofing Stock Markets Stocks Wall Street

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On the heels of Deutsche Bank’s $7.2 billion deal, Credit Suisse has finalized the terms of its own MBS-related settlement. The Swiss bank will pay $5.3 billion to resolve claims that it misled investors about the standards...more

1/19/2017 - Banks Bonds CFPB Credit Suisse Debt Collection Discrimination Discriminatory Lending Practices FHA Loans Financial Markets Financial Sector Inflation Adjustments IPO JPMorgan Chase Loans Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Servicers Mortgages Race Discrimination RMBS Samsung Securities Violations Student Loans Trump Administration

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Deutsche Bank and the DOJ have put the finishing touches on the deal to resolve the investigation into DB’s role in its sale of toxic RMBS. The bank will fork over $7.2 billion in total, including a $3.1 billion civil penalty...more

1/18/2017 - Anti-Competitive Banks Deutsche Bank DOJ Enforcement Actions EU Financial Markets Financial Sector FinTech Fintech Charter FTC Member State OCC Online Marketplace Lending Qualcomm Referendums Retail Market Retailers RMBS Sears Securities Fraud Technology UK UK Brexit US Bank Wireless Technology

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Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

1/17/2017 - 401k Automotive Industry Bitcoin Bribery Compensation & Benefits Consumer Financial Products Corruption Digital Currency DOJ Employee Benefits EU Fiduciary Rule Financial Markets Financial Sector High Frequency Trading Investment Management IRA Mergers Moody's Rating Agencies Retirement Plan RMBS Rolls-Royce Samsung Technology UK UK Brexit Virtual Currency White Collar Crimes

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