Michael Reif

Michael Reif

Robins Kaplan LLP

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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

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.25.16

This weekend’s Fair Game pulled out the old slide rule and got mathy on us, looking at the proliferation of companies these days reporting results “not based on generally accepted accounting principles” in an effort to “steer...more

4/25/2016 - Accounting Standards Airbus Boeing Bonds Home Depot Investors Renewable Energy Incentives SEC

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.22.16

US financial regulators dropped some much-anticipated rules yesterday that aim to restrict how “big financial institutions can pay their top executives.” In particular, the rules would make banker wait “at least four years...more

4/22/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Banks Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Earnings Reports Energy Sector Executive Compensation Financial Institutions Financial Sector Hedge Funds Microsoft SEC Steve Cohen Volkswagen

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.21.16

Dealbook’s White Collar Watch gives us a legal take on the many challenges, regulatory and otherwise, facing Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos – NYTimes... The international financial scandal du jour (the Panama Papers) is...more

4/21/2016 - BlackRock Commercial Bankruptcy Energy Sector Financial Sector Microsoft Mossack Fonseca Offshore Funds Panama Papers Shell Corporations Tax Haven Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.20.16

As Yahoo took stock of its suitors yesterday, it released word that its business “continued to deteriorate in the first quarter, putting more pressure on the company to find a buyer quickly for its Internet operations.”...more

4/20/2016 - Argentina Bonds Confirmation Proceedings Credit Cards Financial Sector FinTech Hackers Intel Lexmark MasterCard S&P SEC Visa Inc Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.19.16

Oh, Theranos. 2016’s not really your year, is it? Word emerged yesterday that the DOJ and SEC are joining health officials in taking a closer look at the blood-testing company, though details of their investigation are...more

4/19/2016 - Anheuser-Busch Antitrust Litigation Commercial Real Estate Market DOJ Dow Jones Electronic Trading Morgan Stanley Real Estate Development SEC Star Wars Startups Trading Platforms Venture Capital Wire Fraud

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.18.16

Major oil-producing countries failed to reach an agreement to cap production at meetings held this weekend at Doha. Expect markets not to take this news well – WSJ and Bloomberg... IPOs have been down—way down—in the...more

4/18/2016 - Big Data Citigroup FHFA Financial Sector Housing Market IPO McGraw Hill Oil & Gas RBS RMBS Verizon Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.15.16

With regulators’ rejection of big-bank living wills still very fresh in mind, the Upshot suggests that keeping powerful banks “on their toes . . . may end up playing a surprisingly important role in keeping the financial...more

4/15/2016 - Banks Bear Sterns Clean Energy DOJ Earnings Reports Financial Sector Interest Rates Living Will Mortgages Municipal Bonds Offerings Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.14.16

As promised, the Fed and FDIC have rejected the bankruptcy unwinding plans (or “living wills”) of JPMorgan and 4 other systematically important banks, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, State Street, and BNY Mellon after...more

4/14/2016 - Argentina Banking Sector China Citigroup Commercial Bankruptcy Credit Suisse Financial Markets Injunctions JPMorgan Chase Liquidity Living Will NCUA RMBS

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.13.16

US regulators are reportedly preparing a handful of the US’s biggest banks for news that their living wills (their plans for winding down without a taxpayer bailout in the case of a potential bankruptcy) aren’t going to cut...more

4/13/2016 - Banks BlackRock Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Financial Markets Financial Sector Ford Motor Form 10-K JPMorgan Chase Living Will Peabody Energy Valeant

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.12.16

Goldman Sachs—the last big-bank holdout—has agreed to resolve a spate of state and federal investigations related to its role in the 2008-era MBS debacle for an eye-popping $5.1 billion – WSJ and Bloomberg and...more

4/12/2016 - Banks Financial Sector FinTech Goldman Sachs Marriott MetLife Regulatory Oversight Startups Takeover Agreement UK

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.11.16

The UK’s Daily Mail is reportedly joining Verizon in the field of suitors for Yahoo’s assets – WSJ - It’s no surprise when mega mergers attract the government’s attention, as we’ve seen in past weeks around here. But...more

4/11/2016 - Business Development Companies Buyouts China Cloud Computing Financial Markets GE Capital Bank General Electric Marriott Panama Papers SEC Trading Platforms UK Wall Street Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.8.16

The Deal Professor looks back on a wild week of “deal busting” that saw the government [often in the form of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew] put the hurt on Pfizer/Allergan and Halliburton/Baker Hughes alike –...more

4/8/2016 - Allergan Inc Baker Hughes Bonds Financial Sector Halliburton Insurance Industry MetLife Panama Papers Pfizer Pharmaceutical Industry SIFIs Verizon Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.7.16

The DOJ has moved to block the proposed Halliburton/Baker Hughes merger in a Delaware-based federal lawsuit that argues that “combining the two oil field services companies would cut competition in the industry to...more

4/7/2016 - Allergan Inc Baker Hughes Banks DOJ Financial Sector FinTech Halliburton Hedge Funds Interest Rate Adjustments JPMorgan Chase Oil & Gas Panama Papers Pfizer Serious Fraud Office Shell Corporations

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.6.16

Talk about a regulation with teeth. Within days of the Treasury Department announcing new rules meant to discourage corporate tax inversion deals, Pfizer and Allergan announced they were scrapping their planned $152 billion...more

4/6/2016 - Allergan Inc Barclays BlackRock Disney Fiduciary Duty Financial Adviser Financial Sector International Tax Issues Inversion Investment Fraud Libor Morgan Stanley Panama Papers Pfizer RMBS Tax Evasion

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.5.16

Big news from Big Mouse, as the former heir apparent to Bog Iger’s CEO chair—Thomas Staggs—is stepping down, throwing a wrench into Disney’s succession plans (which came under great scrutiny after a troublesome handoff to...more

4/5/2016 - Activist Hedge Funds Allergan Inc Banks CFTC Disney Financial Sector Inflation Adjustments Inversion Panama Papers Pfizer U.S. Treasury Whistleblower Awards

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.4.16

It appears that Alaska Airlines has won in the pursuit of Virgin America’s operations, beating out rival JetBlue for the former Richard Branson venture. Alaska announced this morning that “had agreed to acquire Virgin America...more

4/4/2016 - Airlines Broker-Dealer Crowdfunding Currency Fluctuation False Claims Act (FCA) Financial Markets FinCEN Forex Funding Portal Greece IMF Morgan Stanley Peer-to-Peer Personal Jurisdiction SEC Securities Fraud Silicon Valley Telecommunications UK

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.1.16

Well, can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Fresh off of shedding two more financial-related business units (and a day removed from the MetLife SIFI decision) GE has requested that federal regulators withdraw its own SIFI...more

4/1/2016 - Deutsche Bank Financial Markets Financial Sector Gig Economy IPO Job Creation Marriott Medical Devices MetLife SEC SIFIs

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