Michael Reif

Michael Reif

Robins Kaplan LLP

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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.5.16

Jobs report Friday again. Here are the 5 Things the Journal told you to watch – WSJ (and NYTimes)... The Upshot’s not saying that a 2016 recession is inevitable, but if it does happen, this may be the path that takes us...more

2/5/2016 - Arbitration Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Sector Martin Shkreli Moody's Morgan Stanley NFL Startups Uber Whistleblowers

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.4.16

Beware the toxic debt hangover, a nasty side effect of years of the aggressive stimulus policies governments and central banks around the world have engaged in to ramp up their economies. Trillions of dollars of bad loans,...more

2/4/2016 - Accessibility Rules Banking Sector CFPB Delta Airlines Financial Sector Investment Takeover Bids Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.3.16

In what would be the largest acquisition of a foreign corporation ever, state-owned ChemChina is nearing a deal to purchase Switzerland’s Syngenta (besting US-based Monsanto’s overtures to do the same). The deal could help...more

2/3/2016 - Banks Barclays Class Certification Dark Pool FDIC Financial Sector Martin Shkreli Morgan Stanley RMBS Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.2.16

News has emerged from China that online finance company Ezubao, a purported peer-to-peer lender, was running a Ponzi scheme that “bilked investors out of more than $7.6 billion, spent lavishly on gifts and salaries and buried...more

2/2/2016 - AIG Barclays China Credit Suisse Dark Pool Financial Sector Peer-to-Peer Ponzi Scheme

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.1.16

Despite an annual growth figure (2.4%) that matched 2014, 2015’s anemic Q4 economic figures (a mere .7% growth) is adding yet more fuel to the fire of those concerned about the ability of the US economy to withstand global...more

2/1/2016 - Barclays Credit Suisse Dark Pool Financial Markets Financial Sector Goldman Sachs SEC Securities Fraud Xerox

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.29.16

AIG may have shrugged off Carl Icahn for now, but Xerox has succumbed to his calls for breaking up and is expected to announce sometime today [update: it did] that it will separate its legacy hardware side from its services...more

1/29/2016 - AIG Alibaba Banking Sector China Dow Jones NYSE Oil & Gas Stress Tests

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.28.16

Tough news for UK prosecutors yesterday, with a jury fully acquitting all 6 former brokers of Libor manipulation charges for their work with Tom Hayes – NYTimes and WSJ and Law360... The Fed wrapped up its January...more

1/28/2016 - Energy Sector Interest Rates Libor Martin Shkreli Royal Dutch Petroleum SEC Securities Fraud Tom Hayes UK

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.27.16

Chinese economic data has already been wreaking havoc on markets in 2016. So I shudder to think about the impact of the recently announced investigation by China’s anticorruption commission into the head of the country’s...more

1/27/2016 - AIG Barclays China Dark Pool Financial Sector JPMorgan Chase Morgan Stanley NYSE RMBS SEC

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.26.16

Quick recap: another Monday, another rough start to a trading week in what’s turned into an ugly pattern for the year – WSJ... Which, coupled with more pessimism about the Chinese economy, helped drive stocks down in...more

1/26/2016 - Antitrust Investigations Banking Sector CFPB Fifth Amendment FTC Insider Trading JPMorgan Chase Lehman Brothers Martin Shkreli Twitter

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

1/25/2016 - Banking Sector Climate Change Emerging Markets Google Peabody Energy RMBS Tyco

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.22.16

Stocks took a breather yesterday (that’s turning into something of a global rally this morning), helped along in part by rising oil prices and hopes of a new ECB stimulus package this spring – WSJ... Let’s call it the...more

1/22/2016 - Bitcoin Block Chain Crude Oil Elon Musk Financial Sector Foreign Listed Stock Index NYDFS Oil & Gas Proprietary Trading Sovereign Wealth Funds

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.21.16

Remember that oil spill on the markets from yesterday? We’re heading into Exxon Valdez territory here, even with a late-day rally on Wall Street that helped somewhat stem monumental losses – NYTimes... The Upshot’s...more

1/21/2016 - Banking Sector Campbell Ewald v Gomez Deloitte Deutsche Bank Exxon Mobil Freddie Mac Martin Shkreli Mootness Mortgage Fraud Rule 68

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.20.16

Oil spilled all over global markets again today, halting another short-lived stretch of stability – WSJ... Just months after refusing to take up the contentious Newman appeal that regulators and traders alike hoped would...more

1/20/2016 - AIG China Citigroup Financial Sector Insider Trading Martin Shkreli Oil & Gas SCOTUS Securities Fraud US v Newman

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.19.16

We’ve got a name for the fun that bigwigs in Davos will be discussing at this year’s World Economic Forum: the “crisis economy,” where all of the challenges facing world leaders seems inextricably linked to market performance...more

1/19/2016 - Banks Deutsche Bank Energy Sector Financial Markets Financial Sector GE Capital Retail Bank Puerto Rico Quarterly Report SEC

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.15.16

Goldman Sachs is ready to close a major lingering chapter of financial-crisis-era litigation, announcing yesterday that it’s agreed to a civil settlement of $5 billion to resolve claims related to its “marketing and selling...more

1/15/2016 - Bitcoin China Financial Sector General Electric Goldman Sachs Market Risk Capital Rule Morgan Stanley SEC Securities Fraud Short Selling

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.14.16

So much for 2 days of optimism. Stocks took another dive yesterday, well into correction territory – NYTimes... Care to guess what that meant in Asia today (and Europe, for that matter)? – WSJ... Goldman Sachs is...more

1/14/2016 - Clawbacks EURIBOR Financial Sector General Electric Goldman Sachs SEC

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.13.16

Likely prompted by its ongoing SIFI battle, MetLife is reportedly looking to spin off its retail life and annuity business and break up what’s now the largest life insurance company in the US, with $880 billion in assets –...more

1/13/2016 - AIG Automotive Loans Dow Chemical DuPont Financial Sector Life Insurance MetLife Morgan Stanley

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.12.16

The trail-blazing and transcendent David Bowie died this weekend after an 18-month battle with cancer. Incredibly, his reach extended beyond music, cinema, holiday duets, fashion, and stage and into our world of finance, as...more

1/12/2016 - AbbVie Bank of America Crude Oil EU Financial Sector Fitbit Shadow Banking

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.11.16

Ready for another rollercoaster ride? Asian markets suggest it could be a long Monday on Wall Street – WSJ... The latest from the ongoing battle between the SEC and billionaire investor Steven A Cohen appears to be a...more

1/11/2016 - China Financial Sector Insider Trading Rating Agencies SEC Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.8.16

Some broader perspective on the latest round of plunging Chinese markets, namely, the harsh disruption of what had been touted by President Xi Jinping mere weeks ago as “a new era of economic management [with] policy...more

1/8/2016 - Bernie Madoff China DOL Financial Sector Martin Shkreli Ponzi Scheme Stocks

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.7.16

China’s once again halted trading after the CSI 300 dropped 7% in early trading. Worries about China led to a rough day throughout Asian markets, likely setting the stage for another big drop on Wall Street ahead – WSJ and...more

1/7/2016 - China Credit Suisse Financial Sector Foreign Currency JPMorgan Chase Morgan Stanley Yahoo!

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.6.16

Incredibly, there’s more news from the FASB this week, which has announced that its dropping the accounting rule (dubbed an “Alice in Wonderland” measure) that “allowed stressed banks to book huge gains simply because they...more

1/6/2016 - Automotive Industry Banking Sector FINRA JPMorgan Chase Private Equity Spoofing Vanguard

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.5.16

US stocks followed their global counterparts yesterday on a nasty open to 2016 on Wall Street – NYTimes and WSJ... Andrew Ross Sorkin makes a byline appearance in Dealbook to discuss “designated lender counsel”—a “rather...more

1/5/2016 - Basel III EU Financial Sector Insider Trading Volkswagen Wall Street

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.4.16

Welcome back. Let’s get right to it. With the new year only a few days old, there’s still plenty looking back going on. Here’s some analysis of the monumental year in deals—all $4.7 trillion-worth—that was marked not...more

1/4/2016 - Banking Sector China EU Financial Markets Foreign Exchanges Startups

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.18.15

As expected based on earlier rumors, Avon has struck a deal with Cerberus Capital Management to split off its North American business. Cerberus will acquire an 80.1% stake in Avon North America and also kick in a $435 million...more

12/18/2015 - Banking Sector Hilton Interest Rate Adjustments Japan Martin Shkreli REIT

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