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The NYC Bar Versus the Litigation Funding Industry

Let’s Talk Litigation Funding A July 30, 2018, legal ethics opinion from the New York City Bar Association (“NYCBA”) raises concerns about a common structure used for funding of litigation. In particular, the NYCBA Professional Ethics Committee concludes: “Under Rule 5.4(a) [of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct], a lawyer may not enter into […]


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The Real and Rising Threat of Cybercrime for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

For the Threat of Cybercrime, Get a Cyber Liability Policy If cybercrime were a nation state, it would be the world’s 13th-largest by GDP, just ahead of Australia. The threat of cybercrime can take many forms – from hijacking sensitive robotics to holding consumer data at ransom – and the impact to your operation (and […]


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Small Businesses Are Key to Driving Economic Recovery

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a similar article published in March of 2015. To view the original, click here. Creative Capital is Driving Economic Recovery As small business owners get creative in raising capital, the economy is beginning to show steady improvement. It’s no secret that credit is a long-standing problem for […]


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Recognizing Tipping Points to Keep Family Wealth in the Family

Preserve Wealth by Recognizing Tipping Points Families that have worked extremely hard to build wealth find it even more difficult to preserve that wealth over time. Often, the concern is that a wealthy family could go from shirtsleeves to shirtless in three generations. The first generation creates the wealth. The second generation consumes the wealth and the third […]


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Hollywood Drama Heats up as Investing in Movies Cools Off: Should You Jump in?

“Risky Business” is: A)  The title of a big Hollywood hit from the early 1980s that launched actor Tom Cruise to stardom and recorded a spectacular $63.5 million gross; B)  A description of what investing in movies may be faced with when putting money into Hollywood projects; or C)  Both. Well, if the vibe coming […]


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Beware Venture Capital Unicorns- Risks Look Greater than Potential Rewards

Venture Capital Unicorns are as Rare as Real Unicorns A unicorn is an imaginary horse-like creature with a large, pointed horn. Venture capital unicorns are companies still privately owned with valuations exceeding $1 billion. Valuation is based on share price during the latest fundraising round. Industry source CB Insights reports that there are now approximately […]


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Beyond the Fringe: The Evolution of Mainstream Alternative Investments

Mainstream Alternative Investments Defy Tradition It wasn’t too long ago that investments in commodities, real estate or hedge funds were considered somewhat exotic. That may be all about to change if recent surveys prove correct. According to one paper, “Alternatives in the Mainstream,” based on a 2017 survey by InvestmentNews and developed with Blackstone, “Traditionally […]


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Exploring Risk-Reward Tradeoffs in Venture Capital Investment Opportunities

Venture capital investment opportunities have enabled many exciting endeavors for investors. Huge winners like Facebook, Amazon and Apple are great examples. But there are also well-known disappointments. Blue Apron and Snap are two recent startups that disappointed their late-stage venture capital supporters with their IPOs. Assessing a venture’s value is difficult, but the principles are […]


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Swimming in the “Shark Tank”: Is Reality TV Investing the Real Deal?

If you’re an entrepreneur looking for outside capital, chances are you’ve already shed a little bit of metaphorical blood to get what you want during a capital raise. The hope of every burgeoning business builder is that the financial gains received from investors will be enough to stem the hemorrhage of expenses needed to get […]


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Leonardo DiCaprio Investments Stay Afloat in Spite of Choppy Waters

Success Doesn’t Mean Smooth Sailing Besides finally picking up an Oscar for his performance in “The Revenant”and being an avid environmental philanthropist, Leonardo DiCaprio’s investments, as well as his acting, have made some waves in the world of investing. While he arguably doesn’t need the extra income, DiCaprio is active in the tech investment world, […]


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