The Effect of the Dodd-Frank Act on the Hedge Fund Industry

Presenting initial findings of this study on June 14th  at the  2013 Junior Scholars Workshop on Financial Services Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law  Here is the tentative abstract: Creating a paradigm shift for private fund regulation in the United States, Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act mandates hedge fund adviser registration […]

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A Bright Future for the Hedge Fund Industry and its Impact on Policy Making

The Financial Times reports that hedge funds have transformed themselves and are increasingly influencing policy. My own work provides some empirical support for these observations. My study “Hedge Fund Manager Registration under the Dodd Frank Act” shows that hedge fund managers are only mildly affected by unprecedented registration and disclosure obligations under the Dodd-Frank Act and will be […]

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The Return of CDOs – Do We Need Dynamic Elements in Financial Regulation?

Despite the role of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) in the financial crisis of 2007-08, CDOs and other high risk investment products may soon be available again and are likely to proliferate.  The WSJ reports that  J.P. Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley bankers are assembling synthetic CDOs to satisfy demand for structured products by investors who seek high […]

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Political opportunism in Germany deepens the gap in trust and political cultures between northern and southern Europe

Before the Euro crisis it was considered politically incorrect, even xenophobic, to suggest that standards of probity in public life vary widely across Europe. For an institution dedicated to an “ever closer union” this notion is a problem. The bailout deal for Cyprus (right after balancing the German budget -while its southern neighbors are struggling […]

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Improving Debt Bonus Programs for Executives

UBS is the latest bank to issue a debt bonus in the form of contingent capital notes (CoCos) to its top executives. The UBS issuance follows similar programs set up by Barclays and Credit Suisse. This emerging trend has many beneficial implications but debt bonus programs for executives can be further optimized. Banks’ debt based […]

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Venture Backed IPOs and the Competitiveness of US Capital Markets

The competitiveness of US capital markets can be impacted by IPO trends and listings of US companies and non-US companies on non US stock exchanges. Corporate Governance in the United States can influence listing decisions by management. A recent report from Wilson Sonsini (http://entrepreneur.typepad.com/files/ipo-survey-2012_web.pdf) on venture-backed IPOs has several interesting findings: 98% of these companies had adopted […]

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