Initial Coin Offerings – Emerging Practices, Risk Factors, and Red Flags

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are the most efficient means of financing entrepreneurial initiatives in the history of capital formation. ICOs minimizing transaction cost, democratizing finance, and in the process dis-intermediate banks. Yet, ICOs have increasingly involved cases of abuse, lacking quality, and governance concerns, precipitating calls for increased regulation. This article provides an overview of the ICO market as it exists in November 2017 including the  ICO process, roadmap, market conditions, crypto economics for ICO startups, core risk factors for investors and red flags of ICO practices that require industry or regulatory improvements. 

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Blockchain Innovation for Private Investment Funds

  Abstract Blockchain technology innovation is proliferating in the private investment fund industry. Using a hand-selected dataset of private investment fund advisers that utilize blockchain technology in various functions (N=120), this article shows that the private fund advisers who utilize blockchain technology are able to generate significant benefits for their clients. The data analysis suggests […]

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Private fund Performance After the Dodd-Frank Act – Evidence from 2010 to 2015

Originally blogged on Columbia Blue Sky Blog: http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2015/09/03/private-fund-performance-after-the-dodd-frank-act-evidence-from-2010-to-2015/ Does the Dodd-Frank Act lower the earnings of the private fund industry? For much of its history, the private fund industry has viewed private fund adviser registration and the disclosure of proprietary information as a threat to its profitability. Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act introduced the most […]

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Presentation: Effect of Dodd-Frank Act on Hedge Fund Performance – at European Financial Management Association – 2014 Annual Conference – Rome Italy

EUROPEAN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION 2014 Annual Conference June 25 – 28, 2014 University of Rome Tor Vergata – School of Economics Rome, ITALY Dear colleagues and friends of the European Financial Management Association (EFMA), On behalf of the School of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, We have the great pleasure and privilege […]

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Hedge Funds and Private Equity Presentation at Upper Midwest Securities Litigation and Enforcement Forum

Upper Midwest Securities Litigation and Enforcement Forum 2014 Briggs Securities Litigation Forum Thursday, May 29, 2014  Graves 601 Hotel  601 1st Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55403 http://www.graves601hotel.com CLE credits applied for  REGISTER: Dena Edmiston, Briggs and Morgan, P.A. 612.977.8581 or e-mail dedmiston@briggs.com  Welcome Register today for the fifth annual Upper Midwest Securities Litigation and Enforcement […]

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The Effect of the Dodd-Frank Act on Hedge Fund Performance – Presentation at George Washington University Law School

THE CENTER FOR LAW, ECONOMICS AND FINANCE AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL FOURTH ANNUAL JUNIOR FACULTY BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL LAW WORKSHOP AND JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES Sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP The George Washington University Law School 2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 February 7-8, 2014 Friday February 7 Welcome, […]

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New Hedge Fund Data on SEC Form PF – Presentation at Investment Fund Roundtable

Investment Fund Roundtable program 1 2014 Investment Funds A Roundtable Discussion Brooklyn Law School Friday, January 31, 2014 Discussion Agenda Session I:      Fiduciaries: Harmonizing the Standard of Conduct for Financial Intermediaries Moderator: Deborah A. DeMott, Duke University School of Law Is there and ought there be a common standard of conduct for financial intermediaries toward […]

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