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AI Washing Enforcement Continues, Highlighting Risks to Companies and Investors

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by David Rhinesmith, Brad Marcus, and Sara Schaedler, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, on Friday, July 19, 2024 Editor's Note: David Rhinesmith , Brad Marcus , and Sara Schaedler are Partners at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. This post is based on Orrick memorandum by Mr. Rhinesmith, Mr. Marcus, Ms. Schaedler, and Jackson Hagen.

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Comment on Key Part of USPAP Not Available from TAF by Mary Cummins

Appraisers Blog

These are government documents, manuals which are mandatory for our government mandated licenses. They should be available online for free. We pay more in license fees than real estate agents, lawyers and even doctors. Those fees pay for these related licensing costs.

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The director’s guide to shareholder activism

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Matt DiGuiseppe, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Sunday, July 14, 2024 Editor's Note: Matt DiGuiseppe is Managing Director at the Governance Insights Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on his PwC memorandum. Part I: Introduction Shareholder activism today The nature of shareholder activism, the key players, their preferred methods and their typical targets all tend to shift along with investment and business trends.

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McKinsey technology trends outlook 2024

Mckinsey and Company

Which technology trends matter most for companies in 2024? New analysis by the McKinsey Technology Council highlights the adoption, development, and industry effects of advanced technologies.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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Live Nation Previews Part Of Case Against DOJ Suit

Law 360 M&A

Live Nation and Ticketmaster teed up part of their arguments against an antitrust lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general, arguing all the state law claims from the attorneys generals are too threadbare and that a chunk of the DOJ case amounts to trying to force them to deal with competitors.

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Converse Bank: At the Forefront of Innovation in Armenia

Global Finance

Throughout its 30-year history, Converse Bank has been a trendsetter in Armenia. This began with it as the first bank since the country became independent to be set up with foreign investment – led by principal shareholder Eduardo Eurnekian, an Argentine-Armenian businessman. Being a pioneer seems to be in Converse Bank’s DNA. It has consistently applied best practices across its operations, creating business processes informed by knowledge and customer experience.

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Nature stress test: Assessing exposure of five African banking systems

Mckinsey and Company

Nature-related risks are impacting Africa’s natural ecosystems and economy. An enabling environment could accelerate action from Africa’s private financial sector to manage risks and opportunities.

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Comment on Uncovering Flaws in FHA Appraisal & Loan Review Process by AppraisersBlogs Team

Appraisers Blog

Additional information received from the borrower has shed more light. This includes the AMC in question, Class Valuation, as well as a copy of the appraisal report and the “reviewer’s” checklist from Class Valuation. This documentation reveals some concerning discrepancies. Notably, while the appraiser clearly marked the property as having public water and sewer on the URAR, the reviewer inexplicably checked the box stating that per the appraiser these utilities are private and meet the minimum

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Telecom Co. Stockholder Seeks Fees For Beefing Up Proxy

Law 360 M&A

A shareholder of Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. is suing for his legal fees in Delaware's Court of Chancery, saying he brought "substantial" benefits to shareholders by forcing extra disclosures about the company's pending $3.1 billion merger with Searchlight Capital Partners LP and the British Columbia Investment Management Corp.

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Estate planning Q&A: Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts explained

LaPorte

(authored by RSM US LLP) Reduce estate taxes? Consider a SLAT to maintain spouse's financial security. The post Estate planning Q&A: Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts explained first appeared on LaPorte.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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Q1 2024 Gender Diversity Index

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Amit Batish, Equilar, Inc., on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 Editor's Note: Amit Batish is Director of Content at Equilar, Inc. This post is based on his Equilar memorandum. The pace of women joining Russell 3000 boards has slowed substantially, according to the latest Equilar Gender Diversity Index (GDI). The Q1 2024 GDI reveals that women now represent 29.7% of all Russell 3000 board seats, up modestly from 29.4% in Q4 2023.

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Toward the long term: CFO perspectives on the future of finance

Mckinsey and Company

In a new survey, CFOs report a growing focus on longer-term planning and high expectations for technology, including generative AI.

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Comment on Uncovering Flaws in FHA Appraisal & Loan Review Process by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

In reply to LM. Well… The problem arises if they fill up and cease to process the waste. It can be anything from clay and changing soil conditions to fluid penetration, wash outs, to eroding pipe, fitting, and holding tank materials. Some people don’t understand there is a biological situation and they’ll still use bleach and substances not friendly to septics, then skip the cost of enzymes and such.

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Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

Law 360 M&A

As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

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Mastering Intent Data: Understanding its Importance & Best Practices

Speaker: Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union

In this webinar, Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union and business strategist, will take you through the ABCs of intent data. You'll learn how to effectively use it to drive business results, with practical tips on how to leverage both company and contact intent data to maximize your marketing efforts. Whether you're a seasoned marketer or just getting started, this webinar is a must-attend for anyone looking to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing.

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How Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Became Tech’s Steely Eyed A.I. Gambler

NYT M&A

Microsoft’s all-in moment on artificial intelligence has been defined by billions in spending and a C.E.O. counting on technology with huge potential and huge risks.

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The origins of modern corporate governance: New findings

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Stephen M. Davis (Harvard Law School) and Daniel Malan (Trinity Business School), on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 Editor's Note: Stephen M. Davis is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and a Co-organizer of the Capital+Constitution project; and Daniel Malan is an Assistant Professor of Business Ethics and the Director of the Trinity Corporate Governance Lab at Trinity Business School.

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The talent gap: The value at stake for global aerospace and defense

Mckinsey and Company

The aerospace and defense industry is under pressure from labor shortfalls and increasing demand. By focusing on five talent imperatives, it can unlock productivity and create value.

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Comment on Exposing Predatory AMCs by Pray Hard

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. Yeah, I “need” to do a lot of things, as in retraining in another field in which I don’t have to put up with this and in which I can make much more money, which I’m currently doing. Yeah, I know there are many special appraisers out there who don’t see a problem with anything.

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Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Andrew Kaplan

Law 360 M&A

Andrew Kaplan of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles high-stakes mergers and acquisitions such as advising VMware when it was bought by Broadcom Inc., earning him a spot among the mergers and acquisitions practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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Warner Bros Discovery weighs possible split to boost flagging stock

Financial Times M&A

Group behind CNN and HBO has discussed options including spin-off of its streaming service and movie studio

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Aircraft MRO 2.0: The digital revolution

Mckinsey and Company

A new survey suggests AI-powered advances could reshape aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul. But companies will need to embrace digital disruption.

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Comment on CFPB Crackdown: Unfair Practices Hurting Consumers by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

It is crucial for appraisers to act & provide the Bureau/CFPB with as much information as possible regarding the unethical practices of AMCs.

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Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Law 360 M&A

My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

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Meta explores stake in Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica

Financial Times M&A

Facebook owner considers multibillion investment in European eyewear group to expand smart glasses partnership

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The SEC’s Approach to Cybersecurity Disclosure Decisions

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jennifer Lee, Shoba Pillay, and H. Kurt von Moltke, Jenner & Block LLP, on Saturday, July 13, 2024 Editor's Note: Jennifer Lee , Shoba Pillay , and H. Kurt von Moltke are Partners at Jenner & Block LLP. This post is based on a Jenner & Block memorandum by Ms. Lee, Ms. Pillay, Mr. Moltke, Charles Riely and Sean Sheely. The SEC’s Director of Corporation Finance, Erik Gerding, recently issued two statements regarding a public company’s disclosure obligations in response to a

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Overcoming challenges in aerospace procurement

Mckinsey and Company

By addressing four persistent challenges, aerospace procurement leaders could alleviate supply shortages that are hampering operations and threatening fulfillment and growth.

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Comment on Uncovering Flaws in FHA Appraisal & Loan Review Process by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

In reply to LS. With the mention of mold, the story reads as a cascading effect of other home repair issues. $100k may be reasonable for total remediation of major systems and home damages. The judge should have a better understanding that a financed buyer literally can not purchase a home as is in this regard, because it did not meet MPR minimum property standards as defined by HUD and the lender whom underwrote the loan.

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Chancery OKs $42.5M Brookfield-GGP Settlement, $11.4M Fee

Law 360 M&A

Shareholders of mall operator GGP Inc. who sued in 2018 to stop its $9.25 billion acquisition by Brookfield Property Partners LP got the Chancery Court's nod Tuesday to settle the litigation for $42.5 million, including an $11.4 million fee for the plaintiffs' counsel and incentive awards for three shareholder plaintiffs.

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2024 Paris Games: Can The Olympics Finally Claim Financial Victory? (Part 2)

Global Finance

In this two-part feature on the economics of the Olympics, Global Finance delves into the financial strategies and innovations that the 2024 Paris Games , which run from July 26 to Aug. 11, are implementing to avoid the pitfalls of past host cities. Part one explores the historical context of Olympic costs and the steps the Paris Games organizing committee is taking to ensure fiscal responsibility.

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AI-Focused Healthcare Documentation Provider Augmedix Goes Private In $139M Deal

Benzinga

Augmedix Inc. (NASDAQ: AUGX ) will be acquired by Commure, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $139 million in equity. Under the agreement, Augmedix stockholders will receive $2.35 per share in cash upon completion of the proposed transaction, and Augmedix will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Commure. Augmedix delivers AI medical documentation products to healthcare systems, physician practices, hospitals, and telemedicine practitioners.

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Budapest awaits: Fulfilling the city’s tourism potential

Mckinsey and Company

Budapest’s tourism is on the rise. Ten opportunities could help the city to capture its growth potential and to further improve the experience of both tourists and locals.

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Comment on Uncovering Flaws in FHA Appraisal & Loan Review Process by LM

Appraisers Blog

How does one “inspect” a septic tank system? They are underground. The spot is usually green above the tank. A nasty smell would be the only indicator for a visual inspection that could indicate a problem. I GIS map the well/septic distance when it arises. No one wants cross contamination. Septics are also made of solid concrete walls. I don’t trust our government and most certainly think it’s acceptable to not live on “the grid.

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The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

Law 360 M&A

Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

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Private-equity firm behind Six Nations rugby considers bid for Telegraph

The Guardian M&A

Potential bid by CVC Capital Partners believed to be structured to back newspaper group’s management team Business live – latest updates The private-equity group behind the Six Nations tournament and English Premiership Rugby is considering a bid for the Telegraph, before the deadline for the first round of the auction of the newspaper group this week.