Archive for ‘Asset Location and Due Diligence

July 1st, 2014

Locating Yachts

Locating Yachts So, you are looking for a Yacht? For the uninitiated it can be a very difficult process, but much can be done to hunt down a Yacht, knowing […]

June 1st, 2014

Wisdom of Crowds

Wisdom of Crowds For us old folks – yeah, those of us over 50.  We knew how to do our due diligence.  We just asked everyone in our community about […]

May 1st, 2014


Projections I am inherently distrustful of projections. For too many years as an investment banker I reviewed business plans and their projections. If you asked any of the authors of […]

April 1st, 2014

NGO’s and Charities

NGO’s and Charities NGO’s and Charities have slowly evolved, under the radar, to become significant channels for laundering money. Charities alone in the US received 320 billion dollars. About 2% […]

March 1st, 2014

Web Domains as Property

Web Domains as Property The subject of ownership with regards to web domains remains a controversial topic. In this article, we take a look at two  cases. In Virginia in […]

February 1st, 2014

Authority to Bind

Authority to Bind It is too often a question that is not asked or answered.  How does one have the authority to bind a company, a partnership, a country or […]

December 1st, 2013

Market Tells

Market Tells A “tell” is a sign or a signal, intentional or not of an outcome.  In gambling players watch each other for tells; signs of the strength or weakness […]

November 1st, 2013


PEPs PEPs, or Publically Exposed Persons, require enhanced due diligence, NOT because they are more likely to be money launders as many overwrought risk managers and silly compliance people seem […]

October 1st, 2013

Put down the Checklist and get thinking again…

Put down the Checklist and get thinking again… One of your editor’s rants on checklists is people who simply work through the list and stop thinking about the particulars of […]

September 1st, 2013

NYSE Listing Exposes Foreign Firms to Liability For Corrupt Practices

NYSE Listing Exposes Foreign Firms to Liability For Corrupt Practices From a recent filing in US Courts: Broux v. PetroChina Co. Ltd., 13-cv-06180, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New […]