Archive for ‘Asset Location and Due Diligence

January 1st, 2015

Banks Required To Rely Less on Ratings Agencies

Banks Required To Rely Less on Ratings Agencies Since 2010, the ECB has been trying to break banks reliance upon credit rating agencies. In 2011 Jean-Claude Trichet ranted and raved […]

December 1st, 2014

Due Diligence Failures

Due Diligence Failures The most dramatic example of a failure to date has been the BNP Paribas debacle. The due diligence was good but management overloads what they were told. […]

November 1st, 2014

The Ultimate Risk

The Ultimate Risk I have been traveling a great deal and advising some companies on due diligence processes to better ferret out unknown risks. In particular, I have been thinking […]

October 1st, 2014

Risks In Recovery Actions

Risks In Recovery Actions This item could also be called – when due diligence meets asset recovery. In every case, large or small, there are certain foundational events, constraints, and […]

September 1st, 2014

Crowd Funding

Crowd Funding The rise of private equity investing and how it’s been facilitated by the growing number of crowd funding platform websites present a series of complications. The complications present […]

August 1st, 2014

BNP Paribas, The Success of Due Diligence And The Failure Of Management

BNP Paribas, The Success of Due Diligence And The Failure Of Management I have just returned from a trip through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. As I traveled, the […]

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% […]