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Why ESG Matters for Big Law Firms

by Philip Chang Modern investors use myriad non-financial metrics to assess the economic sustainability of potential companies to invest in. One of the most relevant viability standards is Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”).[1] The “environment” factor in ESG refers to a company’s efforts to conserve the natural world. From a corporation’s perspective, this concerns a… Keep Reading

Posted on in Bankruptcy/Finance/Investment/Real Estate/Volume IV

SARE Debtors and the Post-COVID-19 Effect on the Efficient Market: How SARE Debtors Must Now Prepare for Bankruptcy Filings

by Shantal Malmed The COVID-19 pandemic initially caused a reduced cash flow making it difficult for landlords to make timely mortgage payments. As much of the workforce is now remote, tenant income has decreased, and the commercial and residential real estate markets have suffered. Landlords whose incomes stem from revenues produced by single residential properties,… Keep Reading

Posted on in Investment/Real Estate/Technology/Volume IV

Tokenization of Real Estate: Revolutionizing Real Estate through Digitalization and Reduced Market Barriers

by Christina Mkrtchyan In an era of growing digitalization of markets, real estate is no exception. Since 2016, digitalizing real estate investments into tradeable tokens has revolutionized the industry by broadening market participation, automating middleman processes, increasing liquidity, and improving transparency. This article explores what tokenization is, how it works, its advantages and challenges, and… Keep Reading

The Effects of the GameStop Market Disruption

by Marquis Cardwell The GameStop market disruption has exposed the strength of self-directed investors and the power of online forums, which will force investment institutions to adapt their strategies to the rapidly growing market forces. This market disruption was spurred by r/wallstreetbets, a Reddit forum that actively targets stocks that have a possibility of exploiting… Keep Reading

Wind Energy ETFs and REITs for the Win(D)

By Lindsey Sporrer Introduction The United States is on track to realize the current administration’s goal of having 100% green electricity power the nation’s grid by 2035 and the more-ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.[1]  Of the ways to achieve this green electricity goal including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small… Keep Reading

Posted on in Finance/Government/Investment/Public Policy/Volume III

Community Credit Unions, California State Credit Unions, and Community Banks: American Bankers (2019) Reignites the Tax Exemption Debate and Highlights an Opportunity

By Johnathan Bender            I. Introduction: Already serving over 122.3 million members throughout the United States and with over $1.5 trillion in assets, credit unions (CU) have successfully competed with both small and large commercial banks for consumers over many decades.[1] As the CU membership field requirements are being relaxed and the services offered are being… Keep Reading

DEMANDING DIVERSITY: MONEY TALKS

By Hailey Hoyt          In the modern law firm, professional inclusivity should be a standard practice. Unfortunately, at this point in time, even with heightened awareness and expectations of diversity, firm demographics remain largely unchanged from a decade ago. Despite the longstanding, stagnant nature of firm demographics, sheer practicality now demands that firms diversify or be… Keep Reading

Posted on in Finance/Government/Public Policy/Volume III

Will the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Start Regulating Commercial Lending to Small Businesses? A brief analysis of the current state of commercial regulation and evaluating its future

By Scott Natsuhara            We now live in a world where we are accustomed to heavy disclosures and regulations in our daily banking transactions. It may be hard to believe that before the Frank-Dodd Act, opening a bank account or applying for a loan required only a fraction of the paperwork.  Neither did applying for new… Keep Reading

The Shift Away from Traditional Commercial Real Estate Leasing

By Marquis Cardwell            The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic and social consequences that have adversely affected how companies operate. Various stay-at-home orders implemented across the country forced companies to cease in-person operations while still being responsible for the obligations under their leases. According to a report conducted by Motus, approximately 11 billion square feet… Keep Reading

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