I seem to be on a self-help kick here (maybe I’ve got interest rate PTSD and simply need to talk about something else). Last week I was pleading for a return of the in-person closing and now here I am bloviating about on how to be a good entrepreneurial lawyer.  This commentary is derived from numerous presentations

Several weeks ago, I wrote a commentary called Funny Times in which I bemoaned the complete lack of coherent data, making the process of predicting the course of interest rates, cap rates and transactional velocity over the next couple of quarters awfully hard.  This uncertainty, itself, contributes to a knock-on doom cycle sort of way

Conspiracy theory fans, tin-foil hat wearers everywhere, Nostradamus wannabes, the broadly unhinged and, of course, our professional purveyors of doom and gloom roosting on evening cable news see patterns where there are none, embrace straight-line projections based on disparate and unrelated data and loudly and often shrilly bleat that the end is nigh.  That’s all

I have spoken to a number of people over the past months who have raised money or built technology to take advantage of a broadly anticipated distressed opportunity which was certainly to be occasioned by the pandemic.  Did I miss it?  Was I distracted by the First Family’s secret service chomping dog controversy or the upcoming UFO big reveal?  Did it get by me when I simply wasn’t at my desk, making coffee?
Continue Reading Did the Distressed Debt Opportunity Slink by Me When I Wasn’t Looking?

On March 15, the day the Japanese Financial Services Agency (the “JFSA”) published its final risk retention rules, Dechert’s CLO team published an OnPoint discussing the new final Japanese risk retention rules and their impact on the CLO market. 
Continue Reading Dechert OnPoint: Japanese Risk Retention: JFSA Favors Diligence Over Disruption

Come gather ‘round people wherever you roam because, with apologies to Bob Dylan, in the past year the blockchain and cryptocurrency waters have grown.   In less than a year these topics went from obscure lore to a multibillion dollar question on most everyone’s mind. From tokenized securities to decentralized ledgers to smart contracts, blockchain technology