Top 5 Reasons to Seek Legal Advice When Growing Your Business

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Throughout the many ups and downs of starting and growing a business, a knowledgeable attorney can be one of your best resources. Legal knowledge and competence can help your company through the seed, startup, establishment, expansion, and maturity stages. Though every business and situation is unique, most often, the sooner you employ the help of an attorney, the better. Navigating … Read More

OCIE Publishes Examination Priorities for 2017

Emily HayesBest Practices, Market Rules & Responsibilities

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Earlier this year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its Examination Priorities for 2017.  OCIE annually examines regulated entities[1] to ensure compliance, prevent fraud, identify risk, and inform policy.  These priorities reflect the practices, products, and services that, per OCIE, present the greatest risks to investors and U.S. capital markets.  Regulated entities may use the priorities … Read More

CFTC Extends Deadline to Comply with March 1st Variation Margin Requirements

Emily HayesBest Practices, Market Rules & Responsibilities

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On February 13, 2017 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission delivered an early Valentine’s Day present to swap dealers and major swap participants by extending the deadline to comply with the variation margin requirements for un-cleared swaps stipulated by Commission Regulation § 23.153 from March 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017.[1]  The CFTC’s No-Action Letter announcing this extension, CFTC Letter No. … Read More

FINRA’s 2017 Regulatory and Examination Priorities

Emily HayesBest Practices, Market Rules & Responsibilities

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Earlier this year, FINRA published its Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter to provide the industry with insights into the areas FINRA plans to review in its 2017 exams and to assist financial firms with reviewing and strengthening their own supervisory and compliance systems.  The letter states five priority areas the authority will focus on in its 2017 exams with … Read More

Trademark Fee Changes

Genna HibbsBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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Effective Jan. 14, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be revising its fee schedule. The upcoming changes are set forth in full in this final rule and summarized in this USPTO publication. Most fees will increase, as the USPTO attempts to “align fees with full costs.” At the same time, the changes aim to make electronic filing … Read More

Copyright Your Choreography

Ashley MorrisonBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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This article discusses how original dance choreography can be protected from imitation, so that choreographers can protect and profit from their creativity and hard work. Prior to the Copyright Act of 1976 (the “Act”), a choreographer’s right to his or her work was uncertain.  Since the enactment of the Act, “choreographic works” have been expressly included among the categories of … Read More

10 Things You Should Do to Capitalize on the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit

Ilya ZlatkinBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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When we’re sitting on the couch at home watching TV, it’s easy to forget how much effort and resources went into creating that content. In most circumstances, film production entails a significant investment on the part of the filmmakers and their financiers. These funds, in turn, create jobs and generate revenue. Many state governments have realized the impact that film … Read More

Art and the Art of Raising Money: Part 4, Asset Classes Q&A

Julianne DardanesBest Practices, Video

Part 3 of our Art and the Art of Raising Money series focused on certain factors of production and distribution that correlate with a film’s financial success. All three of our panelists agreed that the best strategy involves investing in a promising production team. The remaining portion of the event was opened up to the audience for questions, and it … Read More