Author Archives: JeffKoeppel

About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9

Music Appreciation

Off-topic a bit – an appreciation. When I first heard the theme for the TV actor’s (Clint Eastwood) first feature, a “Spaghetti Western,” it blew me away. Composer Ennio Morricone had a way to break new ground in film music … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding A Cure

With the rush to find a drug treatment for Covid19, a crowdfunded Swedish pharmaceutical company in clinical trials has perhaps paved a new path. Vince Hamilton, a Canadian oil and gas engineer who was dying of neuroendocrine cancer (the one … Continue reading

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Financial Sleight Of Hand?

How do you make $2 Billion disappear? Perhaps by the money never being there in the first place? That’s the mystery of Wirecard, a German payment processor, that in mid-June was valued at $14 Billion and on June 25th filed … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Somebody

Can you crowdfund money for an unknown, eventual candidate? Apparently, you can. Witness the crowdfunding effort in Maine against Senator Susan Collins. Starting with the fight to put Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court, RollCall notes that “Be a Hero, … Continue reading

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Grams Are Securities

The long running battle between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Telegram has been settled. Back in 2019, the SEC filed suit against Telegram alleging that it had raised capital to finance the development of a blockchain named the Telegram … Continue reading

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Crowdfunded Covid-19 Mask Also Translates

The neat thing about living in this “technology age” is that there’s seems to be someone out there always thinking about how to improve things. That’s why there’s tremendous hope that a Covid-19 vaccine will be available sooner than ever … Continue reading

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Credit Unions Can Finance Hemp

Hemp is not marijuana. In fact, hemp was “legalized” by the 2018 Farm Bill assuming that the farmer meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s requirements to get a license to grow the plan with minimal THC levels. The National Credit … Continue reading

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First Movie Starring Actual Robot

Here’s something else to make this a very bad year for talent agents (not to mention the continuing legal battle with the Writers’ Guild). The newest lead actress in the movie titled “b” won’t be a woman. It will be … Continue reading

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Watch Out For Your Hedge Fund

If you have your money with a private fund adviser (and new rules will permit your 401K to indulge), then you should be aware of the risks recently determined by the SEC. Basically, the report says that you’re getting screwed … Continue reading

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Supreme Court OK’s Disgorgement For Misleading Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Securities and Exchange Commission can force an issuer to cough up misappropriated funds. In the case SEC v. Liu, Mr. Liu and his wife raised $27 million from Chinese nationals under the Federal … Continue reading

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