From Class Rooms to Class Zooms: Teaching During COVID Times!

As some of you who have visited  my website and  read my bio know, I describe myself first and foremost as a teacher, and every semester, for the last decade, I have invited anyone who is interested to join in my classes. In December 2019, when I  posted my last invite, I fully expected to be teaching corporate finance and valuation, in person, at the Stern School of Business at NYU, in the spring of 2020, and I invited people to join in virtually, albeit for no credit. Needless to say, COVID upended my plans, as it has everyone else’s, and we had to move classes online in early March, and spent the last half of the semester, meeting on  Zoom Video Communications Inc (NASDAQ: ZM)‘s Zoom, and taking exams online.

As the fall semester approaches, I have the luxury of sitting back and waiting, since I … Read More

German Finance Minister Knew of Wirecard Issues a Year Before Collapse

(Bloomberg) — German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz was aware of potential market manipulation at Wirecard AG almost a year and a half before the company collapsed, putting pressure on a key figure in Angela Merkel’s government.

Financial watchdog BaFin informed Scholz in February 2019 about the case “because of the suspicion of a violation against the prohibition of market manipulation,” according to a report by the Finance Ministry seen by Bloomberg.

His early knowledge of the allegations swirling around Wirecard increases scrutiny on the highest-ranking Social Democrat in Merkel’s coalition and lays bare the delicate political dynamics just over a year before the next election.

Presented to the heads of the parliamentary finance committee on Thursday evening, the report creates a new opening for critics who accuse German authorities of being too lax by failing to pursue fraud allegations of a company that aspired to be a leading light in

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Troll Token? Why DeFi Yield Farmers Are Now All About YFI

A new governance token in decentralized finance (DeFi) is captivating yield farmers’ attention. Its creator didn’t set aside any of the tokens for himself and he insists the new token has no monetary value.

Still, that hasn’t stopped it from trading as high as $2,374 a pop, according to CoinGecko.

YFI is the governance token for Yearn.Finance, a site that performs a variety of functions for DeFi users, moving their assets in and out of different liquidity pools in order to find the best yields. Its name may also be a reference to an unflattering internet acronym.

Related: Market Wrap: Bitcoin Clings to $9,200 While Ethereum Transactions Soar

Read more: What Is Yield Farming? The Rocket Fuel of DeFi, Explained

“Each of these systems have control mechanisms, configurable fees, maintenance controls, and rules that can be modified. Thus far, these have been managed by us,” Yearn’s creator,

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G-Squared Partners Appoints Steve N. Economou as Managing Director

G-Squared Partners, LLC announced today that Steve Economou has joined the firm as a Managing Director, M&A to establish an investment banking practice. The new practice – a natural extension of G-Squared’s outsourced CFO, finance, and accounting work – is dedicated to offering skilled investment banking services to middle market companies that are often underserved by national investment banking practices. The effort will focus on M&A advisory services, capital raising, recapitalizations, and evaluating strategic alternatives for these businesses.

Steve brings more than 35 years of corporate finance experience to G-Squared, including investment banking, venture capital, private equity, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions. He began his career with one of the leading investment banking boutiques in Philadelphia and subsequently worked in the investment banking subsidiaries of a global commercial bank and two large CPA firms.

Steve has advised on more than $2 billion of transaction value and completed more than

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