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  • Lending to a business with all-remote employees

    February / March 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: Technology allows employees to work from anywhere in the world — and since the COVID-19 pandemic began, this phenomenon has been increasing at a rapid pace. While the arrangement can be beneficial for employees and employers, it also has some downsides. This article suggests that to determine whether a business with remote employees is creditworthy, a lender needs to understand the pros and cons of a virtual workforce and how it may affect the business’s profitability. A sidebar explains how to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.

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  • The pros and cons of lending to a dying business sector

    April / May 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: A business in a dying industry sector doesn’t fail overnight — it might take years to reach the point where it can no longer operate as a going concern. In the meantime, it likely will need access to debt capital. This article discusses when it might make sense to lend to a business in a dying sector, and how lenders can maximize loan profitability while mitigating the risk. A sidebar lists some of the signs that a mature business sector faces a questionable future.

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  • Print still matters – Trade show catalog bars patent

    April / May 2019
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office won’t consider an invention novel enough to qualify for a patent if a publicly available printed publication “anticipated” it. With a recent ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which hears all appeals concerning patents) provided some guidance on how it determines whether a publication was publicly available on the relevant date. This article reviews the case and the court’s opinion and includes a short sidebar highlighting the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, mandating that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must institute inter partes review either on all of the claims a petitioner has challenged or none of them. Nobel Biocare Svcs. AG v. Instradent USA, Inc., No. 17-2256, Sept. 13, 2018, Fed. Cir. SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, No. 16–969, April 24, 2018, S.Ct.

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  • Value-based pricing comes to law firms

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: The concept of value-based pricing received a big boost in the health care industry thanks to various initiatives launched in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. Will this transfer over to the legal industry? This article examines why law firms could soon see a similar demand for change in how they charge from clients trying to get the most bang for their buck.

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  • Understanding the new lease accounting standard

    August / September 2016
    Newsletter: Public Company Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: Recently, the FASB issued its long-awaited lease accounting standard. Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), will have a big impact on the financial statements of companies that lease real property, equipment, vehicles and other fixed assets. This article details four things public companies need to know in preparation for the new standard. A sidebar looks at whether leasing arrangements require two sets of books.

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  • Revenue Ruling 59-60 – Tried-and-true guidance for valuing private business interests

    May / June 2016
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: Revenue Ruling 59-60 of the Internal Revenue Code has been around for nearly 60 years. The IRS originally created this landmark publication for gift and estate tax purposes. Today, it’s often referenced in valuations prepared for other reasons, including divorce cases and shareholder disputes. This article highlights its definition of fair market value and lists various factors to consider when valuing a closely held business interest. A sidebar discusses what this guidance says about the use of weights and averages in business valuation.

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  • Hot market dilemma – Push up a planned sale or wait until you’re fully prepared?

    Year End 2015
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: The M&A market has been on a hot streak, but all good things must come to an end eventually. This article answers questions on many sellers’ minds: “Should we push up a planned sale to take advantage of a strong market? Or should we wait until we’re fully prepared to sell and risk facing fewer and more frugal buyers?” A sidebar provides sellers who’ve decided to go full steam ahead with tips to execute an M&A transaction faster, such as being flexible about financing and getting due diligence done early.

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  • Patient complaints — Turning negatives into positives

    Fall 2009
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 825

    Abstract: With the advent of online doctor reviews, patients can anonymously spread the word about the good, bad and ugly of their experiences with a particular office. And the impact of a negative online review to a practice could be significant, without the doctor having any control or say. But there are ways to prevent a patient’s negative opinion or turn it into a positive one. It involves various methods of listening to the patient. And, if he or she does request to transfer records to another practice, an exit interview may be able to resolve the problem — and help physicians understand where their practice might need improvement.

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