BUILDING GRASSHOPPER BANK FROM THE GROUND UP: New Digital Venture Bank Prepares to Fully Launch - Judith Erwin was looking forward to a hiatus from banking after Square 1 Bank — where she was a member of the founding team — was sold to Pacific Western. Instead, the prospect of building a bank with a digital foundation from scratch lured her back into the business.


NAVIGATING ENERGY VOLATILITY: Understanding the Principles of Commodity Risk Management - Lending in commodity sectors has always been a risky business, but since the 1980 energy deregulation, market volatility has increased. Borrowers who fail to create effective risk management plans can create headaches for their lenders. John Echols and Greg Crowley make a case for effective commodity risk management.

IMPLEMENTATION OF ASC 606 IS HERE: What Are Increased Risks for Lenders? - The new revenue recognition guidance will go into effect for most private companies in fiscal year 2019. John Monheimius shares potential risks under the new rules for lenders and offers guidance that can help lenders protect themselves.


PREPACKAGED FILINGS ARE FLYING THROUGH BANKRUPTCY: Is That Really a Good Thing? - Prepackaged restructurings are allowing companies to fly through Chapter 11 at breakneck speed. Michael Eisenband examines some recent cases and explores the ramifications and accommodations made by lenders.


MORE THAN SCIENCE FICTION: AI Is Transforming Commercial and Specialty Lending - Artificial intelligence is no longer confined to creepy computers on the silver screen. Financial professionals are using AI to improve underwriting and identify likely borrowers. Dave Kucera shares an overview of the benefits of AI for lenders.


Supreme Court Holds That Licensee of Rejected Trademark License May Continue to Use the Trademark - The U.S. Supreme Court resolved a split among circuit courts over the status of a trademark license after the bankruptcy licensor of the trademark rejects the license. Stephen Selbst provides the history behind the ruling and explains the 8 to 1 decision written by Judge Elena Kagan. In Mission Products Holdings v. Tempnology, the Supreme […]