Banking & Finance

Indianapolis Housing Agency pulls off big tax credit deal

March 13, 2010
Tom Harton
City agency plans renovations, expansions at eight apartment properties.
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HICKS: Recession slows with costly job creationRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Mike Hicks
While economists share broad agreement on a surprisingly large number of issues, the most visible discord lies in how two groups view the causes of recession.
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Hoosier entrepreneurs make magazine's billionaires list

March 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bill Cook, Dean White, Jim Irsay and Herb Simon have made Forbes magazine’s annual list of the richest people in the world.
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Huge tax-credit deal will fund rehab of 538 apartment units

March 9, 2010
Tom Harton
The largest tax credit deal in state history will fund the rehabilitation of 538 apartments in four complexes owned by the Indianapolis Housing Agency.
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Simon Property CEO uses hard-nosed style to excel at acquisitions

March 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
David Simon, the shrewd and blunt deal-maker—an acquisitive former Wall Street wunderkind who transformed Simon Property Group Inc. into the nation's largest mall owner—is trying to land his biggest deal yet.
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Barron's magazine names state's best financial advisers

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The majority of the top advisers work for Merrill Lynch, and all but two live in Indianapolis.
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Fair Finance trustee to make life tough for people on loan list

March 6, 2010
Greg Andrews
Borrowers from Tim Durham's bankrupt finance company will face heavy-handed collection tactics.
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SKARBECK: Financial reform should start with derivativesRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
At the very least, regulators need to get control of derivative trading—transactions need to be more transparent and carried out on an exchange.
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First Internet Bank suffers first loss since 2000

March 1, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Problem loans led to a $2.1 million loss for the Web-based financial company in 2009.
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Chinese investors financing startup, early stage companiesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Norm Heikens
Indiana entrepreneurs weary of hitting dry holes with angel investors and venture capitalists are turning to Chinese investors who are eager to diversify their portfolios, latch onto American innovations—and take advantage of a federal visa program.
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Bankruptcy trustee for Fair Finance wades into morass of insider loans

February 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Brian Bash will need to untangle a web of related-party transactions that have befuddled nearly everyone who has tried to make sense of them.
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HICKS: Cash-strapped cities paying for prior choicesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Mike Hicks
We are making budget cuts today that could well have been slowly phased-in for a generation. What are the implications?
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Judge halts dissolution of struggling Durham firm

February 26, 2010
Greg Andrews
A judge has blocked Tim Durham and other directors of Dallas-based CLST Holdings Inc. from dissolving the struggling company at the close of business Friday. Its largest shareholder hopes to place dissident candidates on the board.
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White River Capital sees jump in quarterly profit

February 22, 2010
White River Capital's profit rose in the fourth quarter, due largely to a strong performance by its main subsidiary, Coastal Credit LLC.
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SKARBECK: Economic Greek tragedy could play out globallyRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Fears that Greece may default on its government debt have kept global markets on edge.
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Judge places Fair Finance into bankruptcy

February 19, 2010
Greg Andrews
A federal trustee will take control of the company's assets while securities-fraud probes continue.
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Banks suing Broadbent, pushing one strip center into bankruptcy

February 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co.’s legal battles with lenders have escalated, pushing one of its 34 strip malls into bankruptcy and prompting Huntington National Bank and PNC Bank to sue to collect principal owed on loans tied to four more.
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Startup VoCare Inc. might move to find venture capital dollars

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Lebanon-based startup wants to build a call center here and add up to 300 jobs, but state and local officials are struggling with a big obstacle to keeping the company here.
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Local investment firm sold

February 12, 2010
Indianapolis-based Redwood Investment Advisers Ltd. has been purchased by a firm in Portland, Ore. Redwood, whose clients include physicians and physician groups, has $350 million in assets under management.
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Judge weighing request to unseal Fair Finance records

February 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge is weighing whether to unseal search-warrant documents related to the federal investigation of businessman Tim Durham and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. following a hearing Thursday in Youngstown, Ohio.
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Fair Finance going along with appointment of receiver

February 11, 2010
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for the company and its parent firm denied any fraud occurred but said receivership nonetheless made sense.
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Durham-backed firm to halt trading, dissolve

February 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
Dallas-based CLST Holdings Inc. has struggled, and its shares trade for a mere 9 cents apiece.
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Fair Finance investors force company into bankruptcy

February 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
Investors in Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co. shoved the company into bankruptcy court Monday morning, a move intended to reduce the risk assets will disappear while securities fraud probes continue.
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Health care venture capital swoons in Indy, holds steady statewide

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The uncertainty of health care reform and a bad economy curtailed venture capital flow in 2009.
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SKARBECK: Biglari's ambitious, but he's no BuffettRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
While Sardar Biglari's effort to duplicate Warren Buffett is clear, some of the Steak n Shake chief's moves have been superficial.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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