Banking & Finance

Entrepreneur says quality of venture capital as important as quantity

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jim Pearson knows a thing or two about raising money from venture capitalists. And he has some advice for BioCrossroads: Teach entrepreneurs the value of money.
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Would-be buyer: Durham double-dipped on Duesenberg deal

December 30, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Tim Durham struck a deal to sell a vintage Duesenberg for $1 million before auctioning off the same vehicle for $2.9 million, according to the small-town Michigan mayor who said he agreed to buy it.
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PNC battling to keep NatCity's private banking business

December 29, 2009
Scott Olson
PNC Financial is still digesting its $5.6 billion acquisition of National City Corp., but a quiet fight almost certainly is under way over its lucrative private banking clients.
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Stifel, Rokita reach settlement in auction-rate securities case

December 28, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Agreement accelerates Stifel's repayment of $54 million in auction-rate securities sold to 142 Hoosier investors.
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Fair Finance's past gave investors, regulators false comfort

December 26, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Akron company had been meeting its obligations for decades before Tim Durham acquired it seven years ago.
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NEWSMAKER: High-flying exec Durham ensnared in probe

December 26, 2009
Greg Andrews
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleged in court papers that one of his businesses, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co., operated as a Ponzi scheme.
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Banks gobble TARP money, suffer losses

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The housing meltdown and recession gave banks in Indiana and across the nation their biggest test in decades.
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Indiana banker meets with Obama, Geithner

December 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Schroeder, CEO of Jasper-based German American Bancorp, was one of just 12 community bankers who talked shop Tuesday with the president and Treasury secretary.
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First Indiana Future Fund off to a slow startRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
More than half of the venture capital fund's original investors took a pass on its $58 million successor, the newly launched INext.
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Buyer of prized Durham Duesenberg alleges fraud

December 19, 2009
Greg Andrews
A Virginia businessman is suing Tim Durham, alleging he and other defendants manipulated the September auction of a 1930 Duesenberg that sold for $2.9 million.
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Indianapolis Airport Authority credit rating holds steady even as revenue falls

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis has fared better than some airports in terms of declining revenue, with passengers down about 10 percent for much of the year and revenue off 16 percent at one point.
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Newspapers seek to unseal Durham search warrants

December 17, 2009
Greg Andrews
Daily newspapers on Thursday filed a motion seeking to unseal search warrant documents related to the federal investigation of Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co.
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New BioCrossroads venture fund raises $58 million

December 16, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The new INext fund is the successor to the $73 million Indiana Future Fund, which the life science initiative raised in 2003.
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Still hoping to sell securities, Fair Finance seeks extension

December 14, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. says it needs another 30 days to provide Ohio regulators with a mountain of documents they requested relating to insider loans and other issues.
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Obama reforms not necessarily dire for Sallie Mae in IndianaRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
The plan to nationalize the federal student loan program threatens to force Sallie Mae to hack its network of 26 offices down to five. Yet the company's Indiana operations have several advantages that could help weather the cuts.
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Federal filing lists another link between Brizzi, Durham

December 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
A federal financial-disclosure statement Brizzi submitted in May lists the politician as an investor in Red Rock Pictures Holdings Inc., a film-development firm also backed by Durham.
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PEARCE: More companies are focusing on consumers with poor credit ratings

December 12, 2009
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Hoosier Energy avoids financial brownoutRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Hoosier Energy, which supplies electricity to customers in 48 counties in central and southern Indiana, has settled a dispute that had threatened to plunge the utility into bankruptcy.
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Loss of partner at accounting firm Greenwalt Sponsel results in new name

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The firm is now Greenwalt CPAs following the departure in September of Tom Sponsel, who launched Sponsel CPA Group.
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Fair Finance press release leaves investors hanging

December 11, 2009
Greg Andrews
The statement says the company anticipates reopening its loan-collection arm, but offers no assurances to the Ohio investors it owes.
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Durham enlisted directors with personal, financial ties

December 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carl Brizzi's short stint as a Fair Finance director reflects a larger pattern in Tim Durham’s business dealings.
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$75M investment in ExactTarget may be Indianapolis recordRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The amount raised since October is in addition to the $69.9 million it received in May from three venture firms on the coasts, in what was the third-largest venture deal in the nation during the second quarter, according to the National Venture Capital Association.
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Class-action suit seeks millions for Fair Finance investors

December 4, 2009
Greg Andrews
Attorneys on Friday afternoon filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to rescind $200 million in investor purchases of Fair Finance Co. securities and to slap Tim Durham and other company insiders with millions of dollars in punitive damages.
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Ohio balks at Fair Finance's latest effort to register securities

December 4, 2009
Greg Andrews
Ohio securities regulators have asked for a mountain of additional information from Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. that they say they would have to evaluate before deciding whether to allow the company to resume the sale of investment certificates.
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Indiana University launches $10M seed fund

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Innovate Indiana Fund will invest $5 million over the next five years to commercialize IU technologies and another $5 million to help IU-affiliated startups get off the ground.
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