Legal and Business Articles & Blog

How Responsible Investors can Survive and Thrive in the Trump Economy

By David M Leff- David Leff is Founder and Managing Director of 84 Capital LLC, an alternative market strategy advisory firm, targeting family offices and high net worth individuals. Our firm works with some of David’s family office clients. Stock markets have rallied to all-time highs, interest rates have risen to multi-year highs, and the..

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Imago and Business

Many of my clients are not aware that I am a certified Imago Professional Facilitator. I’d like to share this side of my practice very briefly and explain how I believe it could prove helpful to you, your family, and your business. WHAT IS IMAGO? You probably haven’t heard much about Imago yet, even though..

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Did you know that positive thinking can make people less successful?

February 20, 2017 | posted in: Business Issues | by

Recently, I attended a fascinating presentation by Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), and Chief Science Officer and Executive Director of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation. She spoke at the inaugural NYC Family Enterprise Center Family Enterprise Culture (NYCFEC) and Diversity Forum on the topic of “Making Work..

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Family office… or family business?

A few months ago family office lawyers joined in a panel discussion in New York City.  I moderated that panel discussion, and even though I have plenty of experience in this field, I learned so much from coming together with others and sharing best practices. One topic we discussed was “Family office…or family business?”. I’m pleased to share a..

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Do you know someone who needs help?

January 23, 2017 | posted in: Legal and Business Articles & Blog | by

If I had a nickel for everybody who started law school with me saying they were doing it because they wanted to help people, I’d have lot of nickels.  I was one of those starry-eyed idealists myself.  But here’s the thing that amazes me:  that’s exactly what I do, every single day. When people ask..

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The 5 Best Ways to Avoid Post-Liquidity-Event Litigation

For family offices or family enterprises, a liquidity event such as the sale of the main business can open your business up to a whole range of opportunities and vulnerabilities.  That’s why you need good advice at every stage.  By following these five simple guidelines, you’ll avoid the most serious problems and protect yourself, your..

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Firm Announcements

We are proud to announce that we have moved our New Jersey office to a larger space to better serve our clients. Our New Jersey address is now: 1135 Clifton Avenue, Suite 104 Clifton, New Jersey 07013.                 David moderated a discussion panel at the NYSSCPA breakfast last month, discussing “Making Legal Mountains out of Legal Molehills..

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Smith & Associates Litigation Update

July 15, 2015 | posted in: Legal and Business Articles & Blog | by

Watch out for the Fine Print As a result of a vigorous defense against claims brought by Hardwire LLC in multiple jurisdictions, firm client Zero International, Inc. obtained an unusually favorable settlement – the plaintiff, Hardwire, made a payment to defendant Zero International, Inc.  The parties agreed to settle the pending litigation Hardwire, LLC v…

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E. David Smith published in Family Office Capital Network (FOCAPNET)

In this article for FOCAPNET.com, I write about Family Office Direct Investments.  I walk family decision makers through the important input legal counsel can have in making sure that direct investments are on target and generate the desired return. You can read the article at this link. or you can download a PDF version here…

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How a good corporate general counsel can keep you out of jail…

This article shows clearly how seasoned investors check their next move with a general counsel… We have repeatedly seen how 20 minutes with us can save our clients a lifetime of hard work… http://go.bloomberg.com/market-now/2014/02/12/dont-worry-ben-its-a-long-way-to-san-quenti/

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