Seyfarth Shaw Announces Establishment of Covered Bonds Team : Specialized Attorneys Help Clients Understand and Capitalize on Emerging Investment Opportunity in the United States

NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 6, 2008

The Covered Bonds Team will work under the direction of Shirley Curfman, partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Nanette Heide, partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s New York office. Curfman, who recently joined the firm’s Los Angeles office, has provided legal advice in the structured finance market for over 10 years and served as legal counsel to the mortgage bond indenture trustee in one of only two covered bond transactions in which U.S. financial institutions issued bonds. Heide’s practice focuses on corporate and financing transactions, including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and commercial transactions. Curfman and Heide are joined by other attorneys in the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, including Peter Korda and Andrew Pearlstein.

“Seyfarth Shaw is well-positioned to help clients understand and initiate covered bonds offerings,” Heide said. “Drawing on experience in structured finance, as well as Shirley’s insights into the structure of covered bonds, we are ready to meet the needs of our clients in this expanding market.”

Covered bonds are debt securities backed by cash flows from mortgages or public sector loans. In many ways, they are similar to asset-backed securities created in securitization, but covered bond assets remain on the issuer’s consolidated balance sheet. Covered bonds have been the main source of mortgage funding in Europe since the 18th century, but to date, only two U.S. depository institutions have issued covered bonds. The U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have been promoting a covered bond market strategy as an attractive source for funding residential mortgage loans. As a complement to the policy statement previously issued by the FDIC, the Treasury Department recently issued a best practices guide to specifically address covered bonds backed by pools of eligible residential mortgages.

“I’m pleased that covered bonds, long utilized in Europe, are making their way into the U.S. market as an additional funding source for mortgage loans,” Curfman added. “We have the resources, skills, and experience with covered bonds to work with lenders to effectively structure these financing vehicles.”

Seyfarth Shaw is a full-service law firm with over 750 attorneys located in nine offices throughout the United States including Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, as well as Brussels, Belgium. The firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of real estate, labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation and business services. Seyfarth Shaw’s practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the country’s business and social fabric. Clients include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health care organizations, airlines and railroads. The firm also represents a number of federal, state, and local governmental and educational entities. For more information, please visit

The Votes Are In: 100+ VCs and Angel Investors Have Chosen the Top 50 Emerging Companies

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 8, 2009

FundingPost ( proudly announced today the winning companies from its sixth annual Pitching Across America competition.

FundingPost, which has been introducing entrepreneurs to investors for over 8 years, established the competition in which a panel of judges votes on hundreds of business summaries from emerging companies nationwide. The largest Venture Capital competition ever organized, this year’s Pitching Across America (TM) was sponsored by Duane Morris.

“We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 6th annual competition!! It’s a rough economy for the Entrepreneurial and Venture Industries. Competition for capital is tougher than ever,” said Joe Rubin, Director, FundingPost. “The VCs and Angels have raised the bar for new investments, and it’s apparent by the high quality of the winners that they have chosen this year.”

The emerging companies were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 10. Judging criteria consisted of several key points including: the professionalism of the written summary, current stage of development (customers, revenue), competitive advantage and need in the marketplace, feasibility for success, and whether the company is “VentureWorthy.”

The first-place winner this year is Ivy Exec, an Online recruiting firm that combines next-generation technology with white glove executive recruiting.

“We are delighted to be the winner of the Pitching Across America Competition. We look forward to attending FundingPost’s events and meeting potential investors,” said Elena Bajic, CEO, Ivy Exec. “I believe these events will provide an excellent opportunity for us to present our business.”

FundingPost had an amazing panel of VC and Angel Investor judges this year voting on the companies.

“The FundingPost Pitching Across America competition did an incredible job in featuring some of the most promising companies and technologies out there, which are certainly some of the companies that will drive market growth and expansion for quite a number of years,” said Carter Caldwell, Principal, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners. “Thanks to FundingPost for including me as a judge, because I was privileged to have had a chance to be introduced to these companies and get a sense for what is emerging across many different industries.”

“It’s good to see that entrepreneurialism is alive and well in America,” said Elizabeth D. Sigety, Esq., Delaware Crossing Investment Group. “The diversity of industries, stages and approaches to business reflected

in the business summaries of the competitors was impressive. Good luck

to the winners and competitors for the future of their businesses.”

“FundingPost allows the venture community to review many interesting deals in a short period of time,” said Deepak Kamra, General Partner, Canaan Partners. “The consistent format allows VCs to quickly evaluate companies raising capital based on the criteria that are most important to them. Canaan Partners is happy to participate in this process.”

First Place National Winner:

Ivy Exec (NY)

Online recruiting firm that combines next-generation technology with white glove executive recruiting. $ 100K+ in Revenue! $ 260K Raised from Founders and Angels.

Runner Up:

XCOM Wireless, Inc. (CA)

XCOM is a fabless semiconductor company with strong partners and a chip that improves wireless broadband devices.

Regional Winners:, Spinetronics LLC, XCOM Wireless, Inc., Camera Screen Laryngoscope, Inc./Pat. Med Devices, Zero Burn, Jobaba Inc., Tower of Babel LLC, CircleBuilder Software LLC, External Pharma Inc., The Independent Life Settlement Advisory Group LLC, EosHealth, Zimple Inc., Financial Modeling Solutions, Inc., Living Well-Assisted Living at Home, Medical Systems International, Walters Manufacturing Inc., LHL Ventures LLC, Mathematical Bio-Solutions Inc., Global Med Solutions, ProFACT Proteomics, Ball Semiconductor Inc.,, NR 27, MBF Therapeutics, BoomCloud Inc., Sterile Containment Technology, Coronary Bypass Devices LLC, CANI Optical Systems, Safety Engineering International, nTerraCon, Ivy Exec, Dubay Ingredients LLC, Hydro Technologies Inc. of Michigan, Kollabnet, Inc., ComCam International Inc., UMS Healthcare, Cedar Valley Manufacturing, NeighborsHubs LLC, Global Trade Management, Fasprin Health, Electronic Sports, Fibertrek, Inc., 3DMedia, See Jane Run, Envisionier, SolarAMP LLC, MicroMed Cardiovascular Inc., Spearhead Innovations, Nelbee LLC, Premium Knowledge Group

The list of Investor Judges and the winning Companies can be found at

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