MH Business Exchange is a podcast series featuring McDonald Hopkins attorneys exchanging ideas and insight on important legal and business topics that impact you. Available on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher and Google Play.
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and it will impact businesses whether they are based in California or not. The act, which was a reaction to Cambridge Analytica and other high profile data breaches, will give California consumers the right to exercise control over personal information and provide them the tools to make certain there are safeguards to the misuse of personal information. Find out what this means to business within and outside California on Episode 32 of MH Business Exchange as McDonald Hopkins member Christine Czuprynski and Robert Fowler, the director of professional services at Jordan Lawrence, join host Mike Witzke.
Episode 31: Litigation finance field finds exciting new resource in Dispute Financing Library at NYU
On Episode 31 of MH Business Exchange, McDonald Hopkins attorney Marc Carmel, co-chair of the firm's Litigation Finance Group, joins host Mike Witzke to continue their exploration into the field of litigation finance. This time, they are joined by David Siffert, the Director of Research and Projects for the Center for Civil Justice at NY School of Law. Siffert manages the new Dispute Financing Library at NYU, which is a neutral depository for documents and media related to third-party litigation funding.
Episode 30: Ruminations and insights on corporate restructuring - The lawyer and the investment banker
On Episode 30 of MH Business Exchange, McDonald Hopkins Chicago Managing Member David Agay and Lincoln International Managing Director Alex Stevenson join host Mike Witzke to discuss corporate restructuring from the perspective of role and interaction between lawyer and the investment banker. This combination has been the most prominent in middle market restructurings over the last several years.
Episode 29: Perspectives on the Chicago law firm market
On Episode 29 of MH Business Exchange, McDonald Hopkins Chicago Managing Member David Agay joins host Mike Witzke for a discussion of the Chicago law firm market. They look at what makes the Chicago market different, the evolution of the market, how it reflects the local and United States economies, the changing role of mid-market law firms, and more.
Episode 28: MH Launches New Litigation Finance Practice Group - Part 2, An introduction to the practice group
On Episode 28, entitled “McDonald Hopkins Litigation Finance Practice Group, Part 2: An Introduction to the Practice Group,” Carmel and Witzke discuss the decision to create a new practice group which is among the first of its kind and unique to the legal market.
Episode 27: MH Launches New Litigation Finance Practice Group - Part 1, What is Litigation Finance?
On the 27th episode of MH Business Exchange, McDonald Hopkins member Marc Carmel joins host Mike Witzke for the first part of their discussion about the firm's new Litigation Finance Practice Group. During the episode, Carmel provides a general explanation of litigation finance.
Episode 26: Is your business prepared for CFIUS? FIRRMA pilot program impacts foreign investment in US businessOn episode 26 of MH Business Exchange, McDonald Hopkins corporate and transactional attorney Jeff Van Winkle joins host Mike Witzke to to discuss CFIUS and how the new FIRRMA pilot program is impacting foreign investment into U.S. businesses that would not have previously been affected. They discuss what industries now fall into CFIUS, consider new guidelines for companies seeking foreign investment or acquisition to protect themselves from penalties that could equal the value of the transaction, and the future for cross-border transactions.
Episode 25: Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Healthcare IndustryDuring the episode entitled “Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Healthcare Industry,” McDonald Hopkins healthcare attorney Rick Hindmand joins host Mike Witzke for a deeper dive into the topic.
The podcast builds on a Jan. 9, 2019, article authored by Hindmand and fellow McDonald Hopkins attorney Emily Johnson, “Guidance Recommends Healthcare Cybersecurity Best Practices,” which examined a December 28 release by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Episode 24: What to Expect at the 2019 Ohio Tax ConferenceColumbus, Ohio associate David D. Ebersole joins MH Business Exchange host Mike Witzke for a preview of the nation's largest tax conference. Other topics covered include how the recent South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. case will impact Ohio and Ebersole’s new three-volume treatise Baldwin’s Ohio Tax Law: 2018 Edition.
Episode 23: An update from the front lines of the Florida recount
McDonald Hopkins Miami Managing Member Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez, who represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount, keeps you up to date with all of the events surrounding the 2018 recount. She explains the current lawsuits, the most recent court rulings, and even offers some spoilers of what lies ahead.
UPDATE: November 16, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez provides up-to-the-minute details from the front lines of the Florida recount, including a decision on the governor's race and early news from hand recounts in the senate and commissioner of agriculture races.
Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez, McDonald Hopkins' Miami managing member and former general counsel to Florida Governor Jeb Bush, joins MH Business Exchange host Mike Witzke to provide a rare perspective into the 2018 Florida recount. She brings her expertise as one of the lead lawyers for George W. Bush in the 2000 recount, explaining the process ahead, the differences between 2000 and 2018, the lawsuits, and what to expect in the days and weeks ahead.
MH Business Exchange Episode 21: Securities implications of blockchain technology
On Episode 20 of MH Business Exchange, host Mike Witzke is joined by McDonald Hopkins member Ilirjan Pipa for a discussion of topics including potential applications for blockchain technology, whether initial coin offerings and token generation are classified as "securities offerings," and how to structure ICOs to be compliant with existing laws.
MH Business Exchange Episode 20: A quick tour of the business income deduction
On Episode 20 of MH Business Exchange, host Mike Witzke is joined by McDonald Hopkins attorney Michael Riley for a quick tour of all you need to know about the business income deduction. They discuss everything from understanding who qualifies for the 20 percent tax break to the reason behind Congress’ decision to give us the qualified business deduction, whether or not all sole proprietors and owners of pass-through businesses get the deduction, and more.
MH Business Exchange Episode 19: Franchise Law – Antitrust issues franchisors and franchisees need to know
During the episode 19 of MH Business Exchange, host Mike Witzke is joined by McDonald Hopkins' antitrust attorneys Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong and Christopher Dean. Among the topics they discuss are traditional and emerging antitrust concerns affecting franchise relationships. These include tying and no-poach agreements, ways to minimize the risk of civil and criminal enforcement actions, and tips for complying with antitrust laws when participating in trade associations.
MH Business Exchange Episode 18: Trends in long-term care
On episode 18 of MH Business Exchange, host Mike Witzke and Cleveland attorney Todd Baumgartner, a member of the McDonald Hopkins' Business Department and the chair of the General Corporate Practice Group, discuss current trends in long-term care. Among the topics covered are the expanding number of new facilities to service a growing senior population, the pitfalls to consider when building or acquiring assisted-living facilities, Certificate of Needs programs, and access to HUD financing.
MH Business Exchange Episode 17: The role of fiduciaries – Who, what and when
In today's 17th episode of MH Business Exchange, host Mike Witzke talks with McDonald Hopkins trust and estate attorney Roger Shumaker about fiduciaries: Who they are, what they do, and how they act? These questions and more are answered as Witzke and Shumaker discuss all of the various types of fiduciaries and their roles, from guardianships, to powers of attorney, executors, personal representatives, administrators and trustees.
MH Business Exchange Episode 16: Key issues in environmental law – The Clean Water Act, the Clean Power Plan and more
Host Mike Witzke and McDonald Hopkins attorney John Heer discuss some of today’s hot topics in environmental law. These issues include the jurisdiction of the federal government in the Clean Water Act, what “waters of the United States” actually means, the Clean Power Plan and the impact deregulation in the Trump era has made on the practice of environmental law.
MH Business Exchange Episode 15: Use of Representation and Warranty Insurance in M&A deals
Cleveland attorney Ilirjan Pipa, chair of the firm’s Securities Practice Group, and host Mike Witzke discuss how insurance shifts risk to the insurance provider. This allows a buyer to collect straight from the policy instead of filing a claim against the seller after suffering loss due to a breach of a seller's rep in a purchase agreement. Insurance policies are becoming more and more popular as premiums drop, underwriting processes become more efficient, and providers offer better terms
MH Business Exchange Episode 14: Due diligence for employee benefits
MH Business Exchange Episode 13: Estate planning techniques for high net worth individuals
In episode 13 of McDonald Hopkins’ bi-weekly podcast series, MH Business exchange, host Mike Witzke talks with estate and trust attorney Katherine Wensink about how high net worth individuals should react to estate tax changes that went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, as part of the federal tax overhaul.
One of the biggest changes in the tax reform law was the increase in how much high net worth individuals can give away without paying estate tax – that number increased from approximately $5.5 million to $11 million for individuals, or approximately $22 million for married couples. In this episode, Katherine explains why individuals who are at that $11 million mark (or close to it) should have strategic conversations about their estate planning goals to avoid the 40 percent estate tax. Katherine also explains how the approach to estate planning can be different for those with established, sophisticated estate plans compared to someone who is just getting started or who has a very basic plan. Estate tax rules always seem to be changing, too, and Mike and Katherine discuss whether someone in a potentially taxable situation should wait and see how the law unfolds or take action now.
MH Business Exchange Episode 12: Overpayment: Managing medical records requests and avoiding payor audits
Cleveland attorney Elizabeth Sullivan, co-chair of the firm’s national Healthcare Practice Group, sits down with host Mike Witzke to discuss why payor audits must be taken seriously and how healthcare providers should respond to medical records requests to avoid overpayment claims. Sullivan also explains why it is important for providers to be proactive and not reactive regarding payor audits.
MH Business Exchange Episode 11: Beware: Avoiding hidden antitrust dangers
Cleveland antitrust attorneys Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong and Christopher Dean sit down with host Mike Witzke to discuss the hidden dangers regarding antitrust violations that businesses must be aware of, such as algorithmic pricing, merger review and per se offenses. Armstrong and Dean also discuss why small and mid-sized businesses must be aware that civil and criminal antitrust concerns are not only an issue for large corporations.
MH Business Exchange Episode 10: Securities considerations when raising capital
Cleveland attorney Ilirjan Pipa, chair of the firm’s Securities Practice Group, and host Mike Witzke discuss the securities considerations businesses must be aware of and how to properly navigate the various considerations as they prepare to raise capital.