2019 in Review: 10 Posts to Ring in a New Year

By: Heidi Kleister, Editor, COGENCY GLOBAL on Fri, Dec 27, 2019

Best of 2019: COGENCY GLOBAL Blog RecapHere we are, just a few days out from a bright and shiny new year.

Before closing the books on 2019 and opening any celebratory beverages, here’s one last look in the rear-view mirror at some of the blog posts you loved most this year.

Let the countdown to 2020 begin!

10. New OFAC Framework for Sanctions Compliance

Rafael Pereira highlights key changes in the OFAC framework released in May 2019, considered a ‘game-changer’ by industry experts. If you’re involved in international transactions, this one is a ‘must read’.

9. The Challenges of Searching the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Website

Despina Shields covers some of the most frequently encountered pitfalls when running DIY intellectual property (IP) due diligence searches. Devising a search strategy that takes these obstacles into account means you’re less likely to miss key filings that could affect IP collateral value.

8. State Annual Report Deadlines: Why You Shouldn’t Miss Them

Nicholas Moscatiello walks through the unique naming conventions and due dates for state reporting requirements, along with the consequences of noncompliance.

Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

7. More States Promote Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

Joan Helwig reviews moves made by several states toward higher visibility and inclusion of women in the corporate sphere.

6. The Past, Present and Future of the LEI

Karen Redman delivers a comprehensive look at the state of the global legal entity identifier (required for corporate borrowers in most international finance transactions), inspired by a May 2019 thematic review released by the Financial Stability Board.

5. Appointing a Process Agent in SEC Statements

Colleen DeVries outlines which SEC registration statements require a process agent appointment and why it’s important to get the timing of that appointment *just right*.

Doing Business Under an Assumed Name

4. The Fun of Doing Business Under an Alias or Assumed Name

Tony Mackay and Teri Mayor explore registration and maintenance of assumed business names at various jurisdiction levels.

3. Public Record Due Diligence: Judgments vs. Judgment Liens

Despina Shields clarifies some common misunderstandings that can arise around a ‘judgment search’ request.

2. Online ‘Donate Now’ Buttons and State Charitable Registration

Ron Barrett sheds some light on the gray area of nonprofit compliance regarding online fundraising, by way of the Charleston Principles.

 1. A Long-Awaited Update: Registered Series LLCs in Delaware

Teri Mayor recaps protected and registered series LLCs in Delaware, following legislative changes effective August 2019.

Happy New Year 2020In addition to the authors featured above, our sincere thanks to Pia Angelikis, Bob Babiak, Amy Brown, Patrick Eisen, Bruce Gallo, Andy Hackett, Angela Lucia, Clare Oliva and Melissa Tomelden for lending their expertise and writing talents to our blog in 2019.

Did your favorite posts make the list? Are there more top-of-mind topics for 2020 that we haven’t explored yet? Let us know in the comments below!


This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered, or relied upon, as legal advice.

Topics: Annual Report Compliance, Company Formation and Filing Considerations, International Corporate Services, Process Agent, Delaware Corporate, UCC and Compliance, Intellectual Property Due Diligence, International Secured Transactions, LEI, Nonprofit, Assumed Name Registration and Compliance