2017 Lane Reports

Blockchain’s Promise
Friday, December 1, 2017
The Internet of information is evolving into an Internet of value. While the Internet, as we’ve known it, was the product of computing and communications technologies, its new iteration is powered by cryptography, mathematics, software engineering and behavioral economics. Blockchain’s technology combines the transparency of the Internet with...
Cook County Gives Social Enterprises an Edge!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Cook County, Illinois, the second most populous county in the United States, continues to lead by example. On October 11, the Cook County Board passed the first procurement ordinance in the nation to encourage financially self-sustaining social enterprises. The Cook County Social Enterprise Ordinance, which I was privileged to draft, favors organizations...
Memo to the Executive Suite: Business Cannot Thrive Unless People and Planet Are Thriving
Monday, October 2, 2017
I am proud to report that, once again, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, P. C., Marc J. Lane & Company and Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc., based on their human rights, labor, environmental and anti-corruption policies and practices, have been found to qualify as members of the United Nations Global Compact. The Global Compact, the world's...
Marketing from Inside Your Book
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
We are grateful that clients all over the world favor us with their confidence. While it’s well known that we help for-profit companies, non-profits, social enterprises, and high net-worth individuals with their tax planning and compliance, wealth planning, corporate and governance issues, intellectual property protection, and business decisions, we...
Strategic Shareholders and Prudent Directors Come Together
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Despite a disturbing rise in unequal voting structures and virtual shareholder meetings at public companies, this year’s corporate proxy season reflects the best of corporate boards’ growing commitment to transparency, accountability and engagement. It’s no surprise that the savviest of corporate directors are eager to set themselves...
Jeff Sessions Abandons the Social Sector
Thursday, July 6, 2017
During Jeff Sessions’ four terms as a U. S. Senator from Alabama, his anti-abortion and anti-immigration positions were well known. He was skeptical of climate change and hostile to same-sex marriages. On criminal justice issues, he was a champion of “law and order,” stern marijuana prohibition and the unregulated use of civil forfeiture...
Is Delaware Losing Its Luster?
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Delaware has long been the top-of-mind domicile for businesses and trusts. But Delaware's vaunted status as the "go-to" state may be at risk. Settlers of trusts have favored Delaware for decades, for good reason. They don’t need to be residents of the state. Their Delaware trusts can hold personal property forever and real property for 110 years....
Politics and Charity Don’t Mix
Monday, May 1, 2017
In accepting his party’s nomination for president on July 21 last year, Donald Trump singled out “the evangelical and religious community” for their help in getting him nominated and acknowledged that, “They have much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.” He...
Change the World Through Your Investments!
Monday, April 3, 2017
This month’s Lane Report features Hedy Ratner’s unsolicited testimonial in Wealth Management about her long-term experience with Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc. Our proprietary Advocacy Investing® strategy identifies investable companies that not only meet our exacting financial and governance standards, but also satisfy criteria...
New Business Model May Make Illinois ‘Delaware of Social Enterprise’
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Illinois is becoming a hub for companies that want to change the world and make a profit at the same time, said Marc J. Lane, an attorney and economic development expert at an event hosted Feb. 8 by the Great Cities Institute at University of Illinois-Chicago. Imagine a “Shark Tank” television show where non-profit charities bring their needs...
Trump’s Law: So It Begins
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Millions of President Donald J. Trump’s supporters continue to applaud his unwavering commitment to “Make America Great Again,” even as shockwaves are sent throughout the nation and the world. Yet those disheartened by Mr. Trump’s election need not have looked beyond his first day in office to justify their fears. The...
Social Change in the Age of Trump
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Few doubt that Donald J. Trump’s presidency will be both controversial and consequential. Our new president takes office when the public is disillusioned, having lost faith in the political class and in government itself. While the fate of elites has been buoyed by globalization, technology and free trade, the middle class has been hollowed out, and...

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