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Law firm Paul Weiss' relationship with Apollo has been lucrative. Insiders say it's also sowed tensions within the firm and altered its DNA.

Brad Karp, chair of Paul Weiss, and Leon Black, former CEO of Apollo Global Management with an alternating pattern of Paul Weiss and Apollo Global Management's logos on a blue background

Over the past decade, Paul Weiss has boosted its profits with the help of legal fees from its large private-equity client, Apollo Global Management. The account also changed the law firm's culture, insiders say, and opened it up to criticisms about its independence. 

Read more from our exclusive report.


AI can help reduce inequity in credit access, but banks will have to trade off fairness for accuracy — for now

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AI-based lenders say that their models can eliminate discrimination, but there are risks to these models — including the quality of the data we feed them. Read the full story here.


Consumers have more banking options than ever before, but few are owned by or designed for underrepresented communities

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Of the nation's 5,000 FDIC-insured banks and credit unions, only 3% cater to or are owned by minorities. Get the full rundown here.


Banks earn billions of dollars charging overdrafts fees, and the burden falls on those least able to afford it

A man uses an ATM outdoors.

Banking fees — particularly overdraft charges — don't affect all Americans equally. In fact, overdraft fees are often paid by those with the lowest balances in their checking accounts. Here's what else you need to know.


Payday lenders target communities of color. But fintechs offering small-dollar loans and flexible wages may help break the debt trap.

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Payday lenders target Black and Latinx communities, setting up more stores in minority neighborhoods. Fintechs offering small-dollar loans and early access to wages could prove a replacement for those in need of short-term cash. More on that here.


A top currency investor at $1 trillion Insight Investment breaks down why bitcoin isn't the new gold

Francesca Fornasari is head of currency solutions at Insight Investment.

Francesca Fornasari explained why bitcoin may not be an effective inflation hedge. Here's what she told us.


Odd lots:

Benchmark's VC Model Strained by Newcomers, Supersize Rivals (The Information)

Nomura Loses 20 Investment Bankers in Asia After Bonus Payouts (Bloomberg)

Lazard Mandates Vaccines, Allows Work From Home Twice a Week (Bloomberg)

Paris gets new JPMorgan trading hub in post-Brexit push (Reuters)

Credit Suisse Weighs Overhaul of Wealth Management Business (Bloomberg)

Robinhood gets slapped with FINRA's largest-ever fine to settle allegations of misleading customers and causing 'significant harm' to millions (Markets Insider)

 
 
 
 
 
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