Ana-Maria Ignat

Ana-Maria Ignat

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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A Blast from the Past: The SEC Fines Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer for Breakpoint Violations

In a case reminiscent of the “breakpoint” enforcement actions brought 10 years ago by securities regulators, the SEC recently found that a registered investment adviser and broker-dealer overcharged clients because it...more

4/11/2014 - Broker-Dealer Enforcement Actions Fees Investment Adviser SEC

FINRA Provides a Detailed Analysis of a Broker-Dealer’s Failure to Adequately Supervise Alternative Investment Sales

In March 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined a broker-dealer $950,000 for supervisory deficiencies related to its failure to adequately supervise the sale of “alternative investments.” These...more

3/28/2014 - Business Development Business Development Companies FINRA Oil & Gas REITS

FINRA Announces a Sweep to Assess BDs’ Cybersecurity

After announcing that cybersecurity will be one of its 2014 examination priorities, FINRA wasted no time before commencing a sweep. FINRA announced a Targeted Examination Letter to conduct an assessment of firms’ approaches...more

2/10/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FINRA

FINRA Focuses AML Enforcement on a BD Doing Business in Mexico

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently took formal disciplinary action against a New York-based broker-dealer that is affiliated with a Mexican broker-dealer and a Mexican bank for inadequate anti-money...more

2/7/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Broker-Dealer FINRA Foreign Banks Mexico

Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity: Protect Yourself or Pay the Price

In its recently issued 2014 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, FINRA stated that cybersecurity remains a priority given the ongoing cybersecurity issues reported across the financial services industry, including...more

1/13/2014 - Broker-Dealer Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Data Protection FINRA Regulation S-P

Financial Services Report - Quarterly News, Winter 2013

Editor’s Note - Stuff didn’t happen this quarter. Lots of it. The federal government didn’t happen for two weeks in October, which caused some to celebrate and others to wring their hands and clamor for a strong,...more

12/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act CARD Act HAMP Healthcare HMDA HOLA HUD

FINRA gives member firms a thumbs up on suitability rule compliance

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to interpret Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Regulatory Notice 13-31, which provides practical advice to member firms about how FINRA will be...more

11/26/2013 - Customer Funds Protection Due Diligence FINRA Risk Management Suitability Rule

SEC Commissioner Draws Some Clean Enforcement Lines

The SEC should put more of its efforts into pursuing regulatory violations, such as failure to supervise, instead of trying to pursue fraud theories on weak facts, according to an SEC Commissioner....more

11/11/2013 - Enforcement FINRA Fraud Scienter SEC Supervisors

When Legal or Compliance Personnel May Be Subject to Failure to Supervise Liability Under the Securities Laws

The SEC has provided some much-needed clarity on the issue of when broker-dealer compliance or legal personnel may be considered to be supervisors. On September 30, 2013, the Division of Trading and Markets (the “Division”)...more

10/11/2013 - Broker-Dealer Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel SEC Securities Exchange Act Supervisors

FINRA Gives Member Firms a Thumbs Up on Suitability Rule Compliance

Having issued a new suitability rule and explicated it for the industry, on September 25, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) took the next step and issued Regulatory Notice 13-31 (“Notice”), providing...more

10/1/2013

Renewed Focus on an Old Rule: SEC Steps Up Rule 105 Enforcement Efforts

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or “Commission”) announced settled enforcement actions against 23 firms for short selling in violation of Rule 105 of Regulation M, which limits the ability...more

9/19/2013 - Compliance Enforcement Actions NEP Policy Violations Regulation M SEC

Financial Services Report - Quarterly News, Fall 2013

In This Issue: Beltway Report; Bureau Report; Privacy Report; Mobile Payments Report; Mortgage Report; Operations Report; Preemption Report; Arbitration Report; and TCPA Report. Excerpt from Beltway Report:...more

9/17/2013 - Arbitration EFTA Federal Reserve Mobile Payments Mortgages Preemption Privacy Policy TCPA

The Impact of the SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Broker-Dealers and Investment...

The SEC recently finalized amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act relaxing prohibitions against general solicitation in certain private offerings of securities implementing Section...more

9/12/2013 - Bad Actors Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank FINRA General Solicitation Investment Adviser JOBS Act SEC

Brave New World for Data Furnishers

On September 4, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a Bulletin warning data furnishers that they face potential disciplinary action if they do not properly review information submitted to the credit...more

9/10/2013 - Banks CFPB Compliance Creditors Data Protection Debt Collectors FCRA Nonbank Firms

PCAOB’s Report on Broker-Dealer Audit Deficiencies Points the Way for BDs to Improve Their Financial Reporting and Compliance

PCAOB’S MISSION - For two years, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has been reviewing the work of auditors of broker-dealers, with a view to assessing their work and enabling the PCAOB to develop a...more

8/27/2013 - Audits Broker-Dealer Compliance GAAP PCAOB Reporting Requirements

Hurricane Sandy Redux: Agencies Recommend Business Continuity Planning

As hurricane season approaches, the securities and commodities industries’ principal regulators are effectively encouraging firms to do the equivalent of putting up storm shutters, stocking up on batteries and bottled water,...more

8/22/2013 - CFTC FINRA Hurricane Sandy Natural Disasters Risk Management SEC

How to Be a Good Corporate Citizen CFPB Style

On June 25, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued Bulletin 2013-06 identifying “responsible business conduct” that may impact the exercise of its “enforcement discretion.” The Bulletin specifies the...more

7/5/2013 - CFPB Compliance Enforcement Actions Remediation Responsible Business Conduct Self-Policing Self-Reporting

The STOCK Act and the Political Intelligence Industry: No Easy Answers

Investors who hire political intelligence firms to collect information from government sources should take notice of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, according to panelists at a recent American Bar...more

6/25/2013 - Fiduciary Duty Insider Trading Investors Political Intelligence SEC STOCK Act

SEC and CFTC Issue Identity Theft Rules

Today, April 19, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published in the Federal Register rules and guidelines requiring their respective regulated financial...more

4/22/2013 - CFTC Cybersecurity Data Protection Dodd-Frank FCRA Identity Theft SEC

Financial Services Report - Spring 2013

Editor’s Note - This is a dignified law firm newsletter, not like the “Brand X” versions. You won’t find pandering, attention-grabbing stories about Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher, Prince William, or...more

3/13/2013 - Arbitration Barack Obama CFPB China Credit Reports Cybersecurity Data Protection Debt Collection Dodd-Frank Dukes v Wal-Mart FDCPA FDIA FDIC Federal Reserve FHA Foreclosure FTC Mobile Apps Recess Appointments Richard Cordray Social Media Telemarketing

FINRA Rule 4530 – Recent Revisions Remind Broker-Dealers of the Importance of the New Requirement to Report Internal Findings of...

FINRA recently amended Rule 4530 (Reporting Requirements) to make required reporting by member firms of certain regulatory and disciplinary events less burdensome. Those relatively minor changes will be discussed below. But...more

2/27/2013 - Audits Discipline Enforcement FINRA Reporting Requirements SEC Violative Conduct

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