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FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding Communications with the Public and Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued Regulatory Notice 14-14 and Regulatory Notice 14-15 announcing that it will initiate a review of certain of its rules to ensure that its rules remain relevant and...more

4/15/2014 - Compliance FINRA New Regulations

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets has issued frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning the amendments adopted on July 30, 2013, to Rule 17a-5 (Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule) of the...more

4/15/2014 - Broker-Dealer Reporting Requirements SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 15

In this issue: - SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding...more

4/14/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Collateralized Loan Obligations Conflict Mineral Rules FINRA Leverage Capital Ratio MTFs SEC Swaps

SEC Approves New FINRA Supervision Rules

The current rulebook of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority consists of FINRA rules, legacy National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) rules (that apply to all FINRA member firms) and rules incorporated from...more

3/25/2014 - Broker-Dealer FINRA NYSE SEC

Amendments to Uniform Branch Office Registration Form

Broker-dealers are required to use the Branch Office Registration Form (Form BR) to register their branch offices with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange and participating states via the...more

3/25/2014 - Broker-Dealer FINRA NYSE Registration Self-Regulatory Organizations

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 12

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling Stockholder - Amendments to Uniform Branch Office...more

3/24/2014 - CFTC Controlling Stockholders Corporate Counsel Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FINRA MFW Racial Discrimination Registration SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Investment Advisers’ Due Diligence Processes for Selecting Alternative Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert on January 28 regarding the due diligence practices of investment advisers when they recommend or place...more

2/12/2014 - Compliance Due Diligence Hedge Funds Investors OCIE Private Equity SEC

SEC Issues No-action Relief Regarding Registration of M&A Brokers

The Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Trading and Markets (Division) issued no-action relief on January 31, in response to a request from attorneys on behalf of firms effecting securities transactions in...more

2/11/2014 - Broker-Dealer Brokers No-Action Letters Registration SEC Securities Exchange Act

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 6

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Private Placements - SEC Issues No-action Relief Regarding Registration of M&A Brokers - CFTC Issues Guidance on New...more

2/11/2014 - Alternative Investment Funds Bank Fraud Banks Brokers CFTC Due Diligence Exemptions Filing Requirements Fraud Investment Adviser Investment Funds No-Action Relief Private Placements Registration Rule 506 Offerings SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Liability of Broker-Dealer Compliance and Legal Personnel

The Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Trading and Markets has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that provide guidance regarding potential supervisory liability of compliance and legal personnel at...more

10/8/2013 - Broker-Dealer Chief Compliance Officers Compliance SEC Securities Exchange Act Supervisors

FINRA Proposes Rule to Require Alternative Trading Systems to Report Volume Information and Use Unique Market Participant...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a rule proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission to require alternative trading systems (ATS) to report to FINRA volume information in securities (both equity and...more

10/8/2013 - ATS FINRA Reporting Requirements SEC

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short Selling in Connection with a Public Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert regarding Rule 105 of Regulation M’s (Rule 105) restrictions on short selling in connection with a...more

9/24/2013 - Compliance OCIE Public Offerings SEC Short Sales

SEC Grants Request for No-Action Relief with Respect to Multi-Day Pre-Fail and Post-Fail Credit Under Rule 204 of Regulation SHO

The Securities and Exchange Commission has granted a September 6 joint request for no-action relief submitted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and C2 Options Exchange,...more

9/17/2013 - CBOE Creditors Enforcement Actions No-Action Relief SEC

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert regarding options trading that may circumvent Regulation SHO. Regulation SHO tightened requirements for...more

8/20/2013 - OCIE Risk Management SEC Short Sales

SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements...

Rule 13h-1 (the “Large Trader Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires that market participants that conduct a substantial amount of trading activity, as measured by volume or market value, in US securities...more

8/20/2013 - Broker-Dealer Larger Participant Registration SEC

Amendments to SEC Rules Regarding Broker Dealer Financial Responsibility and Reporting Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the financial responsibility requirements for broker dealers under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) designed to safeguard customer securities and...more

8/13/2013 - Broker-Dealer Notice Requirements PCAOB Reporting Requirements SEC Securities Exchange Act Self-Regulatory Organizations SIPC Third-Party

FINRA Provides Guidance on Communications with the Public Concerning Unlisted Real Estate Investment Programs

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued Regulatory Notice 13-18 (Regulatory Notice) to provide guidance to member firms on communications with the public concerning real estate investment programs that...more

5/15/2013 - DPPs FINRA Real Estate Investments REIT

SEC Reopening Comment Periods for Certain Rulemaking Releases and Policy Statement Applicable to Security-Based Swaps

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, regulatory authority over derivatives is divided between the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The SEC has...more

5/15/2013 - CFTC Dodd-Frank Public Comment Rulemaking Process SEC Security-Based Swaps

SEC and CFTC Adopt Joint Rules to Help Protect Investors from Identity Theft

The Securities and Exchange Commission, jointly with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, adopted rules and guidelines to require certain entities regulated by the SEC and CFTC, such as broker-dealers, mutual funds and...more

4/16/2013 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Data Protection Identity Theft Investment Adviser Mutual Funds SEC

FINRA's Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Blue Sheet Submissions Updated Regarding Order Execution Time

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) in connection with FINRA firms being required to submit new data elements for Electronic Blue Sheets (EBS) to correspond with the...more

3/26/2013 - Electronic Blue Sheets FINRA Reporting Requirements Securities Exchange Act

SEC Seeks Information to Assess Standards of Conduct and Other Obligations of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a request for data and other information that the SEC will review while considering alternative standards of conduct for broker-dealers and investment advisers when they provide...more

3/13/2013 - Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser SEC

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Exemption from Broker-Dealer Registration Under the JOBS Act

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that provide guidance on the exemption from broker-dealer registration in Section 201(c) of the Jumpstart...more

2/12/2013 - Advertising Broker-Dealer Exemptions General Solicitation JOBS Act Registration Rule 506 Offerings SEC Section 4(b) Securities Act of 1933

SEC Extends No-Action Letter Permitting Broker-Dealers to Rely on Certain Investment Advisers to Conduct Customer Identification...

The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended a no-action letter dated February 12, 2004 (the 2004 Letter) from the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) that permits broker-dealers, subject to...more

1/22/2013 - Anti-Money Laundering Broker-Dealer FinCEN Investment Adviser No-Action Letters SEC SIFMA

FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2013

On January 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued its annual letter outlining FINRA’s regulatory and examination priorities for 2013 to FINRA-registered firms. The letter is meant to highlight to...more

1/21/2013 - FINRA

SEC Extends Sunset Date for Temporary Rule Regarding Principal Trades with Certain Advisory Clients

The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended the sunset date of Rule 206(3)-3T under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Act) from December 31, 2012, to December 31, 2014. Rule 206(3)-3T is a temporary rule that...more

1/9/2013 - Investment Adviser SEC

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