Benjamin Coulter

Benjamin Coulter

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FINRA Sends “Public Arbitrators” Rule to SEC for Approval

On June 30, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) sent its proposed rules to limit the definition of “public arbitrators” to those without any experience in the securities industry. Previously, an...more

7/23/2014 - Arbitration Arbitrators Compliance FINRA SEC

Reverse Churning: Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, and investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to clients. But the recent increase in regulatory interest relating to inaction in a...more

7/11/2014 - Broker-Dealer Fiduciary Duty FINRA Investment Adviser Reverse Churning SEC

SEC Begins Proceedings on FINRA Proposal Concerning Per Share Estimated Valuations for Unlisted DPP and REIT Securities

On May 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether to approve a proposal by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc, (FINRA) to amend the NASD and FINRA rules governing...more

6/13/2014 - Compliance DPPs FINRA NASD REIT SEC

Second Circuit Reverses SDNY In SEC-Citigroup Settlement Case

On June 4, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded a November 28, 2011 order from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York refusing to approve a...more

6/6/2014 - Chevron Deference Citigroup Enforcement Enforcement Actions Interlocutory Appeals Judge Rakoff Risk Management SEC SEC v Citigroup

FINRA Sends Transition Bonus Disclosure Rule To SEC

In a move designed to increase transparency between its member firms’ registered persons (“representatives”) and their former clients when they move from one firm to another, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority...more

5/21/2014 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements FINRA SEC Transparency

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 27, 2013

In This Issue: - Secrecy Provision of JOBS Act Boosts IPO Pipeline - SEC Chair Says Companies Will Soon Have to Admit Wrongdoing - SBA Revises Standards Determining Small Business Sizes - Group Announces...more

7/2/2013 - Business Development Crowdfunding IPO JOBS Act Research and Experiment Tax Credit SBA SEC Small Business Startups

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 25, 2013

In This Issue: - Regulators Could Step in with Tougher Rules as Bank Profits Rise - Bill Would Force Study of Basel III Impact on Bank Capital Costs - Regulator Wants Enforcement Powers Against Bank...more

4/26/2013 - Barack Obama CFPB Compliance Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Enforcement Extensions FDIC Federal Reserve Living Will Loans Mortgages Profits SEC Small Business

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - Global Banking Group Calls for Several Rates to Replace Libor - U.S. Applies Money-Laundering Rules to "Virtual Currencies" - SEC Says Big Banks Don't Have to Hold Shareholder Break-Up Votes -...more

4/3/2013 - CFPB Credit Unions International Accounting Standards Board Libor Loans Money Laundering SEC Shareholder Votes Small Business Student Loans TARP Virtual Currency

Corporate & Tax E-Note - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - SEC Yet to Release Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act Guidelines - IRS Crackdown on Contract Workers Has Small Businesses Concerned - Accelerated Filers Found to be Filing More Restatements -...more

4/3/2013 - Audits Board of Directors CEOs Class Action Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Divorce Family Businesses Filing Requirements IPO IRS JOBS Act SEC Small Business Tax-Exempt Bonds

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