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M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based...more

2/10/2014 - Broker-Dealer No-Action Letters Registration SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting...more

2/3/2014 - Compliance Due Diligence Enforcement Investigations OCIE SEC

Stepping Into the Ring Against the SEC and FINRA: Sometimes It Pays to Duke It Out Against the Regulators

Originally published in Thomson Reuters - Securities Regulation Law Journal - Winter 2012. Faced with the possibility of litigating against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Financial Industry...more

12/20/2012 - ALJ Appeals Broker-Dealer Compliance FINRA FINRA Hearing Panel Sanctions SEC

FINRA Reverses Course and Issues Guidance Changing Its Interpretation Regarding the Key Issues of "Potential Investors" and...

Background - FINRA’s new suitability requirement, Rule 2011, went into effect July 9, 2012. Because the rule was such a departure from prior standards, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 12-25 (May 2012) to explain the rule...more

12/19/2012 - Broker-Dealer FINRA Investment Adviser Suitability Rule

Welcome to the Party? FINRA Invites Investment Advisers to Utilize its Arbitration Procedures

Originally published in the Investment Adviser Association Newsletter on December 3, 2012. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued guidance (Guidance) stating that it will now accept requests...more

12/8/2012 - Arbitration FINRA Investment Adviser SEC

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