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Legal Alert: SEC and PCAOB Address Independence Requirements in Audits Related to Broker-Dealers’ Financial Statements

Confirming that auditor independence continues to be a regulatory priority, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued orders on December 8,...more

12/11/2014 - Auditors Audits Broken Gates Broker-Dealer Financial Statements PCAOB Regulation S-X Sanctions SEC

What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities...

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances...more

10/24/2014 - Broker-Dealer Due Diligence FINRA OCIE SEC Section 5 Securities Act of 1933 Settlement Unregistered Securities

Cybersecurity Issues in the Financial Services Industry: Fasten your cyber belts, it's going to be a bumpy night

Few topics are as hot as cybersecurity. Recent high-profile data breaches at national retailers have made cybersecurity a frequent topic on Capitol Hill and an issue of growing concern to average Americans. Not surprisingly,...more

4/23/2014 - Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Security Act Enforcement Actions FINRA Governance Standards Investment Adviser Regulation S-P SEC U.S. Treasury

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

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

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