The CFTC recently approved a futures contract on a dividend index as a non-security based index futures contract over the SEC’s objection that the dividend index contract could be a security future; the CFTC’s actions may...more
This Outline highlights key U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) enforcement developments and cases regarding broker dealers.*
The SEC’s action suggests that formal antimoney laundering program requirements for investment advisers may be on the horizon.
On January 9, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the...more
Although the MSRB’s new best execution rule is generally consistent with FINRA’s, differences exist and questions remain regarding FINRA’s examination and enforcement of the requirements....more
The respective proposals would require disclosure of price differentials in certain same-day fixed-income transactions that involve retail customers and go beyond existing price differential disclosure requirements in equity...more
On November 19, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously adopted Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Regulation SCI) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). Regulation SCI...more
The proposal would require financial institutions to identify beneficial owners of legal entities and codify existing customer due diligence guidance....more
SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined a broad market structure proposal that would require high-frequency traders to register with the SEC as dealers and that could signal the end of the dealer-trader distinction....more
The guidance addresses expense arrangements, buy-in procedures, free credit balances, sweep programs, and bulk transfers, among other things.
On March 6, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued...more
In two separate letters, the SEC staff addresses operational concerns raised by broker-dealers in connection with sweep program authorizations and the use of certain nonaffiliated U.S. branches of foreign banks....more
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Executive Summary; U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
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This Outline highlights key U.S. Securities and Exchange...more
SEC staff action may head off congressional action to exempt M&A Brokers from registration.
On February 3, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter that permits an M&A broker...more
The limited exemption will provide broker-dealers with more time to make necessary operational or systems changes.
On October 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order providing a temporary...more
Amendments impact many aspects of broker-dealers' back-office operations and will require changes to a number of existing practices.
On July 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to the...more
The no-action relief provided by the staff of the Division of Trading and Markets is generally consistent with the relief previously provided to foreign options markets.
On July 1, the staff of the Securities and...more
Order grants exemptive relief from Exchange Act requirements; parallel CFTC relief expected soon.
On December 14, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order granting exemptive relief (Exemptive Order)...more