James Van De Graaff

James Van De Graaff

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approval Chart April 16, 2014

Attached please find the updated Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals Chart, current as of April 16, 2014. All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded. Please note the following developments...more

4/16/2014 - CFTC Economic Development Foreign Exchanges Futures Stocks

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 Requests Comment on FINRA Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is requesting comments from the public on two proposals from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. First, FINRA proposed to amend FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the...more

4/8/2014 - FINRA Investment Company Act of 1940 Public Comment SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

4/7/2014 - Auditors Audits CFTC FATF FINRA G20 NFA ORC SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

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

FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed proposed rule changes with the Securities and Exchange Commission to amend FINRA Rules 2210 and 2214. Rule 2210, which governs broker-dealers’ communications with the public,...more

3/18/2014 - Broker-Dealer Compliance FINRA Recordkeeping Requirements SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges...more

3/17/2014 - Audits CFTC Clearing Agencies CME FINRA Nasdaq Ponzi Scheme Risk Management SEC Transfers

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has requested comments on a proposed rule set for limited corporate financing brokers (LCFBs). LCFBs are firms that engage in certain limited activities, such as advising companies...more

3/11/2014 - Brokers FINRA

SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments

On February 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets granted two separate requests for no-action relief, one submitted by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)...more

3/11/2014 - Banks Broker-Dealer FDIC No-Action Relief SEC SIFMA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 10

In this issue: - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers - SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments -...more

3/10/2014 - Appeals CFTC Disgorgement False Reporting Financial Reporting FINRA Fraud Mergers SEC

SEC Approves Changes to FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure Rule 8312

The Securities and Exchange Commission approved two changes to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Rule 8312 relating to FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure (BrokerCheck Rule)...more

2/25/2014 - BrokerCheck Disclosure Requirements FINRA SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 8

In this issue: - OTC Markets Proposes Amendments to OTCQX Rules and New Rules for US Banks - SEC Approves Changes to FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure Rule 8312 - SEC to Examine Never-Before Examined...more

2/24/2014 - Bank Holding Company Banking Sector Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Foreign Banks Investment Adviser IRS OTC SEC Tax Preparers Tax Returns

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

FINRA Issues New Rules on Securities Borrowing, Customer Protection and Callable Securities

On December 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority regarding securities loans and borrowings, permissible use of customers’ securities, and callable...more

12/10/2013 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements Fair Lending FINRA

FINRA Issues New Investor Alert on Closed-End Funds

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an investor alert regarding closed-end funds to explain what investors should know before investing. Like other mutual funds, closed-end funds are professionally managed...more

11/5/2013 - FINRA Investment Funds Investors IPO

FINRA Discusses Suitability Rule Examination Findings

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. has released a Regulatory Notice regarding Rule 2111 (Suitability). Regulatory Notice 13-31 does not create or alter existing guidance and interpretations with respect to the...more

10/16/2013 - FINRA Suitability Rule

SEC Re-opens Comment Period for Amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156

As reported in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest of July 12, 2013, we summarized proposed amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156...more

10/15/2013 - Regulation D Rule 156 SEC

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Supervisory Liability of Broker-Dealer Compliance and Legal Personnel Under Section...

On September 30, 2013, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in an effort to provide guidance regarding potential supervisory liability of...more

10/14/2013 - Broker-Dealer Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel SEC Securities Exchange Act Supervisors

SEC Adopts Municipal Advisor Registration Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued final rules requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC. The final rules define “municipal advisor” to include a person who provides advice regarding municipal...more

10/1/2013 - Municipal Advisers Municipalities Registration SEC

Federal Agencies Seek Comment on Joint Proposed Rule Regarding Credit Risk Retention

In 2011, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Office of the Comptroller of...more

9/17/2013 - Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve FHDA HUD OCC Risk Retention SEC Securities

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

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