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Proposed Amendments to SEC Rule 15b9-1 Would Require Most Proprietary Trading Broker-Dealers to Become FINRA Members

Consistent with the increased regulatory scrutiny of proprietary trading firms-and high frequency trading firms in particular—the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed amendments to SEC Rule 15b9-1 (also...more

4/21/2015 - Broker-Dealer FINRA Proposed Amendments Proprietary Trading Rule 15B9-1 SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC Proposes to Amend Rule 15b9-1

The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

4/1/2015 - Broker-Dealer FINRA High Frequency Trading Proposed Amendments Registration Requirement Rule 15B9-1 SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC and FINRA Issue Cybersecurity Publications

On February 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued separate publications on cybersecurity risk. The SEC’s risk alert provides summary observations from the SEC’s Office of...more

2/12/2015 - Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity FINRA Industry Examinations Investment Adviser Risk Alert SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3

In this issue: - SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals - SEC Comments on FINRA's Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure - CFTC Grants...more

1/26/2015 - Broker-Dealer Canada CFTC Class Action Conflicts of Interest ESMA FINRA Forex Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Hong Kong Layering Mary Jo White Mexico Mining Mortgages NFA OCC Proposed Regulation Proxy Access Rule PSLRA Scienter SEC Securities Shareholder Proposals Threshhold Requirements Whole Foods

SEC 2015 Examination Priorities Focus on Liquid Alternatives and Fixed-Income Funds

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2015 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

1/20/2015 - Broker-Dealer Fixed Income Investments Investment Adviser LiquidAlts OCIE Qualified Retirement Plans SEC SEC Examination Priorities Transfer Agents

FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2015

One January 6, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its annual letter to FINRA member firms outlining FINRA’s regulatory and examination priorities for the coming year....more

1/13/2015 - Anti-Money Laundering Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity Examination Procedures FINRA Private Placements Regulatory Standards

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

9/22/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank EU FINRA Insider Trading Institutional Investment IRS Limited Liability Companies Margin Requirements Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 30

In this issue: - Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public - Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges - Former Chief Operating Officer Settles SEC Fraud...more

8/4/2014 - Advertising Banking Sector Banks Broker-Dealer Corporate Officers Electronic Communications FINRA Misappropriation Retailers Rule 2210 SEC Securities Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Settlement Smith & Wesson

Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers

On June 12, Commissioner Kara M. Stein called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to make its net capital requirements for broker dealers more stringent. Commissioner Stein warned that current net capital levels may not...more

6/17/2014 - Broker-Dealer Net Capital Rule SEC SEC Commissioner

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

6/16/2014 - Akamai Technologies Bitcoins Broker-Dealer Digital Assets Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Investment Adviser SEC Section 10(b) Section 10(b)-5 Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

SEC Issues FAQs on Rule 15c3-5 for Broker Dealers with Market Access

On April 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets issued guidance in the form of 19 frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Rule 15c3-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act),...more

4/22/2014 - Broker-Dealer SEC Securities Exchange Act Third-Party Risk

FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt FINRA Rule 2081 that would prohibit broker dealers and associated persons from...more

4/22/2014 - Broker-Dealer Brokers Expungement FINRA Investment Adviser

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 16

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule - FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements - SEC Issues FAQs...more

4/21/2014 - Broker-Dealer CME Conflict Mineral Rules Expungement FINRA Fraud Hedge Funds SEC

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 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

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

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 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

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 Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements...

Rule 13h-1 (the “Large Trader Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires that market participants that conduct a substantial amount of trading activity, as measured by volume or market value, in US securities...more

8/20/2013 - Broker-Dealer Larger Participant Registration SEC

Amendments to SEC Rules Regarding Broker Dealer Financial Responsibility and Reporting Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the financial responsibility requirements for broker dealers under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) designed to safeguard customer securities and...more

8/13/2013 - Broker-Dealer Notice Requirements PCAOB Reporting Requirements SEC Securities Exchange Act Self-Regulatory Organizations SIPC Third-Party

SEC Extends Interim Final Temporary Rule for Broker-Dealers Engaging in a Retail Forex Business

As reported in Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of July 15, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted interim final temporary Rule 15b12-1T to allow a registered broker-dealer to engage in a retail forex...more

7/23/2013 - Broker-Dealer Deadlines Final Rules Foreign Exchanges

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