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SEC Approves IEX as a National Securities Exchange and Issues Interpretation To Allow IEX "Speed Bump"

As has been widely reported, the application of Investors' Exchange, LLC (IEX) to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a national securities exchange has generated unprecedented interest and a fair...more

6/24/2016 - Flash Boys High Frequency Trading Investors' Exchange (IEX) SEC Securities Exchanges

SEC Enforcement Action Highlights Need for Private Equity Firms to Consider Broker-Dealer Registration

A recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity firm highlights issues identified in a recent speech by the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Enforcement as well as an issue...more

6/3/2016 - Broker-Dealer Enforcement Actions Private Equity Funds Registration Requirement SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 21

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Releases Target Dates for Proposed and Final Rulemaking - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently published its agenda with respect to upcoming rulemaking, including rulemaking...more

5/31/2016 - Cross-Border Transactions Deposit Accounts EU European Union Delegated Act (EUDA) FDIC Margin Requirements MiFID II Recordkeeping Requirements Rulemaking Process SEC UK

The SEC Approves a FINRA Rule Amendment Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading...

On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to NASD Rule 1032(f) which will require registration as Securities Traders of associated persons who are primarily responsible for the design,...more

4/15/2016 - Algorithmic Trading Associated Persons FINRA NASD Registration Requirement SEC

SEC Announces Creation of Office of Risk and Strategy

On March 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the creation of the Office of Risk and Strategy (ORS) within the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)....more

3/15/2016 - Administrative Boards OCIE Registered Investment Advisors SEC SEC Examination Priorities

Change to the No-Action Relief Regarding Definition of “Ready Market” With Regard to Foreign Equity Securities Pursuant to SEC...

On February 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission withdrew a no-action letter that was issued on November 28, 2012 (Old Letter), and issued a new one in its place (New Letter). The New Letter is identical to the Old...more

2/16/2016 - Foreign Issuers No-Action Letters SEC

No-Action Relief Allows Broker-Dealers and OTC Derivatives Dealers to Submit Certain Reports Electronically

On December 21, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets granted no-action relief that will allow broker-dealers and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives dealers to submit their annual and...more

2/2/2016 - Broker-Dealer EDGAR Electronic Filing No-Action Relief SEC

FINRA Issues Notice on the Application of the Mark-Up Rule to Exempted Government Securities Transactions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 16-03, which discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of amendments to FINRA Rule 0150 (Application of Rules to Exempted Securities...more

1/26/2016 - FINRA Issuer Exemption SEC U.S. Treasury

Research Note: Equity Market Volatility on August 24, 2015

On December 29, 2015, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Analytics and Research Division of Trading and Markets published a research note (Research Note) on the unusual price volatility that the...more

1/12/2016 - Broker-Dealer Equity Markets Exchange-Traded Products Futures SEC

Revised Pay-to-Play Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on a revised proposal recently filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to establish “pay-to-play” and related rules regulating the activities of FINRA...more

1/12/2016 - Broker-Dealer Comment Period Pay-To-Play Proposed Regulation SEC

Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Adopt the Capital Acquisition Broker Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposal to create a set of rules for FINRA member firms that meet the definition of “capital acquisition broker” (CAB)...more

1/12/2016 - Comment Period FINRA M&A Brokers Proposed Regulation SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 1

SEC/CORPORATE - PCAOB Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Participants in an Audit - On December 15, 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted new rules and related amendments to...more

1/11/2016 - Banking Sector C&DIs Examination Priorities Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) M&A Brokers Pay-To-Play PCAOB Regulation Technical Standards (RTS) SEC

FINRA Issues Notice on Member Website References and Hyperlinks to BrokerCheck

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-50, which discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public). The amendments...more

12/15/2015 - BrokerCheck Disclosure Requirements FINRA Retail Investors SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 47

SEC/CORPORATE - FAST Act Legislation and Impact on Securities Law - On December 4, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). This transportation bill includes...more

12/14/2015 - AIFMD CFTC Cybersecurity Disclosure Requirements Emerging Growth Companies EU European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) FINRA Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) SEC

SEC Approves Changes To Reduce the Waiting Period for the Release of Information Reported on Form U5 Through BrokerCheck

Effective as of December 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a change to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Rule 8312 (FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure) to reduce the waiting period from 15 to three...more

12/8/2015 - BrokerCheck FINRA SEC Waiting Periods

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 46

SEC/CORPORATE - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2016 - Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2016 proxy voting...more

12/7/2015 - Banking Sector Broker-Dealer CFTC EU FINRA MiFID II OCC Overboarding Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC Shareholder Proposals Waiting Periods

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Transparency and Oversight of Alternative Trading Systems

On November 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems (ATSs) that trade stocks listed on a national securities...more

11/24/2015 - Alternative Trading Systems Regulatory Oversight SEC Trading Platforms Transparency Directive

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 45

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference - On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting...more

11/23/2015 - Alternative Trading Systems Anti-Money Laundering European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Sector IFRS SEC

SEC Proposes Security-based Swap Data Repositories Make Data Available to Regulators

The SEC is proposing amendments to rules related to regulator access to security-based swap data held by security-based swap data repositories. If adopted, the amendments would require security-based swap data repositories...more

9/15/2015 - Comment Period Data Privacy Data-Sharing Proposed Amendments SEC Security-Based Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 35

SEC/CORPORATE - US District Court Orders SEC To Revise Resource Extraction Issuer Rule - On September 2, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered the SEC to file with the District Court in 30...more

9/14/2015 - Banking Sector Broker-Dealer C-Suite Executives CFTC Commodities Consultation Corporate Executive Boards Failure To Disclose FFIEC Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Institutions Investment Funds Major Swap Participants NFA NYSE Oxfam America Resource Extraction Rulemaking Process SEC Swaps Trade Market Abuse UCITS UK

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Broker-Dealer Controls Regarding Retail Sales of Structured Securities Products

On August 24, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ National Examination Program staff (Staff) released a Risk Alert summarizing findings from an examination of 10...more

9/1/2015 - Broker-Dealer Industry Examinations Risk Alert SEC Supervision

The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt a Kill Switch for NOM

On August 20, NASDAQ filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which seeks to amend Chapter VI, Section 6, entitled “Acceptance of Quotes and Orders,” of the rules governing the NASDAQ Options...more

9/1/2015 - Comment Period Nasdaq Proposed Amendments SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 33

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Decreases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2016 - On August 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective October 1, the fees that public companies and...more

8/31/2015 - CFTC Counterparties Derivatives Equity Markets EU European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Globally Harmonized System IOSCO Nasdaq SEC

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 31

SEC Division of Corporate Finance Issues New CD&Is Relating to General Solicitation and Regulation D - On August 6, the Staff of the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff)...more

8/17/2015 - Banking Sector Broker-Dealer CD&I CFTC Derivatives EFTA EU Exemptive Relief Federal Reserve General Solicitation Major Swap Participants Regulation D SEC Shadow Banking Small Business Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act UK

FINRA Proposes Rule Governing Personal Securities Transactions of Associated Persons

On July 31, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt FINRA Rule 3210 (Accounts At Other Broker-Dealers and Financial Institutions) in the...more

8/11/2015 - Associated Persons Broker-Dealer Financial Institutions FINRA NASD NYSE Proposed Regulation SEC

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