Kelley A. Howes

Kelley A. Howes

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Another Bestseller: The SEC’s Examination Priorities for 2014

Following closely on the heels of FINRA’s publication of its examination priorities for 2014 (see our recent client alert), OCIE’s National Exam Program (NEP) released a summary of its 2014 priorities. OCIE’s priorities...more

1/15/2014 - Compliance Databases Dodd-Frank Enforcement FINRA NEP OCIE Third-Party Risk Whistleblowers

A Must Read: FINRA’s 2014 Exam Priorities

FINRA did not wait for any dust (or snow) to settle on the New Year before alerting the brokerage industry and the public about its regulatory and examination priorities for 2014. This year’s letter, issued earlier than ever...more

1/6/2014 - Algorithmic Trading Anti-Money Laundering Broker-Dealer Compliance Conflicts of Interest Crowdfunding Employer Liability Issues Enforcement FINRA High Frequency Trading Qualified Benefit Plans Recidivism

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- December 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Continues to Look at a Uniform Fiduciary Standard for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers; SEC Grants Unusual Exemptive Relief from Pay-to-Play “Time-Out” Provision;...more

12/11/2013 - Broker-Dealer Compliance Conflicts of Interest Directors Fiduciary Duty FINRA Investment Funds SEC

Uniform Fiduciary Standard Still a Priority, But No Timeline Yet

Both the SEC and FINRA believe that the question of whether a uniform fiduciary standard should be imposed on broker-dealers and investment advisers needs to be resolved. The problem is, neither one seems to have a view...more

11/15/2013 - Broker-Dealer Fiduciary Duty FINRA Investment Adviser SEC Uniform Fiduciaries Act

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

10/24/2013 - Audits Bad Actors Broker-Dealer CFTC Commodity Pool Compliance Continuity of Enterprises Dodd-Frank Enforcement FINRA General Solicitation Investment Adviser JOBS Act PCAOB Private Funds Rule 506 Offerings SEC

FINRA Enforcement Action Stresses Procedures for Due Diligence on Private Placements of Investment Funds

In a recent formal disciplinary proceeding, FINRA reaffirmed member firms’ obligations to maintain adequate procedures for conducting due diligence on private placements, including the review of sales materials, and systems...more

7/29/2013 - Broker-Dealer Due Diligence Enforcement Actions FINRA Fraud Investment Funds Private Placements Regulation D

Mean What You Say and Say What You Mean: FINRA Raises Concerns About Advertising “Free” and “No-Fee” Services

FINRA is once again focusing on member firms’ communications with the public. Regulatory Notice 13-23 provides members with guidance regarding disclosure of fees in communications about retail brokerage accounts and...more

7/25/2013 - Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements Fees FINRA IRA Misrepresentation

Broker-Dealer Email Systems Must Keep Pace with Firm Growth, FINRA Says

A recent FINRA disciplinary action sends a strong message to broker-dealers that the development of their compliance systems — particularly with respect to email review and retention — must keep pace with the growth of their...more

5/29/2013 - Broker-Dealer Discovery Email FINRA Recordkeeping Requirements Sanctions Supervision

FINRA Identifies Concerns with Marketing of Real Estate Investment Products

FINRA recently signaled a continuing focus on the marketing of real estate-related products by issuing a Regulatory Notice expressing concerns about communications involving unlisted, or non-traded, real estate investment...more

5/13/2013 - Disclosure Requirements FINRA Marketing Real Estate Investments

FINRA Identifies Concerns with Marketing of Real Estate Investment Products

FINRA’s concern with the marketing of real estate-related products is reaching fever pitch. Its recent Regulatory Notice draws recent reviews of communications and findings in recent FINRA disciplinary actions, and gives...more

5/10/2013 - DDPs FINRA Marketing Mortgage REITS Real Estate Investments

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- February 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - FINRA overhaul of communications rules becomes effective and ICI and CoC appeal Rule 4.5 ruling. Enforcement + Litigation - Enforcement Division priorities target hedge...more

2/14/2013 - ALJ Brokers CoC Enforcement Fines FINRA Hedge Funds ICI Investment Adviser Investment Funds SEC Stock Repurchases Valuation

FINRA Provides Early Guidance About Its Exam Priorities; Firms Should Take Notice

In its annual summary of regulatory and examination priorities, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) signaled that it will aggressively pursue market misconduct. The January 11, 2013 report follows closely on...more

1/16/2013 - Broker-Dealer Compliance Cybersecurity FINRA Investment Adviser Investors

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