Lloyd S. Harmetz

Lloyd S. Harmetz

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 8

Structured Notes and Issuer Quiet Periods Background - Most issuers establish a “quiet period” (also called a “blackout” period) prior to the release of potentially sensitive information and material non-public...more

11/23/2015 - Banking Sector Corporate Issuers Debt Financial Services Industry FINRA FSB Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI) Structured Financial Products

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

11/18/2015 - AIFMD Anti-Money Laundering CFTC Compliance Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions FINRA Investment Management Investor Protection OCIE Outsourcing SEC Swap Dealers Swing Pricing Volcker Rule

Are You Eligible?

We have a variety of regulations that set forth different standards of eligibility for different types of instruments. These can be found under both the U.S. securities laws and the commodities laws. It’s not always easy to...more

11/11/2015 - Accredited Investors Institutional Investors Offerings Private Placements Qualified Institutional Buyers Regulation D

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 7

Structured Products Offerings and Research Reports: Introduction - Structured products are sold by broker-dealers, many of which are affiliates of large investment banks. The equity research group of the same...more

11/6/2015 - Binary Options Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements Equity Research Rule ETNs FINRA Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI) License Agreements Offerings Sanctions SEC Structured Financial Products Websites

FINRA Proposes Rules to Help Avoid Financial Exploitation of Seniors

Avoiding financial exploitation of older investors has been on our regulators’ radar screens for several years. With new rules proposed in October 2015, FINRA seeks to make investing safer for seniors and other vulnerable...more

10/28/2015 - Brokers Disclosure Requirements Elder Issues Exploitation FINRA Notice Requirements Policies and Procedures Proposed Regulation Recordkeeping Requirements Safe Harbors Supervision Training Requirements

FINRA to Propose Action on Exploitation of Elderly Investors

On September 17, 2015, FINRA announced that it would propose rules to help member firms protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The proposal would create a safe harbor enabling broker-dealer...more

9/23/2015 - Amended Regulation Broker-Dealer Disabled Elder Abuse Elder Issues Exploitation FINRA Investor Protection OCIE Proposed Regulation Safe Harbors

Cybersecurity, Round 2: OCIE Announces Areas of Focus for Cybersecurity Examinations

On September 15, 2015, OCIE issued a risk alert relating to its new cybersecurity examination initiative. This is the second round of these examinations, and the alert provides a detailed look at OCIE’s current areas of...more

9/17/2015 - Broker-Dealer Cyber Incident Reporting Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security FINRA Hackers Investment Adviser OCIE Risk Alert Risk Management SEC SEC Examination Priorities Third-Party Training

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 5

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Structured Note Sales - Earlier this year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) indicated branch offices and structured products as two of its...more

9/1/2015 - Broker-Dealer Compensation Standards Derivatives EDGAR ESA EU Financial Institutions FINRA Internal Communications IRS Loss Contingencies NASD OCIE Risk Alert Risk Management SEC Structured Finance Training UK Underwriting

Show Us the Money: FINRA Initiates Sweep Relating to Compensation Practices

FINRA has made no secret of its interest in broker compensation, and the potential conflicts of interest that can be generated by some types of compensation practices. FINRA discussed these issues in its 2015 annual...more

8/26/2015 - Broker Commissions Broker-Dealer Conflicts of Interest Fiduciary Duty FINRA Registered Representatives Request For Information Retailers Third-Party

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 4

In This Issue: - FINRA Requests Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rule 2210 and Issues Additional FAQs - FINRA’s Revised Sanction Guidelines - A Uniform Fiduciary Duty Standard and the Structured Products...more

6/24/2015 - Advertising CARDS Compliance Fiduciary Duty FINRA Rule 2210 Sanctions Structured Financial Products Websites

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The National Senior Investor Initiative - SEC Commissioner Addresses Structured Notes - The SEC Defines “Voting Equity Securities” Under the Rule 506(d) Bad Actor Disqualification...more

5/4/2015 - Elder Abuse Elder Issues Financial Institutions FINRA OCIE Rule 506(d) SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 2 - March 2015

In This Issue: - FCA Publishes Thematic Review on Structured Product Development and Governance - EU Commission Review of Prospectus Directive - SEC Issues Investor Bulletin Relating to Structured Notes -...more

3/16/2015 - Canada EU European Commission False Claims Act (FCA) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) FINRA Prospectus SEC Structured Financial Products Toronto Stock Exchange

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 1 - January 26 , 2015

In This Issue: - FINRA Releases 2015 Regulatory and Exam Priorities Letter: Structured Products Remain an Area of Focus - OCIE Exam Priorities: 2015 - In Re: TVIX Securities Litigation - Second...more

1/27/2015 - Basel III Credit Suisse ESMA Examination Priorities Exchange-Traded Products FINRA FSB G-SIB MiFID OCC OCIE Securities Securities Litigation Structured Financial Products

SEC Proposes Amendments to Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the SEC proposed amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. These proposals...more

1/2/2015 - Bank Holding Company Banks JOBS Act Proposed Amendments Registration SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 5, Issue 9

In This Issue: - What to Expect in 2015 - EU Regulatory Agenda: Into 2015 - FINRA Issues Report Relating to its Communication Rules - Structured Product Offerings and RIAs - The SEC, Investment Funds and...more

12/24/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Derivatives EU Financial Institutions Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Investment Adviser Investment Funds SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 8 - December 2014

In This Issue: - Key Regulators Speak at Structured Products Conference - FINRA Shows Its CARDS; It Will Use Big Data to Review Suitability of Complex Products Sales - FINRA’s Proposed Bond Mark-up...more

12/2/2014 - Advertising Big Data Broker-Dealer CARDS Disclosure Requirements Exchange-Traded Products FINRA Regulatory Agenda Regulatory Standards SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 7 - November 11, 2014

In This Issue: - Index Changes and Successor Indices: Avoiding Delisting From The NYSE Arca - EU PRIIPS Regulation Expected to Come Into Force - UK Review of the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities...more

11/12/2014 - ETNs EU Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA NYSE SEC Structured Financial Products UK

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 6 - August 2014

In This Issue: - European Product Intervention - FINRA Speaks at 2014 Structured Retail Products Conference - FINRA Approves Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain...more

8/13/2014 - Class Action ESMA EU FINRA Investment Funds MiFID Retailers Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 4 - May 30, 2014

In This Issue: - No More KIDding Around: European Parliament Approves PRIIPs Regulation - FINRA Amends Rule 5110 to Exempt Certain Collective Investment Vehicles from Its Filing Requirements - The Time for the...more

7/15/2014 - Compliance EU Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Foreign Investment Investors SEC

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 5 - June 25, 2014

In This Issue: - The 1996 Morgan Stanley Letter: Re-imagined at the Age of 18 - Structured CDs – Goodbye Regulation DD, Hello Regulation DD - FCA Issues Fine in Relation to Structured Product...more

6/26/2014 - Banks Disclosure Requirements EDGAR ESMA Financial Products IPO Morgan Stanley Public Disclosure Regulation D SEC Securities Truth in Savings Act

SEC Approves Amendments to FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule

Broader Availability of Termination Fees and Rights of First Refusal - Elimination of Filing for Certain ETFs: In May 2014, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed amendments to Rule 5110, commonly called the...more

5/21/2014 - Compliance Corporate Financing Corporate Financing Rule ETFs FINRA SEC

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 3 - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - The SEC Issues Its Long-Awaited Sweep Letter on ETNs - FINRA Proposes Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain FWPs - Comprehensive Surveillance Sharing Agreements -...more

4/10/2014 - Banks Broker-Dealer Compliance ETNs FINRA Foreign Banks Proposed Amendments SEC Surveillance

SEC Revises Guidance on Granting WKSI Waiver

On March 12, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance updated its guidance regarding requests for waivers by well-known seasoned issuers (“WKSIs”) that would otherwise become ineligible issuers under Rule 405 of the...more

3/26/2014 - SEC Securities Exchange Act Waivers WKSIs

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 2 - February 20, 2014

In This Issue: Opinions and Warnings – ESMA’s Views on Complex Products; SEC Releases Draft Strategic Plan; Distributing Structured Notes from a Regulation S Platform; and Non-U.S. Equity Underliers and Exchange Rate...more

2/21/2014 - Complex Financial Products Compliance ESMA EU Financial Regulatory Reform SEC

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