Lloyd S. Harmetz

Lloyd S. Harmetz

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News Round Up - March 2017

Changes Afoot? - President Trump has issued a number of orders that have as their aim reducing regulatory burdens. For example, there is the January 30, 2017 “two for one” order, which contemplates that, for each new rule...more

3/10/2017 - Acquisitions Corporate Governance Disclosure EU FATCA Hyperlink IFRS Intrastate Offerings Non-GAAP Financial Measures Safe Harbors SEC Securities Exchange Act Trump Administration XBRL Filing Requirements

The SEC Issues a Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3

On March 1st, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued a request for comment (“RFC”) seeking comment on Industry Guide 3, “Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies” (“Guide 3”). Guide 3,...more

3/9/2017 - Bank Holding Company Banking Sector GAAP Registration Statement Regulation S-X SEC

Inline XBRL Proposed Rule and IFRS Taxonomy

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed the use of the Inline XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) format for the submission of operating company financial statement...more

3/7/2017 - Financial Statements GAAP IFRS Mutual Funds Registration Statement SEC XBRL Filing Requirements

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

2/23/2017 - Anti-Money Laundering Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity ETFs Examination Priorities FINRA Investment Adviser OCIE Retail Investors SEC Securities Transactions

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

2/23/2017 - Advertising Broker-Dealer Conflicts of Interest EFTs FINRA Investment Adviser Marketing Proposed Amendments Rule 2210 SEC Structured Financial Products

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Market participants who are not enamored by the current state of federal securities regulation may have been heartened by the new administration’s January 30, 2017 “two for one” order. The order contemplated that, for each...more

2/21/2017 - SEC Securities Regulation Trump Administration Two For One Rule

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update – February 2017

REGULATION - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become...more

2/2/2017 - Attorney-Client Privilege Broker-Dealer Brokers Capital Acquisition Broker (CAB) Conflicts of Interest Cross-Selling DOL Examination Priorities Exploitation Fiduciary Rule FINRA Investment Adviser Liquidity Risk Management Rule Mutual Funds OCIE Pay-To-Play Sales Load Variations SEC Section 36(b) Swing Pricing Trustees

News Round Up - January 2017

Looking Ahead... We write this as a new administration looks to make its mark with an agenda that was premised on promoting capital formation by easing regulatory burdens. Once a new chair of the Securities and Exchange...more

1/25/2017 - Annual Reports C&DIs Capital Markets Foreign Issuers ICFR Internal Controls Non-GAAP Financial Measures Rule 144A SEC Securities Act

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 1

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds SEC’s Backtesting Finding - In a 2016 case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a former investment adviser lost a petition to review and vacate the decision of an SEC...more

1/25/2017 - Broker-Dealer DOL Examination Priorities Fiduciary Rule FINRA OCIE SEC

FINRA Issues 2017 Examination Priorities Letter

Introduction - Consistent with prior practice, with the arrival of the new year, FINRA has published its key examination priorities. As in prior years, the letter covers a broad array of topics. This year’s topics...more

1/9/2017 - Broker-Dealer Examination Priorities FINRA Investors SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 12

FDIC Adopts New Recordkeeping Requirements for Large Banks – Modifies Original Proposal as to Brokered CDs - In November 2016, the FDIC approved a final rule establishing recordkeeping requirements for insured...more

12/13/2016 - Banks Big Data DOL EU FDIC Fiduciary Rule FINRA Fixed Income Investments IRS MREL Recordkeeping Requirements SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 11

Structured Products Legal and Regulatory Conference: November 2016 - In November 2016, Morrison & Foerster LLP sponsored Risk magazine’s annual structured products legal and regulatory conference in Washington, D.C. ...more

11/18/2016 - Cross-Selling DOL ETNs Fiduciary Rule FINRA International Regulatory Standards Nasdaq Packaged Retail And Insurance-Based Investment Products (PRIIPS) SEC Structured Financial Products

FINRA Proposes Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

In October 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed rules designed to help brokers protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The proposal would amend existing customer account information rules...more

10/26/2016 - Broker-Dealer Brokers Exploitation FINRA Proposed Rules Safe Harbors SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 10

FINRA Revises its Proposed Amendments to Rule 2210 - In our recent Client Alert, we wrote about the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s proposed changes to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public. One of...more

10/6/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Broker-Dealer Enforcement Actions Exchange-Traded Products FINRA Mortgage REITS NASAA Proposed Amendments Rule 2210 SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 9

Updating Unregistered Structured Note Programs: How Frequently? - For some types of securities offering programs, we have “black letter law” that instructs issuers how frequently the program documentation should be...more

9/15/2016 - BaFin Bank Holding Company Brokerage Accounts Cease and Desist Orders Duty to Update Federal Reserve Financial Sector FINRA Fixed Income Investments Germany Income Tax Act Private Funds SEC Subsidiaries TLAC TRACE

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

8/16/2016 - Advisors Act Auditors BDC Broker-Dealer Business Continuity Plans Business Development Companies CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Commodity Pool Customer Due Diligence (CDD) ETFs FinCEN FSOC OCIE Private Equity Qualified Client Risk Management SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 8

Brexit and Structured Products: A Framework for Considering Disclosures - The U.K.’s recent referendum to withdraw from the European Union has affected virtually all segments of the financial industry. The structured...more

8/13/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements Distributors DOL ERISA ETFs EU Fiduciary Duty Financial Markets FINRA Fraud Manufacturers Negligence Standard Referendums Required Communications SEC Structured Financial Products UK UK Brexit

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

Financing Subsidiaries and SEC Registration - As readers of this publication know, in order to address the expected new U.S. regulatory capital requirements, a number of U.S. bank holding companies have been creating new...more

7/7/2016 - Bonds Complex Financial Products EU Federal Reserve Financial Services Industry Financing FINRA Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI) Investor Advisory Committee Investors ISDA SEC Securities Structured Financial Products Subsidiaries UK UK Brexit

SEC Proposes to Expand Smaller Reporting Company Eligibility

On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed amendments to the definition of “smaller reporting company” (SRC) that would expand the number of companies that have this status. These...more

6/29/2016 - Capital Formation Disclosure Requirements Emerging Growth Companies Issuer Eligibility Criteria Proposed Amendments SEC Smaller Reporting Companies Threshold Requirements

FINRA Proposes Initial Round of Amendments to Communications Rules

In May 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed revisions to its communications rules that include a few substantive revisions to existing rules, ease some burdensome filing requirements, and leave the door open for future...more

6/7/2016 - Amended Regulation Disclosure Requirements Educational Communications Rule Filing Requirements FINRA Investment Companies Investor Protection Rule 2210 SEC

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

Structured Notes Offered on an Agency Basis - In our last issue, we discussed the potential impact of the Department of Labor’s new rules on sales of structured products. In that article, we discussed some of the...more

5/31/2016 - Comment Period Debt Deposit Accounts DOL FDIC FINRA Offerings Recordkeeping Requirements Regulation S-K Retirement Plan SEC Structured Financial Products Underwriting

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 5

Electronic Structured Product Systems and FINRA’s Robo-Advisor Report - In a prior issue of this publication, we wrote about electronic structured note issuance platforms, and how these might be affected by U.S....more

5/2/2016 - Broker-Dealer European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Adviser FINRA OCC Regulation S-K Retail Investors SEC

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - April 2016

Regulation - Department of Labor Issues Fiduciary Regulations Under ERISA - The Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-anticipated final regulation (the “Regulation”) defining who is a fiduciary as a result of...more

4/21/2016 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Crowdfunding Derivatives DOL ERISA FINRA SEC

A Lofty Concept: Disclosure Effectiveness

Even before the JOBS Act had been proposed, policymakers focused on the downturn in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) speculated that the burdensome disclosure requirements applicable to public companies were...more

4/19/2016 - Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements IPO JOBS Act SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 4

Structured Product Sales at Bank Branches: Networking- Arrangement Rules - Many broker-dealers engaged in the structured products industry are affiliates of large U.S. banks, which have a significant customer footprint. ...more

4/1/2016 - Banks Broker-Dealer Financial Services Industry FINRA High-Yield Markets SEC Structured Financial Products

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