Ross Pazzol

Ross Pazzol

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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FINRA’s NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability

On May 12, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) revised its Sanction Guidelines to call for tougher sanctions against those who commit fraud or make unsuitable...more

5/19/2015 - FINRA Fraud Misrepresentation Omissions Sanctions Suitability Requirements

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 19

In This Issue: - FINRA's NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability - CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality - CFTC Requests Public...more

5/18/2015 - Banking Sector Broker-Dealer CFTC Class Action CME DOJ Financial Institutions FINRA Virtual Currency

SEC Approves Pilot to Assess Tick Size Impact for Smaller Companies

On May 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposal by the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to implement a two-year pilot program that widens the permissible...more

5/12/2015 - FINRA SEC Small Business Small Cap Stocks Stock Trades

FINRA Proposes Exemption From the TAF for Proprietary Trading Firms

On March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

5/12/2015 - Broker-Dealer FINRA Proposed Amendments Proprietary Trading Registration Requirement SEC Securities Exchange Act

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 18

In this issue: - SEC Proposes Rules for Security-based Swap Activity of Non-US Persons in the United States - FINRA Proposes Exemption From the TAF for Proprietary Trading Firms - SEC Approves Pilot to...more

5/11/2015 - Broker-Dealer Captive Insurance Company CFTC Class Action Commodities ESMA FINRA MiFID Proprietary Trading SEC Security-Based Swaps Small Offering Exemptions SPVs Urban Outfitters

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

FINRA Seeks Comment on Proposal Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Develop Algorithmic Trading Strategies

Introduction - As part of its ongoing market structure initiatives related to, among other things, automated trading activities, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a proposal that would...more

3/27/2015 - Algorithmic Trading Associated Persons Comment Period FINRA Registration Requirement

CBOE Proposes Amendments to Trading Permit Holder and Direct Access Qualifications

On March 11, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) proposed new qualifications for Trading Permit Holder (TPH) applicants and direct access users. The proposed amendments require a TPH to be domiciled in (in the case of...more

3/24/2015 - CBOE Licensing Rules Proposed Amendments

CFE Amends Rules on ECRPs and Block Trades

On March 11, the CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) extended the reporting window for exchange of contract for related position (ECRP) transactions and clarified when it will provide written confirmations of ECRPs transactions...more

3/24/2015

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 11

In This Issue: - Delaware Proposal Banning Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions - SEC Charges Insiders for Failure to Update Schedule 13D Disclosures - CBOE Proposes Amendments to...more

3/23/2015 - AML/CFT Bylaws CFTC Criminal Background Checks Cybersecurity Delaware General Corporation Law Derivatives Disclosure Requirements Exclusive Forum FATCA Fee-Shifting FinCEN Hong Kong Insider Trading Regulation SHO SEC

CFTC Responds to District Court’s Remand Order on Certain Cross-Border Swaps Rules

On March 10, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission released an initial response to the order of the US District Court for the District of Columbia in SIFMA v. CFTC remanding eight swaps-related rulemakings to the CFTC. As...more

3/17/2015 - CFTC Dodd-Frank SIFMA Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 10

In This Issue: - NYSE Amends "Late Filer Rule" - CFTC Responds to District Court's Remand Order on Certain Cross-Border Swaps Rules - Delaware Chancery Court Addresses Proper Purpose for Inspection...more

3/16/2015 - CFTC Cross-Border Transactions Enforcement Enforcement Actions ESMA EU Inspection Rights Late Filer Rule MiFID II NYSE SEC Swaps Whistleblowers

FINRA Proposes Rule Change to Codify Reporting Requirement for Accounts Acting in Concert

On December 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed a rule change to amend FINRA Rule 2360(b)(5) to reflect the current requirement that reporting rules apply to all accounts acting in concert. FINRA Rule...more

12/23/2014 - FINRA Proposed Amendments Reporting Requirements Stock Options

FINRA Proposes Rule Change to Identify Transactions with Non-Member Affiliates

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed a rule change to amend FINRA Rule 6700 Series to require member firms to identify transactions with non-member affiliates in Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine reports...more

12/23/2014 - Affiliates FINRA Proposed Regulation Reporting Requirements

Agencies Amend Regulatory Capital and Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rules

In general, banking organizations are currently permitted to calculate their exposure with respect to derivatives transactions on a net basis under relevant regulatory capital and liquidity coverage ratio rules if such...more

12/23/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Capital Requirements Derivatives Liquidity Coverage Ratio Netting Agreement

CFTC Issues Further Relief for Package Transactions

The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an extension of no-action relief for swap execution facilities (SEFs), designated contract markets (DCMs) and swap counterparties...more

11/18/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act DCMs DMO No-Action Relief SEFs

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 45

In this issue: - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2015 - CBOE Makes Enhancements to Its Market-Maker Trade Notification System - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20...more

11/17/2014 - AIFM AIFMD CBOE CFTC Derivatives ESMA Financial Conduct Authority G20 Glass Lewis ISS Market Making OTC Prepaid Payment Products Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines

FINRA's New Consolidated Supervision Rules: A Roadmap to Compliance

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has adopted comprehensive new consolidated rules regarding supervision of member firms' activities, which become effective on December 1. While the new FINRA rules...more

11/12/2014 - Compliance FINRA London Stock Exchange NASD NYSE

FINRA Adds a Category of Persons to Serve on Disciplinary Hearings

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority amended FINRA Rules 9231 and 9232 to add a category of persons eligible to serve as panelists in a disciplinary proceeding, which includes persons who currently serve or previously...more

11/11/2014 - Compliance Disciplinary Proceedings Enforcement FINRA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 44

In this issue: - SEC Sanctions 10 Companies for Disclosure Failures Surrounding Financing Deals and Stock Dilution - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Entire Fairness Review in Absence of Conflicted...more

11/10/2014 - CFTC Compliance Dilution Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCMs Financing FINRA Mutual Funds NFA Recordkeeping Requirements SEC UK Virtual Currency

The Re-Proposed Margin Rules for Non-Cleared Swaps: Some Issues and Suggestions for End Users

BACKGROUND: The US banking regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have each recently re-proposed margin rules for non-cleared swaps (the "Proposed Rules") that are virtually identical in substance and...more

11/6/2014

SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements

On October 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (Division) issued no-action relief to Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing (GSEC) relating to the close-out requirements of Rule 204. In...more

11/4/2014 - Goldman Sachs No-Action Relief SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 43

In this issue: - ISS Announces Launch of QuickScore 3.0 - SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements -...more

11/3/2014 - Banks CCPs CFTC Class Action Commingling Commodities Compliance EMIR ESMA EU European Commission FCMs Fixed Income Investments Flood Insurance Foreign Banks Foreign Exchanges ISS OCC Risk Retention SEC Securities Litigation UK

FINRA Postpones Rules on MPID Requirements for ATSs

On October 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. postponed the implementation date of the Market Participant Identifier (MPID) requirements for Alternative Trading Systems (ATSs) when reporting weekly volume...more

10/14/2014 - ATS Compliance FINRA Market Participants

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