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FINRA Proposes Limited Safe Harbor for Desk Commentaries From Certain Requirements of FINRA Equity and Debt Research Rules

FINRA recently published a proposal to establish a limited safe harbor for desk commentaries from certain requirements of FINRA’s equity and debt research rules. The comment period for the same expires on May 30,...more

FINRA Proposes Broad Range of Amendments to Corporate Financing Rule

On April 12, 2017, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) published proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 5110, which regulates the terms and arrangements of securities underwriting conducted by FINRA...more

FINRA Proposes to Permit Use of Predictions/Projections of Investment Strategy Performance

In February, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposed amendments to its rule regarding communications with the public, Rule 2210, that would allow broker-dealers to distribute a customized...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2017

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2017

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2017

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

SEC Expands to Retail Customer Debt Transactions Disclosure of Broker-Dealer Mark-Ups and Mark-Downs

Currently, U.S. broker-dealers are not required to disclose their compensation in respect of fixed-income transactions effected as principal. In November 2016, the SEC approved a rule proposal of the U.S. Financial Industry...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Implications for Non-EU Banking Groups of the EU’s New Intermediate Holding Company Proposals

The European Commission has published draft legislative proposals which would require large non-EU banking firms with EU operations to establish an intermediate holding company in the EU. The proposed rules are similar to US...more

The Changing Fiduciary Duty Landscape in a Trump Presidency

The fiduciary standards for institutions and individuals providing investment advice throughout the retail investment and municipal securities markets are currently undergoing significant change. Following on the heels of the...more

New Liquidity and Swing Pricing Rules for US Mutual Funds

On October 13, 2016, a unanimous US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted far-reaching rules intended to address mutual fund liquidity risks. On the same day and by a divided (two to one) vote, the SEC adopted new mutual...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Proposal Approved - Broker-Dealers Conducting Only Certain Private Fund Placement Services or...

In August 2016, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposal to permit firms conducting only enumerated corporate financing activities (“capital acquisition brokers” or “CABs”) to operate under a more limited FINRA rule set, a move...more

FINRA Proposes Revisions to Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation Rules

On August 5, 2016, FINRA in Regulatory-Notice 16–29 proposed revisions to its regulation of broker-dealer gifts, entertainment and non-cash compensation (the “proposal”) and requested comment to the same. The comment period...more

Brexit and Equivalence: Review of the Financial Services Framework Across All Sectors

Since the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, there has been much speculation about the form of the future access arrangements between the UK and the EU for financial institutions. In a scenario where no new deal is...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition, August 2016

This newsletter provides a snapshot of the principal US and selected global governance and securities law developments during the second quarter of 2016 that may be of interest to Latin American corporations and financial...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

FinCEN Issues Final Beneficial Owner Identification Rules

In May 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued final rules regarding beneficial owner identification obligations for legal entity customers (the “Rule”). Under the Rule, covered...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

FINRA Proposes Revisions to Fixed-Income Research Rule - Clarifications regarding institutional third-party research,...

On May 24, 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed revisions to FINRA’s new fixed-income research rule that if adopted will provide clarifying guidance regarding institutional third-party research, as well as relief in other...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

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