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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

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

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

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

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

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

Implementation Issues Arising from the Revised UK Senior Manager and Certification Regime

The UK Government recently announced that it would introduce a new statutory duty of responsibility on senior managers in all financial institutions and repeal the presumption of responsibility that would have applied to...more

FINRA’s New Fixed Income Research Rule and Modifications to Equity Research Rule

The long anticipated overhaul of FINRA’s research rules has now been approved by the SEC. Most provisions of the new equity research rule will become effective on December 24, 2015, with limited provisions, including changes...more

FINRA Publishes FAQs Regarding Research Conflicts of Interest in the Offering Process

In late May, FINRA published a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding its equity research rule, which address interactions between issuers, research analysts, and investment bankers in various stages of the offering...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Requiring Delivery of FINRA Disclosure Document to Customers of Transferring...

On May 27, 2015, FINRA solicited comment on a proposed rule (the “proposed rule”) that would require a firm to which a representative has recently transferred to provide material prepared by FINRA (the “FINRA Disclosure...more

SEC Requests Comment on Proposed FINRA Rules Regarding Payment to Unregistered Persons

On September 25, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) solicited public comment on proposed FINRA rule changes (the “proposal”) that would substantively amend existing NASD and NYSE rules regarding...more

10/15/2014  /  FINRA , NASD , NYSE , Public Comment , Registration , SEC

FinCEN Proposes New Rule Requiring Identification of Beneficial Owners

This summer the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing a rule that, if adopted, would mandate that financial institutions require their legal entity customers to...more

Preferring Foreign Depositors

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has issued a proposed regulation intended to address an emerging issue in international banking: how to grant non-US branch deposits equal treatment with US deposits in the event of...more

4/10/2013  /  FDIC , International Banks

SEC Releases Responses To Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Rule 15a-6 And Foreign Broker-Dealers

On March 21, 2013, the staff of the Division of Trading and Markets (the “Staff”) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released responses reflecting the Staff’s views on frequently asked questions (the...more

3/25/2013  /  Broker-Dealer , Rule 15a-6 , SEC

Thinking Ahead: Breaking Down FINRA’s Revised Proposed Fixed-Income Research Rule

In the fourth quarter of 2012, FINRA published Regulatory Notice 12-42 (the “Revised Proposal”), amending its proposal for substantive regulation of fixed-income research by FINRA-member firms. The Revised Proposal represents...more

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