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SEC Approves New Rules Enabling Financial Advisors to Defend Vulnerable Clients from Exploitation

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Financial exploitation of aging and mentally diminished investors by family members and third parties is on the rise. With America's senior population growing rapidly, this problem may only get worse. More than half of all...more

For the Second Time, Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date is Pushed Back

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In an unsurprising move, the Department of Labor (DOL) postponed the applicability date of the fiduciary rule on April 4 for an additional 60 days. The new applicability date for the rule is June 9, 2017, although the DOL...more

SEC Issues New Material Event Notices Under Proposed Rule 15c2-12 Amendments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 1, 2017, proposed adding two additional triggers – in new subparagraphs (15) and (16) – for the material events notice requirements under Rule 15c2-12 (the Proposed...more

SEC Approves FINRA’s Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

On March 30, 2017, the SEC approved the adoption of new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults). Among other things, Rule 2165 permits brokers to place holds on disbursements of funds or securities from...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017

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Editor's Note - A New Argument for Financial Regulatory Reform. Over the past several weeks, there has been a steady stream of pessimistic views on the prospects for meaningful financial regulatory reform. Senate Banking...more

PHH v. CFPB: CFPB Not Dodging Constitutionality Questions

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Friday March 31st marked the deadline for CFPB to file its brief in response to PHH in the en banc hearing. In granting en banc review, the court sought guidance from the parties on 3 specific questions. Here's a quick...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - The Battle Over the Proposed OCC FinTech Charter Continues. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has released a draft supplement to its Licensing Manual explaining the process for FinTech...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The New York Department of Financial Services issued its highly anticipated cybersecurity regulation in its final form, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued updated guidance...more

Gavel to Gavel: Focusing on FINRA priorities letter

by GableGotwals on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is an independent self-regulatory organization authorized by Congress and overseen by the Securities Exchange Commission. Its mission is to protect America’s investors by making...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - A Not So New Tool for Reigning in Federal Regulations. President Trump has signed a Joint Resolution of Congress which “disapproves the rule submitted by the SEC relating to ‘Disclosure of Payments by...more

Morgan Lewis Urges NYDFS to Modify Its Re-Proposed Cybersecurity Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

Morgan Lewis submits second comment letter on the proposed rules. The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) is expected soon to issue “first-in-the-nation” cybersecurity regulations that will apply to...more

Thou Shalt Not Exploit Thine Elders

by Morgan Lewis on

SEC approves FINRA rule designed to protect seniors and other specified adults from financial exploitation. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a new rule proposed by the Financial Industry...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - No Short-Term Fixes. On February 3, President Trump signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum intended to provide a framework to “roll back” the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank) and to review the...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Considers Changes to CEO Pay Ratio Rule

SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a public statement on February 6, 2017 requesting input on any unexpected challenges that companies have experienced as they prepare for compliance with the CEO pay ratio rule,...more

President Trump issues an executive order on core principles for regulating the financial system

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 3, 2017, the President issued an Executive Order titled “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.”  The Executive Order is a high-level policy statement consisting of a series of Core...more

UK Regulation Round Up - January 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Welcome to the UK Regulation Round Up, a regular bulletin highlighting the latest developments in UK regulation for alternative asset managers. The start of 2017 saw a number of regulatory developments including...more

Trump's "Two for One" Regulation Order Excludes SEC, Maybe All of Dodd-Frank

by Burr & Forman on

The White House clarified that Trump’s January 30 “two for one” Executive Order doesn’t apply to the SEC and other independent regulatory agencies, Reuters reported. ...more

SEC 2017 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Seniors and Retiring Investors, and Market-Wide Risk Assessment

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 12, 2017 announced its examination priorities for the current year. The priorities extend to nearly...more

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Multi-Branch Adviser Initiative

by Dechert LLP on

Investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may use a variety of business and organizational models, which may include structures with one or more branch offices. In announcing its...more

Some FAQ News Under ERISA - The DOL Issues Two More Sets of "Investment Advice" Q&As

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released two additional sets of FAQs on January 13, 2017 regarding the new “investment advice” regulation and related exemptions (the “Rule”) under the fiduciary provisions of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

DOL Issues Additional Interpretative Guidance on New Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued the second in a planned three-part set of FAQs on its new fiduciary rule. (For details on the fiduciary rule, see our prior Alert, and for details on the...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

Tenth Circuit ruling on constitutionality of SEC administrative judges: implications for CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Just before year-end, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Bandimere v. United States Securities and Exchange Commission, set aside an SEC decision finding the petitioner liable for violating various securities...more

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