Morrison & Foerster LLP - Broker-Dealer Compliance + Regulation

FINRA Issues its Cybersecurity Report, Providing Tools and Encouragement to Broker-Dealers

FINRA recently issued a Report on Cybersecurity Practices (“Report”), growing out of its targeted examination of firms last year. To issue the Report, FINRA gave careful consideration to the needs of many broker-dealers for…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

The Administration Proposes Imposing a Fiduciary Standard on Retirement Advisers

Yesterday, the Obama administration called on the Department of Labor to draft rules that, in effect, would require brokers who provide retirement advice to abide by a fiduciary standard. In a speech at an event hosted by the…more
| Finance & Banking, Insurance, Securities Law

SEC Charges Alt Fund Adviser with Custody Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2015, entered findings against an investment adviser to several alternative mutual funds for maintaining $247 million in cash collateral at broker-dealer counterparties…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

An SEC cybersecurity sweep examination by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) found that 88 percent of the broker-dealers (BDs) and 74 percent of the registered investment advisers (RIAs) they…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

FINRA Issues a Packed Priorities Letter for 2015

FINRA opened 2015 with a lengthy and ambitious agenda of regulatory priorities. This year’s Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter is much longer than those issued the last two years, and repeats many of those years’…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FINRA Sanctions Member Firm for Failure to Deliver ETF Prospectuses

FINRA recently sanctioned a broker-dealer (the “Firm”) for failure to deliver prospectuses in connection with its sale of ETFs. FINRA also found that the Firm failed to implement a supervisory system reasonably designed to…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFTC Staff Grants Family Offices No-Action Relief from Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) recently issued no-action relief for failure to register with the CFTC as a commodity trading advisor (CTA) to any…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC to Require Living Wills and Stress-Testing for Investment Advisers

In a speech on December 11, 2014, SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced three broad “proactive initiatives” to address the risks of “increasingly complex portfolio composition and operations” in the asset management industry…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

SEC and PCAOB Combine Their Focusses on Broker-Dealer Audits and Independence in Settlements with Fifteen Audit Firms

On December 8, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced settlements with fifteen audit firms for violating independence rules applicable to auditors of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Investment Management Director Offers Top 10 Lessons Learned in 2014

In a December 10, 2014 speech, Norm Champ, the Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, offered a glimpse at the top 10 industry lessons learned in 2014. While admitting that his Top Ten list “may not be as…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Chair’s Agenda Provides Glimpse of New Rules to Come

The SEC offered a peek into what new rule proposals we can expect in the coming months. The sneak preview includes some eye openers, like proposed rules to require funds to adopt liquidity management programs and stress-testing…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

New Valuation Guidance: A Reminder of Directors’ Responsibilities

In the December 2014 issue of Fund Directions, Investment Management partner Jay Baris discusses in the “Learning Curve” column challenges faced by mutual fund directors as they struggle to comply with new valuation guidance…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The Results Are In: Investors Favor Additional Regulatory Protection

On November 6, 2014, FINRA released results from a survey of U.S. investors measuring the demand for additional regulatory protections. The survey polled 1,000 adults and revealed that an overwhelming majority felt that it was…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Securities Law

SEC Gives the Nod to Exchange-Traded Mutual Funds

Barely two weeks after it signaled thumbs-down on two requests to approve non-transparent exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the SEC on November 6, 2014 published a notice of application that would allow the applicant to create…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC’s Champ: Staff to Focus on Alt Fund Risk Disclosures

The Division of Investment Management again has turned its attention to alternative mutual funds, this time ensuring that they adequately disclose risks to retail investors…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Securities Law
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