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FinCEN Proposes AML Requirements for Registered Investment Advisers

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has proposed long-expected regulations that would extend anti-money laundering (AML) requirements to federally registered investment advisers (RIA). The August 25, 2015...more

OCIE Warns on Suitability in Retail Sales of Structured Products

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a recent “Risk Alert” noting observed deficiencies in broker-dealer supervision and compliance controls over retail sales of structured products –...more

AML and Investment Advisers: Understanding FinCEN's New Anti-Money Laundering Rules

On August 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed rulemaking that would require registered investment advisers, including certain hedge funds and asset managers, to establish anti-money laundering...more

Investors and brokers agree landmark share-dealing code

The Investment Association and AFME have agreed a code of conduct for the use of Indications of Interest (IOIs). The new code will help to ensure that the market impact of “block trades” can be better predicted. A distinction...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 5

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Structured Note Sales - Earlier this year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) indicated branch offices and structured products as two of its...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Broker-Dealer Controls Regarding Retail Sales of Structured Securities Products

On August 24, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ National Examination Program staff (Staff) released a Risk Alert summarizing findings from an examination of 10...more

BE-180: Another BEA Benchmark Survey for Financial Services Providers, Including Managers of Hedge, Private Equity and Other...

The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (the "BEA") recently released the final version of the BE-180 report, a five-year benchmark survey that collects data on transactions between U.S. persons that are...more

FINRA Sets Effective Dates for Research Report Conflicts Rules

FINRA rules addressing conflicts of interest relating to the publication of equity research reports become effective on September 25, 2015, or December 24, 2015. Corresponding rules for debt research reports become effective...more

The SEC’s Registration Rules for Security-Based Swap Dealers

Early this month the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released final rules (the “Registration Rules”) for the registration of security-based swap dealers (“SBSDs”). The Registration Rules, released more than...more

SEC Provides Guidance on “General Solicitation” in C&DIs and No-Action Letter

On August 6, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DI Questions 256.23 through 256.33) regarding the meaning...more

FinCEN Proposes AML Program Rule for Investment Advisers

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a proposed rule that would subject certain investment advisers to AML requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act (the BSA). In proposing the rule, FinCEN cited...more

FinCEN Proposes Extending Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Requirements to Investment Advisers

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed a rule that would require SEC-registered investment advisers, including private equity and hedge funds, to comply...more

FINRA Rule 2040 Goes Into Effect

On August 24, 2015, FINRA Rule 2040 concerning payments to unregistered persons went into effect. The rule, approved by the SEC in January 2015, is aligned with § 15(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Generally, FINRA...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2015 #4

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

Show Us the Money: FINRA Initiates Sweep Relating to Compensation Practices

FINRA has made no secret of its interest in broker compensation, and the potential conflicts of interest that can be generated by some types of compensation practices. FINRA discussed these issues in its 2015 annual...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #4

CME Group Files Disciplinary Actions for Trading Ahead of Block Trades and Failure to Supervise an Employee Engaging in Disruptive Trading Activities - In two cases of first impression, CME Group exchanges brought and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 21, 2015)

The Commission filed a settled FCPA action this week centered on hiring relatives of foreign officials tied to a sovereign wealth fund. In addition, the agency filed two actions involving Citigroup – one based on the market...more

Section 236 of the UK Insolvency Act 1986 – extra-territorial effect?

The English High Court rejects an application by the Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK Limited (“MF Global”) for an order seeking the production of documents pursuant to section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the...more

SEC Division of Corporate Finance Issues New CD&Is Relating to General Solicitation and Regulation D

On August 6, the Staff of the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) released new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to “general solicitation” under Rule 502(c)...more

SEC, FINRA, DC Sanction Success Trade

A recurrent theme in today’s enforcement environment is parallel and often overlapping proceedings. That is the case with a District of Columbia based broker that drew sanctions from the SEC, FINRA and DC. In the Matter of...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 31

SEC Division of Corporate Finance Issues New CD&Is Relating to General Solicitation and Regulation D - On August 6, the Staff of the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff)...more

DOL Hearings Debate “Fiduciary Duty” not “Suitability” Standard for Retirement Accounts

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL“) recently heard public comment to its proposed regulatory changes implementing a fiduciary duty on any individual receiving compensation for advice tailored to a plan sponsor, participant...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - August 2015

SEC Adopts Registration Rules for Security-Based Swap Entities - On August 5, 2015, the SEC adopted rules and forms governing the registration process for security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap...more

SEC Charges Another Dark Pool

Dark pools are one of the issues which have been debated at least since Michael Lewis published Flash Boys and Scott Patterson put out Dark Pools. To date the SEC has brought two actions involving the trading venues. One was...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #2

ESMA Says “No for Now” to Granting Passport Rights to US Fund Managers Under AIFMD - The European Securities and Markets Authority told the European Commission last week that it was premature to grant passport rights to...more

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