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Bridging the Week - October 2015 #2

SEC-Sanctioned Trader Began Alleged Spoofing After Complaining About Spoofing by Others to NYSE - Eric Oscher and Briargate Trading, LLC, a company 50 percent owned by Mr. Oscher, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US...more

SEC Approves FINRA Equity and Debt Research Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved two Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules that apply to equity and debt research. FINRA Rule 2241 adopts, with modifications, NASD Rule 2711 as a FINRA rule and...more

Proactive Approach To Cybersecurity: Recent SEC guidance and enforcement actions suggest that reactive firms may be in the SEC’s...

In an environment where even the largest and most powerful corporations have fallen victim to data breaches, it can be challenging to fathom how to protect against the sophisticated and ever-evolving threat of cyber attacks....more

JPMorgan Scores Major Victory in Ongoing Lehman Bankruptcy

On Sept. 30, a district court resolved a significant portion of outstanding litigation in the bankruptcy proceeding of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries. See Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank,...more

Governor Signs Finders Exemption Bill

Yesterday was the last day for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before September 11 and in the his possession after that date.  Cal. Const. Art. IV, § 10(b)(1).  On Saturday, he signed into...more

Investment Adviser Settles SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action; SEC Issues Investor Alert

On September 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (“R.T. Jones”), a St. Louis-based investment adviser, settled charges that R.T. Jones failed to adopt...more

SEC Brings First Cybersecurity Enforcement Proceeding in Wake of Risk Alert

Highlights Areas of High Risk and Examination Priorities for Financial Industry Firms - On September 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE),...more

SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Additional Clarity Regarding So-Called “Finders”

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies ("Advisory Committee") announced new recommendations to make it easier for small and emerging companies to raise capital using...more

SEC Ramps up Cybersecurity Scrutiny With Examination Priorities and an Enforcement Action

Why it matters - Signaling that it will continue to increase its scrutiny of firms' cybersecurity readiness, the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement

September has been a busy month for the SEC in addressing cybersecurity. In the span of a week, the SEC issued a new alert in connection with its cybersecurity examination of Wall Street firms, entered a Cease and Desist...more

SEC Appoints New Head of Examination Program in Atlanta Regional Office

On September 29, the SEC named William Royer as the Atlanta Regional Office’s Associate Director of the examination program. Since June of this year, Royer has served as the examination program’s Acting Associate Director....more

FINRA Provides Guidance on Liquidity Risk Management Practices

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued Regulatory Notice 15-33 to provide guidance on liquidity risk management practices for senior management and risk managers to consider and implement....more

Bridging the Week - October 2015

ESMA Publishes Final Technical Standards for MiFID II - The European Securities and Markets Authority issued the equivalent of final rules (known as “technical standards”) to implement three cornerstones of the European...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...more

Unlawful Crowdfunding? — SEC Institutes Public Administrative and Cease-and-Desist Proceeding Against Unregistered Broker-Dealer

In a proceeding on September 28th, the SEC ordered a public hearing to be held before an Administrative Law Judge within the next two months. Further, the SEC ordered the Respondent and two companies under his control, to...more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

SEC Reconsiders Exchange-Traded Products

The SEC recently published myriad questions about the listing, trading, and marketing (especially to retail investors) of "new, novel, or complex" exchange-traded products (ETPs). Such ETPs include exchange-traded funds...more

“Promptly Transmit” Redefined for Some Customer Checks

The SEC and FINRA recently extended relief originally granted to accommodate suitability reviews of deferred variable annuities, so that the relief is now also available for mutual funds, Section 529 plans, and other...more

SEC brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

HSR Enforcement Continues Swiftly: $240K Settlement Announced with FTC for Failure to File

On the heels of the FTC's recent HSR passive investor exemption enforcement action comes another reminder that HSR compliance is not always clear, and that it is not always easy. The Federal Trade Commission has announced a...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2015

Adviser to European Court of Justice Says US-EU Safe Harbor Should Be Declared Invalid - An advisory opinion issued by the advocate general to the European Court of Justice states that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor should be...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2015 #5

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

SEC Announces First “Distribution in Guise” Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on September 21, 2015, brought the first of its long-awaited “distribution in guise” cases against a mutual fund adviser and distributor. The case follows a number of warnings...more

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