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Federal Banking Agencies Issue Dodd–Frank Mandated Report on Bank Activities and Investments

On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a 107-page joint...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #2

Editor's Note - In this edition. The NYDFS proposed a cybersecurity regulation governing New York-chartered banks and insurance companies, the OCC released its bank supervision priorities in its annual supervision...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

Capital Acquisition Brokers: New Category of Broker-Dealers Provides Limited Relief for Some Investment Banking Boutiques

The SEC recently approved a set of FINRA rules which creates a new category of broker-dealers known as Capital Acquisition Brokers or CABs. The rules were originally proposed in 2014 and will go into effect on the date set...more

The Few. The Responsible. Those who can serve as Fiduciaries for Brokerage Firms.

Most brokerage firms are staying mum about how they intend to meet their requirements under the new fiduciary rule in 2017, but some have tipped their hands and are going to go the approach that I thought they would....more

12 AML Obligations Every Broker/Dealer Needs to Know

Since 2002, as part of their anti-money laundering (“AML”) responsibilities, broker/dealers have had a gatekeeper-like obligation to monitor customers for “suspicious” activities and to report those activities to the Treasury...more

Spoofing, Sports and the Panama Papers: BakerHostetler Offers Mid-Year Review of Cross-Border Government Investigations and...

Halfway through 2016, the international community has seen a staggering variety of cross-border investigations and enforcement actions. Brexit, the release of the Panama Papers, allegations of widespread sports doping and the...more

Investment Management Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

FINRA’s Proposed Rules on Gifts, Gratuities, and Non-Cash Compensation

If adopted as proposed, the rules will largely expand supervisory resources needed to oversee compliance. After a two-year silence, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has proposed amendments to Rule 3220...more

Tennessee Securities Division Ramps Up Enforcement

The Securities Division of Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Industry has increased its enforcement activity during 2016. The recent actions include: Final Administrative Orders: Clifton Alexander and HugeROI.com...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Enforcement - AXA Prevails in Excessive Fee Trial - Beware of Failing to Properly Disclose Fees and Assess Adequate Penalties - Non-Enforcement - Business Continuity Planning - SEC Rule Designed to...more

SEC Settles Fraud Cases Against Municipal Issuers Under MCDC Initiative

On August 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced settlements with 71 state and local government issuers of municipal bonds and private sector borrowers of bond proceeds (collectively, "issuers")...more

SEC Approves FINRA & MSRB (Almost) Pay-to-Play Rules

The SEC announced August 25 that it approved FINRA’s pay-to-play rules governing placement-agent or solicitor broker-dealers and was “prepared” to approve the extension of MSRB Rule G-37 to municipal advisors as well....more

SEC’s Proposed Amendments to Broker-Dealers’ Order Routing Disclosures

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published proposed amendments to Rule 606 under Regulation NMS of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), which would require broker-dealers to disclose...more

Broker-Dealers dealing with The New Fiduciary Rule: Some Guidance

I’ve been hired by a couple of broker-dealers in how to develop a plan to comply with the new fiduciary rule. Unlike some of my competitors, all of my fees are based on a flat fee (cheap plug here). I’m often asked how a...more

SEC Approves a Streamlined FINRA Rule Set for Certain Broker-Dealers Engaged Only in Limited Capital Raising Activities

On August 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order approving proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules exclusively applicable to firms that meet the definition of a "capital...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - August 2016

Editor's Overview - This month’s newsletter features an article on the DOL’s recently published interim final rule that increases penalties for notice and disclosure violations, which generally became effective on...more

Broker-Lite: FINRA Built It, But Will They Come?

On August 18, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rule series intended as a “lite” framework for the registration and regulation of brokers that...more

The New DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Mutual Fund Distribution

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the final version of its “investment advice” regulation (Final Rule), which is widely expected to impact significantly the financial services industry, including registered investment...more

Navigating the DOL’s New Fiduciary Rules: A Game Plan for Broker-Dealers

This OnPoint focuses on the new and amended fiduciary investment advice regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions (Final Rules), from the perspective of...more

FINRA Seeks Comments on Proposed Gift Rule Changes

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed a regulatory notice seeking comment on proposed changes to its gift, business entertainment and noncash compensation rules for broker-dealers. Comments must be...more

Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule...

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the...more

SEC Approves FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule

This week, on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the SEC approved FINRA Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) as they had been proposed by FINRA. The Proposed Rules would impose pay-to-play restrictions and recordkeeping...more

SEC Overrules Its Own Administrative Law Judge to Clear Customer of Fraud Charges

In a rare reversal of its own administrative law judge in the Matter of optionsXpress, the full Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously held that the SEC’s Enforcement Division had not met its burden of proof that the...more

Private Fund Advisers Must Pay Close Attention to Nuances under Pay-to-Play Restrictions in Light of Upcoming Elections Nationwide

As the elections approach nationwide, advisers to private investment funds with current or prospective state or local government entity investors should be mindful of political activities by their personnel which could raise...more

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