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SEC Approves NSCC and NYSE T+2 Rule Proposals

On January 4, 2017, the SEC approved the National Securities Clearing Corporation’s (“NSCC”) proposed rule change to conform to the SEC’s proposed Rule 15c6–1(a) amendment and accommodate a second business day after the trade...more

New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus

On January 12, 2017 the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year, including areas of focus for Retail Investors, Senior Investors and Retirement Investments,...more

Bridging the Week - January 2017 #2

New Records Retention Regime for 21st Century Proposed by CFTC: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed a revised records retention rule that aims to eliminate many existing antiquated requirements and to be...more

Chair White’s Remarks

On January 17, Chair White delivered a speech at The Economic Club of New York, which was titled “The SEC after the Financial Crisis: Protecting Investors, Preserving Markets.” Chair White commented on the Securities and...more

2017 Financial Industry Regulatory Priorities - OCIE and FINRA Announce Examination Areas of Focus

In early January, both the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) and FINRA announced their examination priorities for 2017. As in previous years, both the SEC and FINRA share many examination...more

Cybersecurity 2017: Top Exam Priorities for Federal Securities Regulators

Hedge funds and broker dealers can expect their cybersecurity preparedness to come under scrutiny again this year by federal securities regulators....more

SEC Examination Priorities for 2017 – What do Robots, Senior Investors, and Payment for Order Flow Have in Common?

This week, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its Examination Priorities for 2017 that reflects certain practices, products, and services that OCIE perceives to present potentially...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

FINRA’s Most Significant 2016 Enforcement Actions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization for broker-dealers, brings about 1,500 enforcement actions a year. Often lost in the volume of actions, however, are the ones that merit...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Broker-Dealer Registration in the Private Equity Fund Adviser Context: How...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on June 1, 2016, that Blackstreet Capital Management, LLC, a private equity fund advisory firm (BCM), and its owner had agreed to pay more than US$3.1 million to...more

Tenth Circuit Creates Circuit Split on the Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law Judges

On December 27, 2016, a divided panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals found the SEC’s use of administrative law judges (“ALJs”) unconstitutional, setting aside an ALJ’s administrative order finding David F. Bandimere...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

FINRA Bar Results from Assertion of Fifth Amendment Right against Self-Incrimination in Criminal Action - On October 5, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) barred an indicted investment adviser,...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 1

The Top 10 New York Tax Highlights of 2016 - It’s the New Year, and before we begin afresh, we look back at this past year with our list of the Top 10 New York tax highlights of 2016. 1. The New York State Tax...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

A Case of Appendicitis: SEC Staff Guidance on Sales Load Variation Disclosures Sends Funds Scrambling

A Guidance Update published in December 2016 by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management has sent funds scrambling to beef up prospectus disclosures to accommodate changes to fees charged by financial intermediaries before...more

FINRA Issues 2017 Examination Priorities Letter

Introduction - Consistent with prior practice, with the arrival of the new year, FINRA has published its key examination priorities. As in prior years, the letter covers a broad array of topics. This year’s topics...more

Proposed New Jersey Law Takes Aim at Mandatory Arbitration

Assembly Bill A-3064, which the New Jersey Assembly passed on October 20, 2016, will come up for consideration in the Senate this year. If the Senate passes and the Governor signs A-3064, no company that wants to do business...more

Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks

A recent SEC no-action letter gives broker-dealers more time to perform suitability and other reviews when opening certain customer accounts. The firms requesting the letter were affiliated with three different insurance...more

Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks

A recent SEC no-action letter gives broker-dealers more time to perform suitability and other reviews when opening certain customer accounts. The firms requesting the letter were affiliated with three different insurance...more

SEC Watchdog to Watch Watchdog

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has established a dedicated team charged specifically with inspecting FINRA and other FINRA-related work. This follows through on the SEC’s...more

FINRA Seeks Clean Sweep of Abusive Cross-Selling Practices

In late October, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a sweep examination of broker-dealers targeting cross-selling programs similar to those that recently resulted in Wells Fargo’s payment of an $185...more

FINRA Fines Firms For Not Supervising L-Share Annuity Sales

For two years FINRA has made sales and marketing of L-Share variable annuities (VAs) a regulatory and examination priority. Not surprisingly, FINRA in November announced settled actions against eight broker-dealers, alleging...more

Some Broker-Dealers aren’t in a panic and there is one reason why

While people are predicting gloom and doom for broker-dealers when the new fiduciary rule goes into effect, there is a certain brand of broker-dealers that aren’t going to be in panic mode....more

Unfinished Business: SEC Chair Details Rules Ready to Go

In a letter dated December 12, 2016, to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, SEC Chair Mary Jo White took issue with a request to defer consideration of new rulemaking during the...more

Former New York Pension Official and Two Broker-Dealers Charged In Pay-To-Play Scheme

On December 21, 2016, the SEC charged the former Director of Fixed Income for the New York State Common Retirement Fund (the “NYSCRF”) with allegedly steering billions of dollars of NYSCRF assets to two broker-dealers in...more

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