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SEC Proposes Rules Requiring Public Disclosure of Operations and Activities of Alternative Trading Systems, Broker-Dealer...

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-76474 (the “Proposing Release”) in which the SEC proposed rules designed to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight...more

Tennessee Securities Division Expands Exam Program

The Tennessee Securities Division, Department of Commerce and Insurance (Julie Mix McPeak, Comm’r) recently confirmed its launch of a comprehensive three-year cycle examination program covering all Tennessee-based...more

NFA Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance for NFA Members

On October 23, 2015, the National Futures Association (NFA) adopted its Interpretive Notice Regarding Information Systems Security Programs (the Notice). As noted in our prior Password Protected update, the Notice requires...more

FINRA Issues Notice on the Mandatory Participation of Member Firms in FINRA’s BC/DR Testing

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-43 to alert member firms of its authority to designate certain member firms as mandatory participants in FINRA’s business continuity/disaster recovery...more

SEC Releases Guidance on Examination of Broker-Dealer and Investment Advisor Information Security Practices; NYSE Releases...

The Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) recently announced its 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative, which describes the focus of the OCIE’s examination of...more

SEC Crowdfunding Rule Summary

The SEC substantially adopts prior proposed rules. On October 30, pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which was passed in 2012, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 7

Structured Products Offerings and Research Reports: Introduction - Structured products are sold by broker-dealers, many of which are affiliates of large investment banks. The equity research group of the same...more

Access Fees and Regulatory Structure of Trading Venues

On October 27, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its second meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC. The Committee is considering...more

EB-5 Due Diligence Matters

Private placement offerings are an increasingly active part of the securities business. One especially complicated and emerging area of private placements is the EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Center Program. Under the current...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has released a client alert on the SEC’s Division of...more

SEC Brings Actions Against Ponzi Schemer, Client

Ponzi scheme cases have, of course, become a staple of SEC enforcement since the discovery of Madoff’s unprecedented scheme. While there seems to be a virtually endless number of these cases centered on the preverbal “to good...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

SEC Director of the Division of Enforcement Discusses Market Structure Enforcement

On November 2, 2015, the Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney spoke at the “SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar” and outlined the SEC’s enforcement priorities with respect to...more

Crowdfunding Regulations

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

SEC moves to allow startup investing via crowdfunding

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules permitting crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a capital fundraising strategy whereby issuers use the internet or social media to raise...more

SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), by a 3-1 vote, adopted the long-anticipated final rules permitting federal crowdfunding (“Title III Crowdfunding”), providing a potentially attractive...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015

SEC to Permit Capital Raising Through Crowdfunding: The Securities and Exchange Commission finalized rules that will permit eligible companies to raise money through Internet offerings of their securities—a practice known as...more

Following the Wisdom of the Crowd? A Look at the SEC’s Final Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the final rules, Regulation Crowdfunding, which will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended...more

SEC Issues Final Rule on Crowdfunding, Proposes Amendments to Existing Rules to Facilitate Small Business Capital Raising

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule permitting crowdfunding, permitting investors to purchase securities over the Internet using a crowdfunding exchange, on October 30, 2015....more

SEC’s Crowdfunding Rules

Crowdfunding is a popular and controversial form of selling securities using the internet. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, which was designed to facilitate capital formation for small companies, such sales generally...more

Regulation Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the SEC voted to adopt final rules permitting crowdfunding. Regulation Crowdfunding allows issuers to engage in securities-based crowdfunding through the internet pursuant to Section 4(a)(6) of the...more

Recent MCDC Settlements Provide Guidance Concerning Scope of Materiality in Continuing Disclosure Obligations

In responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) initiative, the unanswered question for many municipalities and broker-dealers was determining whether...more

FY2015 SEC Enforcement Report

Late last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015, reporting a record number of enforcement actions and the highest amount of fines collected by the SEC to...more

FINRA Panel Did Not Exceed Authority Or Manifestly Disregard Law By Failing To Award “Prevailing Party” Attorney’s Fees

A broker sought to vacate his FINRA compensatory damages award against a broker/dealer because the award did not include his attorney’s fees. The broker believed he was entitled to those fees as the “prevailing party” within...more

SEC Sanctions Brokers For Not Obtaining Best Execution

Rochdale Securities LLC, at one time a small Commission registered broker-dealer based in Stamford, Connecticut, is perhaps best known as the firm where a registered representative and his customer placed orders for over 1.6...more

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