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What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities...

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert, Smacks E*Trade on Penny Stock Sales

On October 9th the SEC brought a settled administrative action against E*Trade Securities and G1 Execution Services (formerly E*Trade Capital Markets) for their part in the unregistered sales of billions of shares of penny...more

SEC Staff Finds that Broker-Dealers Still Are Not Conducting Adequate Section 5 Reviews

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of...more

Takeaways From Broker-Dealers’ Section 5 Inadequacies

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when they engage in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a risk alert that reported the results of...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #3

Editor’s Note - Looking Ahead: December 1 Effective Date for FINRA Consolidated Supervision Rules. The new FINRA Supervision rules, approved by the SEC in December 2013, become effective on December 1, 2014. The new...more

Referral Fees and Commission Sharing - When May Broker-Dealers Share Their Fees with Non-Brokers?

FINRA recently filed proposed rule changes with the SEC addressing when broker-dealers may pay referral fees or otherwise share compensation with persons who are not registered as broker-dealers. The proposed rule changes are...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed in three litigated decisions. The agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on an offering fraud. In two other cases — one based on misrepresentations regarding the only company...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The SEC reminded everyone that, yes, it cares whether you timely file your Section 16 reports, by announcing enforcement actions against 28 Section 16 filers and six public companies here. Some tie the unprecedented...more

SEC Publishes Risk Alert and FAQs Reminding Broker-Dealers of their Obligations In Unregistered Transactions

On October 9, the SEC announced publication of a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they engage in unregistered transactions on behalf of their customers. ...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014 #3

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Financial Services - Funds - People - Excerpt from...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR - On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards...more

It’s Going to be Harder to Sell Unregistered Securities

The SEC has issued a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they sell unregistered securities on behalf of clients. This occurs when founders and employees sell their initial stakes in...more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the third in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws. ...more

Four Weeks to Go Until Canadian Derivatives Trade Reporting Requirements Take Effect

Effective October 31, 2014, provincial rules in Ontario, Québec and Manitoba will require derivatives dealers and clearing agencies to report OTC derivatives transactions that involve “local counterparties” in the three...more

Early Preview of 2015 SEC Exam Priorities

The SEC continues to set its sights on certain types of funds that it believes may present a higher risk of conflict of interest and confusion in the way they are designed and marketed. After signaling earlier this year that...more

SEC Charges Broker-Dealer for Failure to Protect Against Insider Trading by Employees

The Securities and Exchange Commission for the first time brought charges against a broker-dealer for failure to adequately protect against insider trading by its employees. The charges stem from a broker’s use of a...more

Second Circuit Holds Forum Selection Clause Supersedes FINRA’s Mandatory Arbitration Rule

In Goldman, Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Schools Financing Authority, No. 13-797-cv, 2014 WL 4099289 (2d Cir. Aug. 21, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a forum selection clause in a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

FINRA: 75 Years of a Sick-Chicken Survivor

FINRA celebrated its 75th Anniversary this September 18. It is the “largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States,” with a notionally voluntary membership of over 4,100 securities...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - September 2014

The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against brokerage firm Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. ("MCH") for deficient insider trading procedures. This case is an important reminder of some key elements of effective insider...more

OFAC Fines Commodity Trading Advisor For Apparent Sanctions Violations

On September 9, OFAC released an enforcement action against a CFTC-registered Introducing Broker and Commodity Trading Advisor that operates an electronic trading platform that allows customers to automatically place currency...more

A Check in the “Win” Column for Broker-Dealers!

The Second Circuit recently issued a single opinion for two cases [Goldman Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Sch. Fin. Auth., No. 13-797-cv (2d Cir. Aug. 21, 2014) and Citigroup Global Mkts. Inc. v. N.C.E. Mun. Power Agency, No....more

M&A Broker Exemption Bill Resurrects Financial Statement Replaced in 1988

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association withdrew its support for S. 1923 which, if enacted, would exempt “M&A brokers” from the broker registration requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

PCAOB Again Finds Broker-Dealer Audit Deficiencies. Observation: Experience Is the Best Indicator for Choosing an Audit Firm

For the third year in a row, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has found shortcomings in the audits of broker-dealers, a trend that could lead to firms spending more to get their books reviewed. The third...more

Reinsurance Broker And Cedent Settle Compensation Dispute

On March 26, 2014, we reported on a dispute surrounding whether a cedent was responsible to compensate a reinsurance broker under a particular broker authorization agreement. The court had denied summary judgment, finding...more

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