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Insurance Regulators and Startups Discuss Pitfalls and Engagement at InsureTech Connect 2017

• Recent shifts in insurance regulation are driven by consumer demand. • Traps for the unwary mean that insurtech startups should engage with regulators early and often. • Brokers need to know how to navigate the...more

The Fiduciary Rule Poll

The US Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary standard rule has been befuddling the financial services industry for the past seven years. In its simplest form, it increases accountability for the brokers, planners and...more

New Avenue for Motor Carriers and Brokers to Remove Cases to Federal Court

by Sands Anderson PC on

Earlier this year in Desiree Luccio and Reed Frerichs v. UPS Co., the Southern District of Florida brought good news for motor carriers and brokers. This case involved UPS’ intrastate transportation of frozen embryos. The...more

SEC Charges Platinum Equity for Misallocation of Broken Deal Expenses

The SEC announced a settled action against Beverly Hills-based investment adviser, Platinum Equity Advisors, LLC, for charging three of its private equity fund clients with about $1.8 million more than it should have in...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Challenge to Amended MSRB Political Contribution Rules

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a challenge brought by three Republican state party organizations related to the legality of the 2016 Amendments to MSRB Rule G-37 barring brokers and dealers from...more

Brokers Have To Be Reminded To Avoid Using Personal Emails And Texts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Despite numerous warnings, some people just do not get it. The SEC barred a broker from the industry because the broker used personal email and text messages to obtain client investments....more

Court Holds That Former Broker Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To Client Regarding An Investment

by Winstead PC on

In Holmes v. Newman, the plaintiff made an investment in a start-up internet company that provided betting tips to gamblers for a fee. No. 01-16-00311-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 6177 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] July 6, 2017,...more

Florida Alcoholic Beverages Trade Practices Guide

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Florida Alcoholic Beverages Trade Practices Guide is a reference tool that addresses Florida Statute §561.42, referred to as the Tied House Evil law. The statute provides prohibitions and limitations related to the...more

Bill reforming financial adviser regime introduced to Parliament

by DLA Piper on

The financial services industry has been waiting with bated breath (given the upcoming General Election) for the introduction of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill (Bill), which was introduced to Parliament on...more

Using Your Employees to Innovate and Transmit the Message of Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday I wrote about the use of internal employee crowdsourcing as an innovation tool for a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) to enhance a best practices compliance program. Multiple readers noted the topic with approval and...more

Forum Selection Clause in Broker Agreement Insufficient to Confer Personal Jurisdiction

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Department recently handed down a harsh reminder of the importance of obtaining an executed broker’s agreement.  Oral agreements for broker fees are apt to run afoul of the statute of frauds, and personal...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Burden-Shifting Analysis in Discrimination Case

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case in which the plaintiff, a former stockbroker, sued his employer after he was terminated claiming discrimination under the ADA and ADEA. Under these statutes and...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on When Appellate Courts May Consider Arguments Not Raised Below

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former commodities broker appealed a decision ordering him to pay restitution to his former firm which had made its customers whole after the broker's...more

Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

Update On FINRA Regulatory and Examination Priorities

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In January, FINRA published its 2017 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter. As in years past, FINRA noted its ongoing focus on social media and electronic communications retention and supervision and firm's hiring and...more

MoFo Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - We held up Tax Talk this quarter in order to bring you the latest on the Trump administration’s tax reform plans. Unfortunately, the one-page plan and transcript of the press conference released on April 26...more

So You Want To Change Firms

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

One certainty in the brokerage world is that registered representatives often switch from one member firm to another. There is nothing wrong with the switch, but there is a word of caution to be shared....more

U.S. Department of Labor Defers Implementation of the Investor Fiduciary Rule to June 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On April 4, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor issued an order effective April 9, 2017, stating that implementation of the so-called investor Fiduciary Rule applicable to Individual Retirement Accounts will be delayed until...more

You Better Watch Your Suitability Determinations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC recently announced that it charged a former broker with knowingly or recklessly trading unsuitable investment products for five customers and taking $170,000 for one of those customers. These charges follow a prior...more

SEC Approves FINRA’s Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

On March 30, 2017, the SEC approved the adoption of new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults). Among other things, Rule 2165 permits brokers to place holds on disbursements of funds or securities from...more

SEC Issues Guidance to Ease Fund Implementation of “Clean Shares”

In January, we authored a post discussing an SEC no-action letter, dated January 11, 2017, to Capital Group (the “Capital Group Letter”), the parent company of American Funds. In the Capital Group Letter, the SEC agreed that...more

Bill Introduced To Require Registration Of Finders Under The California Finance Lenders Law

by Allen Matkins on

The California Finance Lenders Law, Financial Code § 22000 et seq., currently requires licensing of finance lenders and brokers. A finance lender is defined as any person who is engaged in the business of making consumer...more

RIAs win one with Fiduciary Rule Delay

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to standards, I know Kosher is Kosher. However, when it comes to meat, observant Jews now only eat Glatt Kosher meat. It’s a higher standard in the sense that it’s supposed to mean that there is a lack of...more

CFPB Fines Lender and Real Estate Brokers for Improper Kickback Scheme

by BakerHostetler on

On Jan. 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed consent orders against one of the largest independent residential mortgage lenders, two real estate brokers and a mortgage servicer for their roles in an...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Application of 1940 Act Section 22(d) to Brokers Selling Clean Shares of Mutual Funds

by Dechert LLP on

In response to a request for interpretative guidance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff (staff) advised on January 11, 2017 that Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 does not prevent a broker...more

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