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De-risking: Bank access for brokers and asset managers

The FCA has publicly announced an expectation that, in the context of managing money laundering risks, banks should not indiscriminately withdraw services from market sectors. Brokers and asset managers with appropriate...more

DOL Comment Period Extended

In an announcement that did not surprise me, The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a brief extension of the comment period on its proposed fiduciary rule and set a date for a public hearing....more

Privacy Monday – May 18, 2015

It’s Monday morning — do you know your privacy/security status? Here are a few bits and bytes to start your week. SEC to Registered Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers: It’s Your Turn to Pay Attention to...more

My Referrals aren’t for Sale and Neither Should Yours

My word is my bond; at least I try to make it that way. My opinions on which providers are good for plan sponsors aren’t for sale and neither should yours. When I get asked for referrals, I always try to point out at...more

Dealing with a probable Fiduciary rule

I recently spoke to some higher ups at a major brokerage firm concerning the proposed Department of Labor fiduciary rule. Surprisingly, we were on the same page. Most of them were in favor of some sort of fiduciary rule...more

The InterConnect FLASH! - April 2015: Be On Guard: North Carolina Decision Continues Worrisome Trend

On March 17, 2015, in Atiapo v. Goree Logistics, Inc., the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed an Industrial Commission Opinion and Award holding that Owen Thomas, Inc. (“Owen Thomas”), a federally licensed...more

The DOL Seeks an Ideal Balance in a Brave New World of “Investment Advice” Under ERISA

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) on April 14, 2015 issued the long-awaited re-proposal (the “2015 Proposed Regulations”) of the regulations defining “investment advice” in connection with the “fiduciary” rules under...more

My Support for a Fiduciary Rule

The current way that retirement plans are handled by registered investment advisors who are fiduciaries and the bulk of brokers who are not can be explained in a similar, following situation....more

Remote Tippees Beware: Even if the DOJ Can’t Reach You After Newman, The SEC Can

The fall-out from the Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Newman continued last week in SEC v. Payton, when Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied a motion to dismiss an SEC civil enforcement action against...more

NC Court of Appeals Finds Freight Broker Liable for Driver's Workers' Comp Claim

Motor freight brokers hold federal licenses that allow them to locate suitable transportation services for their shipper clients. Brokers never actually handle or transport the freight, but act as an intermediary to pair...more

CFTC Issues Advisory on Reporting Obligations Pursuant to the Ownership and Control Final Rule

On March 23, CFTC Division of Market Oversight and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued a staff advisory to remind certain reporting parties (including futures commission merchants, clearing members,...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

CFTC Issues an Exemption to HKSFC Permitting US Customers to Deal Directly with Hong Kong Brokers

On March 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an exemption to Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC) permitting US customers to deal directly with Hong Kong brokers pursuant to CFTC Regulation...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

White Calls for SEC to Adopt Uniform Fiduciary Standard

SEC Chair Mary Jo White said Tuesday that the SEC needs to move forward on a uniform fiduciary standard for the financial industry, including brokers. Addressing the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial...more

Brokers Switching Firms: The Protocol and Recent Developments

In August 2004, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and UBS entered a pact not to sue one another over client relationships in their wealth management businesses. This pact was known in the industry as the Protocol for Broker...more

FinCEN Hits Repeat Offender with $20M Penalty

Why it matters - The $20 million civil money penalty assessed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) against Oppenheimer & Co. is intended to send several strong messages to all types of financial services...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #4

FDIC Study Shows Branch Banking Has Staying Power: Has your smartphone displaced your bank? According to an FDIC study released on February 19, traditional brick-and-mortar offices are maintaining their primacy, despite...more

Finders Bill Was Lost, But Now Is Found

In the last legislative biennium, the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar sponsored a bill, AB 713 (Wagner) to clarify the status of finders under the California Corporate Securities...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Materiality Consultations

The Overview addresses, among other things, categories of information and other factors that firms should consider when assessing materiality of prospective business initiatives....more

FINRA Issues its Cybersecurity Report, Providing Tools and Encouragement to Broker-Dealers

FINRA recently issued a Report on Cybersecurity Practices (“Report”), growing out of its targeted examination of firms last year. To issue the Report, FINRA gave careful consideration to the needs of many broker-dealers for...more

The Administration Proposes Imposing a Fiduciary Standard on Retirement Advisers

Yesterday, the Obama administration called on the Department of Labor to draft rules that, in effect, would require brokers who provide retirement advice to abide by a fiduciary standard. In a speech at an event hosted by...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015 #4

In this issue: - US Banking Regulators Request Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burden - European Banking Authority Opinion on Definition of Eligible Capital - Implementing Technical Standards under CRR...more

NYSE Proposes to Clarify Proxy Solicitation Mechanics

The NYSE proposes to amend Section 402.05 of the Listed Company Manual to clarify that listed companies soliciting proxy material through brokers or other entities must comply with SEC Rule 14a-13. Rule 14a-13 mandates...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Important Considerations for Effective and Reasonable Prevention of Cyber Attacks

As many of you know, last April the SEC issued the Cybersecurity Examination Initiative to assess the cybersecurity practices and preparedness of registered broker-dealers and investment advisers. The initiative arose from an...more

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