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Bridging the Week - October 2015 #2

SEC-Sanctioned Trader Began Alleged Spoofing After Complaining About Spoofing by Others to NYSE - Eric Oscher and Briargate Trading, LLC, a company 50 percent owned by Mr. Oscher, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US...more

SEC Approves FINRA Equity and Debt Research Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved two Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules that apply to equity and debt research. FINRA Rule 2241 adopts, with modifications, NASD Rule 2711 as a FINRA rule and...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule 2210 Amendment Requiring BrokerCheck Links

The amendments require FINRA members to update their retail websites to include readily apparent references and hyperlinks to BrokerCheck. On October 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a...more

CFPB Hearing on Arbitration Agreements: Initial Impressions

DWT recently attended a CFPB field hearing on arbitration agreements relating to consumer financial products or services. The CFPB conducted the hearing in conjunction with the agency’s publication of an outline of proposals...more

The SEC Opens Up a New Front in the Cybersecurity Wars

For the last few years, the SEC has been issuing guidance as to appropriate cybersecurity policies and procedures for financial firms. In a move that signal’s the regulator’s willingness to put muscle into its cybersecurity...more

SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Additional Clarity Regarding So-Called “Finders”

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies ("Advisory Committee") announced new recommendations to make it easier for small and emerging companies to raise capital using...more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

Multiple firms involved in the solicitation of investment capital for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as "EB-5") have recently been charged by the SEC with acting as unregistered brokers. Neither In re Ireeco, LLC,...more

In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL (Del. Ch. July 13, 2015) (rev'd July 30, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the continuous holder requirement set forth in Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Nj Law Tolls Arbitration Against Broker

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that New Jersey state law fraud claims against Morgan Keegan, the brokerage firm now part of Raymond James & Associates, were tolled by the plaintiffs’ efforts to collect an...more

Montana Temporarily Reduces Licensing Renewal Fees

Montana has adopted a temporary rule to reduce certain licensing renewal fees by 50 percent for the period of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The Department of Administration believes that adopting the Uniform...more

North Dakota Supreme Court Addresses What Creates a Fiduciary Relationship with a Land Broker

On September 21, 2015, the North Dakota Supreme Court found that a fiduciary relationship between an oil company and its landman could exist depending upon the existence of a confidential relationship. Irish Oil...more

SEC Says No More Mr. Nice Guy on Investment Adviser Cybersecurity

Over the last couple years, the SEC’s cybersecurity bark has been worse than its bite. Its Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations issued examination priorities in 2014. Commissioner Aguilar warned public...more

CFTC Approves Final Regulation Regarding Requirement to be a Member of a Registered Futures Association

On September 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division issued a final rule requiring that all registered introducing brokers and commodity pool operators, and certain commodity trading advisors become and...more

Final and Temporary Dividend Equivalent Regulations Issued – Some Good, Some Bad, and Some Ugly

On September 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final and temporary regulations under Section 871(m), the Internal Revenue Code provision that treats “dividend equivalents” paid under certain contracts as...more

FCA Publishes New Market Watch Focusing on Commodities Traders and Market Abuse

On September 3, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published issue 49 of Market Watch, its newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues. In it, the FCA sets out its findings following a thematic review it...more

CFTC Requires IBs, CPOs and Certain CTAs To Be NFA Members

The CFTC has adopted a rule, Rule 170.17, requiring all registered introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs) and certain commodity trading advisors (CTAs) to become a member of a registered futures...more

August Whistleblower News Digest | News Your CCO Needs to Know

Morgan Stanley is in the news once again for whistleblower retaliation in a new lawsuit that mentions some of the same staff members involved in the last suit against them. Progenics was found guilty of retaliation, NuVasive...more

Bridging the Week - September 2015

Alleged Flash Crasher's Formal Indictment Provides More Details Regarding His Purported Spoofing - The US Department of Justice filed a formal indictment against Navinder Singh Sarao in a US federal court in Chicago on...more

"CFTC Extends Registered Futures Association Membership Requirement to Introducing Brokers, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule (“Final Rule”) that formally extends the existing registered futures association (“RFA”) membership requirement to registered introducing...more

Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements Passed by California Legislature

On August 27, 2015, the California Legislature passed AB 465, a bill that would make mandatory agreements to arbitrate employment disputes illegal in the state. Governor Jerry Brown has until October 11, 2015, to sign...more

OCIE Warns on Suitability in Retail Sales of Structured Products

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a recent “Risk Alert” noting observed deficiencies in broker-dealer supervision and compliance controls over retail sales of structured products –...more

Scam Spammers Use IM Apps to Pump & Dump

In a September 2 Alert, FINRA warns that scammers are using messaging app spam-casts to impersonate brokers and tout micro-cap stocks to “pump” their prices, before “dumping” their positions at the top and leaving investors...more

Former Ohio Deputy Treasurer Extradited to Serve 15 Years in Prison for Role in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme

On August 26, a former deputy treasurer of Ohio was extradited from Pakistan to serve a 15-year prison term in the U.S. for his involvement in a bribery and money laundering scheme spanning from January 2009 through January...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - August 2015

Third Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Cybersecurity: In the Wyndham case, the Third Circuit affirmed that the FTC has the authority to regulate cybersecurity under Section 5 of the FTC Act, and that the language of...more

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