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

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

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update – February 2017

REGULATION - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become...more

One Man’s Rogue Broker Is Another Man’s Treasure

Like it has in the past, FINRA is sharply focused on examining brokers with a disciplinary past, including the indentification and examination of such brokers being placed at the top of its 2017 exam priorities. Does this...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

FINRA's Regulatory and Examination Priorities of 2017

This week, FINRA published its Regulatory and Examinations Priorities Letter providing member firms and industry professionals with information about FINRA plans for 2017. While not comprehensive or all inclusive, FINRA’s...more

Top FINRA Priorities for 2017

On January 4, FINRA released its Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which outlines the areas it plans to review over the coming year.  FINRA President and CEO, Robert Cook, says that attention to these core...more

FINRA Investor Education Foundation Announces Investor Survey Results

On December 13, 2016, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation published Investors in the United States 2016 (the “Report”), which includes the results of its investor survey of 2,000 individuals from across the United States...more

FINRA Fine Addresses Broker Compensation and Conflicts of Interest

A recent enforcement action by FINRA underscores the regulator’s continuing concern regarding how financial advisers are paid to sell investment products. In a case announced on November 28, 2016, a member firm settled...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

PIABA Slams Broker-Check Again

The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) renewed its criticism of FINRA’s Broker-Check® system in a report issued in late October. PIABA was especially critical of the system’s: Lack of synchronization...more

FINRA Proposes Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

In October 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed rules designed to help brokers protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The proposal would amend existing customer account information rules...more

Bloomberg Chat Is No Idle Chatter

Gone are the days when brokers or buy-side professionals picked up the phone to make bids and close deals. Instead, they “chat” through their Bloomberg Terminals. The more than 320,000 traders, investors, and other market...more

Equity For The Crowd

On May 16, 2016 the long awaited Crowdfunding rules became final. In some 680 pages of regulations, not to mention the length of the text of the enabling law, Congress and securities regulators have sought to balance the...more

FINRA to Expand Broker-Check Reporting

Richard Ketchum, the retiring CEO of FINRA, said that the regulator intends to expand the reporting available through its BrokerCheck® web tool to include relative concentrations of disciplined brokers in industry firms....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.29.16

Dealbook looks back at a crazy Thursday of healthcare company deals [with Abbott/St. Jude taking the prize for biggest] and concludes that the industry appears to be “convinced, regardless of tax benefits [or common financial...more

Finding Some Additional Issues While Fundraising

So, your start-up had some difficulties raising money from venture capital funds and you think now it is time to gain access to a broader group of potential investors. Hiring a finder is a great way to tap into a larger...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.19.16

Barclays has agreed to pay $50 million to settle claims by Plaintiff Axiom Investment Advisors that it “misused a system intended to block stale foreign exchange prices as a way to boost the bank’s profits while hurting...more

FINRA Members Subject to New Background Screening Rules

Last year, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a non-governmental organization that regulates member brokerage firms and exchange markets, approved proposed Rule 3110(e), which enhances the background...more

FINRA Submits Revised Recruiting-Disclosure Rule to SEC

On December 16, FINRA submitted for SEC approval proposed Rule 2273 to require that brokers send customers an “educational disclosure” when changing firms. Although the proposal deletes a controversial provision that would...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

FINRA Proposes Rules to Help Avoid Financial Exploitation of Seniors

Avoiding financial exploitation of older investors has been on our regulators’ radar screens for several years. With new rules proposed in October 2015, FINRA seeks to make investing safer for seniors and other vulnerable...more

Crowdfunding: FINRA Proposes JOBS Act Portal Rules

Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, enacted in 2012 with the goal of increasing American job creation and economic growth, contains key provisions relating to securities offered or sold through...more

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

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