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The Regulators Are Coming! The Regulators Are Coming!

Regulators, in-house lawyers and compliance officers told a serious cautionary tale at the recent Practicing Law Institute Broker-Dealer Regulation and Enforcement seminar. Representatives of the Securities and Exchange...more

U.S. Brokers Doing Business Overseas

Recently, regulators have made inquiries about the lawfulness of U.S. brokerage firms soliciting foreign clients. The regulators want to know under what exemptions or rules U.S. firms can do business overseas. This is a new...more

FINRA Announces and Publishes Its Sweep of Order Routing Practices

FINRA announced this week that it is conducting a review of its member firms’ order-routing processes and procedures and the execution quality of customer orders in exchange-listed stocks. We previously reported in this...more

Compliance Matters: Prior Disclosure = Future Exposure?

Broker and broker-dealer information is generally a few keystrokes or mouse-clicks away for anyone with an Internet connection, and regulators are working to shorten those paths. The information available is just as expansive...more

FAQ's on FINRA's Broker Compensation Proposal

On March 10, 2014, FINRA filed proposed Rule 2243 with the SEC. The proposed rule would require firms and registered reps to disclose certain financial incentives offered to reps in connection with a change in employment and...more

SEC Issues Ground-Breaking Guidance: Pierce Atwood Business Counselor Q1 2014

Historically, subject to only very limited and narrow exceptions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and many state securities regulators, have taken the position that brokers, finders and other intermediaries could not...more

FINRA Proposes Significant Changes To Regulatory Regime For Limited Corporate Financing Brokers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued Regulatory Notice 14-09 soliciting comments on a proposed new regulatory structure for firms that limit their activities to advising companies and private equity funds...more

Limited Corporate Financing Brokers

FINRA published Regulatory Notice 14-09 to solicit comments regarding a series of new rules that would be applicable to firms that perform certain limited functions. FINRA is proposing to establish a new, reduced regulatory...more

SEC Prevails in Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for review of an SEC Order upholding fines and sanctions against the firm and three of its employees. The underlying charges were based on alleged violations of Securities...more

SEC Intensifies Scrutiny of Fee-Based Accounts and Reverse Churning

The SEC is crunching a lot of data these days, and it apparently intends to use some of that data to identify “reverse churning.” Reverse churning is the practice of placing a client who trades infrequently in a fee-based,...more

New Congressional Bill Would Exempt Business Brokers From Full SEC/FINRA Broker Registration

On November 4, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, by a 57-0 vote, ordered H.R. 2274 to be reported for further consideration. The bill, named the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions,...more

FINRA Approves Revamped Broker Compensation Proposal

On September 19, FINRA’s Board of Governors approved a proposal that would require brokers to disclose recruitment compensation paid to them as an incentive to move to a new firm. The original proposal stirred a great deal...more

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 9 -- June 17, 2013

In This Issue: UK’s FCA Restricts Marketing of Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes and Similar Products to Retail Investors; Electronic Structured Note Systems and U.S. Securities Regulation; and Reminders from...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- February 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - FINRA overhaul of communications rules becomes effective and ICI and CoC appeal Rule 4.5 ruling. Enforcement + Litigation - Enforcement Division priorities target hedge...more

FINRA To Require BrokerCheck Link On Internet Advertising

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., or FINRA, has filed a proposed rule change with the SEC to amend FINRA Rule 2267 (Investor Education and Protection) to require that FINRA members include a prominent...more

FINRA Pushes Compensation Proposal Forward

FINRA is pushing ahead with its proposed rule to require brokers to provide compensation information their clients. The FINRA board announced earlier this month that it would solicit feedback on the proposal through a...more

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