Customer Protection Rule

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European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation on Geo-Blocking – Will It Unblock ECommerce Across the EU?

As part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers based on nationality or location. The...more

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...more

The SEC’s Customer Protection Rule Initiative and Whistleblower Protection Efforts – What Broker-Dealers Need to Know

On June 23, 2016, the SEC instituted a settled enforcement action against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. (collectively, “Merrill”), in which Merrill agreed to pay $415...more

SEC Announces Customer Protection Rule Initiative

Broker-dealers with historical or ongoing instances of non-compliance with the SEC’s Customer Protection Rule are encouraged to self-report by November 1, 2016. On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 25

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Proposes Rules Updating Mining Registrant Disclosure Requirements - On June 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules (Proposed Rules) to modernize the property disclosure...more

Huge Customer Protection Rule Fine Brings Back Memories

My friend and a legend in the securities regulatory field, Edwin Nordlinger, who served as Deputy Regional Director in the SEC’s New York office for years, was one of the nation’s premier experts on the SEC’s net capital and...more

FDIC Issues Customer Cybersecurity Guidance

On March 8, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) released a special edition of its FDIC Consumer News publication series covering cybersecurity issues impacting banking customers (“Cybersecurity Release”)....more

FINRA Updates Its Interpretation of the SEC’s Financial Responsibility Rules

In June, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority updated its interpretations of the Securities and Exchange Commission Rules 15c3-1 (net capital) and 15c3-3 (customer protection). Among other things, FINRA updated its...more

SEC Issues FAQs on Financial Responsibility Rules

The guidance addresses expense arrangements, buy-in procedures, free credit balances, sweep programs, and bulk transfers, among other things. On March 6, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued...more

FINRA Settles Administrative Proceedings Against Clearing Broker-Dealer For Failures to Comply with Anti-Money Laundering,...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) issued an order (the “Order”) settling administrative proceedings against a clearing broker-dealer (the “Broker”), regarding various failures to comply with...more

SEC Adopts Changes to Broker-Dealer Net Capital and Financial Responsibility Rules

The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently adopted important changes to the financial responsibility rules for securities broker-dealers, including changes to the regulatory capital and regulatory reporting rules. The...more

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