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CFPB Moves to Ban Class Action Waivers But Will Not Ban Individual Arbitration

In a move that the financial industry long anticipated but nonetheless greeted with loud groans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) on October 7, 2015 proposed to ban class action waivers in contracts for...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015

Regulatory Developments - FINRA Files Proposed Rule Change to Apply Markup Rule to Government Securities: On Sept. 30 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change, published in the Federal Register on Oct. 6, to...more

NYCCHR’s Enforcement Guidance on NYC Credit Check Law: Answers and New Questions

On September 2, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued Enforcement Guidance (Guidance) on the New York City Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (SCDEA), which took effect on...more

Human Rights Commission to New York City Employers: Be Wary of Consulting Credit Histories

Businesses operating in New York City may already be aware that the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (read the full text here), which took effect on September 3, 2015, generally prohibits employers from...more

SEC Approves Rule to Regulate Debt Research Reports and Debt Research Analysts

Background - Eight years in the making, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA's) proposed Rule 2242 (the Rule or Rule 2242), which will...more

FINRA Provides Guidance on Liquidity Risk Management Practices

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued Regulatory Notice 15-33 to provide guidance on liquidity risk management practices for senior management and risk managers to consider and implement....more

FINRA’s New Fixed Income Research Rule and Modifications to Equity Research Rule

The long anticipated overhaul of FINRA’s research rules has now been approved by the SEC. Most provisions of the new equity research rule will become effective on December 24, 2015, with limited provisions, including changes...more

FINRA Publishes FAQs Regarding Research Conflicts of Interest in the Offering Process

In late May, FINRA published a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding its equity research rule, which address interactions between issuers, research analysts, and investment bankers in various stages of the offering...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015

ESMA Publishes Final Technical Standards for MiFID II - The European Securities and Markets Authority issued the equivalent of final rules (known as “technical standards”) to implement three cornerstones of the European...more

FINRA Files Proposed Rule Change to Amend Margin Requirements for the TBA Market

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed to amend FINRA Rule 4210 to establish margin requirements for to-be-announced transactions, specified pool transactions and collateralized mortgage obligations that are...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...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

“Promptly Transmit” Redefined for Some Customer Checks

The SEC and FINRA recently extended relief originally granted to accommodate suitability reviews of deferred variable annuities, so that the relief is now also available for mutual funds, Section 529 plans, and other...more

The Fair Chance Act And Stop Credit Discrimination In Employment Act--New Interpretations From The NYCCHR

Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed two laws which place limitations on an employer’s ability to use background checks including credit checks (otherwise known as consumer reports) in employment decisions: the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #5

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes to Amend Administrative Proceedings Rules: On Sept. 24 the SEC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to rules governing its administrative proceedings. The...more

Third Circuit Adopts "Constructive Knowledge" Standard for Post-Award Attempts to Disqualify Arbitrators

In a recent opinion addressing an issue of first impression for the court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a “constructive knowledge” standard applies to post-award challenges to an...more

FINRA Proposal Lets Financial Firms Hold Funds of Elder Abuse Victims

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) will soon be soliciting public comment on a proposal allowing financial institutions to put a hold on customer funds and notify a customer's "trusted contact" when the...more

SEC Announces First “Distribution in Guise” Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on September 21, 2015, brought the first of its long-awaited “distribution in guise” cases against a mutual fund adviser and distributor. The case follows a number of warnings...more

UBS Puerto Rico, Others Tied to SEC Fraud Action

When the bond market collapsed in Puerto Rico many clients at UBS Financial Services Incorporated of Puerto Rico had significant losses. Many had purchased shares of UBS PR closed-end funds or CEFs. UBSPR had been selling...more

The NY City Commission Speaks – Be Careful in Claiming an Exemption from the NY City “Credit Check Law”

With the New York City “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act” now in effect (as of September 3, 2015), the City Commission has just released guidelines for some ambiguous points in the law. We first wrote about the...more

Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Makes Three Written Recommendations to SEC

It was a productive morning at the last meeting of its current term for the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The Committee, which has been renewed for two more years, approved three recommendations to...more

FINRA to Propose Action on Exploitation of Elderly Investors

On September 17, 2015, FINRA announced that it would propose rules to help member firms protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The proposal would create a safe harbor enabling broker-dealer...more

No Portal Necessary

With increasing frequency, we are asked whether an issuer that is considering a Regulation A offering is required to engage or use the services of a funding portal. In short, NO. A funding portal is a new type of financial...more

Action To Vacate Arbitral Award Dismissed For Lack Of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction

A disappointed claimant in a FINRA arbitration filed suit under section 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in United States District Court to vacate the arbitral award. The court dismissed the case for lack of...more

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