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FINRA Permits Related Performance Information in Institutional Communications for Registered Closed-End Funds

Introduction In an interpretive guidance letter issued to a registered closed-end fund on June 9, 2017, FINRA permitted the use of “related performance information” in communications that are distributed solely to...more

FINRA Issues Interpretive Guidance on Related Performance in Institutional Communications

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 9, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) issued an interpretive letter (the “Letter”) permitting the use of Related Performance Information (as defined below) in continuously offered...more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper on Distributed Ledger Technology

by Reed Smith on

As discussed in our alert of 2 March 2017 global regulators are paying increasing attention to distributed ledger technology (DLT) (also known as blockchain). The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the U.S....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Because we haven’t spilled enough ink on GE this week, Dealbook’s Common Sense column asks if GE’s decline (at least from a stock performance perspective) wasn’t so much Jeff Immelt’s doing as it was Jack Welch’s....more

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Governing Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued a notice requesting comments on the effectiveness and efficiency of its Rules 3270 (Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons) and 3280 (Private...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If the White House gets its way, Richard Cordray and the CFPB (and many other current Wall Street regulators and regulations) would be virtually unrecognizable as compared to their current form....more

SEC: Broker-Dealer Maintained AML Compliance Plan in Name Only

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 5, the SEC filed suit against Salt Lake City-based Alpine Securities, Corp. (“Alpine”). The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the broker-dealer ran afoul of AML rules by “routinely...more

Sleuthing Through State Elder Financial Exploitation Laws - A Morass for Broker-Dealers

This legal alert is the first in a series addressing the ever-changing regulatory landscape relating to senior investors, state law, and a broker-dealer’s legal obligation, if any, to protect its vulnerable customers. We...more

SEC Continues to Use Advance Data Analytics to Investigate Insider Trading

The SEC has continued to pursue a number of insider trading cases this year, both large-scale and small. Some of those matters involved trades that yielded relatively small amounts of profits: $40,000-$60,000. Why does the...more

Funds Talk: June 2017 - FINRA Expands Margin Rules for Mortgage-Backed Securities Transactions

FINRA has introduced an expansion of Rule 4210 (the Rule), effective Dec. 15, 2017, importing margin concepts into the world of mortgage-backed transactions. ...more

News Round Up - May 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Reviving the U.S. IPO Market - A recent study based on work undertaken by the University of Florida found that the median age of companies going public in the United States in 1999 was 5 years. Between 20042016, the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed one settled administrative proceeding this week involving an investment adviser. The Order charged cherry picking, making misrepresentations to clients regarding certain fees and a failure to trade a fund...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Definition of "Customer" under FINRA Rule 12200

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed the court's interpretation of "customer" under FINRA Rule 12200 in a case where a clearing firm sought to avoid arbitration. The court defines a "customer" as one who,...more

Family Offices May be Considered Investment Advisers for Purposes of FINRA Rule 5131

On May 9, 2017, FINRA issued an interpretive letter stating that family offices may be considered investment advisers for purposes of meeting the limited exception of FINRA Rule 5131.02(b). FINRA Rule 5131 addresses abuses in...more

What Are You Doing About Outside Business Disclosures

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

FINRA is currently reviewing its rules regarding outside business activities and private securities transactions. From time to time, FINRA reviews its rules and application of those rules to see if anything needs to be...more

FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook discusses FINRA360 and Consolidating Enforcement Divisions

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 17, 2017, at the annual FINRA conference in Washington D.C., FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook discussed the recently-launched FINRA360 initiative: a top-to-bottom review of FINRA’s operations and organization. Cook...more

New York & Colorado Propose “New” Cybersecurity Regulations for Broker-Dealers

by Wilson Elser on

In the wake of the promulgation of new cybersecurity regulations by New York State’s Department of Financial Services, Colorado has proposed cybersecurity regulations for broker-dealers, investment advisers and other fund...more

Blockchain and the financial markets: Will 2017 be the year of the regulators? New rules covering blockchain and distributed...

by White & Case LLP on

In 2016, policy makers and regulators started to take an active interest in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). However, many adopted a "wait and see" approach rather than producing binding regulations. 2017...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 8

by DLA Piper on

International Monetary Fund reviews top threats to markets and banks. The Wall Street Journal reported on the IMF’s warning that high corporate leverage could threaten financial stability as the Federal Reserve raises...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert In Response to WannaCry Ransomware

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on May 17, 2017 in response to “WannaCry,” the ongoing...more

Will The Fiduciary Rule Live on Even if it is Repealed?

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule was supposed to be implemented on April 10, 2017. That date was pushed back to June 9 so that it could be reassessed, and possibly modified or even repealed. The rule as it stands...more

General Solicitations of Certain Regulation D “Private” Securities Offerings: SEC Affirms Zero-Tolerance Policy.

On March 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a noteworthy opinion in In re KCD Financial Inc., a review of a FINRA disciplinary action. While the opinion affirmed FINRA’s disciplinary action,...more

A “Bad Apples” Database for Banks? Not So Fast.

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Should banks, while guarding against rolling episodes of misconduct by bankers, have the ability to blackball employees from the banking industry? A “bad apples” database of bank employees who have acted improperly in prior...more

FINRA T+2 Rules Are Approved

In May 2017, in Regulatory Notice 17-19, FINRA announced the SEC approval of a variety of its proposed rule amendments relating to the upcoming move of the U.S. securities markets to the T+2 settlement cycle....more

FINRA Retrospective Rule Review: Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is conducting a retrospective review of the rules that govern outside business activities and private securities transactions to assess their effectiveness and efficiency....more

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