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FINRA Proposes Desk Commentary Safe Harbor

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The safe harbor would offer relief from certain requirements of FINRA’s research rules, but significant compliance obligations and questions remain. On April 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc....more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

FINRA Proposes Broad Range of Amendments to Corporate Financing Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 12, 2017, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) published proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 5110, which regulates the terms and arrangements of securities underwriting conducted by FINRA...more

FINRA Announces Updates to Private Placement Filer Form

On April 21, 2017, FINRA announced updates to the Private Placement Filer Form (“Filer Form”) that FINRA members complete when submitting private placement filings under FINRA Rules 5122 (Private Placements of Securities...more

Financial Regulators Take Note: The Supreme Court’s Newest Member is a Tough Taskmaster

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 113th justice. While his experience on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with cases involving financial regulation may be limited, certain of his decisions...more

FINRA Updates Its Sanction Guidelines

Earlier this month, FINRA announced changes to its Sanction Guidelines through Notice to Members 17-13. FINRA’s Sanction Guidelines are used by FINRA disciplinary hearing panels to decide what, if any, sanctions to impose in...more

Colorado Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules For Financial Advisers

by Dentons on

Earlier this month, the Colorado Division of Securities released a set of proposed changes to the Colorado securities laws that would, if adopted, impose strict cybersecurity requirements on investment advisers and...more

FINRA's Newest One-Two Punch

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On February 3, 2017, the SEC approved: (1) new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults[1]) permitting members to place temporary holds on certain customer accounts where there is a reasonable belief of...more

Investment Banker Charged with Insider Trading by SEC, USAO

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Investment banker Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy was supposed to report his outside brokerage account and that of his wife to his firm. He did not....more

Who Does What: Broker Dealers | Registered Investment Advisers | Commodities/Futures Entities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

At Fox Rothschild LLP, we have a wealth of experience in creating and forming broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity entities and various hedge funds. Over the years, our strategy has been to work with our...more

FINRA Observes Second Anniversary of Its Senior Helpline

On April 21, 2017, FINRA issued a press release marking the second anniversary of its Securities Helpline for Seniors. ...more

FINRA Solicits Comments on Rules Impacting Capital Formation and Proposed Changes to the Corporate Financing Rule

In what seems to be a bow to the Trump Administration, FINRA has issued Regulatory Notice 17-14 which broadly seeks comments on FINRA rules that impact capital formation. ...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

FINRA Proposes Limited Relief for Desk Commentary

by Morgan Lewis on

Is the proposed safe harbor for desk commentary a lifeline for sales and trading communications, or a death knell? ...more

Clarifying and Simplifying the Corporate Financing Rule: FINRA Seeks Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rule 5110

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 12, 2017, the Financial Regulatory Industry Authority (“FINRA”) released a regulatory notice requesting comments on proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 5110 (commonly referred to as the Corporate Financing Rule, the...more

FINRA Revises Its Sanction Guidelines

In April 2017, FINRA announced that it had revised its sanction guidelines for violations of its rules. The new revisions, among other things...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - Cross River Bank Takes on Colorado in True Lender Action. This past January, the Administrator of Colorado’s Uniform Consumer Credit Code filed a court action against Marlette Funding LLC (Marlette),...more

SEC Approves New Rules Enabling Financial Advisors to Defend Vulnerable Clients from Exploitation

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Financial exploitation of aging and mentally diminished investors by family members and third parties is on the rise. With America's senior population growing rapidly, this problem may only get worse. More than half of all...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management - While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated...more

FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution Party Portal Now Required

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Amendments to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.'s ("FINRA's") Customer and Industry Codes of Arbitration Procedure require that all parties (except for pro se customers) to FINRA arbitrations must use the...more

A Trio of FINRA Notices Focused on Capital Formation Issues

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 12, 2017, FINRA released three regulatory notices for comment that propose amendments to various FINRA rules affecting capital formation. In connection with its release of the notices, FINRA President and CEO Robert...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 3

SEC Rolls Out “POSITIER” - The SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate used a recent March 9, 2017 open meeting and related “Evidence Summit” to announce its new investor research initiative, “POSITIER.”1 This new acronym...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

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REGULATORY UPDATE - Ten Investment Advisory Firms Subject to Steep Penalties after Violating Pay-to-Play Rules - In January 2017, 10 investment advisory firms agreed to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to Rules Affecting Offerings

On April 12, 2017, FINRA issued three Regulatory Notices requesting comments on proposed changes to various rules relating to financing transactions. Regulatory Notice 17-14 requests comment on all of FINRA’s existing...more

Securities Legislative Update – Elderly Investors 2017

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s proposed rule aimed at preventing fraud and abuse of senior investors. On March 30, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-11, setting the effective date for the new rule as February 5, 2018. The...more

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