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FAQs about the FINRA Communication Rules

Understanding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210, Communications with the Public - What is Rule 2210, and what does it require? - Rule 2210 governs three categories of “communications” by FINRA member...more

FINRA Video Series Highlights Broker-Dealers' Common Cybersecurity Deficiencies

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In a series of three video programs published on the FINRA website in recent weeks, FINRA provided guidance on common deficiencies it has been seeing in its cybersecurity examinations of member firms, and recommended a number...more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #3

LedgerX Approved by CFTC as First Derivatives Clearing Organization for Fully Collateralized Swap Contracts Potentially Settling in Bitcoin: On July 24, LedgerX was approved by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a...more

Family Offices Included as ‘Investment Advisers’ Under IPO Allocation Rule 5131(b)

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 9, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) issued an interpretive letter (the “Letter”) regarding its IPO allocation rule 5131(b) and its exception 5131.02(b) (the “IPO Allocation Rule”, or...more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

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Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Issues FInal Arbitration Rule - Who Is Covered and How Does It Affect Your Business? The CFPB, after entertaining numerous comments, issued its final arbitration rule on Monday,...more

FINRA Issues New Guidance on Social Media and Digital Communications

by Carlton Fields on

In April, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-18, which reiterates previous rules and provides additional guidance regarding the application of several key rules governing communications with the public to digital...more

FINRA Fetes Emerging Blockchain Technology at Industry Conference

Blockchain technology (“Blockchain”), also known as Distributed Ledger Technology, stands poised to transform the future of the financial industry. Generally speaking, Blockchain enables the creation of a continuously growing...more

SEC Exercises Jurisdiction Over Initial Coin Offerings

by Reed Smith on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission issued an Investigative Report detailing its investigation of an initial coin offering of digital tokens representing interests in a decentralized autonomous...more

FINRA Public Offering Proposal Excludes All Insurance Contracts

by Carlton Fields on

For the first time since 2004, FINRA has proposed major amendments to its requirements that govern the terms of the underwriting arrangements for most public offerings of securities and mandate that such arrangements be...more

FINRA Proposes to Loosen Restrictions on Performance Projections

by Carlton Fields on

In March, FINRA solicited comments on proposed amendments to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public, that would create an exception to the rule’s prohibition on projecting investment performance. The proposed exception...more

FINRA Moves to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

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FINRA has taken another step to protect against what it calls "financial exploitation of vulnerable individuals or individuals with diminished capacity." These include seniors (at least age 65) and persons (at least age 18)...more

SEC Warns That ICOs and Other Internet Token Sales May Be Securities Offerings Subject to Federal Securities Laws

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Tuesday, July 25, as many practitioners probably expected, the SEC issued a warning that offers and sales of digital assets (virtual coins or tokens) by organizations using blockchain or distributed ledger technology...more

FINRA and the MSRB Issue FAQs on Bond Mark-Up Disclosure

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On July 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published new implementation guidance on the bond mark-up disclosure requirements set to take effect...more

FINRA Holds Regulator Forum on Distributed Ledger Technology

On July 13, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) held a Blockchain Symposium (the Symposium) in which representatives from a number of US regulators discussed the work they have undertaken to assess...more

FINRA Publishes “Frequently Asked Questions” on New Pricing Disclosure Rules for Securities Confirmations

On July 12, 2017, FINRA issued guidance on its recent amendments to Rule 2232. The new requirements, which are scheduled to take effect on May 14, 2018, apply to transactions with retail (and not institutional, as defined in...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Waiver of the Right to Seek Arbitration

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which the defendant filed fraud and RICO actions in federal court against several persons and entities alleging they defrauded her out of millions of dollars....more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #2

New SEC Chairman Previews Governing Principles; Stresses Commitment to Working With CFTC: Last week, Jay Clayton, newly appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, enumerated eight “guiding principles” that...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 6

Canadian Bail-in and TLAC Rules: Impact on Structured Notes Offered in the United States - Introduction - In June 2017, the Canadian government released draft regulations relating to “bail-in instruments” issued by...more

FINRA Notice To Members; Enhanced Confirmation Disclosures

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FINRA has recently issued a notice to members regarding to the enhancement of confirmation disclosures. ...more

US Regulators Launch Fintech Initiatives

by Morgan Lewis on

Two US regulators recently launched initiatives that will encourage cooperation between the securities industry and its regulators with respect to financial technology (fintech) innovations. The US Commodity Futures Trading...more

The Tale Of The Recidivist Broker

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The CEO of FINRA recently announced that FINRA plans to provide firms with additional resources to deal with recidivist brokers. So what does this mean? For years, FINRA’s exam priorities have focused on, among other...more

Nevada Imposes Fiduciary Obligations on Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

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Broker-dealers and investment advisers with clients in Nevada should review the fiduciary obligations contained in new amendments to the Nevada financial planner statute that go into effect on July 1, 2017....more

FINRA Releases New Guidance Regarding Social Media and Digital Communications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 25, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued Regulatory Notice 17–18, Social Media and Digital Communications (the “Regulatory Notice”), addressing certain frequently asked questions...more

Bridging the Week - June 2017 #4

CFTC Inspector General Strongly Criticizes Cost-Benefit Analysis Underlying Commission’s Rule Establishing Margin for Uncleared Swaps: The Office of Inspector General of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said that the...more

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