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FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Communications With the Public

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued Regulatory Notice 15-16 to solicit comments on proposed amendments to FINRA Rules governing communications with the public. FINRA is proposing to amend FINRA Rule 2210 so...more

SEC Approves Tick-Size Pilot

The SEC recently approved a proposal by the national securities exchanges and FINRA for a two-year pilot program to widen tick sizes for prices of certain smaller company common stock. The SEC adopted the tick size pilot...more

New York City Prohibits Discrimination Based on Credit History

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act. It amends the New York City Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from requesting or using an individual's...more

"The SEC Proposes FINRA Regulation for High-Frequency Traders"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). The proposed amendment (the “Proposed Amendment”) would require...more

FINRA Publishes New Sanction Guidelines Urging Tougher Penalties for Rule Violations

On May 12, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (FINRA’s) National Adjudicatory Council (NAC)1 released updated Sanction Guidelines for use in adjudicating disciplinary proceedings involving FINRA member firms...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 20

In this issue: - Section 16(b) Decision Provides Important Guidance - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Communications With the Public - Form BE-10 Filing Deadline...more

Spring Vacations: Which arguments are winning on appeals from arbitration so far in 2015?

Today I present a collection of recent state and federal appellate court decisions that vacate or un-vacate arbitration awards. The seven opinions below emphasize how difficult it is to prove that an arbitrator exceeded his...more

FINRA Allows Use of Related Performance Information in Communications Regarding Mutual Funds with Financial Intermediaries and...

Overview and Background - On May 12, 2015, the staff of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA staff) issued an interpretive letter to Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (Hartford Funds) that conditionally...more

FINRA’s NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability

On May 12, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) revised its Sanction Guidelines to call for tougher sanctions against those who commit fraud or make unsuitable...more

FINRA’s Revised Sanction Guidelines: Higher, Tougher, Fairer?

FINRA’s newly revised Sanction Guidelines, effective immediately, signal that the upward trend in sanctions against broker-dealers is likely to continue. The Sanction Guidelines, which establish the range of sanctions...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 19

In This Issue: - FINRA's NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability - CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality - CFTC Requests Public...more

SEC Approves Tick Size Pilot Program

In response to the initial proposal received last August from the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on May 6,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed and insider trading case in tandem with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office against a father and son based on repeated trades in advance of deal announcements even after FINRA initiated an investigation...more

SEC and FINRA to Hold National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers

On May 12, the SEC and FINRA announced the opening of registration for their 2015 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers. The program is intended to provide an open forum for regulators and industry...more

FINRA Introduces Revised Sanction Guidelines

FINRA recently released updated and revised Sanction Guidelines and an accompanying Regulatory Notice that, among other things, call for stricter penalties against broker-dealers who commit fraud or violate suitability rules....more

FINRA Revises Sanction Guidelines

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s disciplinary appellate body (the National Adjudicatory Council or NAC) has revised the Sanction Guidelines used to determine penalties in enforcement cases. The revisions increase...more

FINRA Offers 11.7 Million Reasons To Maintain Adequate Supervisory Controls

As noted previously in this blog, the SEC and other regulatory agencies continue to display an increased interest in the issue of internal and supervisory controls.  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has...more

SEC Approves Pilot to Assess Tick Size Impact for Smaller Companies

On May 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposal by the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for a two-year pilot program that would widen the minimum...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #2

Two Traders Subject of CME Summary Suspension for Alleged Spoofing Sued by CFTC Too - Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission commenced a lawsuit in federal court in New York against Heet Khara and Nasim...more

SEC Approves Pilot to Assess Tick Size Impact for Smaller Companies

On May 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposal by the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to implement a two-year pilot program that widens the permissible...more

FINRA Proposes Exemption From the TAF for Proprietary Trading Firms

On March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 18

In this issue: - SEC Proposes Rules for Security-based Swap Activity of Non-US Persons in the United States - FINRA Proposes Exemption From the TAF for Proprietary Trading Firms - SEC Approves Pilot to...more

FINRA Chairman: SEC Should Lead on Uniform Fiduciary Standard

On May 1, 2015, Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), reaffirmed his support for a uniform fiduciary standard for broker-dealers. Testifying before the House Financial...more

SEC's Investment Management Team Issues Cybersecurity Guidance

On April 28, 2015, the SEC's Division of Investment Management released cybersecurity guidance directed at registered investment companies (“funds”) and registered investment advisers (“advisers”). The guidance focused...more

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