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SEC Approves FINRA’s Educational Communication Rule

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s new Rule 2273 (Educational Communication Related to Recruitment Practices and Account Transfers), which requires delivery of an educational communication prepared by FINRA to customers of a...more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part I

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Those lines were the opening verse to the theme song of the TV...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court concluded this week that a suit based on short selling filed in state court alleging state law causes of action was not preempted by the exclusive jurisdiction provision of Exchange Act Section 27 simply...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - SEC Publishes Small Entity Compliance Guide for Crowdfunding - On May 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a small entity compliance guide for companies wishing to...more

Broker, Compliance Officer Fined For AML Failures

Money laundering continues to be a key focus of regulators. Recently, for example, FINCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery discussed money laundering through real estate transactions. Earlier this year the SEC brought an...more

May 16th: Title III Crowdfunding Effective Date

In time for the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding, FINRA has issued an investor alert and a press release....more

Crowdfunding Begins With 17 Issuers

Monday May 16, 2016 was the first day JOBS Act Title III crowdfunding could be used. Below are links to some portals and other information....more

Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016

Funding portal registration is now available through FINRA. This LawFlash discusses funding portals, which are the intermediaries through which crowdfunding will occur, specifically regarding the registration process...more

FINRA Proposes Arbitration Rule Change to Permit Offset of Awards

Last week, FINRA sought approval from the SEC for a proposed change to the FINRA arbitration rules, under which monetary awards requiring the parties to pay each other damages would be offset, so the party owing the larger...more

FINRA Issues Largest Fine Regarding Variable Annuities Contracts

On May 3, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that MetLife Securities, Inc. agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that the company misled its customers in tens of thousands of variable...more

SEC Finally Approves FINRA’s Watered-Down Recruitment Broker Bonus Disclosure Rule

Lost in the commotion surrounding the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule was the Securities and Exchange Commission's approval of FINRA's recruitment bonus disclosure rule, which requires action by broker dealers when...more

FINRA to Expand Broker-Check Reporting

Richard Ketchum, the retiring CEO of FINRA, said that the regulator intends to expand the reporting available through its BrokerCheck® web tool to include relative concentrations of disciplined brokers in industry firms....more

SEC Publishes Consolidated Audit Trail Plan

The plan would create a single database to enable regulators to track all trading activity in the US equity and options markets. On April 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for public...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed at trial this week, securing a favorable verdict after a two week jury trial. The action centered on false statements made by an executive regarding regulatory approvals for the only drug of the...more

NASAA Requests Comments on Proposed Policy Allowing Use of Electronic Offering Documents and Electronic Signatures

On May 2, 2016 the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued a release requesting public comments on a proposed Statement of Policy (SOP) that would allow issuers and its selling agents to use...more

Compliance Departments Must Continue to Evolve as Regulators Refine Their Approach to Spoofing

The government’s pursuit of alleged “spoofing” continues to garner headlines with the criminal authorities recently securing a conviction in the prosecution of Michael Coscia for alleged spoofing on the Chicago Mercantile...more

US Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule Introduces a Brave New World

Final rule reflects some concessions, but its broad scope and compliance costs will cause financial services advisers to re-evaluate their business models. On April 6, 2016, the US Department of Labor (the DOL) released...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.4.16

MetLife, accused by regulators of misleading tens of thousands of customers about variable annuities—“a product that retirees seek out for safety,” will pay a $25 million dollar fine for its actions. It’s the second-largest...more

Avoiding a Messy Break-Up: How a Firm’s Investigation Can Deflect a Financial Advisor’s Form U-5 Defamation Claim

Breaking up is hard to do. In the investment industry, it can be even harder because one half of the couple needs to publish the reasons for the break-up. When a registered representative separates from a broker-dealer...more

DOL Releases Final Regulations to Expand ERISA ‘Fiduciary’ Definition

In Depth - After more than five years of development and revision, the US Department of Labor (DOL) released final regulations to redefine a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 5

Electronic Structured Product Systems and FINRA’s Robo-Advisor Report - In a prior issue of this publication, we wrote about electronic structured note issuance platforms, and how these might be affected by U.S....more

Campaigning for Self-Reporting and Calculation of Incentives (Part I of II)

Just to add to the cacophony of voices campaigning during this primary season, DOJ, SEC, FINRA, and CFTC officials launched their own campaign promoting recent initiatives to increase corporate self-reporting of potential...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.29.16

Dealbook looks back at a crazy Thursday of healthcare company deals [with Abbott/St. Jude taking the prize for biggest] and concludes that the industry appears to be “convinced, regardless of tax benefits [or common financial...more

Joint Notice: MSRB and FINRA Increasing Scrutiny of Private Bank Placements

Direct lending by banks has proliferated in the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market as states, local governments and non-profits find that they can borrow, in the form of direct loans, at interest rates comparable to those on...more

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