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Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedging Disclosure - SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers - House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and Other...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #4

FDIC Study Shows Branch Banking Has Staying Power: Has your smartphone displaced your bank? According to an FDIC study released on February 19, traditional brick-and-mortar offices are maintaining their primacy, despite...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Materiality Consultations

The Overview addresses, among other things, categories of information and other factors that firms should consider when assessing materiality of prospective business initiatives....more

FINRA Issues its Cybersecurity Report, Providing Tools and Encouragement to Broker-Dealers

FINRA recently issued a Report on Cybersecurity Practices (“Report”), growing out of its targeted examination of firms last year. To issue the Report, FINRA gave careful consideration to the needs of many broker-dealers for...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Winter 2015

In This Issue: - The Affordable Care Act and CPAs: It Takes a Village - U.S. District Court for District of Massachusetts Holds Testator’s Attorney Can Be Held Liable to A Beneficiary - New Jersey...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #4

CME Group Reminds Members of Regulatory Requirements for EFRPs and Block Trades Through Disciplinary Actions: The CME Group brought and resolved multiple disciplinary actions against various members and non-members related to...more

What Threats Can Muffle a Corporate Action? FINRA May Rely on SEC Enforcement Proceedings

In a pair of recent opinions, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) found that FINRA acted within the scope of its rules and governing statutory scheme in refusing to announce corporate actions for companies whose...more

FINRA Announces Head of Newly Created Data Analytics Office

On February 11, FINRA announced that, effective February 23, Erozan Kurtas will join the industry regulator as Head of the newly-established Office of Advanced Data Analytics and will also assume the role of Senior Vice...more

OCIE's Cybersecurity Risk Alert Provides Insight For Investment Advisers Into Peer Practices

On February 3, 2015, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspection and Examinations ("OCIE") released a risk alert titled Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary providing an overview of how investment advisers and broker-dealers...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Calls for Increased Funding and Discusses Priorities During Congressional Testimony - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, appeared before members of the House of...more

A Few Takeaways from the OCIE Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert (the “2015 Risk Alert”) with summary observations from its recently...more

FINRA Issues Cybersecurity Practices Report And Investor Guidance

On February 3, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued two publications concerning cybersecurity risks at financial firms. The Report on Cybersecurity Practices presents the results of FINRA’s 2014...more

Going for Brokerage: SEC Report Highlights Best (and Worst) Practices in Cybersecurity Preparedness

On February 3, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released a Risk Alert addressing cybersecurity issues at brokerage and advisory firms, along with suggestions to investors on ways they can protect themselves...more

SEC and FINRA Publish Materials Addressing Cybersecurity

Twin reports provide a roadmap to best practices. U.S. financial markets and participants, much like other segments of the U.S. economy, are prime targets for technological hacks, intrusions, and breaches that can occur...more

Going for Brokerage: SEC Report Highlights Best (and Worst) Practices in Cybersecurity Preparedness

On February 3, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released a Risk Alert addressing cybersecurity issues at brokerage and advisory firms, along with suggestions to investors on ways they can protect themselves...more

SEC and FINRA Issue Cybersecurity Publications

On February 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued separate publications on cybersecurity risk. The SEC’s risk alert provides summary observations from the SEC’s Office of...more

FINRA Proposes Higher Arbitration Cancellation Fees

FINRA Dispute Resolution filed with the SEC a proposed change to Code of Arbitration Rules 12214 and 12601 (and industry Rules 13214 and 13601) to increase late cancellation fees from $100 to $600 per arbitrator and expand...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #2

Industry Watchdogs Warn Brokers and Advisory Firms on Cybersecurity Threats - Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published observations of their review of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 5

In this issue: - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to Discuss “Accredited Investor” Definition - Glass Lewis Enhances its Pay-for-Performance and Equity Plan Models - SEC Issues New...more

FINRA Cybersecurity Report Highlights Risks, Best Practices

On February 3, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued its Report on Cybersecurity Practices. Reinforcing FINRA’s emphasis on protecting investor information, the report discusses the results of a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The DOJ’s settlement with S&P for $1.4 billion, coupled with admissions of fact, made headlines this week. The settlement was joined by 19 states and the District of Columbia. The DOJ and the states will essentially split the...more

Hackers Gonna Hack—FINRA’s Report on Cybersecurity Practices Assists Firms in Responding to Threats

On February 3, 2015 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its long-awaited Report on Cybersecurity Practices, a broad overview of the state of play in the cybersecurity arena for broker-dealers....more

SEC Examination Priorities for 2015

We recently sent you an email about FINRA’s Examination Priorities for 2015. The SEC has now released its 2015 Examination Priorities, and it continues the trend of focusing on rollovers. This email discusses the SEC concerns...more

Corporate Hacking and the Financial Services Industry

The question is not whether you are going to be hacked, but rather when and how often. That thinking is so pervasive in the cyber-security industry that industry participants now refer to “cyber-resilience” to better describe...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #4

The CFTC Exercises Expanded Jurisdiction Over Retail Transactions in Physical Commodities. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to add new authority over certain leveraged,...more

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