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Forward to The Past: NYSE Returns to Regulation

Everything old is new again. On January 1, 2016, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) – now owned by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. – will be taking back some of the regulatory responsibilities it yielded to the Financial...more

SEC Proposes Rules Requiring Public Disclosure of Operations and Activities of Alternative Trading Systems, Broker-Dealer...

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-76474 (the “Proposing Release”) in which the SEC proposed rules designed to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight...more

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

Structured Notes and Issuer Quiet Periods Background - Most issuers establish a “quiet period” (also called a “blackout” period) prior to the release of potentially sensitive information and material non-public...more

Title III of JOBS Act Brings Non-Accredited Investors to Crowdfunding Table

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved Title III of the JOBS Act, a significant development because the new regulations allow non-accredited investors – those making less than $200,000 a year in...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors: On Nov. 12 the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published its first municipal advisor compliance advisory, developed...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

FINRA Issues Investor Alert Regarding IRS Phone Scam

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an Investor Alert warning investors about a phone scam involving phone calls allegedly coming from the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2013, more than 700,000 investors have...more

FINRA Issues Notice on the Mandatory Participation of Member Firms in FINRA’s BC/DR Testing

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-43 to alert member firms of its authority to designate certain member firms as mandatory participants in FINRA’s business continuity/disaster recovery...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 44

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Issues Investor Alert Regarding IRS Phone Scam - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an Investor Alert warning investors about a phone scam involving phone calls allegedly...more

FINRA Proposes Rules to Combat Financial Exploitation of Seniors

FINRA Reg. Notice 15-37 (Oct. 2015) requests prompt comment (by November 30) on proposed Rules aimed at detecting and minimizing financial exploitation of seniors and other “vulnerable” adults....more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 7

Structured Products Offerings and Research Reports: Introduction - Structured products are sold by broker-dealers, many of which are affiliates of large investment banks. The equity research group of the same...more

FINRA’s Cancelled CARDS

A little over one year ago, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a proposal to increase substantially its collection of brokerage data. That proposal, named the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data...more

EB-5 Due Diligence Matters

Private placement offerings are an increasingly active part of the securities business. One especially complicated and emerging area of private placements is the EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Center Program. Under the current...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has released a client alert on the SEC’s Division of...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

Crowdfunding Regulations

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015

SEC to Permit Capital Raising Through Crowdfunding: The Securities and Exchange Commission finalized rules that will permit eligible companies to raise money through Internet offerings of their securities—a practice known as...more

FINRA fines investment firms for supervisory failures

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined two investment firms for failing to exercise proper regulation over third-party money transfers. The companies were fined $650,000 and $300,000 respectively, but...more

Following the Wisdom of the Crowd? A Look at the SEC’s Final Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the final rules, Regulation Crowdfunding, which will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended...more

New Jersey Arbitration Agreements Should Explicitly Waive the Right to Bring Claims in Court

On October 26, 2015, in the case Barr v. Bishop Rosen & Co., the New Jersey Appellate Division issued its first published decision applying the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Atalese v. U.S. Legal Services Group LP to...more

Social Media Compliance Policies: Your Company Needs One

Use of social media is ubiquitous in today's society. This is astounding when you think back to 2004 and realize that social media did not exist then. Fast forward ten years and by September 2014, 58% of all American adults...more

Regulation Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the SEC voted to adopt final rules permitting crowdfunding. Regulation Crowdfunding allows issuers to engage in securities-based crowdfunding through the internet pursuant to Section 4(a)(6) of the...more

FINRA Panel Did Not Exceed Authority Or Manifestly Disregard Law By Failing To Award “Prevailing Party” Attorney’s Fees

A broker sought to vacate his FINRA compensatory damages award against a broker/dealer because the award did not include his attorney’s fees. The broker believed he was entitled to those fees as the “prevailing party” within...more

FINRA Proposes Rules to Help Avoid Financial Exploitation of Seniors

Avoiding financial exploitation of older investors has been on our regulators’ radar screens for several years. With new rules proposed in October 2015, FINRA seeks to make investing safer for seniors and other vulnerable...more

"Municipal Advisor Update: SEC Examination Initiative, Series 50 Pilot Exam, Continuing Education Requirements"

SEC Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently updated the National Association of Municipal Advisors on...more

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