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FINRA Charges Firm With AML And Systematic Market Access Violations

On August 18, FINRA announced a complaint against a financial services and investment firm, alleging that the firm was responsible for systematic supervisory and AML violations in connection with providing direct market...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the roll-up to the Labor Day weekend, the SEC issued new rules regarding asset backed securities and credit rating agencies. The Commission also announced a new pilot program on tick size....more

FINRA and Exchanges Submit Tick Size Pilot Plan

FINRA and the exchanges have complied with an SEC order to establish a national market system plan to implement a targeted 12-month pilot program that will widen minimum quoting and trading increments (tick sizes) for certain...more

Second Circuit Holds Subsequent Forum-Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Arbitration Requirement

The Second Circuit joined the Ninth in holding that a subsequent contractual forum-selection clause requiring federal-court litigation trumps the base requirement that FINRA member firms must arbitrate upon a customer’s...more

Second Circuit Rules Broad Forum Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Rule Requiring Arbitration

On August 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Ninth Circuit in holding that FINRA rules requiring arbitration of customer disputes may be superseded by an agreement between a member...more

"SEC Announces Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative"

On August 19, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) will begin a two-year examination initiative (the initiative) through the National...more

SEC Launches Exam Initiative for Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC is not wasting any time making sure that newly registered municipal advisors are introduced to their regulator. On August 19, 2014, the SEC announced a two-year examination initiative for municipal advisors that...more

SEC to Commence Examinations of Municipal Advisors

SEC rules that took effect on July 1, 2014 generally require municipal advisors to register with the SEC through the SEC’s EDGAR system under the final registration process during a four-month phase-in period by October 31,...more

SEC Brings Another Insider Trading Case Tied To Golf

Golf is becoming a recurring theme in insider trading cases. Last month the SEC brought an insider trading action against a group of golf friends. That action, detailed here, was supported by a series of e-mails among the...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 6 - August 2014

In This Issue: - European Product Intervention - FINRA Speaks at 2014 Structured Retail Products Conference - FINRA Approves Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain...more

Business News Digest – August 2014

In this issue: - Draft Forms Released for the Affordable Care Act's Health Coverage Reporting Requirements - FINRA Targets Broker-Dealer Order Routing and Execution Quality of Customer Orders - Potential...more

Second Circuit Draws a Bright-line Rule to Determine Who Is a Customer Under Rule 12200

The decision in Citigroup Global Markets Inc. v. Abbar, Docket No. 13–2172 (August 1, 2014), by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, has important implications for broker-dealers, particularly those dealing with...more

Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210 requires member firms to file certain communications with FINRA’s Advertising Regulation Department, including retail communications. The Rule 2210 filing requirements...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 30

In this issue: - Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public - Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges - Former Chief Operating Officer Settles SEC Fraud...more

Additional Fees on Securities Transactions – FINRA Sees No Justification

In an area of broker-dealer practices with relatively little guidance—the appropriate level of commissions or mark ups on securities trades—FINRA recently brought another in a series of cases that provides insight into the...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule To Prohibit Conditioning Customer Settlements On Expungement

On July 23, FINRA announced that the SEC approved a new rule prohibiting FINRA-supervised firms and registered representatives from conditioning settlement of a customer dispute on—or otherwise compensating a customer for...more

VA Switches: FINRA Disciplinary Action Reminds Firms About the Need for Adequate Supervisory Procedures

In a case involving unsuitable variable annuity (VA) transactions, FINRA found that having good procedures and discovering improper conduct are not enough. A member firm must also ensure that it has adequate supervisory...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement

On July 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission authorized the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to implement FINRA Rule 2081 prohibiting brokers from conditioning settlement of customer complaints on (or...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 29

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements - CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE...more

SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or...more

SEC Approves Amended FINRA Rule 2081 Prohibiting Settlements Conditioned on Expungement

On July 22, the SEC approved amendments to FINRA Rule 2081 that prohibit member firms from conditioning arbitration settlements (or seeking to) upon a customer’s assent to CRD expungement relief. The Rule amendments prohibit...more

PCAOB Focuses on Cybersecurity at Standing Advisory Group Meeting

Panelists at the PCAOB’s June 25 Standing Advisory Group Meeting discussed cybersecurity and the potential implications for financial reporting and auditing. Some of the highlights from the panel include the following...more

FINRA Proposes to Adopt Rules on Quotation Requirements for OTC Equity Securities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. is proposing to adopt rules governing the quotation requirements applicable to over-the-counter (OTC) equity securities. The rules would establish minimum standards for...more

FINRA Sends “Public Arbitrators” Rule to SEC for Approval

On June 30, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) sent its proposed rules to limit the definition of “public arbitrators” to those without any experience in the securities industry. Previously, an...more

New FINRA Supervision Rules May Require Immediate Action

The SEC approved FINRA’s major reworking of its rules governing broker-dealers firms’ supervision of their offices and associated persons. Firms must comply with the new rules by December 1, 2014. This may require some firms...more

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