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Chris Lazarini Discusses Whether Defamatory Statements Constitute Libel Per Se

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case where defendant carried out a personal vendetta against the plaintiff following plaintiff's report against defendant for violations of securities laws. Following...more

FINRA Imposing Increasingly Major Fines for AML Failures

Staying true to its Chairman’s message regarding its focus in 2016 on anti-money-laundering (“AML”) compliance, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) just settled claims of inadequate AML controls with the...more

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Blackstone is spinning off a new housing maintenance and rental venture in the form of Invitation Homes LP, which could see an IPO as early as January 2017. Invitation Homes is the culmination of a four-year, $10 billion...more

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Even as auto lending continues at near break-neck pace, regulators are expressing concerns about the rise (again) of subprime delinquencies from borrowers. The trend, at a time when the US economy is doing relatively well,...more

Regulators Implement Enhanced Oversight and Propose Transparency for the Treasury Market

On October 24, 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) held a conference on “The Evolving Structure of the US Treasury Market” (Conference). The Conference was a sequel to the first annual such event where...more

FINRA Sanctions Firm For Conflicts

Conflicts of interest are at the center of many of the Commission’s recent enforcement action. Typically those conflicts are not disclosed. Indeed, the SEC has brought a series actions against private equity firms and...more

FINRA Fine Addresses Broker Compensation and Conflicts of Interest

A recent enforcement action by FINRA underscores the regulator’s continuing concern regarding how financial advisers are paid to sell investment products. In a case announced on November 28, 2016, a member firm settled...more

FINRA Fines Lincoln Financial Group $650,000

A Lincoln Financial Group subsidiary has agreed to accept a $650,000 fine levied against it by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and to implement more robust security controls for a 2012 hacking that...more

SEC Approves New FINRA and MSRB Mark-Up Disclosure Requirements for Corporate, Agency and Municipal Fixed Income Principal Trades

On November 17, 2016, some 40 years after having first proposed mark-up disclosure requirements for riskless principal securities transactions, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved rule changes by the...more

FINRA Fines Lincoln Financial Sub $650,000 For Cybersecurity Shortcomings

A Lincoln Financial Group subsidiary agreed to pay $650,000 to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that it failed to implement sufficient security policies to protect confidential...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Fidelity Bond’s 24-Month Limitation Period Bars Financial Company’s Claim For Losses Caused By Employee’s...

From 1999 to 2008, a registered investment representative worked for Hantz Financial Services (“Hantz”). From 2000 to 2008, that same representative embezzled client funds. In March 2008, a client filed a FINRA arbitration...more

US Federal Reserve Board Announces Plans to Collect Data from Banks on Secondary Market Transactions in US Treasury Securities

The US Federal Reserve Board announced that it plans to begin collecting data on Treasury security secondary market transactions from banks. The Federal Reserve Board intends to negotiate with the Financial Industry...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #3

Federal District Court Approves Flash Crash Spoofer’s US $38 Million Settlement; Federal Appeals Court Appears Sympathetic to Michael Coscia’s Claim That Spoofing Prohibition Is Too Vague - The US federal court handling...more

FINRA forces firms into the weeds on security policies

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to be active in the area of cybersecurity. A recent Letter of Consent issued by the agency’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) contained some startling new...more

The IRS and Courts Weigh in on the Deductibility of Fines and Penalties - Tax Update, Volume 2016, Issue 3

Taxpayers who make payments in conjunction with a forfeiture action should attempt to understand the characterization of a payment to see if the specific payment can avoid being treated as a fine or penalty. Originally...more

SEC, FINRA and the DOL Take Aim at Confidentiality Provisions in Firm Agreements

On October 24, 2016, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)'s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released an alert examining whistleblower rule compliance and the use of...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 11

Structured Products Legal and Regulatory Conference: November 2016 - In November 2016, Morrison & Foerster LLP sponsored Risk magazine’s annual structured products legal and regulatory conference in Washington, D.C. ...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

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The saga of Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz, grandson of former Secretary of State (and Theranos director) George Shultz, who faced threats, a familial rift, and a boat-load of legal fees as he tried to expose Theranos’...more

SEC Publishes for Comment FINRA Proposal to Combat Financial Exploitation of Seniors and Other Specified Adults

A proposed amendment to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Customer Account Statement Rule (Rule 4512) and a proposed new Rule 2165 regarding Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults would: require...more

2016 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Private Funds

This special report provides a summary of some of the significant changes and developments that occurred in the past year in the private equity and hedge funds space, as well as certain recommended practices that investment...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Application of Manifest Disregard of the Law

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former trader fraudulently purchased $1 billion in Apple shares that ultimately forced the closure of the trader's firm, Rochdale Securities. Rochdale...more

Arbitrator’s False Credentials Are Sufficient To Vacate Award

In most circumstances, the Federal Arbitration Act requires that the losing party move to vacate an arbitration award within three months. However, the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that the three-month timeline can be...more

Court Orders Parties to Retry Arbitration Seven Years After Award

In 2008, Move, Inc., initiated a FINRA arbitration against Citigroup Global Markets, alleging that Citigroup improperly invested over $131 million of Move's assets in illiquid and unsuitable auction rate securities. The...more

FINRA’s Cross-Selling Sweep Exam

In late October, FINRA issued a sweep exam, commanding firms to produce 15 categories of documents about firm’s cross-selling programs over a 5-year span. The sweep seeks information on cross-selling, including incentives...more

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