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OCC’s Updated Guidance on Retail Nondeposit Investment Products

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently released an updated and substantially revised section of its Comptroller’s Handbook titled “Retail Nondeposit Investment Products” (the Booklet). The Booklet...more

The SEC and FINRA Will Continue to Audit the Financial Services Industry to Ensure Cybersecurity Protocols Are Current and Viable

On February 2, 2015, Wilson Elser released an overview entitled Corporate Hacking and the Financial Services Industry that provided in-house counsel with talking points to better discuss and understand their corporate...more

CFPB Deputy Director Discusses How the CFPB Prioritizes Its Risk-Focused Supervision Program

On February 18, Steven Antonakes, Deputy Director of the CFPB, delivered remarks before the Exchequer Club of Washington, D.C. regarding the CFPB’s risk-focused supervision program. In his remarks, Antonakes identified two...more

New York Department of Financial Services Announces New Cyber Security Measures Directed at Strengthening Insurers' Cyber Defenses

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced last week a series of measures it plans to take “to help strengthen cyber hacking defenses at insurers.” Those measures include, among other things: regular,...more

NYS Announces New Assessments Of Insurers’ Cybersecurity Practices

On February 8, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (the “Report”) and disclosed a series of steps it will be taking to bolster...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

Bank Board Director Alert: Banking on Cybersecurity

Prudential bank regulators and other supervisory authorities have put cybersecurity front and center in 2015 by issuing guidance that sets forth their expectations of improved cybersecurity and that incorporates cybersecurity...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

SEC Releases Results of Financial Industry Examination Sweep Regarding Cybersecurity - The publications highlight the SEC’s...

On February 3, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) staff released two publications: the results of an examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers and 49 registered investment advisers, and guidance...more

OCC Report Highlights Wide Range of Potential Risks

Why it matters - The OCC’s most recent report on current key risks should be read by all banks, regardless of size or regulator, as a road map in preparing for the next examination. Few banks would ever admit they may...more

New York Banks Face New Cybersecurity Exam Process

Why it matters - Adding to the banks’ compliance obligations, effective immediately, banks chartered or licensed in New York will now face an updated cybersecurity examination process, Superintendent of the Department...more

Priorities Focus on Protecting Retail Investors, Assessing Market-Wide Risks and Using Data Analytics

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) priorities for 2015 which focus on three areas: protecting retail investors, especially those...more

Four Things to Know About the 2015 SEC OCIE Exam Priorities

On January 13, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued its Examination Priorities for 2015. Among the various priorities, these four issues stood out...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought cases related to HFT this week, but not against those traders. One action involved the operations of one of the largest dark pools. A second involved two exchanges. Each action involved specific types...more

SEC and FINRA Announce 2015 Exam Priorities

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently announced their 2015 exam priorities for their respective examination programs. Both the SEC and FINRA have...more

FINRA Issues Regulatory and Examination Priorities for 2015

On January 6, 2015, FINRA set forth its regulatory and examination priorities (the “Priorities Letter”) for 2015, providing insight into FINRA’s concerns about the operation of the securities industry and markets. The...more

SEC Announces 2015 Exam Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2015 Exam Priorities January 13. Director Andrew Bowden’s annual list details OCIE’s subject of focus for the coming year....more

SEC and FINRA Exam Priorities

The SEC and FINRA announced the priorities for their examination programs from 2015 this week. The SEC priorities build in several respects on those from the prior year. They are divided into four areas which, to some extent,...more

OCIE Publishes Exam Priorities for 2015

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its examination priorities for 2015 this week. (Last week, FINRA published its priorities, discussed here.) Many of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - Rich Matheny Comments on New Format of OFAC Sanctions List: On January 5, OFAC announced the release of a new format of its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. With the new...more

Fees and Expenses 2014: A Benchmarking Survey with pfm

Excerpt from Question 1: Your firm is visited by the SEC or state regulator for a routine regulatory examination and you enlist a law firm or consultant to help guide you through the process. Who pays the legal or...more

Compulsory examinations for financial planners on the horizon

ASIC has used its opening address to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services to advocate for compulsory examination of financial planners. ...more

CFPB Releases Supervisory Report Highlighting “Risky Practices” of Nonbanks

The CFPB released a report regarding certain actions the CFPB discovered during its supervision of the payday, debt collection, and consumer reporting industries. The report, which covers the CFPB’s supervision of those...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Measuring the Progress of a New Agency

In This Issue: Executive Summary; Introduction; Focus of Consumer Protection Task Force; History of the CFPB; Rule-Making; Examinations and Data; Consumer Relations; The Scope of CFPB Authority; Transparency; CFPB...more

Broker-Dealers: Pay Attention To Government Audits And Examinations

The story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” applies with full force to the securities industry and the FCPA. ...more

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