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This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Commission filed another in a series of actions against an investment adviser who put wrap fee program clients into more expensive mutual fund shares that benefited the adviser and disadvantaged the client. Two more...more

Family Offices Included as ‘Investment Advisers’ Under IPO Allocation Rule 5131(b)

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 9, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) issued an interpretive letter (the “Letter”) regarding its IPO allocation rule 5131(b) and its exception 5131.02(b) (the “IPO Allocation Rule”, or...more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

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Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

FINRA Proposes to Loosen Restrictions on Performance Projections

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In March, FINRA solicited comments on proposed amendments to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public, that would create an exception to the rule’s prohibition on projecting investment performance. The proposed exception...more

Nevada Imposes Fiduciary Obligations on Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

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Broker-dealers and investment advisers with clients in Nevada should review the fiduciary obligations contained in new amendments to the Nevada financial planner statute that go into effect on July 1, 2017....more

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Governing Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued a notice requesting comments on the effectiveness and efficiency of its Rules 3270 (Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons) and 3280 (Private...more

Family Offices May be Considered Investment Advisers for Purposes of FINRA Rule 5131

On May 9, 2017, FINRA issued an interpretive letter stating that family offices may be considered investment advisers for purposes of meeting the limited exception of FINRA Rule 5131.02(b). FINRA Rule 5131 addresses abuses in...more

New York & Colorado Propose “New” Cybersecurity Regulations for Broker-Dealers

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In the wake of the promulgation of new cybersecurity regulations by New York State’s Department of Financial Services, Colorado has proposed cybersecurity regulations for broker-dealers, investment advisers and other fund...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert In Response to WannaCry Ransomware

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The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on May 17, 2017 in response to “WannaCry,” the ongoing...more

Will The Fiduciary Rule Live on Even if it is Repealed?

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The Department of Labor fiduciary rule was supposed to be implemented on April 10, 2017. That date was pushed back to June 9 so that it could be reassessed, and possibly modified or even repealed. The rule as it stands...more

Senior Investors Are the Focus of New “Principal Consideration” in FINRA Sanctions

On April 10, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) introduced new Sanction Guidelines (Guidelines) which allow the NAC and FINRA staff to take into consideration the...more

Who Does What: Broker Dealers | Registered Investment Advisers | Commodities/Futures Entities

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At Fox Rothschild LLP, we have a wealth of experience in creating and forming broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity entities and various hedge funds. Over the years, our strategy has been to work with our...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

by Blank Rome LLP on

REGULATORY UPDATE - Ten Investment Advisory Firms Subject to Steep Penalties after Violating Pay-to-Play Rules - In January 2017, 10 investment advisory firms agreed to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Securities Legislative Update – Elderly Investors 2017

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s proposed rule aimed at preventing fraud and abuse of senior investors. On March 30, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-11, setting the effective date for the new rule as February 5, 2018. The...more

SEC Approves FINRA Efforts to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

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The SEC recently approved an amendment to FINRA Rule 4512 that requires FINRA members to make reasonable efforts to obtain, from each customer for whom they maintain an account, specified information about a “trusted contact...more

FINRA Seeks Comments on its Engagement Programs

by Dechert LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on March 21, 2017, published a Special Notice soliciting comments on various existing FINRA engagement programs (Notice). This request for comment is one component of...more

2016 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

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Executive Summary - The Morgan Lewis Year in Review highlights key US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement developments and...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on Robo-Advisers

On February 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) published information and guidance for investors and the financial services industry on the use of robo-advisers, described by the Staff as “registered...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

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The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

UPDATE: Continued Regulatory Focus on US Political Contributions

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Recent actions by financial industry regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”), and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”),...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Morgan Stanley settled another case with the Commission this week. This time its brokerage unit resolved an action centered on the improper sales of ETFs, admitting the facts in the Order. ...more

OCIE and FINRA Announce 2017 Examination and Regulatory Priorities

by K&L Gates LLP on

On January 4 and January 12, 2017, respectively, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) each...more

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