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“It’s Not a Culture War” – Yet?

On May 23, 2016, at FINRA’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Richard Ketchum, FINRA’s chairman and CEO, delivered a speech that shed a little light on FINRA’s recent sweep letter relating to firm culture....more

SEC Waives Custody Rule Requirements for Certain Affiliated Sub-Advisers

Under the SEC Rule 206(4)-2, the “custody rule,” registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities are required to take a number of steps designed to safeguard those client assets. One such step is...more

Broker Compensation-Disclosure Rule Approved by the SEC

It is not uncommon for registered representatives to change broker-dealers over the course of their career. In most cases, their customers will typically switch firms as well, as they follow their representative to wherever...more

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

Ketchum Clarifies How FINRA Will Assess a Firm’s Culture of Compliance

In an April 15, 2016 speech to the Brookings Institution, FINRA CEO Richard G. Ketchum addressed the fundamental question of whether the equity markets are sufficiently fair, flexible, and efficient to encourage the...more

SEC Takes Steps to Move Corporate Disclosure Into the 21st Century

On April 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a concept release seeking input from the public on a broad range of questions about the disclosure requirements for periodic reports, with a view toward...more

Securities Enforcement Alert: SEC Increases Scrutiny of “Unicorns” and Other Private Companies and Secondary Market Trading of...

In an unprecedented one-day blitz, the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission was joined by the SEC Enforcement Director in events in Silicon Valley and San Francisco on March 31 focused on one message: the SEC is...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Remember to Update Your Risk Disclosure on an Ongoing Basis - The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance reminding mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and other...more

Investment in Iran After Implementation Day

January 16, 2016, marked the Implementation Day that recognised the certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran had met its obligations under the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a...more

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Series A Financing

A key milestone in the lifecycle of many successful companies (and, admittedly, many unsuccessful companies) is obtaining financing from angel or venture capital investors, but in negotiating with experienced investors...more

Backdooring Investment Security (On the Apple Case)

There's lots of talk about information security with the Apple case. But, perhaps just as important, the case also raises important concerns relating to investment security and to the predictability of our markets and laws. ...more

NASAA Adopts Model Act on the Prevention of Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults

On January 22, 2016, the North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) adopted a model act, entitled “An Act to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation.” This act seeks to facilitate...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Common Ground - Negotiating Reasonable Deal Terms (may require free registration) - Any number of terms can be critical to a good deal. Christoper...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

"New German Delisting Rules Aim to Protect Investors"

On October 1, 2015, the German Parliament amended the German Stock Exchange Act to provide more protection to investors in delistings, remediating the perceived lack of protection that the German Supreme Court created through...more

OCIE Publishes Exam Priorities for 2016

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its examination priorities for 2016 this week. Much like last year’s letter, this year’s letter is organized around...more

OCIE and FINRA Announce 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 6 and January 11, 2016, respectively, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) each...more

SEC Provides Guidance on 2016 Examination Areas of Focus

On Monday, January 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) areas of focus for 2016, which include: - protecting retail investors and...more

SEC’s 2016 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Market Wide Risk and Use of Data Analytics

The recently issued Examination Priorities for 2016 reveals that the SEC’s priorities are organized around the same three thematic areas as last year: (i) retail investors, including retirement investments; (ii) market-wide...more

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines? - Part III

This is the third post in our three-part blog post exploring Regulation Crowdfunding and its provisions before the final rules become effective on May 16, 2016. Practical Takeaways from Regulation Crowdfunding...more

SEC Exam Priorities for 2016

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations or OCIE announced its examination priorities for 2016. Those priorities generally “reflect certain practices and products that OCIE perceives to present potentially...more

FINRA Letter Announces Cybersecurity as 2016 Exam Priority

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) released its annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter on January 5, listing cybersecurity as a 2016 examination priority. This letter broadly identifies new and...more

FINRA’s Securities Helpline for Seniors™ Provides Guidance to Broker-Dealers

In April 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) launched its Securities Helpline for Seniors™ (the “Helpline”). The Helpline seeks to enhance investor protection by serving as a resource to seniors making...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

BaFin Issues Announcement on Fair Treatment of Investors - BaFin issued an announcement on the fair treatment of investors with regard to information on portfolio data on 13 November 2015. According to the German...more

NYSE Arca Proposes to Flag ETP Trades that Deviate Significantly from Prevailing Market Prices

NYSE Arca’s proposal would use a two-part test to identify aberrant prices in trades of exchange-traded products and then warn the market of such trades in an effort to deter further pricing dislocations....more

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