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DOL Open to Changing Fiduciary Proposal, But Some Press for it to be Scrapped

As we wrote about previously, in April the Department of Labor issued its highly anticipated, re-proposed regulation addressing the standard of care for broker-dealers and other financial professionals who provide retirement...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - States are Accommodating Crowdfunding Offerings While the SEC Continues to Ponder Crowdfunding Rules - The SEC first proposed rules in October 2013 for the crowdfunding exemption which was included in...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 14 • July 2015 (Global)

US lawmakers seek push out details. US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the country’s banking regulators asking for information concerning the effect of an amendment to the Dodd-Frank act...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on FATF-Identified Jurisdictions With AML/CFT Deficiencies

On July 20, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory announcing that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated its list of jurisdictions with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist...more

Conflicts of Interest: When You're Having Too Much Fun at That Business Lunch

How should fund directors monitor gifts and entertainment received by investment adviser personnel? This question moved to the forefront in February, when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #4

FC Stone Companies and Goldman Sachs Receive Largest Fines in CME Group’s 27 Disciplinary Actions Cascade: CME Group handed down sanctions in 27 separate disciplinary actions last week for alleged violations of rules...more

Brokers Beware: Will the SEC Extend New Cyber Guidance to Brokers and Investment Advisers?

Against the backdrop of a steady stream of cyber-attacks and data breaches, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar recently spoke about his hope to expand upcoming SEC cyber security guidance, known as...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed three actions following-up on its settled proceeding against Oppenheimer for selling millions of shares of unregistered penny stocks. Each individual settled with the agency. In addition, the Commission brought...more

Analysis: Impact of the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal on Participant Investment Advice

This paper explains the basis for our conclusions about the impact on the investment recommendations to participants of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to amend the fiduciary investment advice regulation and to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

FINRA Updates Its Interpretation of the SEC’s Financial Responsibility Rules

In June, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority updated its interpretations of the Securities and Exchange Commission Rules 15c3-1 (net capital) and 15c3-3 (customer protection). Among other things, FINRA updated its...more

SEC Sets Compliance Date for Pay-to-Play Rule's Ban on Third-Party Solicitation of Government Entities

On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) set a compliance date of July 31, 2015 for the ban on payments to third parties for the solicitation of advisory business from any government entity under Rule...more

The Second Circuit Holds That Claims Against Lehman Brothers Related to Bilateral Repurchase Transactions Do Not Qualify for...

On June 29, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which held that claims asserted by counterparties...more

Broker-Dealer Audits: PCAOB Disciplinary Orders and Extraordinary Cooperation Credit

Despite a decreased budget in 2015, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Chairman James R. Doty believed there would be enough resources to continue with the PCAOB’s strategic plan to serve as the oversight body...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise How Small Banks are Assessed for Deposit Insurance - UK Prudential Regulation Authority Consults on...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to the Reporting Requirements for TRACE-Eligible Securities

On July 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed to amend FINRA Rule 6730 (Transaction Reporting) to require member firms to report transactions in eligible securities that are subject to dissemination to the...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Discretionary Accounts and Transactions Rule

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting comment on a revised proposal to consolidate and clarify certain National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange rules into new FINRA...more

SEC Cannot Use Dodd-Frank Bans Retroactively

Section 925(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act expanded a remedy for certain violations of securities laws form barring association with broker-dealers to a bar that includes municipal advisors, rating organizations and other regulated...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #2

Alleged Fictitious Sales to Facilitate Improper Money Pass Prompts CFTC Injunctive Action and Asset Freeze: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Illinois against Yumin Li and Kering...more

It’s Not Crowdfunding!

Since the Regulation A+ effective date last month, a number of websites have emerged that promote “Regulation A+ crowdfunding” contributing even further to the confusion in the market regarding...more

The Circuits Are Split: Are Tangible Benefits Required for Insider Trading Liability?

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision calls into question the Second Circuit’s definition of “personal benefit” for insider trading liability in criminal prosecutions. On July 6, 2015, United States District Court Judge...more

SEC Commissioner Urges Cooperation Between Regulators and Companies in Fight Against Cyber-Crime; Highlights SEC’s Recent Efforts

On June 25, 2015, Luis Aguilar, a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), provided remarks at the SINET Innovation Summit. In his remarks, Commissioner Aguilar emphasized the need for the public...more

SEC Approves NMS Plan to Implement Tick Size Pilot for Small Cap Stocks

In June 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) issued an order directing the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (collectively, the “Participants”) to...more

Increased SEC and FINRA Scrutiny on Confidentiality Provisions

Over the past several months, confidentiality provisions included in settlement agreements, employment or independent contractor contracts, or in other documents, have come under increased scrutiny in the financial industry....more

The Fair and Effective Markets Review: The Final Report

Overall, the Final Report sets out some important proposed changes for FICC markets, such as creating a new statutory civil and criminal market abuse regime for spot FX, lengthening the maximum sentence for criminal market...more

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