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Pay-to-Play: FINRA Requests SEC Approval of Proposal to Regulate Political Contributions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently published for comments rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) to regulate...more

FINRA and the SEC Issue 2016 Examination Priorities Targeting EB-5 Program

Earlier this month, both the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) included the EB-5 Immigrant Investor...more

SEC Approves New Municipal Advisor Fiduciary Duty Rule

The new MSRB rule represents another significant milestone in the MSRB’s development of the comprehensive regulatory framework for municipal advisors mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act. On December 23, 2015, the...more

"MSRB Submits Pay-to-Play Rule G-37 Amendments to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) filed its draft amendments to Rule G-37 on political contributions (the Draft Rule) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Draft Rule...more

SEC Approved Municipal Advisor Conduct Rule

On Christmas Eve’s eve, the SEC approved, without change, the MSRB’s proposed conduct rule for municipal advisors. Broadly, the Rule imposes: New Rule G-42 has been in the works since January, 2014 and the MSRB filed two...more

MSRB Files New MA Pay-to-Play Rule with SEC

On December 16, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) filed with the SEC a proposed rule that would extend to municipal advisers the MSRB’s existing rule prohibiting “pay-to-play” practices and restricting...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015

Regulatory Developments - SEC Grants Exemption from Registration as a Clearing Agency to Two Matching Service Providers - On Nov. 24 the SEC approved applications by Bloomberg STP LLC and SS&C Technologies, Inc....more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors: On Nov. 12 the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published its first municipal advisor compliance advisory, developed...more

MSRB Issues Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors

Last Thursday, November 12, the MSRB published its Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors (“MA’s”). The new MA regulatory regime was imposed by Dodd-Frank and implemented by the MSRB and SEC over the past several years....more

MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, published its first Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors, developed to assist municipal advisors with understanding and implementing the regulatory framework created...more

SEC Approves Gift Prohibitions for Municipal Advisors

The SEC recently approved the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (“MSRB”) extension to Municipal Advisors (“MA’s”) of its dealer Rule G-20, restricting gifts in connection with municipal securities. The Rule also updates...more

MSRB Amends MA Conduct Rule Proposal Again For Small Exception to Principal Transaction Ban

On November 9, the MSRB filed yet another amendment to its proposed Municipal Advisor conduct Rule G-42. The amendment adds Supplemental Material -.14 and -.15, creating a narrow exception to the principal-transaction ban for...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

"Municipal Advisor Update: SEC Examination Initiative, Series 50 Pilot Exam, Continuing Education Requirements"

SEC Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently updated the National Association of Municipal Advisors on...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - NYDFS Announces Approval of First BitLicense Application from a Virtual Currency Firm: The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced Sept. 22 that it has approved...more

"Recent MSRB Developments: Board Proposes Amendments to Gift Rule G-20, Schedules Municipal Advisor Pilot Exam"

Proposed Amendments to MSRB Rule G-20 - On September 2, 2015, the MSRB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to Rule G-20, with conforming changes to related recordkeeping Rules G-8...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: DOL Releases Transcripts of Fiduciary Standard Hearings - The Department of Labor (DOL) has released the transcripts of the hearings held by the agency in August on its proposed fiduciary...more

MSRB Submits Municipal-Advisor Gift Rule for SEC Approval

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) announced September 2 that it has submitted for SEC approval proposed amendments extending its gift-limitations Rule G-20 to municipal advisors. In general, the Rule...more

"SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule G-42, MSRB Files Partial Amendment"

On August 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an Order instituting proceedings intended to determine whether to approve or disapprove Proposed Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) Rule G-42...more

MSRB Proposes Further Changes to Municipal Advisor Conduct Rule

The MSRB responded August 12 to the SEC’s initiation of proceedings on proposed conduct standards for Municipal Advisors, filing some amendments to the proposed Rule. The MSRB’s Amendment No. 1: MSRB declined to make a number...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 14, 2015)

A second insider trading action was brought by the Commission against a senior banking official based on the same take-over for which he was previously charged — but a different securities trading account is at the center of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - SEC Revises 2014 Money Market Fund Reform FAQs: On Aug. 4, the SEC staff issued revised 2014 Money Market Fund Reform Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which were originally released...more

SEC Takes More Time to Consider Municipal Advisor Conduct Rule

The SEC instituted proceedings August 6 to allow additional time – and analysis – of the MSRB’s proposed Rule G-42 establishing broad conduct standards for municipal advisors. The Order essentially buys more time for the SEC...more

DC Circuit Bars Retroactive Application of Dodd-Frank Act Provisions Permitting SEC to Bar Association with Municipal Advisors and...

On July 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Dodd-Frank Act provisions authorizing the SEC to punish certain misconduct by barring association with municipal advisors and rating...more

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