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TN Republican Party Challenges MA Pay-to-Play Rules

On April 12, the Tennessee Republican Party filed a petition in the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to invalidate the SEC’s approval of new rules extending the MSRB’s long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibitions to new...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed its first action against a municipal adviser for breach of fiduciary duty based on a provision amended by Dodd-Frank. The agency also continued to file insider trading actions in an administrative forum....more

First SEC Case Against Municipal Advisor Under New Fiduciary Duty

On March 15, 2016, the SEC announced its first enforcement proceeding for breach of the fiduciary duty for municipal advisors created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. The SEC issued a cease and desist order alleging that...more

First SEC Case Re Dodd-Frank Municipal Fiduciary Duty Provision

The Commission brought its first action based on Exchange Act Section 15B(c)(1) as amended by Section 275 of Dodd-Frank. Under that provision municipal advisors and their associated persons have a fiduciary duty to their...more

SEC Brings First Ever Charges Against Municipal Advisors

The SEC charged Kansas-based Central States Capital Markets, its CEO, and two employees for breaching their fiduciary duty by failing to disclose a conflict of interest to a municipal client. The case is the SEC’s first to...more

MSRB Rule G-20: Recent Amendments Become Effective on May 6, 2016

On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) to MSRB Rule G-20 regarding gifts, gratuities and non-cash compensation. The...more

Municipal Advisor Pay-to-Play Rules “Deemed Approved”

The MSRB’s Rule G-37 amendments applying pay-to-play prohibitions to Municipal Advisors and their third-party solicitors will become effective August 17, 2016....more

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

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