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Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015

FINRA Requests Comment on Current Membership Application Rules. As part of its ongoing retrospective rule review process, FINRA has published, in Regulatory Notice 15-10, a request for comment on the effectiveness and...more

SEC Approves Consolidated FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons, Including Foreign Finders)

FINRA Rule 2040 governs the payment of transaction-based compensation by member firms to unregistered persons. Rule 2040(a) – General. Rule 2040(a) directs persons to look to SEC rules to determine whether the activities in...more

A Comparison of FINRA Proposed Rule 2241 (Equity) v. Proposed Rule 2242 (Debt)

In November 2014, and further amended in February 2015, FINRA announced a comprehensive revision of the equity research rule currently numbered as NASD Rule 2711 and proposed a debt research rule modeled on the equity...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #4

FDIC Study Shows Branch Banking Has Staying Power: Has your smartphone displaced your bank? According to an FDIC study released on February 19, traditional brick-and-mortar offices are maintaining their primacy, despite...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Materiality Consultations

The Overview addresses, among other things, categories of information and other factors that firms should consider when assessing materiality of prospective business initiatives....more

"Broker-Dealer M&A Transactions: Toward a More Accommodating Regulatory Process"

M&A transactions involving regulated broker-dealers often require Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) approval under NASD Rule 1017. Such approval is required for any direct or indirect acquisition by a...more

FINRA’s New Background Investigation Rule Will Likely Increase Firms’ Costs and Potentially Increases Exposure for Firms in...

Recently, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed new Rule 3110(e) relating to background investigations of registered persons. FINRA Rule 3110(e), which replaces NASD Rule 3010(e) and goes into effect on July 1, 2015, streamlines...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 1

In this issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Registration Thresholds - ISS Releases FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard and Independent Chair Policy - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015

Editor’s Note: FINRA Rulemaking: In this issue we report on three recent FINRA rule amendments. The first amends the NASD rule on the use of customer account statements to require that member firms use more accurate...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to the Equity Research Analyst and Equity Research Report Rule

On November 18, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to adopt NASD Rule 2711 as new FINRA Rule 2241 with...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #4

Editor’s Note: Spotlight on the FDIC: In a Financial Institutions Letter, FIL-56-2014, the FDIC announced additional guidance on its 1998 Statement of Policy on Applications for Deposit Insurance in a Q&A format on...more

FINRA's New Consolidated Supervision Rules: A Roadmap to Compliance

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has adopted comprehensive new consolidated rules regarding supervision of member firms' activities, which become effective on December 1. While the new FINRA rules...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - October 2014: Supervising Registered Employees of Foreign Affiliates

Supervising Registered Employees of Foreign Affiliates - NASD Rules 1021(a) and 1031(a) permit a FINRA member to register or maintain the registration as principal or representative of an individual who is engaged in...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #3

Editor’s Note - Looking Ahead: December 1 Effective Date for FINRA Consolidated Supervision Rules. The new FINRA Supervision rules, approved by the SEC in December 2013, become effective on December 1, 2014. The new...more

Proposed FINRA Rule 2231 Governing Customer Account Statements

Through its recent Regulatory Notice 14- 35, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced and sought comments on its proposed new Rule, FINRA Rule 2231, governing the frequency and availability of customer...more

SEC Requests Comment on Proposed FINRA Rules Regarding Payment to Unregistered Persons

On September 25, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) solicited public comment on proposed FINRA rule changes (the “proposal”) that would substantively amend existing NASD and NYSE rules regarding...more

FINRA: 75 Years of a Sick-Chicken Survivor

FINRA celebrated its 75th Anniversary this September 18. It is the “largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States,” with a notionally voluntary membership of over 4,100 securities...more

Additional Fees on Securities Transactions – FINRA Sees No Justification

In an area of broker-dealer practices with relatively little guidance—the appropriate level of commissions or mark ups on securities trades—FINRA recently brought another in a series of cases that provides insight into the...more

SEC Begins Proceedings on FINRA Proposal Concerning Per Share Estimated Valuations for Unlisted DPP and REIT Securities

On May 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether to approve a proposal by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc, (FINRA) to amend the NASD and FINRA rules governing...more

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