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CFTC Issues an Exemption to HKSFC Permitting US Customers to Deal Directly with Hong Kong Brokers

On March 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an exemption to Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC) permitting US customers to deal directly with Hong Kong brokers pursuant to CFTC Regulation...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

White Calls for SEC to Adopt Uniform Fiduciary Standard

SEC Chair Mary Jo White said Tuesday that the SEC needs to move forward on a uniform fiduciary standard for the financial industry, including brokers. Addressing the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial...more

Brokers Switching Firms: The Protocol and Recent Developments

In August 2004, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and UBS entered a pact not to sue one another over client relationships in their wealth management businesses. This pact was known in the industry as the Protocol for Broker...more

FinCEN Hits Repeat Offender with $20M Penalty

Why it matters - The $20 million civil money penalty assessed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) against Oppenheimer & Co. is intended to send several strong messages to all types of financial services...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

Finders Bill Was Lost, But Now Is Found

In the last legislative biennium, the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar sponsored a bill, AB 713 (Wagner) to clarify the status of finders under the California Corporate Securities...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

FINRA Issues its Cybersecurity Report, Providing Tools and Encouragement to Broker-Dealers

FINRA recently issued a Report on Cybersecurity Practices (“Report”), growing out of its targeted examination of firms last year. To issue the Report, FINRA gave careful consideration to the needs of many broker-dealers for...more

The Administration Proposes Imposing a Fiduciary Standard on Retirement Advisers

Yesterday, the Obama administration called on the Department of Labor to draft rules that, in effect, would require brokers who provide retirement advice to abide by a fiduciary standard. In a speech at an event hosted by...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015 #4

In this issue: - US Banking Regulators Request Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burden - European Banking Authority Opinion on Definition of Eligible Capital - Implementing Technical Standards under CRR...more

NYSE Proposes to Clarify Proxy Solicitation Mechanics

The NYSE proposes to amend Section 402.05 of the Listed Company Manual to clarify that listed companies soliciting proxy material through brokers or other entities must comply with SEC Rule 14a-13. Rule 14a-13 mandates...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Important Considerations for Effective and Reasonable Prevention of Cyber Attacks

As many of you know, last April the SEC issued the Cybersecurity Examination Initiative to assess the cybersecurity practices and preparedness of registered broker-dealers and investment advisers. The initiative arose from an...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #2

Industry Watchdogs Warn Brokers and Advisory Firms on Cybersecurity Threats - Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published observations of their review of...more

What Will 2015 Look Like? Trends in the Securities Industry

... it’s never too early to look into the future to see how the year might unfold in the securities industry. Here are some trends and predictions for early 2015: - In Increased regulatory scrutiny of ..securities...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to Certain Introducing Brokers - On January 23, 2015 the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued no-action relief to certain introducing brokers (IBs) with respect to...more

"FinCEN Proposes Tighter Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions"

For financial institutions, customer due diligence may become tougher and costlier in 2015 if the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) latest proposed rule is finalized in its current form. On July 30, 2014, FinCEN...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 4

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Resales Under Regulation S - SEC Announces Proxy Voting Roundtable - CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief From Certain...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC settled another action this week based on admissions of fact and that the Federal securities laws were filed, this time involving Oppenheimer. The action was based on the fact that the firm permitted an off-shore and...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to Certain Introducing Brokers

On January 23, 2015 the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued no-action relief to certain introducing brokers (IBs) with respect to net capital and financial reporting requirements under Commission...more

Credit Crunch Digest - December 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Libor civil penalties; three former ICAP brokers pleading not guilty to criminal Libor charges; a large whistle-blower award to a former Countrywide Financial Corp. executive;...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Holiday wrap-up edition)

Through the holidays (Dec. 19 – 31, 2014) the Department of Justice and the SEC continued to file securities enforcement actions. The Department brought an FCPA case which is now number two on the top ten list for amounts...more

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

One of my favorite sayings is that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” To me, it means that good intentions could have some bad results. A big part of my practice has been helping advisors and brokers get...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014

The SEC’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The Federal Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs posted the SEC’s most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda which, in compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, identifies...more

Is a Licensed Securities Dealer a “Professional” Under Alabama Law Prohibiting Enforcement of Nonsolicitation Agreements Against...

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released a slip opinion on May 16, 2014 addressing enforcement of a nonsolicitation agreement against a licensed securities broker. See G.L.S. & Associates, Inc., and G.L. Smith &...more

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