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Caution: Aggressive Interpretation of Broker-Dealer Registration Provisions Could Be Hazardous to Your Ability to Stay out of...

Let’s do some compare and contrast, starting with a fairly unremarkable case the SEC filed in the Northern District of Texas on November 20th. In that action, the Commission sued the father-son duo of Paul and Jeffrey Downey...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

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the third in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws. ...more

M&A Broker Exemption Bill Resurrects Financial Statement Replaced in 1988

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association withdrew its support for S. 1923 which, if enacted, would exempt “M&A brokers” from the broker registration requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the first in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws....more

Certain Merger and Acquisition Brokers Escape SEC Registration

The SEC recently issued a no-action letter that allows private company M&A brokers who satisfy specific criteria to avoid registering as broker-dealers with the SEC. Historically, an intermediary in a private M&A transaction...more

Challenges in Requiring High-Frequency Traders to Register as Dealers

SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined a broad market structure proposal that would require high-frequency traders to register with the SEC as dealers and that could signal the end of the dealer-trader distinction....more

M&A Brokers: Don’t Forget State Laws

On January 31, 2014, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) granted no-action relief permitting certain business brokers to facilitate the sale of privately-held companies and receive...more

Pre-IPO Selling Procedures Need to Be Adequately Supervised, According to FINRA

Broker-dealers selling interests in IPOs need to have adequate supervisory systems to ensure that registered representatives do not make actual sales before the securities are registered, according to a settlement of a formal...more

SEC Sanctions Non-U.S. Firm for Failing to Register as Broker-Dealer/Adviser

The SEC charged a non-U.S. multi-national financial institution with a large U.S. presence with violating federal securities laws by providing brokerage and investment advisory services to U.S. clients without registering...more

Registration Requirements Eased for Brokers and Financial Advisors in M&A Transactions

We are often asked whether a financial advisor or business broker may advise on mergers and acquisitions and similar business combinations of a privately held company in a stock transaction without having to register as a...more

Amendments to Uniform Branch Office Registration Form

Broker-dealers are required to use the Branch Office Registration Form (Form BR) to register their branch offices with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange and participating states via the...more

SEC Recently Issued a No-Action Letter Exempting Private Company M&A Brokers From Registration With the SEC as Broker-Dealers

The staff of the Division of Trading and Markets of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") recently issued a No-Action Letter[1] that should reduce significantly the registration burdens upon certain brokers and...more

The SEC Provides Significant Relief from Registration Requirements for M&A Brokers

On January 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an important no-action letter in which the staff of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets declared that it would not recommend enforcement action...more

Credit Suisse Admits Securities Law Violations

Another example of the Commission’s new and evolving ad hoc admissions policy emerged from the settlement of an administrative proceeding with Credit Suisse Group AG. In the Matter of Credit Suisse Group AG, File No. 3-15763...more

SEC No-Action Letter Exempts M&A Brokers from Federal Registration Requirements

On February 3, 2013, the Security and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets publically issued a significant no-action letter advising that M&A brokers do not need to register as broker-dealers to...more

"SEC Provides No-Action Relief to M&A Brokers in Connection With Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements"

On January 31, 2014, the Division of Trading and Markets (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a no-action letter (as revised on February 4, 2014, the “No-Action Letter”) that permits...more

SEC Issues No-action Relief Regarding Registration of M&A Brokers

The Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Trading and Markets (Division) issued no-action relief on January 31, in response to a request from attorneys on behalf of firms effecting securities transactions in...more

M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based...more

Private Company M&A Brokers Don’t Need to Register With the SEC as Broker-Dealers

On January 31, 2014, the SEC issued a ground-breaking no-action letter, taking the position that a financial intermediary that limits its business activity to advising privately held companies in M&A transactions need not...more

New Congressional Bill Would Exempt Business Brokers From Full SEC/FINRA Broker Registration

On November 4, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, by a 57-0 vote, ordered H.R. 2274 to be reported for further consideration. The bill, named the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions,...more

Concurrent EB-5 Offerings In The United States And Abroad

Until recently, U.S. offerors and others had to make offerings of EB-5 project investments solely offshore in order to benefit from Regulation S, an exclusion from registration requirements. The offerors had to exclude...more

SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements...

Rule 13h-1 (the “Large Trader Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires that market participants that conduct a substantial amount of trading activity, as measured by volume or market value, in US securities...more

Pending Legislation Offers M&A Advisers Relief From Broker-Dealer Rules

A bill pending in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2274) would provide some relief for M&A advisers from the broker-dealer registration rules....more

Non-U.S. broker-dealers and investment advisers may have U.S. registration requirements when existing clients relocate to the...

The SEC recently reminded non-U.S. broker-dealers and advisers with clients that relocate to the United States that they may be required to register under the U.S. securities laws. On July 31, 2013, the SEC sanctioned a...more

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