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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

Ninth Circuit Affirms Radical Bunny LLC Managers’ Securities Violations

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld summary judgment in favor of the Securities and Exchange Commission, finding that managers of unregistered broker-dealer Radical Bunny LLC (Radical Bunny) failed to raise...more

Strategies for Complying with Canada’s Dealer Registration Requirements - Volume 1, Number 2 - July 2, 2013

Securities dealers, investment fund managers and others selling securities into Canada need to be aware of Canada’s securities dealer registration requirements and determine the best way to comply with them....more

SEC Focus on Unregistered Broker-Dealers – Implications for Regulated Entities

In March, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced administrative sanctions against Ranieri Partners LLC, which controls two private equity funds, as well as a former executive of Ranieri and a third-party...more

"SEC Staff Warns That Advisers May Be Required to Register as Broker-Dealers"

On April 5, 2013, David W. Blass, Chief Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets, addressed the American Bar Association’s Trading and Markets Subcommittee.1 Mr. Blass’ remarks...more

Recent SEC Actions Focus on Broker-Dealer Activity of Private Funds, Highlight Perils, and Generate Controversy

A recent public statement by a member of the senior staff (“Staff”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and recent SEC enforcement actions have reminded private equity and other private fund managers (such as...more

SEC Lawyer Speaks To Broker-Dealer Registration Status Of Private Fund Managers

Late last week, a senior SEC lawyer encouraged the private equity and hedge fund communities to consider whether certain practices of private fund managers could subject these firms to SEC registration as broker-dealers....more

SEC No-Action Relief Under the JOBS Act

On March 26, the Staff of the Division of Trading and Markets of the SEC provided no-action letter relief from the broker-dealer registration requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to FundersClub Inc. and its...more

SEC Comments On Broker-Dealer Registration By Private Fund Advisers

David W. Blass, Chief Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, SEC, recently gave a speech before the American Bar Association Trading and Markets Subcommittee on April 5, 2013. The topic of the speech was whether and when...more

SEC's Division of Trading and Markets Releases FAQs Regarding Rule 15a-6 and Foreign Broker-Dealers

Rule 15a-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 provides conditional exemptions from broker-dealer registration for foreign broker-dealers that engage in certain specified activities involving U.S. investors. These...more

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