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SEC Proposes Rules to Implement JOBS Act Relief From Exchange Act Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which permit early stage companies to defer registration...more

Matchmaking Basics: How it Works, Current Regulations and Key Considerations

Background - “Matchmaking sites,” also referred to as “matchmaking platforms,” have come to play a more significant role in capital formation in recent years. A matchmaking site generally relies on the Internet in...more

Oppenheimer Settles with SEC, FinCEN

Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. settled an action with the SEC centered on violations of the broker registration provisions, a failure to file suspicious activity reports or SARS and the sale of unregistered penny stock shares. The...more

SEC Adopts New Rules, Regulatory Framework for Swap Data Repositories

On January 14, the SEC adopted new rules for security-based swap data repositories (SDRs), which store swap trading data. The rules require SDRs to register with the SEC and set reporting and public dissemination requirements...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

Increased Enforcement Activity by SEC of Registration Requirements for Foreign Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Servicing...

In 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued its crackdown against violations of, as the New York Times Dealbook calls it, “a cardinal rule of the financial industry” that financial advisers (including...more

Heightened Scrutiny of Brokers – SEC Approves FINRA’s Proposed Background Check Rule

In recent years, questions have been raised in many quarters about how brokers with questionable backgrounds have been able to move among firms and remain in the industry. FINRA has responded by enhancing a broker-dealer’s...more

SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Registration Thresholds

On December 18, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rule amendments that, if adopted, would modify SEC rules governing registration under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act),...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Proposal Regarding Responsibilities of FINRA Member Firms to Investigate Applicants for Registration

The Securities and Exchange Commission has granted accelerated approval of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposal to adopt FINRA Rule 3110(e) concerning the responsibility of FINRA member firms to investigate...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Strengthening Background Checks

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rule requiring member firms to strengthen their background investigation of applicants seeking registration. ...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the SEC proposed amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. These proposals...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - December 2014 #2

The SEC recently sanctioned another foreign bank for conducting cross-border brokerage activities without being registered. Since 2009, the SEC has sanctioned a number of foreign firms for failing either to register as a...more

SEC Proposes Changes to Exchange Act Rules to Implement Title V and Title VI of the JOBS Act

The SEC recently proposed rule amendments as part of its implementation of Title V and Title VI of the JOBS Act. These proposed amendments reflect the increased registration, termination of registration and suspension of...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Exchange Act Rules—Higher Thresholds for Mandatory Registration as Required by the JOBS Act

On December 18, 2014, the SEC proposed rule amendments required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that, if enacted, would: - revise the SEC’s rules relating to the thresholds for registration,...more

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

This article is the fourth 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

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes Changes to Exchange Act Registration Requirements to Implement JOBS Act Mandates - The SEC announced that it is proposing rule amendments under the Securities Exchange Act...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Mandate for Exchange Act Registration Requirements

As mandated by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), on December 17 the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the issuance of proposed amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for...more

Blog: SEC proposes rule amendments to conform registration thresholds to JOBS Act thresholds

At the end of last week, the SEC issued a press release indicating that it had voted to propose various amendments to implement portions of the JOBS Act. (In a departure from the norm, the SEC did not hold an open meeting to...more

SEC Fines Virtual Currency Operator For Alleged Registration Violations

On December 8, the SEC fined a computer programmer $68,387.07 for operating two separate online exchanges that traded securities using virtual currency without registering the businesses as broker dealers. Further, the SEC...more

SEC Proposes Amendments Revising Section 12(g) Thresholds as Required by the JOBS Act

The SEC proposed rules for comment that address the JOBS Act mandate to revise the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. The proposed...more

SEC Proposes JOBS Act Rules for Exchange Act Registration Requirements

As mandated by the JOBS Act, the SEC has issued proposed amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange...more

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

Focus on Private Equity - October 2014

Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity - At present, the EU Merger Regulation [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004] (the Merger...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

SEC Announces its Reg AB II Registration Statement Pilot Program

On October 6, the SEC announced its Regulation AB II pilot program for registration statements relating to asset-backed securities. The SEC will begin accepting email requests to participate at 9 am ET on October 20. ...more

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