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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -

FINRA revises and restructures registration and exam requirements

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In a long-awaited move, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved a set of new rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that revise and streamline the number and types of...more

Pay-to-Play – SEC Expands Scope of Rule to CABs

The SEC’s pay-to-play rule has given advisers reason to worry about potential foot faults since its adoption. As we have noted in prior posts, the rule is filled with landmines and is therefore difficult to navigate. As was...more

SEC Investor Advocate’s 2018 Objectives Target Key Issues for Life Insurers

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On June 29, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate released a report that prioritizes addressing the inconsistency in the standard of care applicable to broker-dealers (a suitability standard) versus investment advisers (a...more

OCIE Lessons From Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

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On August 7, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert containing observations from its Cybersecurity 2 Exam Initiative. As a follow-up to the 2014 Cybersecurity 1 initiative, the...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On Aug. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a risk alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. ...more

SEC Chairman Clayton Addresses Senate Committee

On September 26, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton delivered to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs his first testimony as Chairman. ...more

Securities and Enforcement Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Sept. 26, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs for the first time since his confirmation. Although the testimony and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Cybersecurity was front and center this week, with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton being grilled by a Senate Committee about the breach at the agency. The Chairman testified that the breach occurred last year and that investigations...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

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Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

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UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Commission filed another in a series of actions against an investment adviser who put wrap fee program clients into more expensive mutual fund shares that benefited the adviser and disadvantaged the client. Two more...more

OCIE Releases Cybersecurity Risk Alert

by Bracewell LLP on

On August 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert summarizing its most recent cybersecurity examination findings. As a part of its Phase...more

Effects of the Shortened T+2 Settlement Cycle

In March 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) adopted amended Rule 15c6-1(a) which shortens the standard trade settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three...more

DOL Signals Changes to Fiduciary Rule; SEC Commissioner Calls Rule “Misguided”

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed an extension of the transition period of its Fiduciary Rule from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. At the same time, the DOL signaled that significant changes will be made to the...more

OCIE Releases Results of Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

On August 7, 2017, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a summary of its observations (the report) from cybersecurity examinations of 75...more

A Second Broker-Dealer Settles SEC Allegations Over Improper Handling Of Pre-Released ADRs

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 18, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that broker-dealer Banca IMI Securities Corp. (“BISC”), an indirect, wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, agreed to pay...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - August 2017

by Vedder Price on

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert providing a summary of the staff’s observations from sweep exams of broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds...more

SEC’s Cybersecurity Risk Alert Reflects Advisory Firms are Gambling with Your Data

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In August 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a Cybersecurity risk alert directed at financial advisory firms. As part of the SEC’s 2014 Cybersecurity Initiative, seventy-five firms,...more

SEC Publishes Cybersecurity Risk Alert

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On August 7 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), through its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), published a Risk Alert summarizing observations on how broker dealers, investment...more

The Good and the Bad from OCIE’s Cyber Examinations and What Firms Should Do Next

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The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a National Examination Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on August 7, 2017 regarding observations from...more

Developments in New York and Colorado Cybersecurity Regulations

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New York - For the first time since New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation (23 NYCRR Part 500) became effective on March 1, 2017, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued Frequently Asked Questions to assist...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert To Improve Cybersecurity Readiness

by King & Spalding on

On August 7, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a risk alert directed to the financial advisory industry, identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could make the industry’s networks...more

OCIE Observations from the Second Round of Cybersecurity Examinations

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a risk alert (the “Risk Alert”) summarizing observations from the second round of...more

SEC Cybersecurity Risk Alert Emphasizes Proactive Compliance and Ongoing Vigilance

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On August 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its latest cybersecurity risk alert, detailing findings from the examination of 75 broker-dealers, investment advisers and investment companies carried...more

SEC Watch: “Observations” from SEC’s Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its “Observations from Cybersecurity Examinations” conducted pursuant to OCIE’s...more

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