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First Circuit Affirms District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award Under The “Look-Through” Test

The background of this matter could be found here. In sum, Plaintiffs Dr. Luis Ortiz-Espinosa and his wife Maritza Soto-Garcia, the conjugal partnership they formed, Espinosa-Soto, and Luis Ortiz-Espinosa, as trustee of...more

FINRA to Require Web-Based Arbitration Filings

Effective April 3, 2017, all FINRA arbitration participants (except pro se parties) must use FINRA’s web-based DR-Portal to file and serve documents in both customer and industry arbitrations. ...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus

On January 12, 2017 the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year, including areas of focus for Retail Investors, Senior Investors and Retirement Investments,...more

FINRA’s 2017 Regulatory & Exam Priorities

On January 4, new President and CEO Richard Cook issued FINRA’s Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter. This year’s list in summary is: New for 2017: Targeted electronic off-site reviews “on select...more

FINRA Seeks Clean Sweep of Abusive Cross-Selling Practices

In late October, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a sweep examination of broker-dealers targeting cross-selling programs similar to those that recently resulted in Wells Fargo’s payment of an $185...more

FINRA Fines Firms For Not Supervising L-Share Annuity Sales

For two years FINRA has made sales and marketing of L-Share variable annuities (VAs) a regulatory and examination priority. Not surprisingly, FINRA in November announced settled actions against eight broker-dealers, alleging...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Even as auto lending continues at near break-neck pace, regulators are expressing concerns about the rise (again) of subprime delinquencies from borrowers. The trend, at a time when the US economy is doing relatively well,...more

US Federal Reserve Board Announces Plans to Collect Data from Banks on Secondary Market Transactions in US Treasury Securities

The US Federal Reserve Board announced that it plans to begin collecting data on Treasury security secondary market transactions from banks. The Federal Reserve Board intends to negotiate with the Financial Industry...more

What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global...more

FINRA to Overhaul Gifts, Non-Cash Compensation, and Business Entertainment Rules

On August 5, FINRA proposed amendments to its gifts rule (Rule 3220) along with new rules to replace the current provisions governing noncash compensation (new Rule 3221) and business entertainment (new Rule 3222). These...more

Investment Management Update

Investment Adviser AXA Wins Excessive Fee Trial - A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled in favor of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (AXA Equitable) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AXA Equitable Funds Management...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Suit To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award

This case involved an underlying arbitration before an arbitration panel operating under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules, which was brought by Judith and Kenneth Goldman against their financial...more

FINRA’s Proposed Rules on Gifts, Gratuities, and Non-Cash Compensation

If adopted as proposed, the rules will largely expand supervisory resources needed to oversee compliance. After a two-year silence, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has proposed amendments to Rule 3220...more

Proposed Amendments to FINRA Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation Rules

In Regulatory Notice 16-29 (Regulatory Notice), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) requested comments on proposed amendments to Rule 32202 – its “Gift Rule” – as well as new proposed FINRA Rule 3221...more

SEC Approves FINRA & MSRB (Almost) Pay-to-Play Rules

The SEC announced August 25 that it approved FINRA’s pay-to-play rules governing placement-agent or solicitor broker-dealers and was “prepared” to approve the extension of MSRB Rule G-37 to municipal advisors as well....more

Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule...

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the...more

FINRA Relaxes Rules for M&A and Private Placement Brokers

The SEC has approved a series of FINRA rules that are meant to simplify regulation of firms engaged as M&A brokers and those who conduct other limited activities. While the rules may be simpler, it still looks like a...more

Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance...more

Regulatory Musical Chairs for Money

The SEC and FINRA continue to play musical chairs with staff resources allocated to examinations of investment advisers and broker-dealers. According to SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s remarks at an April 16 SEC Compliance...more

Secondary Trading in Regulation A+ Securities; $4.4 Million Committed by Investors Under Regulation Crowdfunding

In connection with the SEC meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, the SEC posted a presentation which deals in part on secondary trading of Regulation A+ securities. Among other things, it includes...more

FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture

Speaking at the Brookings Institution this April, FINRA head Richard Ketchum emphasized the importance of a broker-dealer having a "culture" that favors the firm’s customers when their interests conflict with those of the...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 7

Financing Subsidiaries and SEC Registration - As readers of this publication know, in order to address the expected new U.S. regulatory capital requirements, a number of U.S. bank holding companies have been creating new...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #5

Regulatory Developments - FSOC Rescinds GE Capital's SIFI Designation - On June 29, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) announced that it had voted unanimously to “rescind its determination that...more

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