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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 30

In this issue: - Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public - Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges - Former Chief Operating Officer Settles SEC Fraud...more

Additional Fees on Securities Transactions – FINRA Sees No Justification

In an area of broker-dealer practices with relatively little guidance—the appropriate level of commissions or mark ups on securities trades—FINRA recently brought another in a series of cases that provides insight into the...more

FINRA to Conduct Targeted Examinations Regarding Order Routing and Execution Quality of Customer Orders in Exchange-Listed Stocks

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s Market Regulation Department has issued a targeted examination letter dated July 2014 to certain FINRA member firms notifying each firm that FINRA’s Trading Examinations...more

FINRA Targets Brokers’ Routing Of Orders

On July 8, FINRA released a targeted examination letter it sent to 10 firms to assess their compliance with requirements related to order routing and execution quality of customer orders in exchange listed stocks during the...more

FINRA Announces and Publishes Its Sweep of Order Routing Practices

FINRA announced this week that it is conducting a review of its member firms’ order-routing processes and procedures and the execution quality of customer orders in exchange-listed stocks. We previously reported in this...more

SEC Announces Order for Tick Size Pilot Plan to Assess Impact on Market Quality for Small Cap Companies

On June 25, the SEC announced that it has ordered the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to act jointly to develop and file with the Commission a national market system plan...more

Reverse Churning

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, as well as investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to their clients. But the rise of claims related to inaction in a client...more

SEC Announces Order for Tick Size Pilot Plan

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it had ordered the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) to act jointly to develop...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending June 27, 2014)

The Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in Halliburton. While the Court declined to overrule Basic and its presumption of reliance based on the fraud-on-the-market theory, it did alter existing practice....more

SEC Orders Tick Size Pilot Program

The SEC has announced that it ordered the national securities exchanges and the FINRA to develop and file a plan to implement a targeted 12 month pilot program that will widen tick sizes for specified small-cap stocks. The...more

SEC Orders Exchanges and FINRA to Submit Tick Size Pilot Program

The SEC has ordered registered securities exchanges and FINRA to submit a tick size pilot program within 60 days. The order specifies that the control group will be quoted at the current tick size increment, $0.01 per share,...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 11 • June 5, 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - FINRA recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process. FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule generally regulates underwriting compensation and prohibits unfair...more

Nebraska District Court: Employee’s Disclosures To FINRA Make Her A Dodd-Frank Whistleblower

In a first-impression decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska recently ruled that an employee who disclosed information about potential securities law violations to FINRA may qualify as a...more

What A Broker Needs To Know About Suitability Under FINRA Rule 2111

The Financial Industry Regulation Authority (“FINRA”) updated the suitability requirements for brokers in July 2012. FINRA’s goal was to codify principles found in case law and expand language to account for a wide range of...more

FINRA Clarifies Reporting Requirements for Tier 1 Capital Securities

Three Types of Hybrid Securities Subject to Classification and Reporting Changes - For some time now, there has been confusion regarding the appropriate trade reporting for certain hybrid securities. Hybrid securities,...more

Is A Licensed Securities Dealer A “Professional” Under Alabama Law Prohibiting Enforcement Of Nonsolicitation Agreements Against...

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released a slip opinion on May 16, 2014 addressing enforcement of a nonsolicitation agreement against a licensed securities broker. See G.L.S. & Associates, Inc., and G.L. Smith &...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to FINRA Rules 7410 and 2121

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. is proposing to amend FINRA Rule 7410 to permit members which, under FINRA Rule 7410, are not considered to be “reporting members” (i.e., because, among other things, such...more

FINRA Proposes to Amend Rule 11892

On May 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a notice of filing of a proposed change to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 11892 regarding clearly erroneous transactions in exchange-listed...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

Closed End Funds

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has, in recent months, increased its regulatory focus on investor awareness regarding closed-end funds (“CEFs”). In October of last year, FINRA issued an Investor Alert...more

My Lawyer’s Not Licensed? The Unlicensed Practice Of Law In Arbitration And Mediation Of Securities Disputes

As an investor, you should perform due diligence prior to having an out-of-state attorney represent you in a securities dispute. In an era where social media provides multiple channels for the advertising of an attorney’s...more

FINRA Announces Its Largest AML Fine, Suspends Securities Firm’s Former Compliance Officer

On February 5, FINRA announced its largest ever fine for alleged AML-related violations. The self-regulatory agency ordered a securities firm to pay $8 million for allegedly failing to (i) implement an adequate AML program to...more

FINRA Announces 2014 Examination Priorities

On January 2, FINRA outlined certain specific areas of concern the independent regulator intends to focus on in 2014. The topics are largely consistent with FINRA’s 2013 priorities and are grouped in several categories: (i)...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

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