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FINRA: 75 Years of a Sick-Chicken Survivor

FINRA celebrated its 75th Anniversary this September 18. It is the “largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States,” with a notionally voluntary membership of over 4,100 securities...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 15 • August 2014 (Global)

US Judicial Developments - Securities fraud litigation practices. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a party does not violate the automatic discovery stay found in the Private Securities Litigation...more

SEC Waives Rule and Reverses Course to Grant Whistleblower Windfall

In August 2013 the SEC whistleblower claims review staff issued a preliminary determination and recommended a whistleblower claim be denied. Although the record demonstrated that the claimant provided original information to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 1, 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Structure - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Funds - Consumer Protection - Enforcement -...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

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 2 • January 23, 2014 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: • Discussion and Analysis • News from the Americas • News from Asia and the Pacific • News from Europe • Global Regulators • US Securities and Exchange Commission...more

CFPB’s New ‘‘Responsible Conduct’’ Guidelines: Will They Incentivize Greater Self-Reporting And Self-Regulation By Consumer...

On June 25, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) issued CFPB Bulletin 2013-6, titled ‘‘Responsible Business Conduct: Self-Policing, Self-Reporting, Remediation, and Cooperation.’’ The CFPB...more

NFA Implements Additional Reporting Requirements for Certain FCMs

On January 6, National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to members implementing new daily, monthly and quarterly reporting requirements for futures commission merchants (FCMs) for which NFA is the designated...more

BBB Warns Advertisers and Web Publishers to Take Responsibility for Behavioral Advertising Disclosures

The Better Business Bureau (“BBB”) and the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”) are in charge of enforcing the ad industry’s Self Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (“OBA Principles”), which regulate the...more

Canadian Advertisers Self-Regulate Online Behavioural Advertising

Call to Action on OBA - The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) is aware of the challenges associated with balancing privacy in the online advertising environment, and wants the ad industry to step up. On the day...more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed kidSAFE COPPA Safe Harbor Program

In a Federal Register notice to be published shortly, the FTC is seeking public comment on the kidSAFE Seal Program proposed by Samet Privacy, LLC under the “safe harbor” provision of the COPPA Rule. This provision enables...more

Amendments to SEC Rules Regarding Broker Dealer Financial Responsibility and Reporting Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the financial responsibility requirements for broker dealers under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) designed to safeguard customer securities and...more

Banks Winning Battle for SMSF Assets... For Now

The growth in assets in Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) continues unabated with the SMSF sector now comprising nearly AUD500 billion in assets from just under 500,000 funds; each fund containing an average of around AUD1...more

Amendments to Russian Urban Development Code: Clarifications on Tort Liability

Significant amendments affecting the liability of self-regulating organizations and building owners became effective on 1 July 2013. ...more

Recent FCPA Enforcement Actions Show Increased Scrutiny on Financial Services Sector

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of a managing partner of U.S. broker-dealer Direct Access Partners (DAP) for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Travel Act, and...more

Hong Kong-China Mutual Funds Recognition Passport

Since a public statement by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in January regarding the new Hong Kong-China Mutual Funds Recognition Passport scheme, there have been no additional formal announcements by...more

SEC Proposes New Technology Standards for Key Market Participants

On March 7, 2013, the SEC proposed Regulation SCI (“Reg SCI”), which would replace existing voluntary standards applicable to securities exchanges, clearing agencies and certain other market participants with enforceable...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Limits SEC’s Ability To Bring Civil Penalty Claims For Conduct Older Than Five Years

In Gabelli v. SEC, a unanimous Supreme Court held that the statute of limitations for “penalty” claims in governmental enforcement actions begins to run from the date of the underlying violation of the law, not when the...more

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