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Partnering Perspectives - Fall 2017

With the US poised to decrease regulation and the outcome of Brexit unknown, multinational institutions face a great deal of unpredictability in the regulatory landscape. In this edition of Partnering Perspectives, we look at...more

Supreme Court Decision Imposes Strict Filing Deadline on Civil Actions Related to Securities Offerings

On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion on California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., No. 16-373, ruling that actions involving securities offerings and sales are...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds First-Ever “Spoofing” Conviction

On August 8, 2017, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously upheld the first-ever criminal conviction of a New Jersey futures trader for the manipulative trading practice known as...more

United States v. Allen and the Taint of Compelled Testimony in Cross-Border Enforcement Actions

In a decision likely to cause global reverberations in the realm of cross-border enforcement, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated the convictions and indictment in the first US criminal appeal related...more

Senior Investors Are the Focus of New “Principal Consideration” in FINRA Sanctions

On April 10, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) introduced new Sanction Guidelines (Guidelines) which allow the NAC and FINRA staff to take into consideration the...more

US Supreme Court Intimates That the SEC’s Use of Disgorgement May Be Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

On April 18, 2017, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding whether disgorgement ordered by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is subject to the...more

Is It Safe? Limits of “Safe Harbor” for Temporary Holds on Senior Investor Transactions Under Proposed FINRA Rule 2165

Introduction - In addition to the recent increase in regulatory focus on senior investors, earlier this fall, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) filed a rulemaking proposal (the filing) with the...more

FINRA, SEC Renew Focus on Senior Investors in Immediate Aftermath of FINRA Submission of Proposed Rulemaking to SEC

Highlights from FINRA/SIFMA Senior Investor Conference - On October 22-23, members of the securities industry, academia, regulators, and public policy experts gathered in Washington, D.C., at the joint Financial...more

Broker-Dealers Face Unique Challenges Under Unclaimed Property Laws, Says New SIFMA White Paper

On January 23, 2015, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a new white paper outlining the unique and varied challenges broker-dealers face when complying with state unclaimed property...more

Legal Alert: SEC and PCAOB Address Independence Requirements in Audits Related to Broker-Dealers’ Financial Statements

Confirming that auditor independence continues to be a regulatory priority, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued orders on December 8,...more

Ten Items to Consider as FINRA’s Consolidated Supervision Rules Take Effect

On December 1, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Consolidated Supervision Rules will take effect. The Consolidated Supervision Rules, which were approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

11/25/2014  /  FINRA , Regulatory Standards , SEC

What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities...

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances...more

FINRA Provides New Carve-Out Provisions to Include in Settlement and Confidentiality Agreements

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Member Firms have new language to include in their settlement and confidentiality agreements. On October 9, FINRA released Regulatory Notice (RN) 14-40, warning that firms are...more

S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

What Financial Advisers and Accountants Should Know About Expanded IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for U.S. Taxpayers...

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced “major changes” to its offshore compliance programs, including the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined Procedures), the delinquent international...more

The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal...more

Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on...more

SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or...more

SEC Issues $875,000 Whistleblower Award

On June 3, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a whistleblower award to two individuals who had provided information leading to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower...more

U.S. District Judge in Florida Dismisses SEC Action Against Corporate Defendants and Holds that Five-Year Statute of Limitations...

On May 12, Judge James Lawrence King of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed with prejudice the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) case against five defendants in an action...more

M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based...more

SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting...more

Legal Alert: Federal Court Finds That SEC Attorneys’ Interview Notes and Memories Are Not Protected by the Work Product Doctrine

In a highly unusual decision that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says “ignores 65 years of precedent,” a federal judge has held that the memories of SEC attorneys and information from their interview notes are...more

2/7/2013  /  SEC , Work Product Privilege
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