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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/EU Developments

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Releases New Targeted Exam Letter Regarding Order Routing Conflicts - On November 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released the contents of a new Order Routing Conflicts targeted...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 45

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Revised and Additional C&DIs Relating to Form S-8 - On November 9, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued two...more

SEC Approves a Streamlined FINRA Rule Set for Certain Broker-Dealers Engaged Only in Limited Capital Raising Activities

On August 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order approving proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules exclusively applicable to firms that meet the definition of a "capital...more

FINRA Requests Information Regarding Firm Culture and Values

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting firms to submit information regarding their organizational culture and how those values impact business decisions. FINRA’s 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities...more

Research Note: Equity Market Volatility on August 24, 2015

On December 29, 2015, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Analytics and Research Division of Trading and Markets published a research note (Research Note) on the unusual price volatility that the...more

Revised Pay-to-Play Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on a revised proposal recently filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to establish “pay-to-play” and related rules regulating the activities of FINRA...more

FINRA Issues Notice on Providing Stock Quotations to Customers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-52 to remind firms and registered representatives of their obligations under the Vendor Display Rule of Regulation NMS. Under the Vendor Display Rule,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 46

SEC/CORPORATE - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2016 - Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2016 proxy voting...more

SEC Approves FINRA Equity and Debt Research Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved two Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules that apply to equity and debt research. FINRA Rule 2241 adopts, with modifications, NASD Rule 2711 as a FINRA rule and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 35

SEC/CORPORATE - US District Court Orders SEC To Revise Resource Extraction Issuer Rule - On September 2, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered the SEC to file with the District Court in 30...more

FINRA Proposes Revised BrokerCheck Hyperlink Rule

On May 27, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a revised rule proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission to amend FINRA Rule 2210. Specifically, the revised proposal would require each member firm’s...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 19

In This Issue: - FINRA's NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability - CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality - CFTC Requests Public...more

Proposed Amendments to SEC Rule 15b9-1 Would Require Most Proprietary Trading Broker-Dealers to Become FINRA Members

Consistent with the increased regulatory scrutiny of proprietary trading firms-and high frequency trading firms in particular—the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed amendments to SEC Rule 15b9-1 (also...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Rule 15b9-1

The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

SEC and FINRA Issue Cybersecurity Publications

On February 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued separate publications on cybersecurity risk. The SEC’s risk alert provides summary observations from the SEC’s Office of...more

SEC 2015 Examination Priorities Focus on Liquid Alternatives and Fixed-Income Funds

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2015 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

SEC Issues FAQs on Rule 15c3-5 for Broker Dealers with Market Access

On April 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets issued guidance in the form of 19 frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Rule 15c3-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act),...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 16

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule - FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements - SEC Issues FAQs...more

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Supervisory Liability of Broker-Dealer Compliance and Legal Personnel Under Section...

On September 30, 2013, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in an effort to provide guidance regarding potential supervisory liability of...more

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Liability of Broker-Dealer Compliance and Legal Personnel

The Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Trading and Markets has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that provide guidance regarding potential supervisory liability of compliance and legal personnel at...more

SEC Seeks Information to Assess Standards of Conduct and Other Obligations of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a request for data and other information that the SEC will review while considering alternative standards of conduct for broker-dealers and investment advisers when they provide...more

SEC Extends No-Action Letter Permitting Broker-Dealers to Rely on Certain Investment Advisers to Conduct Customer Identification...

The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended a no-action letter dated February 12, 2004 (the 2004 Letter) from the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) that permits broker-dealers, subject to...more

No-Action Letter Regarding Definition of "Ready Market" with Regard to Foreign Equity Securities Pursuant to SEC Rule...

Currently, under Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 15c3-1 (the Net Capital Rule), broker-dealers may treat equity securities of a foreign issuer that are listed on the FTSE World Index as having a ready market. A ready...more

Additional Guidance on FINRA's Suitability Rule

In May 2012, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority provided guidance on Rule 2111 (Suitability) by providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). Answers that supersede some of these FAQs and additional FAQs...more

No-Action Relief Granted with Respect to Classification of Certain Persons as Owners of Broker-Dealers for Purposes of the Net...

On December 10, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission granted no-action relief in a situation in which a broker-dealer classifies: a person (in one or more classes of ownership of the broker-dealer) as an owner of the...more

12/27/2012  /  Broker-Dealer , No-Action Letters , SEC
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