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FINRA Publishes FAQs on New Measures to Prevent the Financial Exploitation of Seniors

In January 2018, FINRA issued guidance on the provisions of Rule 2165 and the amendments to Rule 4512, which were approved in February 2017. The new requirements are aimed at preventing the financial exploitation of seniors,...more

Understanding the Standard of Care for Broker-Dealers and the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

Until recently, broker-dealers operating in the United States weren’t subject to a fiduciary standard when dealing with their retail clients. The passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 included a provision enabling the...more

FINRA Provides Preview of 2018 Rulemaking Activity

In a December 20, 2017 press release, FINRA announced that, at its final Board of Governors meeting for 2017, it approved the filing of several proposed amendments to its rules. The rule proposals will include the...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 9

Structured Product Red Herrings: Rule 433 and Rule 424(b) - Red herrings for most offerings of structured products registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

News Round Up - December 2017

The Short Field Guide to IPOs - For many years, most successful companies followed a relatively predictable capital-raising path. A lot has changed. The companies that tend to pursue IPOs in recent years are more mature,...more

FINRA Issues Report on Its Examination Findings

In December 2017, FINRA issued a report highlighting several key findings from its recent examinations of broker-dealer members. ...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 8

Sales of VIX-Linked ETPs – Back to Basics for FINRA - FINRA used a misselling case to remind member firms of certain fundamentals, including the importance of implementing a new product approval process, reasonable...more

News Round Up - October 2017

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets - The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates...more

SEC Chairman Clayton Addresses Senate Committee

On September 26, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton delivered to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs his first testimony as Chairman. ...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 7

LIBOR: The End Game - Since the announcement on July 27, 2017 by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) that the LIBOR rate would be phased out after 2021, much has been written about the complications of switching...more

FINRA Fines Broker-Dealers for Sales of Non-Traditional ETFs

In August 2017, FINRA entered into a consent agreement with a Georgia-based broker-dealer arising from improper practices and procedures relating to its sales of leveraged ETFs. The sales included ETFs that were leveraged,...more

News Round Up - August 2017

SEC Permits Draft Registration Statements for All Initial Public Offerings and Direct Listings - On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Division of Corporation Finance will permit...more

FINRA Publishes “Frequently Asked Questions” on New Pricing Disclosure Rules for Securities Confirmations

On July 12, 2017, FINRA issued guidance on its recent amendments to Rule 2232. The new requirements, which are scheduled to take effect on May 14, 2018, apply to transactions with retail (and not institutional, as defined in...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 6

Canadian Bail-in and TLAC Rules: Impact on Structured Notes Offered in the United States - Introduction - In June 2017, the Canadian government released draft regulations relating to “bail-in instruments” issued by...more

News Round Up - June 2017

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee - The SEC Investor Advisory Committee devoted its June 22, 2017, session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

News Round Up - May 2017

Reviving the U.S. IPO Market - A recent study based on work undertaken by the University of Florida found that the median age of companies going public in the United States in 1999 was 5 years. Between 20042016, the...more

FINRA T+2 Rules Are Approved

In May 2017, in Regulatory Notice 17-19, FINRA announced the SEC approval of a variety of its proposed rule amendments relating to the upcoming move of the U.S. securities markets to the T+2 settlement cycle....more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 4

FINRA’s Proposed Amendments to the Corporate Financing Rules – Impact on Structured Notes - In April 2017, FINRA released a set of significant proposed amendments to its Rule 5110, known as the “Corporate Financing Rule.” ...more

FINRA Observes Second Anniversary of Its Senior Helpline

On April 21, 2017, FINRA issued a press release marking the second anniversary of its Securities Helpline for Seniors. ...more

FINRA Revises Its Sanction Guidelines

In April 2017, FINRA announced that it had revised its sanction guidelines for violations of its rules. The new revisions, among other things...more

4/19/2017  /  Broker-Dealer , FINRA , Sanctions

News Round Up - April 2017

Momentum Builds in the U.S. IPO Market - Renaissance Capital reported a strong start to the year in its U.S. IPO Market 1Q 2017 Quarterly Review. The first quarter of 2017 saw 25 IPOs, which raised $9.9 billion, a jump...more

A Trio of FINRA Notices Focused on Capital Formation Issues

On April 12, 2017, FINRA released three regulatory notices for comment that propose amendments to various FINRA rules affecting capital formation. In connection with its release of the notices, FINRA President and CEO Robert...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 3

SEC Rolls Out “POSITIER” - The SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate used a recent March 9, 2017 open meeting and related “Evidence Summit” to announce its new investor research initiative, “POSITIER.”1 This new acronym...more

FINRA’s Engagement Initiative

In our capacity as advisers to financial institutions, we carefully monitor FINRA’s rulemaking and enforcement activities with a view to thinking about how these affect market participants and their activities. FINRA’s March...more

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