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What Lies Ahead? Q1 2018 Investment Management Regulatory Updates and Reminders

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As we start the New Year, we would like to remind our clients of certain regulatory developments and upcoming deadlines for Q1 2018. New Form ADV - The new Form ADV takes a deeper dive by requiring additional...more

FINRA’s 2018 Regulatory and Examination Priorities: New Focus on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings

by Bryan Cave on

As in the past, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) marked the beginning of the new year with the release of its 2018 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (the “Letter”). Similar to prior letters,...more

FINRA Prioritizes Cryptocurrency Regulation in 2018

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week, I posted a blog about the SEC’s increased focus on cryptocurrency and ICOs in the coming year. It looks like that scrutiny will not be limited to the SEC. In its 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions - On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9...more

2018 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, there are new changes in state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws. California: In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed new campaign finance laws that require political committees...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume IV, December 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Newsletter...more

Bridging the Week - January 2018 #2

FINRA Announces 2018 Examination Priorities; Will Review Role of Firms and Salespersons in Facilitating Cryptocurrency Transactions and ICOs: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its 2018 Regulatory and...more

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

Regulators Slap Banks, MSBs and Card Club with AML Violation Penalties

by Michael Volkov on

Financial institutions face enormous pressures with respect to anti-money laundering compliance. These burdens are about to grow with implementation of customer due diligence rules. In 2017, federal and state regulators...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89% Increase in Ransomware in 2017 - Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the...more

Un-Vacated: Arbitration Awards Get Whiplash

Two cases recently fit in one of my favorite categories: those awards that get “un-vacated.” These cases went through arbitration, had that arbitration award vacated by a district court, only to have the award later...more

More Of An SRO - FINRA Unveils Its Priorities For 2018

On January 8 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which highlights key areas of focus for FINRA in the coming year. ...more

Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies Will be a Priority for FINRA in 2018

In a ten page letter that previews the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) priorities for 2018, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and transactions involving cryptocurrencies....more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Busy Holiday Season. We hope that all of you had a happy holiday season and wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. While the Roundup has been on hiatus during the holidays, the federal...more

Delicate FINRA Balancing Act: To Self-Report or Not?

by Carlton Fields on

FINRA Rule 4530(a) requires member firms to promptly report certain enumerated events. Rule 4530(b) is less specific, with supplemental guidance advising that a firm should report when it concludes or reasonably should have...more

Failure to Supervise Selling Away Arbitrable as “Connected with Business”

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed that failure-to-supervise claims against a brokerage firm over outside business activities it knew nothing about nevertheless were arbitrable under FINRA Rule 12200(2) as “arising in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

The Protocol for Broker Recruiting Suffers Major Defections—and May Suffer More

Three prominent financial services companies recently announced their withdrawal from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, an agreement among securities firms regulating the conduct of stockbrokers changing jobs and curtailing...more

FINRA Targets ICOs and Digital Currencies in Annual Broker Exam Priorities Letter

by Goodwin on

On January 8, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (Exam Priorities Letter) for its broker-dealer members. In the Exam Priorities...more

FINRA 2018 Priorities Letter Released

by Burr & Forman on

FINRA recently published its 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which identifies opportunities for firms to improve their compliance, supervisory and risk management policies or programs. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the first of two articles reviewing events that took place during the holidays. Specifically, this article reviews key events concerning securities enforcement litigation from December 23, 2017 through the last...more

Bridging the Week - January 2018

CFTC Issues Explanation of Its Oversight and Approach to Virtual Currency Markets; Texas Securities Board Enjoins Initial Coin Offering: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a “Backgrounder” last week, summarizing...more

FINRA’s Further Guidance On Seniors

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Nearly a year ago, FINRA adopted Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults) and amended Rule 4512 (Customer Account Information). This new rule and amended rule were ways to address the myriad of issues dealing...more

New Rule Regarding Financial Exploitation of Seniors To Become Effective February 5, 2018

by Bryan Cave on

New FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults) and related amendments to existing Rule 4512 (Customer Account Information) become effective February 5, 2018. In connection with the approaching effective...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Challenge to Dischargeability of Claim Against Broker in Bankruptcy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed an adversary proceeding brought against a broker by a plaintiff seeking recovery of investment losses. After the plaintiff filed a FINRA arbitration, the broker filed a...more

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