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FINRA revises and restructures registration and exam requirements

by DLA Piper on

In a long-awaited move, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved a set of new rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that revise and streamline the number and types of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 27

BROKER-DEALER - Proposed Rule Change Relating To Revisions To the Definition of Non-public Arbitrator - On July 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a proposed rule amendment to change the definition of...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, June 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health on June 27, 2017, for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Governing Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued a notice requesting comments on the effectiveness and efficiency of its Rules 3270 (Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons) and 3280 (Private...more

FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook discusses FINRA360 and Consolidating Enforcement Divisions

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 17, 2017, at the annual FINRA conference in Washington D.C., FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook discussed the recently-launched FINRA360 initiative: a top-to-bottom review of FINRA’s operations and organization. Cook...more

FINRA Proposes Desk Commentary Safe Harbor

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The safe harbor would offer relief from certain requirements of FINRA’s research rules, but significant compliance obligations and questions remain. On April 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc....more

FINRA Proposes New Registration and Examination Rules

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The proposed consolidated rules bifurcate the representative-level examination program and introduce greater flexibility in obtaining and maintaining registrations. On March 8, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

IRS Announces Fines Paid to FINRA Are Not Deductible

by Morgan Lewis on

Fines pertaining to violations of federal securities laws and certain FINRA rules may not be deducted. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in low-level advice recently announced its position that certain fines paid to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #5

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - FSOC Rescinds GE Capital's SIFI Designation - On June 29, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) announced that it had voted unanimously to “rescind its determination that...more

FINRA Sanctions Investment Firm Following Unsuitable Sales of Nontraditional ETFs

On June 7, 2016, FINRA settled proceedings against a New York-based investment firm for alleged violations of its suitability and related rules, namely NASD Rule 2310 and FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010. According to FINRA,...more

Registration of Associated Persons with Algorithmic Trading Responsibilities

by WilmerHale on

On April 7, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (“FINRA”) proposal to amend NASD Rule 1032 (Categories of Representative Registration) to require...more

The SEC Approves a FINRA Rule Amendment Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading...

On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to NASD Rule 1032(f) which will require registration as Securities Traders of associated persons who are primarily responsible for the design,...more

US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Evaluates Membership Application Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released a report evaluating the NASD Rule 1010 Series which rules govern FINRA’s Membership Application Program (MAP). The MAP rules are used by FINRA to evaluate the proposed...more

FINRA Files Proposed Rule Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a proposed rule change that would require the registration of associated persons of FINRA member firms who are...more

FINRA’s Final Equity Research Rules Go Effective; Final Debt Research Rules’ Effective Date Quickly Approaching

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In November 2014, FINRA proposed to adopt NASD Rule 2711 as new FINRA Rule 2241, with several modifications, to address conflicts of interest relating to equity research analysts and research reports (“Rule 2241”). FINRA...more

"Bulk Transfers of Accounts in Broker-Dealer M&A: Regulatory Developments"

The volume of acquisitions involving broker-dealer firms continues to increase as the industry experiences further consolidation and realignment. In 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) proposed a rule...more

Forward to The Past: NYSE Returns to Regulation

Everything old is new again. On January 1, 2016, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) – now owned by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. – will be taking back some of the regulatory responsibilities it yielded to the Financial...more

SEC Approves FINRA Equity and Debt Research Rules

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

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 39

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE - House Passes Disclosure Modification and “4(a)(1)(1/2)” Bills - On October 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Disclosure Modification and Simplification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1525), which, if...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 5

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Structured Note Sales - Earlier this year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) indicated branch offices and structured products as two of its...more

FINRA’s New Research Rules

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The new rules retain many of the current rules’ core requirements, but expand certain obligations and impose requirements on debt research activities for the first time. On August 26, 2015, the Financial Industry...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2015 #4

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - CFTC Issues Proposed Amendments to Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps: On Aug. 19 the CFTC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to existing...more

FINRA Proposes Rule Governing Personal Securities Transactions of Associated Persons

On July 31, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt FINRA Rule 3210 (Accounts At Other Broker-Dealers and Financial Institutions) in the...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 30

SEC Finalizes Rule on Pay Ratio Disclosure - On August 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the final rule regarding pay ratio disclosure that amends Item 402 of Regulation S-K to implement Section 953(b)...more

A Bold New Regulatory Landscape for Research: SEC Approves FINRA Rules Addressing Conflicts of Interest for Equity and Debt...

by WilmerHale on

More than ten years after the Global Research Settlement and the adoption of NASD Rule 2711, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has approve new FINRA rules addressing conflicts of interest for both...more

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