Posts Categorized: Broker-Dealers

SEC Will Begin Examining Compliance With Reg BI After June Implemetation Date

On April 7, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a Risk Alert to tell broker-dealers that it would begin to examine them for compliance with Regulation BI (Best Interest) (“Reg BI”) after the June 30, 2020, implementation date. This effectively means that… Read more »

FINRA Proposes to Expand “Capital Acquisition Broker” Rules

On January 30, 2020, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposed amendments to its “capital acquisition broker” rules (the “CAB Rules”) to broaden the coverage of the rules.  The CAB Rules were adopted in 2016 to allow a broker-dealer to comply with a lesser set of requirements if it is engaged in a limited set… Read more »

FINRA Exam Priorities For Regulation Best Interest

On January 9, 2020, the Financial Industry Regulator Authority (“FINRA”) published its 2020 Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter (the “Letter”).  The Letter made clear that the new Reg BI (also known as the “Best Interest” regulation), adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 5, 2019, would be its top priority in 2020. … Read more »

CFTC, FinCen and SEC Joint “Reminder” to Cryptocurrency World of AML Requirements

On October 11, 2019, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) of the U.S. Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a joint statement reminding “persons engaged in activities involving digital assets of  their anti-money laundering and countering of financing of terrorism (“AML/CFT”) obligations under the… Read more »

Second Circuit Find Private Right of Action to Rescind Contracts Under Investment Company Act

The Second Circuit has created a split with the Third and Ninth Circuits by finding that Section 47(b) of the Investment Company Act provides plaintiffs an implied private right of action with regard to contracts, and the plaintiffs in that case could therefore seek rescission of the contracts in the form of junior notes.  This… Read more »

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) Issues Alert on Cross-Trades Under Investment Advisers Act

On September 4, 2019, the OCIE issued a Risk Alert on issues identified by the staff during audits of firms of cross-trades that violate the applicable rules.  Section 206(3) of the Investment Advisers Act effectively prohibits an adviser, acting as a principal or agent, from carrying out certain cross trades that would be the result… Read more »

SEC Adopts New Broker-Dealer Rules on Standard of Behavior

On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules, including: (i) Regulation Best Interest, raising the requirement for broker-dealers recommending securities to retail clients from determining that the securities are suitable to acting in the best interests of clients, and requiring certain specified disclosure, care in carrying out transactions, written… Read more »

SEC Acts Against Private Fund Asset Transfers

On March 15, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) took cease and desist action against Talimco, LLC (“Talimco”), a private fund manager, and Grant Rogers, its Chief Operating Officer (“Rogers”), finding that Talimco had sold mortgage participations owned by collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”) that it managed to a fund (the “Fund”) also managed… Read more »

SEC Reinforces Ban on Testimonial Marketing for Investment Advisers

In March 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued guidance on the use by investment advisers and investment advisory representatives (together, “IAs”) in their marketing of testimonials (but not objective third-party articles) posted on social media.  Under Section 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act (prohibiting fraudulent, deceptive or manipulative acts) and Rule 206(4)-1(a)(1) (finding testimonials… Read more »

U.K. Exit from E.U. Taking Shape Amid Political Confusion

On June 26, 2018, the United Kingdom adopted the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 providing for a framework for “Brexit” under which E.U. law adopted in the U.K. would continue to apply during an implementation period and government minsters would have the power to adopt implementing rules.  The United Kingdom is currently to leave the European… Read more »