Posts Categorized: Securities

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 »

SEC Proposes Revisions to Exempt Offering Rules

On March 4, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a proposal to revise the exempt offering rules under Regulation D (exempt offerings) and Regulation S (offshore offerings) of the Securities Act of 1933 largely to make it easier to conduct such offerings.  The proposals include, among other things: While Rule 506(c) under… 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 »

SEC Proposes Revisions to “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer”

Among the key thresholds under Regulation D and Rule144A for eligibility for investing in private securities offerings are the definitions of “accredited investor” and “qualified institutional buyer”.  In mid-December of 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved, by a vote of 3-2, a proposal to revise these definitions.  The current categories and financial thresholds remain… Read more »

New Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) Rules to Go Into Effect

On February 13, 2020, new CFIUS rules are scheduled to go into effect. The new rules have been adopted by the Treasury Department under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”) which increases the CFIUS authority to review and disallow investment in U.S. sensitive companies.  The rules also resulted in the exemption… 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 Issues Concept Release on Private Placements

On June 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a more than 200-page concept release about ways to simplify, improve and harmonize exempt offerings, including private placements, Regulation Crowdfunding and others.  The SEC raises numerous issues for comment, such as, for example, whether and how the “accredited investor” definition should be changed,… 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 »