Certain Principal Trading Firms, Private Funds, Investment Advisers and Other Market Participants May Become Subject to Registration

On February 5, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules – SEC Rules 3a5-4 and 3a44-2 (collectively, the “Final Rules”) – to further define the phrase “as part of a regular business” used in

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) announced via Regulatory Notice 24-02 the effective dates and other important timeframes for new FINRA Rules 3110.18 (Remote Inspections Pilot Program) and 3110.19 (Residential Supervisory Location). Moreover, FINRA announced the end date of the COVID-19-related regulatory relief set forth in FINRA Regulatory Notice 20-08 with respect to the

On January 23, 2024, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) published an update to the targeted exam it launched in November 2022, which was designed to review – for compliance with FINRA Rule 2210 – the practices of member firms that communicate with retail customers concerning “Crypto Assets” (generally, assets that are issued or

New Topics and Content Highlight FINRA’s Increased Focus on Cybersecurity, Crypto Assets, Artificial Intelligence, Market Integrity, Off-Channel Communications and Other Key Risk Areas

On January 9, 2024, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) published the 2024 FINRA Annual Regulatory Oversight Report (the “Report”), which builds on the structure and content of FINRA’s prior reports

On January 11, 2024, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a proposed rule change (the “Proposal”) to amend FINRA Rule 6730 to reduce the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (“TRACE”) reporting timeframe to one minute, with exceptions for (i) members with “limited trading activity” in

On August 23, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments (the “Amendments”) to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that generally eliminate the exemption from the requirement to become a member of a national securities association – effectively, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) – for SEC-registered broker-dealers

Although the New Federal Exemption Is Generally Aligned with the SEC’s 2014 No-Action Relief, There Are Some Notable Differences. Moreover, State Law Registration Requirements for M&A Brokers Are Not Preempted.

The U.S. Congress recently enacted a conditional exemption (the “Exemption”) from registration under Section 15(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for qualifying brokers

On January 10, 2023, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) published the 2023 Report on its Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (the “Report”). FINRA highlights several topics as key areas of risk for investors and the markets, including mobile apps, complex products and options, order handling/best execution, Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS, and

Proposed Changes Would Require Reporting within One Minute of Execution

On August 2, 2022, FINRA proposed to amend FINRA Rule 6730(a)(1) to reduce the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (“TRACE”) reporting timeframe for transactions in “TRACE-Eligible Securities” currently subject to a 15-minute outer limit reporting timeframe to one minute. The one-minute outer limit reporting timeframe

Proposed Rules Could Require Dealer Registration by Certain Principal Trading Firms, Private Funds, Investment Advisers and Other Market Participants

On March 28, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed two new rules – SEC Rules 3a5-4 and 3a44-2 (the “Proposed Rules”) – that would further define the phrase “as part of a regular