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

On January 10, 2023, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) released its 2023 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (the “Report), available at:  2023 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program.  The Report details findings from FINRA’s recent oversight activities of the FINRA Member Supervision, Market Regulation and Enforcement programs. 

On November 15, 2022, FINRA adopted amendments to revise the syndicate account settlement timeframe for offerings of corporate debt securities. The amendments to FINRA Rule 11880 establish a two-stage syndicate account settlement approach for public offerings of corporate debt securities. The amendments will become effective for public offerings of debt securities that commence on or

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

On February 25, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to amend the Consolidated Audit Trail (“CAT”) and Regulation SHO, as well as to propose new rules that would require expansive short sale reporting. In a statement, SEC Chair Gary Gensler indicated that these proposals were important for the SEC to “address future market

FINRA adds new topics for 2022 and new material to previously covered topics.

On February 9, 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) published its 2022 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (the “Report”). FINRA intends for the Report to be an up-to-date, evolving resource for firms that may help inform their

FINRA posted a set of FAQs on the filing requirements of Rules 5122 (Private Placements of Securities Issued by Members) and 5123 (Private Placements of Securities).  The FAQs discuss filing retail communications relating to private placements, including where to file such communications, whether updated versions of retail communications need to be refiled, when to file,

You are an issuer, investment adviser, or broker-dealer.  You want to communicate to the public about securities.  Should you (a) type a letter and drop it in the mailbox; (b) chisel out a prospectus on two stone tablets; or (c) use social media?

If you chose (c),

In Regulatory Notice 21-26 (July 15, 2021), FINRA amended the filing requirements of Rules 5122 and 5123 to require members to file with FINRA any “retail communications,” as defined in FINRA Rule 2210, that promote or recommend private placement offerings. FINRA Rule 5122 covers private placements of securities issued by a FINRA member, while Rule

Last week, the updated form to be used by placement agents in connection with private placements that is required to be filed with FINRA pursuant to Rule 5123 became effective.  As we had previously blogged, FINRA has amended the filer form in connection with private placements by adding additional questions.  In addition, the updated