In this year’s priorities letter identifying the areas of focus for FINRA examinations during the year, FINRA notes that it will review online distribution platforms. Specifically, the letter notes that some firms are involved in the distribution of securities pursuant to Rule 506(c) and Regulation A under the Securities Act. FINRA notes that in some

All communications by FINRA member firms are subject to the communications rule—Rule 2210—which has approval and review, recordkeeping, filing and content standards. The rule also includes exceptions from many of its requirements. In recent years, FINRA has updated its advice relating to the use of social media by member firms, in response to the rapidly

FINRA today published its Report on FINRA Examination Findings and highlights private placement related concerns.  In its examinations of the practices of many broker-dealers, the report notes FINRA found instances where the diligence review undertaken in connection with private placements was not sufficient in scope or depth to be considered a “reasonable investigation of the

On October 30, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) filed a proposed rule change to amend FINRA Rule 5110 (Corporate Financing Rule – Underwriting Terms and Arrangements) (the “Rule”), which is the main FINRA rule regarding compensation in securities offerings, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

The proposed Rule includes the following

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern

During this webinar, we will explore the proposed Regulation Best Interest rule and related developments. Topics include:

  • Overview of the proposed regulation;
  • Principal areas of comment;
  • What we can anticipate in terms of timeline and process and what firms can do now;
  • FINRA’s proposed amendments

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Section 3(a)(2) of the Securities Act provides an exemption from registration for securities issued by banks. During this session, Counsel Bradley Berman and Citigroup’s Jack McSpadden will cover the requirements of that exemption, offering structures for non-U.S. banks, the Office of the Comptroller of the

Elder financial exploitation has been recognized by many state and national agencies as a concern as the population ages and elders shoulder more responsibility for managing their retirement assets under defined contribution plans.  For investment advisers and broker-dealers, balancing the protection of customer information and reporting financial exploitation is challenging.  Fortunately, state and national authorities