Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved FINRA’s proposed amendments to its Corporate Financing Rule, which are intended to modernize, simplify, and streamline the rule.  FINRA’s amendments address, among other things, (1) filing requirements; (2) filing requirements for shelf offerings; (3) exemptions from filing and substantive requirements; (4) underwriting compensation; (5) venture capital exceptions; (6)

FINRA’s rules relating to equity IPOs, on spinning and withholding and IPO allocations, which came into effect following the dot-com bust, were recently amended. The amendments to Rule 5130, relating to restrictions on the purchase and sale of initial equity public offerings, and Rule 5131, relating to IPO allocations and distributions, will become effective on

FINRA proposes to amend Rule 5130 (Restrictions on the Purchase and Sale of Initial Equity Public Offerings) and Rule 5131 (New Issue Allocations and Distributions), which are known as the spinning and withholding rules and which were adopted after the dotcom bust.

The proposed rule change would exempt additional categories of persons from the restrictions

FINRA has released guidance, in question-and-answer format, with respect to FINRA member firm requirements to make filings under FINRA Rule 5122 and Rule 5123.  The Q&A addresses a number of frequently asked questions, including whether a placement agent may file on its behalf and on behalf of other placement agents, the types of materials that

On June 20, 2019, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public) and FINRA Rule 2241 (Research Analysts and Research Reports) to further the rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) last year as required by the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of

Recently, FINRA refiled with the SEC proposed rule changes to its Corporate Financing Rule, which is Rule 5110.  We had previously posted regarding FINRA’s proposed amendments, which were withdrawn.  This new set of changes addresses a number of areas, including the filing requirements under the rule, the requirements applicable to shelf takedown, the items of

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