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tZERO ATS Settlement with SEC: Square Peg/Round Hole or Simple Failure to Follow Existing Rules?

On January 10, 2022, tZERO’s ATS settled a matter with the SEC in which it agreed to an $800,000 fine.  Given the size of the penalty and substantial attention on the SEC’s approach to regulating digital asset securities, readers may have thought that this would present a blockbuster set of…

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FINRA Extends the Registration Qualification Window from Two to Five Years After Termination

Persons registered with a broker-dealer historically have had two years from their Form U5 filing date to re-register with another firm before their prior qualifications (examinations) would lapse.  Our recent Client Alert  discusses a FINRA rule change that extends this to five years under certain circumstances.

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SEC to Propose Cybersecurity Risk Governance Disclosures—Commissioner Roisman Shares His Views

SEC Commission Elad Roisman recently spoke about cybersecurity threats and challenges facing the agency’s registrants, including public companies and financial institutions.  One source of challenges (our words, not Roisman’s) may come from the government itself—the combination of (1) the lack of clarity on requirements and expectations from the SEC in…

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Is the SEC Still Considering Fixes to the Bond Markets?

The SEC has made a concerted effort in recent years to look more closely at the fixed income markets.  But under the new leadership of Chairman Gary Gensler, that spotlight seemed to have dimmed—or so some thought. For example, FIMSAC—the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee—which the SEC convened in…

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SEC’s Gensler Shines Additional Light on Agency’s Focus

The SEC has been increasingly focused on digital engagement practices (DEPs) and gamification in the marketplace.  In August, for example, the SEC solicited public comment on broker-dealer and investment adviser DEPs and potential regulatory approaches in this area.  In October, SEC staff produced a report on “meme” stock events and…

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SEC Staff Issues Report on “Meme” Stock Events and Market Structure Considerations

The onset of fall signals a sad realization that summer has ended, but also the joy that “market structure” season has arrived for securities industry participants and policy wonks.  Right on cue, in early October, SEC staff issued a report on equity and option market structure conditions related to the…

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