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SEC Proposes Amendments to Exchange Act Rule 15b9-1—Is FINRA Taking Over the Lease at 100 F Street NE?

Back in April 2022, we wrote about the SEC killing the Dealer/Trader distinction.  We also noted then that it would come as no surprise to see the SEC re-propose amendments to Exchange Act Rule 15b9-1.  Just a few months later, the SEC has done just that. Rule 15b9-1 currently exempts…

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SEC Alleges "Crypto Asset Securities" Insider Trading; Case Has Significant Implications for the Digital Asset Industry

Our recent client alert discusses the SEC complaint against three individuals alleging insider trading of digital assets via a scheme to trade ahead of multiple announcements regarding crypto assets being made available on a United States-based digital asset exchange at which one individual was a former product manager.

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SEC Publishes Spring Rulemaking Agenda: Torrid Pace Continues; Crypto Framework Noticeably Absent

Our recent client alert discusses the SEC’s “Reg Flex” agenda for rulemaking, which provides a glimpse into how the agency will prioritize its resources over the coming six months from a policy and rulemaking standpoint.

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FINRA 2022 Exam Report Spotlight: Communications with the Public

It came as no surprise that FINRA’s 2022 Examination and Risk Monitoring Program Report highlighted communications with the public as a continued area of focus.  The primary theme across this focus area relates to the sufficiency of internal processes, procedures, and controls.  As FINRA has done with other areas, the…

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SEC and FINRA Spotlight Net Capital Requirements and Financial Management Practices

The SEC recently published its 2022 Examination Priorities Letter on the heels of FINRA issuing its 2022 Examination and Risk Monitoring Program Report.  One of many areas of common focus is financial management, and more specifically, net capital requirements and safekeeping of funds and securities.  The SEC, for example, reminded…

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SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Standards of Conduct for Account and Rollover Recommendations to Retail Investors

Our recent client alert discusses an SEC staff bulletin reiterating the standards of conduct applicable to broker-dealers and investment advisers when making account recommendations to retail investors. Broker-dealers are subject to Reg. BI. Investment advisers are subject to the fiduciary standard under the Advisers Act. The standards of conduct are…

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SEC Examinations Division Publishes 2022 Priorities

The SEC Division of Examinations recently published its list of priorities for 2022.  While it was a bit late compared to a typical year, the priorities letter provides a roadmap for firms to better understand where the Division will take its examination efforts over the coming months. Significant focus areas…

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Ding, Dong! The Dealer/Trader Distinction is Dead. HFTs and DEX AMMs Should Take Notice

The SEC recently proposed rules that would greatly expand the Exchange Act definition of “dealer” and essentially kill the existing dealer/trader distinction long-recognized by the SEC.  The likely outcome is that most proprietary trading firms will need to register with the SEC as dealers and become members of FINRA or…

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FINRA Reminds CCOs About Potential Supervisory Liability

FINRA recently published Regulatory Notice 22-10 reminding firms of the scope of Rule 3110 (Supervision) and the potential liability of Chief Compliance Officers for failure to reasonably discharge supervisory responsibilities delegated to them. FINRA recognizes that compliance and supervision are distinct roles that carry different obligations.  FINRA has said that…

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