The financial services industry is subject to a regularly changing landscape of regulations and laws, driven in part by shifts in policy from regulators and lawmakers.

Goodwin’s FinReg + Policy Watch provides real-time updates and analyses focusing on regulation and policymaking. Issues are framed in an easy-to-digest manner, providing insight gained from our experience serving in key roles in government and advising clients across the industry.

Follow along as we deliver our take on the latest developments affecting the financial services community as well as the road ahead.

SEC Proposes ESG Disclosure Rules for Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

Our recent client alert discusses the package of new rules the SEC recently proposed to address and enhance investor disclosure practices, and related policies and procedures, regarding ESG investment considerations and objectives by investment advisers to registered investment companies and private funds and other clients.

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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 Extends Comment Periods for Recent Rulemakings. Applaud the Move or Criticize the Need To Take Action At All?

On May 9, 2022, the SEC extended the comment periods for proposed rulemaking on climate-related disclosures and reopened the comment period for proposed rulemaking relating to private funds and what it means to be an “exchange” under Exchange Act Rule 3b-16.  Each of these proposals originally provided 30 days for…

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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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Texas Securities Sheriff Wrangles Metaverse Gamblers

Securities law enforcement entered the metaverse recently in the form of an emergency cease and desist order issued by the Texas State Securities Board against individuals and a company using NFTs to finance multiple metaverse casinos.  Much like Wyatt Earp busting into the O.K. Corral, this one gets interesting. The…

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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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