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 Grants Muni Advisors a Temporary Exemption from Broker-Dealer Registration

On June 16, the SEC granted registered municipal advisers (MAs) a temporary, limited exemption (Exemption) from broker-dealer registration for certain expanded activities. The Exemption permits registered MAs to directly solicit “Qualified Providers” (banks, wholly-owned subsidiaries of banks that are engaged in commercial lending and financing activities and federally- or state-chartered credit unions)…

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SEC and DOJ Antitrust Division Sign MOU

On June 22, the SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division announced the signing of an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “to foster cooperation and communication between the agencies with the aim of enhancing competition in the securities industry.” The announcement came during a joint equity market structure discussion. The conversation…

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U.S. SEC Chairman Confirms June 30 Deadline and Areas of Focus for Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS

In a public statement issued on June 15, 2020, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Clayton confirmed the June 30, 2020, deadlines for compliance with Regulation Best Interest (Reg. BI) and the Form CRS requirements, echoing his statements from April that the implementation of Reg. BI and Form CRS…

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U.S. Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers: Prepare for Fast-Approaching Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS Deadline

The compliance date of June 30, 2020, is looming for U.S. broker-dealers subject to Regulation Best Interest (Reg. BI)[1] and broker-dealers and investment advisers required to prepare and provide relationship summaries pursuant to Form CRS and related rules.[2] Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have provided answers…

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