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SEC and FINRA Continue to Root Out Bad Brokers

On Thursday, July 27, regulators and industry professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss the current regulatory environment, cybersecurity, and other hot topics at the SEC and FINRA’s 2017 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers. The panelists, including SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook, and Susan Axelrod, the Executive Vice President of … Continue Reading

Coscia Gets 3 Years in Prison: The Criminalization of Trading Commodities?

Sarao, Coscia, and now the Berkshire Power Company, each charged with crimes – spoofing, fraud, false information – relating to commodity trading. Commodity traders likely have incorporated into their compliance regimes the general risk that allegations of criminal fraud could arise. These criminal matters no longer appear to be isolated instances and, instead, counsel for … Continue Reading

SEC IM Guidance Update – Investment Company Business Continuity Plans

In connection with the Press Release announcing a Rule Proposal regarding adoption of written business continuity and transition plans by SEC-registered investment advisers (see our blog post on the topic), the Division of Investment Management also distributed a Guidance Update (No. 2016-04) discussing BCPs for registered investment companies (RICs).  RICs have been expected to address … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Co-Sponsored Atlanta-Israel Fintech Innovation Conference

Greenberg Traurig co-sponsored a unique event bringing together leading fintech companies from Atlanta and Israel. Led by Atlanta shareholder, David Schulman, the event was aimed to match Atlanta-based international fintech corporations with cutting-edge Israeli technology companies in the field, including companies that offer card processing, electronic billing, and multi-channel solutions to the banking industry, as … Continue Reading

New SEC Rule Proposal – Written Business Continuity and Transition Plans for Registered Advisers

Earlier this week, the SEC issued a Press Release announcing a Rule Proposal that would require SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt written business continuity and transition plans (BCP) as part of their compliance program.  The comment period on the Rule Proposal is expected to close in September.  Under the proposed rule, an adviser’s written BCP … Continue Reading

OCC Forum on Responsible Innovation

On June 23, 2016 the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) hosted the Forum on Responsible Innovation in the Federal Banking System in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of industry stakeholders gathered to discuss “Responsible Innovation,” fintech, and the role of the OCC in regulating the financial industry as it evolves.  The forum addressed reaction … Continue Reading

Early Signs on Fintech from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

There is no doubt that the regulation of financial technology (fintech) companies is on the rise. Fintech companies broadly mean companies that provide products, services and technology where traditional banking and financial services leave off and technology takes off. Though all of the federal banking agencies and other agencies will play a vital role in … Continue Reading

FinCEN Finalizes Customer Due Diligence Rule

May 6, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) finalized regulations that will require banks, securities broker dealers, mutual funds, futures commission merchants, and introducing brokers in commodities (collectively, Covered Institutions) to identify and perform due diligence on the ultimate beneficial owners and control persons of any legal … Continue Reading

FINRA Announces Rule 2273, Requiring Broker’s New Firm to Send “Educational Communication” to Broker’s Customers Before Transfer of the Customer’s Assets to the New Firm

FINRA has issued a regulatory notice (RN 16-18) regarding new Rule 2273, which requires member firms, when hiring a new broker from the competition, to send an “educational communication” to that broker’s customers if and when those customers move or seek to move their assets to the hiring firm.  The new rule, which was recently … Continue Reading

SEC Issues No-Action Letter on Custody Rule

On April 25, 2016, the SEC issued a no-action letter to the Investment Advisers Association clarifying its views on the application of Rule 206(4)-2 under the Advisers Act (the Custody Rule) to situations involving a sub-adviser in an investment advisory program for which a related person qualified custodian is the primary adviser and the primary … Continue Reading

Not Every Broker-Dealer is an EB-5 Broker-Dealer

Nearly all U.S. broker-dealers are members of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  FINRA regulates, and provides oversight and guidance for its member firms.  When a broker-dealer becomes a FINRA member, they enter into a membership agreement which, among other things, specifies which financial products and services the broker-dealer is permitted to offer to its … Continue Reading

OCC Issues New Guidance and Policies on Enforcement Actions and Civil Monetary Penalties Against Institutions and Individuals

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) recently released new guidance on the process it uses when considering enforcement actions against banking institutions and individuals for potential non-compliance with Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) compliance program requirements and anti-money laundering (“AML”) rules.  At the same time, the OCC also issued a revised policy for … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Sponsored and Participated in CFSA’s 16th Annual Meeting Conference

Greenberg Traurig was a proud sponsor of CFSA’s 16th Annual Meeting Conference that was held in the Paradise Island Bahamas from March 7-10, 2016. Gil Rudolph, Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. and Phoenix office, participated as a speaker in the panel session titled “Compliance Management: Vendor Relationships and Data Security.” Conference attendees were provided … Continue Reading

Propriety of Constitutional Challenges to Agency Administrative Proceedings Discussed by Federal Regulators, and Supported by at Least One

Top enforcement chiefs from the SEC, CFTC, DOJ and FINRA participated on a panel discussion of current enforcement trends and issues during the Current Enforcement Issues Panel discussion as part of this week’s SIFMA Compliance and Legal Division annual seminar.    The agenda at the SEC dominated much of the discussion. SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney … Continue Reading

SEC Announces National Compliance Outreach Seminar for Investment Adviser, Investment Company Personnel

On March 9, the SEC announced that it would be holding a Compliance Outreach Program for investment adviser and investment company senior officers on April 19, 2016, at the SEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (the press release is available here).  Registration opened on Tuesday (March 8), and closes on March 29, 2016 (the registration form … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig is Proud to Sponsor and Participate in the 16th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference

Greenberg Traurig is proud to sponsor the 16th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference that will be held in Miami, FL, from March 7-9, 2016. Carl Fornaris, Shareholder in the GT Miami office, will participate as a moderator in the breakout session titled “Section 311 and Unintended Consequences – the Curious Cases of Banca Privada d’Andorra … Continue Reading

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Releases Annual Examination Priorities

On Jan. 11, 2016, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its annual Examinations Priorities for 2016 (Exam Priorities), which is available for download here. In the Exam Priorities, OCIE notes that its priorities focus on the same three thematic areas as in 2015 (which we … Continue Reading

OCIE Issues Risk Alert on Use of Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

Earlier this week, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a new Risk Alert (available here) related to the use of outsourced chief compliance officers (CCOs) by SEC-registered investment advisers and investment companies (Registrants). The Risk Alert shares staff observations of Registrants who outsource their … Continue Reading

New SEC Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Advisers and Fund Managers

This post summarizes the recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Guidance Update related to cybersecurity issues applicable to registered advisers and funds. This update will likely serve as a basis for any inspections by the SEC staff dealing with cybersecurity so investment advisers may want to review and revise their compliance policies accordingly. You … Continue Reading

Recent DOJ and Regulatory Actions Against Smaller Institutions Suggest That Community Banks Should Continue to Carefully Consider BSA/AML Risks

In recent months, certain small banks have come under increased investigation by FinCEN, federal bank regulators, and in some instances the Department of Justice (DOJ) for alleged non-compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and alleged failure to implement effective anti-money laundering programs. It is important for small banks to keep this development in mind … Continue Reading
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