On Dec. 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law H.R. 2617, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.” Among the routine federal funding provisions, Title V of the bill, the “SmallContinue Reading Congress Codifies Longstanding M&A Broker Exemption from SEC Registration
William B. Mack is a co-chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. He is experienced in advising companies on regulatory and compliance matters relating to the Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, the Exchange Act, Anti-Money Laundering laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules.
William’s practice involves all aspects of broker-dealer regulation, including Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) membership, supervision, employment, research, soft dollar arrangements, chaperoning of foreign broker-dealers, social media, use of foreign finders, anti-money laundering rules, alternative trading systems (ATS), exchanges, and market making issues. He also provides regulatory guidance to investment banking clients in connection with securities offerings and related trading issues.
On Dec. 14, 2022, Gary Gensler, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), released a statement announcing a proposal to establish an SEC rule setting forth a best…Continue Reading SEC Proposes to Establish a New Best Execution Standard
Last summer, the Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA) proposed a rule change to its supervision rule (FINRA Rule 3110) to allow member firms to conduct remote inspections of some or all…Continue Reading FINRA Files Amendments to Proposed Rule Change That Will Allow Remote Inspections
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in November 2022 released a targeted exam letter pertaining to communications for crypto products and services. The relevant period for this exam is July…Continue Reading FINRA Targeting Crypto Asset Retail Communications
On Sept. 29, 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released Regulatory Notice 22-20, alerting members to changes to the Sanctions Guidelines (Guidelines), effective immediately. The notice discusses…Continue Reading FINRA Releases Updated Guidelines and Sanctions for Securities Rule Violations
On Oct. 3, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) took another step in identifying, assessing, and responding to the risks various types of digital assets pose to the financial system…Continue Reading Digital Assets: Financial Stability Oversight Council Risk Report Assesses Regulatory Gaps; Offers Recommendations
Federal regulatory agencies are closely monitoring crypto-asset developments and banking organizations’ participation in the crypto-asset industry. This GT Alert covers the guidance issued by the FDIC, CFPB, and the Federal…
Continue Reading Regulatory Scrutiny on the Rise of Bank and Crypto Company Dealings
On March 28, 2022, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release regarding two proposed rules, Rules 3a5-4 and 3a44-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Act).
Continue Reading SEC Seeks to Expand ‘Dealer’ or ‘Government Securities Dealer’ Definition to Require Additional Firms to Register with Agency and Comply with Federal Securities Regulations
On Feb. 9, 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its 2022 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (Report), in which it identifies its areas of examination…
Continue Reading 2022 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program
On Nov. 23, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a joint …
Continue Reading US Federal Banking Regulators Release Joint Statement on ‘Crypto-Asset Policy Sprint Initiative’