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SEC Adopts Amendments to Rule 15c2-12

Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Rule 15c2-12) was adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1989 to establish standards for the procurement and dissemination of disclosure documents by underwriters as a means of enhancing the accuracy and timeliness of disclosure to municipal securities investors. Previous amendments to Rule 15c2-12 … Continue Reading

U.S. Treasury Department Expands its ‘Real Estate GTOs’ to Require Title Insurance Companies and Their Agents To Report the Ultimate Beneficial Owners of Entities Used To Buy Residential Real Estate in All-Cash Purchases in Six Metropolitan Areas, Including all of New York City, South Florida and Portions of California and Texas

On July 27, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) issued a press release announcing new Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) applicable to certain U.S. title insurance companies and their subsidiaries and “agents” (collectively, the Targeted Title Insurance Companies). The new GTOs go well beyond those that were initially … Continue Reading

SEC Share Class Sweep of Registered Investment Advisers Appears to be Underway

On July 13, 2016, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its 2016 Share Class Initiative (the Initiative). The Initiative is focused on addressing the perceived risk that registered investment advisers may be providing conflicted advice to their clients when recommending investments in mutual fund share classes.  For example, OCIE staff is … Continue Reading

Three Greenberg Traurig Shareholders to Speak at Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference

Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Michele L. Stocker and Jennifer L. Gray, both co-chairs of the Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice, as well as Shareholder Murray B. Silverstein, will be speaking at the 2016 Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance (LIRC) Conference. This four-day event will take place May 1-4, 2016, at the Hyatt … Continue Reading

SEC Acts to Enhance Oversight of Funds and Advisers

During recent months the SEC has made a number of announcements regarding its efforts to enhance and expand its oversight and inspections of registered investment companies and investment advisers. Of significance in this regard was the announcement of plans to hire additional examiners and reassign some existing examiners to expand the staff available for inspections of … Continue Reading

FINRA Seeks Input From Brokerage Firms on ‘Cultural Values’

FINRA has sent a sweep letter to selected broker dealers in order to learn more about how firms “establish, communicate and implement cultural values,” and whether those values are guiding business conduct.  FINRA conducts sweeps like this periodically in order to gather information that it can then use in focusing its regulatory response to emerging … Continue Reading

Financial Services Compliance Obligations Under the Cloud

The migration of personal and financial data to the cloud has highlighted, for both financial institutions and their regulators, risks associated with data breaches.  This migration has involved third-party cloud services vendors storing and processing such personal and financial data on behalf of their financial services customers. Cloud service offerings for financial services customers are … Continue Reading

New York State Releases Final BitLicense Regulation

On June 3, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) published its final BitLicense regulation. The regulation requires that firms engaged in “Virtual Currency Business Activity” that involves New York State or a New York resident apply to DFS for a BitLicense within 45 days of its effective date. In this Alert, … Continue Reading

Jennifer Gray and Michele Stocker Spoke at the MBA’s Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference

Greenberg Traurig was a sponsor of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference held in Chicago, Illinois from May 3-6. Shareholders Michele L. Stocker and Jennifer L. Gray presented at the conference. “We, as a firm, value our continued involvement with the MBA and appreciate the opportunity to be a recurring … Continue Reading
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