The FINRA investigative process and the arbitration process exist side-by-side; at times, the misconduct that is alleged by a claimant in a Statement of Claim may simultaneously be the subject of an examination by Member Regulation, or even an Enforcement Complaint. Ordinarily, Enforcement doesn’t pay much attention to what happens in a parallel arbitration, except

I have written before about some of FINRA’s procedural processes that seem strange and unfair. For instance, the constitutionally guaranteed Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination? Doesn’t exist in FINRA world. Try invoking the Fifth at a FINRA OTR rather than answering a question and you will be facing a permanent bar for violating Rule 8210.