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Tag Archives: Sanction Guidelines

FINRA AWC Includes Waiver Of A Fine: Is This A Sign Of Good Things To Come?

Posted in Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, FINRA, Sanctions
Way back in 2006, NASD issued Notice to Members 06-55, which tweaked the Sanction Guidelines to allow not just the size of the firm to be taken into consideration when determining the appropriate sanctions to be meted out, but, more importantly, how well, or how poorly, the firm is doing on its income statement. Specifically,… Continue Reading

FINRA’s Board Continues To Bend In the Wind Of Criticisim

Posted in Arbitration, Board of Governors, Enforcement, FINRA, PIABA, Registered Representative, Rogue rep, Rule 2010, Sanctions
On Wednesday, the FINRA Board met and discussed two topics that I recently blogged about: recidivist brokers and unpaid arbitration awards.  In predictable fashion, FINRA withered in the face of criticism that its existing rules and policies are somehow not tough enough on its member firms, and embarked on a proposed series of steps that,… Continue Reading

FINRA Tweaks The Sanction Guidelines Again And – Guess What? – It Wasn’t To Make Them Gentler

Posted in Defenses, Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, FINRA, Sanctions, Supervision
Remember a few weeks ago? Remember I blogged about Robert Cook, FINRA’s new CEO?  And how he was saying all the right things about FINRA perhaps being juuuuust a bit too Enforcement oriented?  I expressed hope – sincere but wary hope – that given his remarks, it was possible that the pendulum might actually start… Continue Reading

It Can Pay To “Lawyer Up” When Dealing With FINRA

Posted in Defenses, Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, Examination, FINRA, OTR, Registered Representative, Sanctions
I realize that the title of this blog post may sound self-serving, so I apologize for that up front, as it is not my intent.  Still, there is a lesson here to be learned. I got a phone call yesterday from a reporter asking me to comment on a disciplinary action that FINRA had just… Continue Reading

Is There A Catch-22 To Fighting FINRA Charges?

Posted in Defenses, Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, FINRA, Registered Representative, Sanctions
Here is a fascinating analysis by my partner, Michael Gross, of FINRA’s twisted logic when it comes to sanctions:  your very decision not to admit liability and to put FINRA to its proof can, and will, be held against you when it comes time to determine the appropriate sanctions. Or will it?  –  Alan The FINRA… Continue Reading

Statutorily Disqualified? FINRA Says “Deal With It”

Posted in Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, FINRA, Sanctions, Statutory Disqualification
It is a nasty thing when one becomes statutorily disqualified. It means either leaving the industry, permanently, or having to file an MC-400 and trying to convince FINRA that you should be permitted to remain in the industry, albeit subject to heightened supervision and extra scrutiny from FINRA.  I have previously blogged about statutory disqualification,… Continue Reading

FINRA’s New Sanction Guidelines: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Posted in Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, FINRA, Sanctions, Settlements, Supervision
Just a week ago, I ran a post about FINRA’s Sanction Guidelines, suggesting that they appear to have no relevance anymore, given the vast disparity between fines that FINRA is actually imposing in settled cases, on the one hand, and the supposed maximum fines described in the Sanction Guidelines, on the other. In an excellent… Continue Reading

Do The FINRA Sanction Guidelines Continue To Have Any Relevance?

Posted in Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, Sanctions, Settlements, Supervision
I read with interest the press release FINRA issued this week announcing an $11.7 million settlement with LPL, principally over what FINRA characterized as “widespread supervisory failures.” There were two things most noteworthy to me.[1] The first, interestingly, is not the size of the monetary sanctions (a $10 million fine plus $1.7 million in restitution),… Continue Reading

The True Definition of a FINRA “OTR”: “O”utrageous “T”ime and “R”esources”

Posted in Enforcement, Examination, FINRA, OTR, Sanctions
Before I became a District Director for NASD, I was an attorney with its Department of Enforcement. In those days, I would occasionally take someone “on the record,” but only when it was clear that a formal disciplinary action, i.e., a complaint, would be forthcoming. The purpose of the OTR was principally to memorialize and… Continue Reading
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