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SEC Decrees That Its ALJs Are Constitutional. Now What?

Posted in Disciplinary Process, SEC
After spending the last few years ferociously denying that there was any constitutional issue with the manner in which SEC Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) were appointed to their position, this morning, the SEC announced that it had “ratified” the prior appointment of each of its ALJs – Murray, Foelak, Elliot, Grimes and Patil.   You can read the… Continue Reading

It’s Official: The SEC Has No Sense Of Humor

Posted in Administrative Proceedings, Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, SEC
One of my colleagues and I were busy the last two week defending an SEC administrative proceeding out-of-town, so I have not had much chance to blog. But…there was one development during our hearing that merits some immediate attention. My client has been accused, essentially, of making a number of material misrepresentations and omissions in… Continue Reading

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (An SEC Exam)

Posted in Annual Report, Examination, SEC
Tis the season for announcing the year’s top examination priorities. This week, the SEC released its own examination priorities. Top priorities include: liquidity controls; public pension advisers; product promotion; exchange-traded funds; and variable annuities. Thematically, the SEC’s priorities adhere to its larger objectives: protecting retail investors (especially retirement savings); assessing market-wide risks; and utilizing data analytics… Continue Reading

FINRA’s 2016 Examination Priorities Letter: Focus On “Firm Culture”

Posted in Compliance, Expungement, FINRA, Senior Investors, Suitability, Supervision
Yesterday, FINRA released its annual Examination Priorities Letter in which it set forth the top issues that would guide its examinations in the coming year. Running 13 pages in length (while complaining about having to be so “brief”), FINRA set forth some of the “many areas of potential concern” it expects to encounter this year.… Continue Reading

Nobody’s Perfect (And Even FINRA Finally Acknowledged It)

Posted in Compliance, Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, FINRA, Statutory Disqualification
Fans of this blog (or, at least, readers of this blog who are fans of Jeopardy) will no doubt remember Alan’s prior post, published a few weeks ago, and discussing a recent case that FINRA’s Department of Enforcement brought against one of our clients. From the very beginning, we, as her counsel, were both bewildered… Continue Reading

Illinois Appellate Court Victory in a FIRREA Case of “First Impression”

Posted in AAA, Banks, FIRREA
The Illinois Appellate Court issued an opinion this week with important repercussions for financial institutions who step in and take over the assets of failed institutions. In a case of “first impression in Illinois,” the Illinois Appellate Court held that Illinois courts lacked jurisdiction to consider a motion to vacate an arbitration award where the… Continue Reading

David Slays Goliath: Texas Investment Advisor Beats SEC In Administrative Proceeding

Posted in Disciplinary Process, SEC, Uncategorized
If you have been a regular reader of this Blog, or even if you just browse the Wall Street Journal on occasion, you have undoubtedly noticed the attention being given over the last few weeks to the SEC’s decision increasingly to bring its Enforcement cases before Administrative Law Judges, rather than in federal court. While… Continue Reading

SEC Publishes Memo Explaining Its Forum Selection Considerations, But Questions Remain

Posted in Administrative Proceedings, SEC
The SEC has faced mounting criticism recently for its increasing use of administrative proceedings in enforcement matters. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the agency, challenging its forum selection. Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York has made it very clear he has serious fairness and constitutionality concerns… Continue Reading

Narrative Answers in Enforcement Proceedings: Practical, Yet Impossible

Posted in Enforcement, FINRA, Rule 8210
At a recent industry conference in New York, members of FINRA’s Office of Hearing Officers gathered to discuss current issues and topics relevant to FINRA disciplinary hearings. During one of the sessions, a Hearing Officer panelist lamented the format of the Answers he typically receives from the respondents in his cases. Almost without exception, respondents… Continue Reading

SEC Supports Creating a Uniform Fiduciary Standard; But is FINRA Already Enforcing It?

Posted in Fiduciary Standard, FINRA, SEC
SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White recently announced her support of a uniform fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and investment advisers, ending any remaining speculation as to her views on the subject. The announcement kicked of a whirlwind of speculation in the industry – What would the new standard look like? When would we see it? Will… Continue Reading
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