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DOL Weighs In With Cybersecurity Guidance, FINRA Issues Reminders on Options and Predispute Arbitration Agreements, NASAA Releases Annual State Advisers Report, Cayman Extends CRS Compliance Form Deadlines: Regulatory Update for June 2021

DOL issues Cybersecurity Guidance.  On April 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) issued cybersecurity guidance directed towards ERISA plan sponsors and ERISA fiduciary…

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DOL Brings Back Impartial Conduct Standards in FAQs, SEC Weighs in on ESG Investing, and FINRA Makes it Even Harder to Hire Reps with Black Marks: Regulatory Update for May 2021

Bringing Back BICE. The Department of Labor (DOL)  issued some Frequently Asked Questions on its new Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2020-02 (“PTE 2020-02”).  First, the bad news.  The DOL is sticking…

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Regulatory Spring Cleaning! SEC Publishes Marketing Rule FAQ and 2021 Examination Priorities, and EXAMS Risk Alert Tackles Bitcoin and Other Digital Assets: Regulatory Update for April 2021

Risk Alert – Division of Examinations’ Continued Focus on Digital Asset Securities. The popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies grew exponentially in 2020, while financial regulators struggled to get up…

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Rises Again, Regulatory Freeze Continues, March Madness – NCAA Players Scammed: Regulatory Update for March 2021

Not Quite Dead Yet – DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Rises Again! On December 18, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) adopted Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2020-02 (“PTE 2020-02”), subjecting 401(k) rollover subject…

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ADV Season is Here; Hardin Releases 2021 Compliance Resources for Brokers and RIAs; Don’t Forget Your CPO Annual Affirmations; SEC Creates 5-Year “Sandbox” for BD Custody of Digital Assets: Regulatory Update for February 2021

Custody of Digital Asset Securities by Special Purpose Broker-Dealers. Just in time for Christmas, the SEC issued a Statement conveying its position that, for five years, a broker-dealer operating under…

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SEC (Finally) Modernizes Advertising and Solicitation Rules; NY Requires IAR Registration; DOL’s New Rule Eliminates ESG from Investment Decisions; SEC to Take Second Crack at Broker-Dealer Reg BI Compliance: Regulatory Update for January 2021

At Long Last – SEC Modernizes the Advertising and Solicitation Rules!  Cramming it in just before the end of 2020, the SEC adopted a new rule to replace the existing…

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Form CRS Roundtable Take-aways, Commissioner Peirce Talks Turkey on CCO Liability, New Executive Order Prohibits Investments Related to Chinese Military, OCIE Cites Top Compliance Program Failures and Risks of Branch Offices: Regulatory Update for December 2020

What We Learned from the Regulation BI and Form CRS Roundtable. The recent joint SEC/FINRA Roundtable on Regulation Best Interest (“BI”) and Form CRS provides insight and guidance for firms…

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NJ Joins Other States to Protect Seniors, NASAA Warns Smaller Advisers about Cybersecurity Risks, SEC Settles Valuation, Fund Expense & Wrap Fee Actions, and Advice on Returning to the Office: Regulatory Update for June 2020

New Jersey Adopts Its Own Senior Safe Legislation.  New Jersey recently joined Congress, more than 25 other states and FINRA by enacting a new financial exploitation law designed to protect…

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No Slack for Firms on Compliance with Reg BI and Form CRS; SEC Eases Deadlines and Restrictions on Custody and Mutual Funds, and Disclosure of PPP Loans for Advisers: Regulatory Update for May 2020

SEC Provides Scope and Content of Upcoming Examinations Related to Form CRS.  After June 30, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) plans to examine subject broker-dealers and…

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SEC Agrees to Broaden Exemptions to New Issue and Spinning Rules; Comment Now on SEC Advertising and Cash Solicitation Rule Changes; CFTC Simplifies CPO/CTA Registration Exemptions; Actively-Managed ETFs Clear Regulatory Barrier: Regulatory Update for January 2020

SEC Approves Amendments to FINRA New Issue and Anti-Spinning Rules. See also: FINRA Amends Rules Regarding Initial Public Offerings.  Effective January 1, 2020, FINRA Rules 5130 and 5131 have been…