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The Securities and Exchange Commission recently adopted final rules to modernize and simplify the disclosure requirements for public companies under Regulation S-K. This rulemaking was mandated by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), and the final rules are substantially in the forms originally proposed by the SEC in October 2017 (as discussed in the October 20, 2017 edition of the Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest). The final rules make several significant changes…
On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to extend the pilot program related to FINRA Rule 6121.02 (Market-wide Circuit Breakers in NMS Stocks), which provides a methodology for determining when to halt trading in all national market system stocks due to extraordinary market volatility, i.e., market-wide circuit breakers. The original term of the pilot program was intended to coincide with the pilot period…
On April 8, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to adopt the remaining National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Rules and Incorporated NYSE Rules as FINRA Rules in the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook without any substantive changes. The rule change covers areas such as membership rules, foreign members, customer account statements, discretionary accounts, approvals of changes in exempt status under Rule 15c3-3 of the Securities Exchange…
On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to extend the pilot program related to FINRA Rule 11892 (Clearly Erroneous Transactions in Exchange-Listed Securities). In September 2010, the SEC approved, on a pilot basis, changes to the rule that, among other things: (i) provided for the uniform treatment of clearly erroneous execution reviews in multi-stock events involving 20 or more securities, and (ii) reduced FINRA’s…
On April 9, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued Regulatory Notice 19-11 informing member firms that FINRA has updated its Interpretations of Financial and Operational Rules to add a new interpretation related to Rule 15c3-1(c)(2)(viii)(C)/06 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Open Contractual Commitments). The new interpretation relates to the conditions under which an underwriting backstop agreement in a firm commitment underwriting would not give rise to an open contractual commitment charge. The Notice is…
On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued Regulatory Notice 19-10 addressing the responsibilities of member firms when communicating with customers about the departure of registered representatives who have direct contact with customers in the conduct of such member firm’s securities sales. The Notice reinforces two key expectations related to such communications. First, in the event of a registered representative’s departure, member firms are expected to promptly and clearly communicate to affected customers how…
On April 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to adopt FINRA Rules 6190 (Compliance with Regulation NMS Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility) and 6121.01 (Resumption of Trading in Securities Subject to the Regulation NMS Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility), which implement the Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility Pursuant to Rule 608 of Regulation NMS (Limit Up-Limit Down Plan), on a permanent…
On April 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to make certain substantive, organizational and terminology changes to FINRA Rule 5110 (Corporate Financing Rule – Underwriting Terms and Arrangements), which requires member firms that participate in a public offering to file documents and information with FINRA about the underwriting terms and arrangements.…
On April 5, the UK Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a directory of regulators and other authorities in FSB jurisdictions who cover cryptoasset issues. The FSB delivered the directory to the April 2019 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting. It notes that the directory’s purpose is to provide information only—it does not define the regulatory scope or perimeter of the bodies it lists. The publication also summarizes the scope of the FSB’s interest.…
On March 29, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a press release announcing that it has signed two updated memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Both MOUs aim to ensure the continued ability of the United Kingdom and the United States to cooperate and consult with each other regarding the effective and efficient oversight of regulated entities across national borders.…