Financial Regulatory Forum

Ontario Securities Commission fines, bans “qualified person” in landmark enforcement over faked science

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April 5, 2013

By Daniel Seleanu, Compliance Complete

TORONTO, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – In a landmark settlement, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has fined and permanently banned Bernard Boily for falsifying scientific research used in press releases by Bear Lake Gold Ltd., a mining exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto. When Bear Lake Gold announced that its research had been tampered with, it suffered a one-day market capitalisation loss of $42 million.

SEC has three words for hedge funds: “culture of compliance.” But what do they mean?

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April 3, 2013

By Jeanette Turner, contributing author for Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, April 3 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inevitably emphasizes the importance of an advisory firm’s “culture of compliance,” in the regulator’s speeches, panel discussions, and announcements of enforcement wins and settlements. It stresses that firms will be held accountable when their employees break the law to benefit the firm. Having a “robust” culture of compliance can help firms avoid severe financial consequences. (more…)

U.S. class-action securities settlements fewer but more costly in 2012 after IPO slump, credit crisis; Libor looms

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March 26, 2013

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Mar. 26 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Court-approved securities class action settlements reported in 2012 were at a 14-year low and 18 percent fewer than in 2011 but they cost defendants twice as much as the prior year, a report released Wednesday said.

Social media regulatory guidance for U.S. banks: a road map for the finance industry

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March 15, 2013

By Margaret Paradis, Thomson Reuters Accelus Contributor

NEW YORK, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The pace of social media usage by the U.S. financial industry has begun to rapidly accelerate. One drag on broader and deeper usage, especially by banks, continues to be uncertainty about regulatory compliance standards. Not all segments of the industry have been moving at the same pace. The broker-dealers and insurance companies have forged ahead in this area, relying on issued regulatory guidance. Additionally, asset management is catching up with the benefit of regulatory guidance issued early in 2012. Banking organizations, however, have been acting without specific guidance in this area, creating an extra risk.

Future higher ethical standards will judge today’s conduct, compliance experts say

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March 14, 2013

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, March 14 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Companies that want to manage their legal and regulatory liability and their reputational capital should treat current standards as the starting point – not the finish line – for their ethics and compliance programs, conference attendees heard Tuesday.

IA brief: If you haven’t joined the social media bandwagon, you’re not alone

By Guest Contributor
February 27, 2013

By Jason Wallace, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Financial planners use social media in their personal lives but shy away from it professionally out of concern over compliance issues and an uncertain regulatory environment, a recent survey reveals.

Compliance is today’s slogan for upcoming law graduates, conference speakers say

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February 13, 2013

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Feb.13 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - ”I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics,” a business executive told a young Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 movie The Graduate.

U.S. financial examiners’ guidelines underline increasing role of social networks

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February 13, 2013

By Bora Yagiz, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The guidelines on social media proposed by bank regulators comprising the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) in January are intended as a basic tool to help financial institutions identify potential trouble areas and address them as part of an overall risk management program.

AML again a top priority for broker-dealer exams, FINRA says

By Guest Contributor
January 17, 2013

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

(Additional reporting by Suzanne Barlyn of Reuters)

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Anti-money laundering compliance will again be a focus of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority examinations this year, particularly at broker-dealers with higher-risk business models due to their clients, products and service mix, or locations.

INTERVIEW: Volcker Rule, derivatives in U.S. business lobby’s sights for new year

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January 7, 2013

By Emmanuel Olaoye, Compliance Complete

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in contesting U.S. regulators’ implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. Lawsuits challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission over the justification for the rules have stopped some rules in their tracks and forced the regulators to hire more economic analysts.