Financial Regulatory Forum

U.S. brokerage regulator warns of ‘unpleasant surprises’ on ETNs

By Guest Contributor
July 11, 2012

By Stuart Gittleman

NEW YORK, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the U.S. brokerage regulator, warned investors Tuesday in an alert of the features and risks of exchange-traded notes.

U.S. securities regulators focus rulemaking, exams on retirement products

By Guest Contributor
July 5, 2012

By Stuart Gittleman

NEW YORK, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will return its rulemaking and examination focus to retail sales of retirement products, a Division of Investment Management official told the Insured Retirement Institute, an industry group.

U.S. state oversight of small investment advisers takes effect; exams and enforcement loom

By Guest Contributor
June 28, 2012

By Jason Wallace

SAN DIEGO/NEW YORK, June 28 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – A long anticipated and well-publicized deadline for “the switch” is here. According to recent estimates, 2,500 investment advisers with less than $100 million of regulatory assets under management will make the switch from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission oversight to registration and in one or more states, with the prospect of more frequent exams and vigorous enforcement.
Today’s deadline requires the firm to be registered in the applicable states and withdraw its SEC registration by the end of the day. Although the proverbial switch has been pulled, the regulatory changes have just begun. Newly transitioned mid-sized advisers will now face an imminent regulatory exam and be required to comply with unique state compliance requirements. (more…)

Barclays may have “early bird discount” in Libor cases

By Guest Contributor
June 28, 2012

By Stuart Gittleman

NEW YORK/LONDON, June 28 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The $453 million settlement Wednesday between Barclays and UK and U.S. officials over the manipulation of a global interest-rate setting formula may be the first in a series of big-money settlements, and those who strike a deal later may face steeper terms.

New U.S. court rulings may add to costs, risks of finance industry regulatory enforcement

By Guest Contributor
June 26, 2012

By Stuart Gittleman

NEW YORK, June 26 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Two court rulings last week may raise the enforcement burden for the financial services industry and its regulators.

Offshore U.S. oversight of derivatives may bolster defenses against JPMorgan-type losses

By Guest Contributor
May 29, 2012

By Nick Paraskeva

NEW YORK, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – U.S. regulators are looking to use new their oversight authority over foreign derivatives trades to reduce the chances of new shocks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co’s trading loss of at least $2 billion.

Corporate investigations are getting riskier and more difficult, experts say

By Guest Contributor
May 29, 2012

By Stuart Gittleman

NEW YORK, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - U.S. corporate officers and directors are increasingly concerned over the business and legal challenges their entities face from potential securities enforcement and criminal probes, lawyers and corporate officers are saying.

Road shows, analysts and jumping the gun: the Facebook IPO

By Guest Contributor
May 25, 2012

By Helen Parry, additional reporting by Julie Dimauro

LONDON/NEW YORK, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Facebook’s chaotic initial public offering has sparked much speculation and legal action based on the idea that securities laws and regulations over disclosure may have been breached, which would leave Facebook and others involved in the offering process liable to potential regulatory enforcement or civil liability for losses caused to investors.

IA brief: State regulator’s deficiency letter offers clues for social-media policies

By Guest Contributor
May 25, 2012

By Jason Wallace

NEW YORK, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – A state regulator’s letter to an investment advisory firm outlining shortcomings in the firm’s use of social media also gives an early clue to how regulators will scrutinize the financial industry’s growing use of services like Facebook and LinkedIn.

Client funds, net capital among hot topics for SEC 2012 exam program

By Guest Contributor
May 18, 2012

By Nick Paraskeva, Thomson Reuters Accelus contributing author

NEW YORK, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) –  The SEC has new priorities in its 2012 exam program, including verifying firms’ holding of client funds and their net capital calculations.