Securities Exchange Act of 1934

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed amendments to its rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), which added new Section 14(j) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).  Section 14(j) directs the Commission

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of broker-dealers’ practices in handling unregistered securities.  The SEC’s core focus in these areas is curbing and preventing activities that undermine, or threaten

FINRA recently filed proposed rule changes with the SEC addressing when broker-dealers may pay referral fees or otherwise share compensation with persons who are not registered as broker-dealers.  The proposed rule changes are subject to the SEC’s approval.  If approved, new Rule 2040 and related conforming changes to other FINRA rules will go into effect