A firm faced with a regulatory investigation should hire outside counsel to bring objective analysis to the situation. Although it may seem simple, the question that must first be addressed is who the lawyer represents.

If the firm itself is the subject of the inquiry, then the firm needs representation. However, that same lawyer should

confusion.jpgLawyers have often been the brunt of cruel jokes. But now, a recent study reported on by the Bureau of National Affairs shows, lawyers are the target of securities regulators. Why the sudden interest?

For one, cooperation initiatives between regulators and those caught violating securities law convince these people to turn on their lawyer who

The CFTC announced today that it had a record enforcement year.  The CFTC filed 102 enforcement actions in its fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, which is up slightly from the 99 actions it filed in fiscal year 2011.  Prior to the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC filed just 57 cases in fiscal year 2010.  The

The SEC and CFTC launched a working group to discuss and identify money laundering vulnerabilities. 

These issues have lingered for awhile.  Both agencies believe that there is an opportunity to clarify their positions relating to money laundering and if their programs could potentially uncover such events.  This group will also include representatives from the Treasury

Much has happened in nearly one since since the Dodd-Frank Act became effective, and much more remains.  According to the recent thoughts of one commentator, Kyle Colona of Compliance EX, Dodd-Frank may be doomed to fail as it faces it first year of existence.

Colona noted five factors working against the full implementation of the

On February 9, 2012, the CFTC issued a final rule regarding changes to Part 4 of the CFTC’s regulations involving registration and compliance obligations for commodity pool operators (“CPO”) and commodity trading advisors (“CTA”).  Among other things, the rule rescinds the exemption from registration provided in Rule 4.13(a)(4) and sets forth additional annual reporting requirements

The SEC published a small entity compliance guide for investment advisers relating to the new Form PF.  These new reporting requirements affect SEC registered investment advisers with at least $150 million dollars in assets under management.  Some of these new guidelines will also apply to CFTC commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisers.


Although the SEC’s rulemaking deferral regarding the uniform fiduciary standard has gained much press, the SEC’s other rulemaking initiatives pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act march on, and will have a significant effect on broker dealers and investment advisors in the upcoming year.

In particular, the SEC has scheduled a joint SEC-CFTC report to Congress on stable value contracts, and the adoption of rules