SEC Chairman Mary Jo White recently stated at a Senate Banking Committee hearing that the SEC was examining whether the insider trading rules should be expanded to include the commodities markets.  White’s statements were made in response to questioning about the role of several large banks in the commodities market.  Insider trading is enforced in

idea.jpgThe North American Securities Administrators Association on behalf of state securities regulators, following 37 members of Congress, recently asked the SEC to exercise its authority under Dodd-Frank and do away with mandatory arbitration agreements.  Consumer groups have also jumped into this fray.

Does this signal the beginning of the end of arbitration clauses in

While many brokers breathed a sigh of relief when FINRA withdrew its proposal requiring members to include a “prominent description of and link to” BrokerCheck on their websites and social media pages, this is probably not the end of this matter.

Many firms complained about the proposal because it presented many administrative nightmares; such as

Over the last several years, Congress and industry insiders have discussed whether it is time to merge the SEC and CFTC.  After some high-profile regulatory lapses by both agencies, Congressional studies indicated that the lapses were due, in part, to the lack of coordination and failure to share information between the agencies.  In late 2012

Alas, the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections cover informants overseas.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, recently, held that the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections cover informants that report to the SEC information about FCPA violations.  The court, citing that the plain language of the act, indicated that such individuals were covered.  This is an intriguing

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance will consider a bar on so-called “bad actors” from private offerings before announcing rules on crowdfunding under the JOBS Act.  However, we anticipate there will be an additional delay given the turnover at the SEC and the recent departure of its Corp Fin Director. 

As you have undoubtedly heard, the SEC has

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement is performing well according to its departing director.

The soon to be ex-Enforcement Director credits this strength to his re-organization of the Division based on expertise and the tips received from whistleblowers, among other things.  The Dodd-Frank Act was the impetus for the SEC’s whistleblower program, and the SEC received over 3,000

robber.jpgMy partner, Ernest Badway, recently blogged about the dangers of a lawyer referring a client to a rogue stockbroker.  The question for the broker-dealer/investment advisors is how do you uncover rogue brokers or prevent them from infecting your firm.

In all of the years that I have defended broker-dealers and investment advisors in cases

Ever since Dodd-Frank, there has been much concern in the RIA world regarding who would be its regulator.  At this point, RIAs can dispense with any concern that FINRA will be its regulator because FINRA pulled its hat out of the oversight ring, at least for now.


Even thought FINRA spent nearly $2 million lobbying Congress

One of the greatest philosophers of our time, Yogi Berra, must have had the debate over the uniform fiduciary duty standard when he penned this line.  Yes, believe it or not, the debate is about to resume.

The SEC is yet again working on possible recommendations regarding a uniform fiduciary duty for investments advisors and