On September 6, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced changes (the Announcement) concerning its procedures for administering Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Continue Reading SEC Staff Announces Changes to Rule 14a-8 No-Action Request Process

On September 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released two small entity compliance guides to assist broker-dealers and investment advisers in complying with the recently adopted Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Form CRS.

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On September 4, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a notice informing small FINRA member firms of the upcoming Small Firm Advisory Committee (SFAC) election. One seat on the SFAC representing the New York region is open for election.

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On September 5, the German Federal Government published a proposal relating to a draft law implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/834 (EMIR REFIT), which also clarifies the licensing requirements for non-EU firms (which would include UK firms after Brexit) that conduct cross-border proprietary trading with German counterparties or on German trading venues.

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released an investor alert cautioning investors of potential stock fraud in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. FINRA noted that financial fraud and potential investment scams regularly follow a natural disaster. Continue Reading FINRA Warns Investors of Potential Stock Fraud in Wake of Hurricane Dorian

On August 27, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a new protocol to give swap market participants an easy way to amend existing credit derivative documentation to incorporate changes that have been made to the ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions and address the market concern about companies creating credit events for the benefit of particular credit derivative parties. Continue Reading ISDA Publishes Narrowly Tailored Credit Event (NTCE) Protocol