On February 18, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a regulatory notice seeking comment on a proposal to implement recommendations of the Securities Industry/Regulatory Council on Continuing Education, enhancing the continuing education requirements for securities industry professionals.
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On June 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it adopted amendments to the definition of “smaller reporting company,” which will allow more companies to take advantage of accommodations such as scaled disclosure. The amendments were adopted generally as proposed on June 27, 2016, with a few significant changes. The proposed amendments were previously covered in the July 8, 2016 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest.
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As previously reported in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of June 1, 2018, on May 24, President Trump signed into law the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (the Act), Section 507 of which directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt an amendment to Rule 701 under the Securities Act of 1933. Rule 701 generally provides an exemption from the registration requirement imposed by the Securities Act for issuances of securities by a company that is not subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to its employees, directors and consultants under compensatory benefit plans. Pursuant to Section (e) of Rule 701, if the aggregate sales price or amount of securities sold by an issuer to investors in reliance on Rule 701 during any 12-month period exceeds $5 million, the issuer is required to deliver to investors an additional disclosure, including specified financial statements and risk factors. On July 18, consistent with the mandate under the Act, the SEC issued a final rule amending Section (e) of Rule 701 to increase the threshold for providing enhanced disclosure from $5 million to $10 million (subject to inflation adjustment every five years).
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On November 30, the National Futures Association (NFA) submitted proposed amendments to NFA Registration Rule 802 to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The amendment is intended to ensure the language of Rule 802 is consistent with that in recently amended registration forms. Specifically, the amendments reflect changes in the language of Forms 7-R; 8-R; and 3-R.
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On March 8, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt amendments to the qualification and registration requirements for associated persons. The proposed rule change restructures the current qualification examinations, creates a general knowledge examination and specialized knowledge examinations, and revises the continuing education requirements.