Two US Senators recently demanded that FINRA explain how it plans to minimize the high rate of brokers who are involved in criminal activity or have been the subject of customer complaints. Clearly Senators Warren and Cotton are not familiar with how the FINRA U-4 and U-5 process works. In addition, they are probably not… Continue Reading
Investment advisers should take note, as there has been an announcement of a new rule which might affect them. More specifically, any investment advisers that: (1) act solely as advisers to one or more venture capital funds; (2) are exempt from the registration requirements under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940; and (3) comply with… Continue Reading
Martin Shkreli, the controversial CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals, and his attorney were indicted in an alleged securities fraud scheme. On December 14, 2015, a grand jury paneled in Brooklyn, New York, returned a seven-count indictment against Martin Shkreli. Mr. Shkreli is charged with seven counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. His attorney, Evan L. Greebel… Continue Reading
Introduction On December 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rule governing transaction-based payments to unregistered persons. The new FINRA rule—Rule 2040—became effective on August 24, 2015. If you are a FINRA-registered broker-dealer that currently pays an unregistered person, now is a perfect time to examine… Continue Reading
Shareholder Thomas D. Giachetti, Chair of the Securities Practice Group, authored the article SEC Clarifies RIAs’ Cybersecurity Obligations, which was published in the November issue of Investment Advisor. The article explains how the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent cybersecurity focus will affect RIAs. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections & Examinations (OCIE) released a… Continue Reading
On June 19, 2015, real estate developers have a new avenue for raising funds. They no longer have to knock on banks doors and pay interest and provide personal guarantees, sign commercial documents pledging their homes, real estate or their business equipment, comply with Regulation D and Rule 506, or use their own finances. They… Continue Reading
Employers Must Exercise Caution When Drafting Settlement Agreements that Could Violate SEC Rule 21F-17(a) and Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Whistleblowers Anti-Retaliation Provisions
Brian A. Carlis, Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Securities Arbitration Group, was featured in the article, “Few RIAs Accept Finra Invitation,” published in the Wall Street Journal on May 29, 2013.
On April 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission jointly adopted and announced new identity theft red flag regulations, which are being imposed pursuant to their respective authority under Dodd-Frank Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
In July 2012 Netflix, Inc. (“Netflix”) Chief Executive Officer, Reed Hastings, posted a seemingly innocuous statement to his personal Facebook page:
Congrats to Ted Sarandos, and his amazing content licensing team. Netflix monthly viewing exceeded 1 billion hours for the first time ever in June. When House of Cards and Arrested Development debut, we’ll blow these records away. Keep going, Ted, we need even more!