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News Releases
  • FINRA Launches Innovation Outreach Initiative

    Blockchain Symposium to Take Place in NYC on July 13

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has established an Innovation Outreach Initiative to foster an ongoing dialogue with the securities industry that will help FINRA better understand financial technology (fintech) innovations and their impact on the industry.



  • FINRA Issues Research on Securitized-Asset Liquidity

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Office of the Chief Economist today posted a new Research Note on liquidity in structured products, complementing an earlier report on corporate-bond liquidity.



  • FINRA Hearing Panel Bars Registered Representative for Failing to Disclose Private Securities Transactions Totaling $100 Million in EB-5 Investments

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that a FINRA hearing panel barred an Irvine, California-based registered representative, Jim Seol, for participating in private securities transactions, engaging in undisclosed outside business activities, and for making misrepresentations to his employer in compliance questionnaires. The hearing panel found that Seol sold $100 million in EB-5 investments promoted through his private business, Western Regional Center Incorporated (WRCI), yet failed to disclose this activity to his employing firm.



  • FINRA Bars Former Morgan Stanley Registered Representative for Using Nominee Accounts to Conceal $190 Million in Venezuelan Bond Trades

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has barred former Morgan Stanley Smith Barney registered representative John Batista Bocchino for concealing approximately $190 million in Venezuelan bond trades from the firm, which had restricted such trading due to the regulatory, anti-money laundering and reputational risks it posed. Instead, Bocchino continued to trade in Venezuelan bonds on behalf of his customers, but hid the trades from the firm by using several nominee accounts in the names of well-known U.S.



  • FINRA Offers Continuing Education Courses to CFP Professionals

    Nearly 60 E-Learning Classes Now Eligible for CE Credits Following CFP® Board Review

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in conjunction with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), announced today that the CFP Board has authorized continuing education credits (CE) for FINRA e-learning courses offered to all CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals, including those who are registered representatives with FINRA member firms.



  • Firms Elect Large-Firm Governor to FINRA Board of Governors

    WASHINGTON—The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced the results of voting that took place at its Special Meeting on May 19, 2017, to elect one Large-Firm Governor to the FINRA Board of Governors. Andrew S. Duff, Chairman and CEO of Piper Jaffray Companies, was elected as a Large-Firm Governor.

    “FINRA will benefit from Andrew’s industry knowledge in advancing our mission of protecting investors and ensuring the integrity of our markets,” said FINRA Chairman John J. Brennan. “We look forward to working with him.”



  • FINRA Reviews Rules on Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today requested comment on its rules governing outside business activities and private securities transactions as part of a new retrospective rule review. The review aligns with the ongoing FINRA360 initiative, a comprehensive review of the organization’s operations and programs.



  • FINRA Board Approves Proposals to Strengthen Controls on High-Risk Brokers

    Next Step in an Ongoing Program to Protect Investors

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors approved the next step in FINRA's ongoing initiative to strengthen controls on brokers with a history of significant past misconduct and to ensure greater accountability for firms that choose to employ high-risk brokers.



  • SEC, FINRA Announce National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers

    WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity, investing by seniors, and other regulatory topics of interest will be discussed when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) hold their National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers on July 27.



  • FINRA Statement on Confirmation of Walter J. "Jay" Clayton III as SEC Chairman

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Walter J. “Jay” Clayton III as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.



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SEC3 Newsletter

Commentary: How Compliance Officers & Firms Can Help Limit CCO Personal Liability This article originally appeared on the Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence subscription service for compliance and risk professionals and is... read more »

Wishing One-and-All a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

We hope each of you found some peace and tranquility in the company of loved ones this holiday season and want to wish one-and-all a happy, healthy and prosperous New... read more »

Understanding How to Mitigate Liability and Navigate Insurance Options (Part II)

In June, we shared our thoughts around common insurance gaps and insurance riders that CCOs as well as managers should understand. One of the gaps we shared related to pre-claim... read more »

Cybersecurity - What have we learned and what have we done?

Regulatory Landscape In April 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC's") Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update, identifying cybersecurity as a critical issue. Several regulators are in fact focusing... read more »

Gatekeepers in SEC Crosshairs

Ever since the enforcement cases were announced as part of the SEC’s “Operation Broken Gate,” the SEC enforcement division has continued to ramp up scrutiny of gatekeepers including third-party service... read more »

Anna M. Bencrowsky, CRCP, CMFS Joins SEC3

We are pleased to announce that Anna M. Bencrowsky, CRCP, CMFS has joined SEC3 as a Senior Consultant. Prior to joining SEC3, Anna held several executive compliance positions. Anna recently retired... read more »

Events

May 23, 2017 - Webcast: WannaCry Ransomware: Were You Really Protected or Just L…

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 | Schedule: 12pm - 1pm EST Who: Paul Caiazzo, CEO and Co-Founder, TruShield Security Solutions Michael Brice, Founder, BW Cyber Services John Lukan, Managing Director, SEC Compliance Consultants, Inc. We...

June 14, 2017 - Compliance Breakfast Briefing

8:30-9:00am - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:00-10:30am - Program Location: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP | 600 Travis Street | Suite 2310 | Houston, TX Barry Barbash from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP,...

June 13, 2017 - Compliance Breakfast Briefing

8:30-9:00am - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:00-10:30am - Program Location: Haynes and Boone, LLP | 2323 Victory Avenue | Suite 700 | Dallas, TX 75219 Validated parking is available in the garage attached...

May 31, 2017 - Chicago

9:00-9:30 a.m - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:30-11:00 a.m - Program Location: Baker & McKenzie LLP | 300 East Randolph Drive | Suite 5000 | Chicago, IL 60601 Kristin Gonzalez and Jerome Tomas...

May 17, 2017 (NYC WIMF)

This event is by invitation only. Please email info@seccc.com to learn more.

May 15, 2017 (NYC Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable)

9:00-9:30am - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:30-11:00am - Program Location: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 | 22nd Floor Boardroom | Phone:...

Webcast: The Most Insidious Cybersecurity Threat Is Also The Least Understood

When: Tuesday, April 25th | Schedule: 12pm - 1pm EST Who: Paul Caiazzo, CEO and Co-Founder, TruShield Security Solutions Michael Brice, Founder, BW Cyber Services John Lukan, Managing Director, SEC Compliance Consultants, Inc. Ransomware, the...

CCO Liability (Part III): Managing Liability Webinar

In this webinar, panelists discuss indemnifications and insurance as potential remedies to address the direct financial risks to a CCO. Attendees will learn: What terms and conditions should Chief Compliance Officers be...

Webinar: CCO Liability (Part III): Managing Liability: Navigating Indemnities an…

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Schedule: 11:00am ET / 10:00am CT / 9:00am MT / 8:00am PT / 7:00am AT Description of Webinar: The National Society of Compliance Professionals is pleased to host...

Webcast: SEC 2017 Examination Focus Area – Cybersecurity Testing

Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessments - Examining the SEC & FINRA Requirements When: Wednesday, January 25th | Schedule: 12pm - 1pm EST Who: Paul Caiazzo, CEO and Co-Founder, TruShield Security Solutions Michael Brice, Founder,...

Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable: Breakfast Briefing

When: October 20, 2016 Where: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 | 22nd Floor Boardroom | Phone: 212.885.5000 Thomas Westle and Janaya...

Practicing Law Institute - Hedge Fund Management 2016

When: September 15, 2016 Where: New York & concurrent webcast | 1177 Avenue of the Americas | New York, NY 10036 Schedule: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Janaya Moscony, President of SEC3 will...

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER ROUNDTABLE: BREAKFAST BRIEFING

When: April 13, 2016 Where: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 22nd Floor Boardroom Thomas Westle and Janaya Moscony, along with industry experts,...

COMPLIANCE SCIENCE SUMMIT 2015

When: November 17, 2015 Where: Convene Midtown East | 730 Third Avenue | New York, NY 10017 Janaya Moscony, President, SEC Compliance Consultants, Inc. will be moderating a...

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER ROUNDTABLE: BREAKFAST BRIEFING

When: October 13, 2015 Where: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 22nd Floor Boardroom Thomas Westle and Janaya Moscony, along with...