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News Releases
  • FINRA Progress Report on FINRA360 Highlights Significant Changes

    One-year Report Lays out Changes through the Organizational Review

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today released a comprehensive progress report summarizing the significant operational and regulatory changes FINRA has made in the first year of its ongoing FINRA360 organizational review.



  • FINRA Names Timothy C. Scheve to Board of Governors

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has named Timothy C. Scheve, President and Chief Executive Officer of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, as a new Large Firm Governor on its Board of Governors. Scheve was appointed to complete the term of former Governor John W. Thiel, who left the Board earlier this year.



  • FINRA, BOX, Cboe, IEX, NASDAQ and NYSE Fine Instinet, LLC for Market Access Rule Violations

    WASHINGTON – Instinet, LLC has been censured and fined a total of $1.575 million for violations of various provisions of Rule 15c3-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (known as the Market Access Rule) and related exchange supervisory rules. The action was taken by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), along with BOX Options Exchange LLC (BOX); the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Investors Exchange LLC (IEX); The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; the New York Stock Exchange; and certain of their affiliated Exchanges (collectively, “Exchanges”).



  • Bari Havlik Joins FINRA as Executive Vice President, Member Supervision

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has named Bari Havlik as Executive Vice President for Member Supervision. In that capacity, Havlik will be responsible principally for leading FINRA’s Member Regulation program, which includes surveillance and examination programs for member firms. She will replace Susan Axelrod, who is leaving FINRA after 28 years of service, and will report directly to FINRA CEO Robert Cook. Havlik will start on April 30.



  • FINRA Helps Consumers Assess Risks of Using Data Aggregators to Organize Personal Finances

    Sharing Sensitive Information Can Pose Potential Privacy and Security Risks

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today issued an Investor Alert to help consumers consider the risks of sharing personal financial account information and other sensitive information with data aggregators.



  • FINRA Fines Aegis Capital Corp. $550,000 for Anti-Money Laundering and Supervision Rule Violations

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has fined Aegis Capital Corp. $550,000 for failing to have adequate supervisory and anti-money laundering (AML) programs tailored to detect "red flags" or suspicious activity connected to its sale of low-priced securities.



  • Across Generations, Women Trail Men in Financial Knowledge – but the Gap May Be Closing

    WASHINGTON — Women consistently lag behind men on financial and investor literacy scores across generations of boomers, gen Xers and millennials, according to a multi-year study by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

    In 2015, the gap in financial literacy between boomer men and women was 19 percent, and for gen Xers 18 percent. But for millennials, it was only 10 percent.



  • Report from FINRA Board of Governors Meeting – March 2018

    WASHINGTON — FINRA’s Board of Governors held its first meeting of 2018 on March 7-8 in New York, where it approved two new rule proposals and FINRA’s 2018 corporate goals, as well as reviewed the progress of the ongoing FINRA360 organizational improvement initiative introduced nearly one year ago.



  • FINRA Foundation Seeks Applicants for Military Spouse Fellowship

    Fellows Provide Military Service Members and Their Families with Financial Counseling and Education Services While Earning Professional AFC® Credential

    WASHINGTON — Starting today, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship is accepting applications for its 2018 class of financial Fellows — a unique program designed to increase the financial capability of U.S. service members and their families.



  • FINRA Warns Investors of 'Regulator' Imposter Scams

    Con Artists Posing as FINRA CEO ‘Guarantee’ Fraudulent Investments

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today issued an Investor Alert warning investors to beware of financial scams in which con artists are posing as regulators to make fraudulent investment pitches.



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Communiques

2018 - Are you ready for your next SEC exam?

The pool of registered investment advisers that will be subject to an SEC exam in 2018 is at the highest level seen in years. The SEC projects it will examine... read more »

Navigating the Changes to Form ADV

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted numerous substantive and technical amendments to Form ADV. While the adopting release required advisers to begin complying with the... read more »

Overlooked Benefits of E&O/D&O

While asset managers should always be aware of the protections provided by their E&O/ D&O coverage, there are more reasons than ever to think about it now. The SEC continues to... read more »

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 »

Events

Webinar: 2018 SEC Exam Priorities & Recent Exam Highlights

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with us in person to discuss the topics that matter most to you. Tobin S. Cochran, Managing Member/President of Focus 1 Associates, LLC and...

Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable: Breakfast Briefing - February 7, 2018

When: February 7, 2018 Where: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 | 22nd Floor Boardroom | Phone: 212.885.5000 Schedule: 9:00-9:30am - Networking...

Upcoming Events - September & October 2017

Upcoming Events Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with us in person to discuss the topics that matter most to you. SEC3 is teaming up with industry experts in NYC to discuss...

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...