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News Releases
  • FINRA Fines J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC $1.25 Million for Failing to Appropriately Fingerprint or Screen Its Employees

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today announced it has fined J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC $1.25 million for failing to conduct timely or adequate background checks on approximately 8,600, or 95 percent, of its non-registered associated persons from January 2009 through May 2017. 



  • FINRA Introduces New Functionality and Design to Fund Analyzer

    Investors can research and compare more than 30,000 products

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has introduced a new and improved Fund Analyzer tool to help investors and financial professionals understand the impact of fees and potentially discounts on mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, exchange-traded notes and money market funds.



  • FINRA Announces Enhancements to Advisory Committees to Increase Transparency, Improve Effectiveness

    Changes Are Part of Ongoing FINRA360 Initiative

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today announced several changes to its advisory committees to increase transparency around the committees and improve their effectiveness as a vehicle for firms to provide input on key issues before FINRA, including on existing and proposed rules.



  • FINRA Hearing Panel Bars Broker for Defrauding Elderly, Blind Customer

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that a FINRA extended hearing panel barred broker Hank Mark Werner of Northport, New York, for fraudulently churning and excessively trading the accounts of his customer – a blind, elderly widow – and for making unsuitable recommendations. The hearing panel also ordered Werner to pay more than $155,000 in restitution to the widow, fined him $80,000 and ordered disgorgement of more than $10,000 representing commissions received for recommending the purchase of an unsuitable variable annuity.



  • FINRA Foundation and Filene Research Institute Provide Free Resources to Help Credit Unions and Employers Launch Small-Dollar Loan Program to Support Employee Financial Wellness

    WASHINGTON — The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) and the Filene Research Institute (Filene) today announced the availability of free resources to help credit unions and employers with turn-key start-up of a small-dollar loan program designed to help workers avoid the high cost of alternative borrowing, establish or repair credit, and begin to save.

    The Employer-Sponsored Small-Dollar Loan (ESSDL) feasibility study, implementation guide, and customizable marketing materials are available for download at Filene.org/ESSDL.



  • FINRA EVP of Regulatory Operations Susan Axelrod Announces Departure

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that Susan F. Axelrod will leave FINRA for other opportunities in the private sector after 28 years of service at the organization and its predecessor, NYSE Regulation. Axelrod has served as FINRA’s Executive Vice President for Regulatory Operations since 2013, where she has been responsible for leading the Member Regulation program, the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence, Enforcement, and Shared Services.



  • FINRA Requests Comment on Arbitration Proposals

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today issued two Regulatory Notices requesting comment on two proposals related to its arbitration program: a proposal to expand the options available to investors when filing a claim in arbitration against an inactive firm or associated person, and a second proposal related to compensated non-attorney representatives that provide public investors an alternative to representation by attorneys in disputes between investors and broker-dealers. 



  • FINRA Orders Wells Fargo Broker-Dealers to Pay $3.4 Million in Restitution and Reminds Firms of Sales Practice Obligations for Volatility-Linked Products

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has ordered Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC to pay more than $3.4 million in restitution to affected customers for unsuitable recommendations of volatility-linked exchange-traded products (ETPs) and related supervisory failures. FINRA found that between July 1, 2010, and May 1, 2012, certain Wells Fargo registered representatives recommended volatility-linked ETPs without fully understanding their risks and features.



  • FINRA Receives SEC Approval to Streamline Competency Exams

    Rule Change Expands Entry Opportunities to the Securities Industry

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s rule proposal to streamline competency exams and expand opportunities for prospective securities professionals seeking to enter or re-enter the securities industry.

    FINRA today issued Regulatory Notice 17-30 announcing an Oct. 1, 2018, effective date for the rule change.



  • FINRA Promotes World Investor Week 2017

    Securities Regulators Around the World Are Shining a Spotlight on Investor Education and Protection

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today announced its participation in the first World Investor Week, Oct. 2-8, to increase awareness of investor education and protection tools and information.



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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

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...

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...