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FINRA Exec Lays Out FINRA’s Enforcement Agenda

On October 24, 2012, Susan Axelrod (FINRA’s executive vice president, member regulation sales practice) spoke at PLI’s seminar for broker-dealer regulation and enforcement. Broker-dealers and registered representatives should take note because FINRA’s enforcement agenda was…
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FINRA Provides Guidance for Supervisory Review of Email

FINRA recently released an Acceptance, Waiver and Consent signed by Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. (FINRA Matter No. 2010023096302). The AWC is instructive because it speaks to supervisory review of electronic correspondence and should be considered…
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Fidelity Wins Against Morgan Stanley in a Non-Protocol Solicitation Case

In¬†Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and Brian Wilder(FINRA Arbitration No. 11-03937), a FINRA arbitration panel found against respondents and annexed a 25 page Arbitrators’ Report to the Award which excoriated…
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FINRA Arbitrators Start Getting Tough With Discovery Abuses

Two recent FINRA arbitration awards highlight increased focus by FINRA arbitrators concerning discovery abuses by litigants. FINRA’s rules require cooperation of the parties in discovery (Rule 12505) and specifically empower the arbitrators to issue sanctions…
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FINRA DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS – JUNE 2012 UPDATE

FINRA issued its summary of disciplinary actions reported for June 2012. Certain actions are noteworthy and are indicative of regulatory trends effecting broker-dealers and registered representatives. Herskovits PLLC comments on the following regulatory actions: Net…
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Are You Making “Suitable” Recommendations?

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) views its mandate as investor protection and as such, they have given notice that a new suitability rule, Rule 2111, will go into effect on July 9, 2012. As…
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Regulators probe bank’s role in Facebook IPO

Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that shepherded Facebook through its highly publicized stock offering last week, selectively informed clients of an analyst’s negative report about the company before the stock started…
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NY top court weighs claim from investment

French investors urged New York’s top court on Wednesday to reinstate their lawsuit over losing $43 million out of $50 million they put into two structured investment vehicles. The investors claim Barclays Bank, Standard &…
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