Morgan Lewis Title
published on:January 2008
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This outline highlights selected U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”), NASD, NYSE Regulation, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) enforcement actions and developments in 2007 regarding broker-dealers.
In the SEC’s fiscal year 2007 (stretching between October 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007), the Commission initiated 14% more enforcement actions (656) than in the prior year (574). The civil penalties and disgorgement obtained by the SEC in these matters, however, decreased 52% to $1.6 billion from $3.3 billion in fiscal year 2006. In fact, an analysis of SEC settlements involving financial institutions over the last four Commission fiscal years reveals a significant increase in the imposition of relatively small fines and a dramatic decline in the number of large sanctions.
Specifically focusing on enforcement actions against broker-dealers, in fiscal year 2007 the Commission brought 89 such cases versus 75 last year. This represents 14% of the SEC’s docket, a slight increase from 13% in fiscal year 2006. These figures are significantly down from fiscal year 2004 when 22% of the SEC’s cases involved broker-dealers.
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