The die is cast: FINRA has published Regulatory Notice 24-02 (RN 24-02) announcing the effective dates and other key dates and considerations for its recently adopted Residential Supervisory Location (RSL) and Remote Inspection Pilot Program (Pilot Program) rulemakings, to be codified as FINRA Rules 3110.19 and 3110.18, respectively. Together, these rules will offer FINRA member firms additional flexibility in how they structure certain aspects of their supervisory system following the sunsetting of related COVID-19 relief.
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LATEST REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING
THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY
THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY
On December 13, 2023, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rule amendments (Treasury Clearing Rules) designed to improve risk management in clearance and settlement and to facilitate additional central clearing for the US treasury market.
At its next open meeting on December 13, 2023, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to adopt rules (the Treasury Clearing Rules) to improve risk management in clearance and settlement and facilitate additional central clearing for the US treasury market. More specifically, the SEC is scheduled to consider whether to adopt amendments to the standards applicable to covered clearing agencies for US Treasury securities regarding their membership requirements and risk management.
Financial services is perhaps the most regulated industry in the world, and the intersection between financial services, technology, and law remains a complicated and evolving space. A team of Morgan Lewis lawyers recently attended the 2023 Money 20/20 conference and previewed some major themes and trends that the industry can expect in 2024.
On October 13, 2023, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Rule 10c-1a requiring the reporting and dissemination of certain details regarding securities lending transactions.
The House Committee on Financial Services passed the Improving Disclosure for Investors Bill of 2023 on April 26, 2023 with bipartisan support. If passed by Congress and signed into law, the bill could alter the regulatory landscape for electronic delivery (e-delivery) by US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registrants by eliminating the requirement to obtain an investor’s affirmative consent for e-delivery and allowing firms to implement a notice and optout approach to implementing e-delivery.
In the continuation of our new blog series highlighting recent developments in the digital asset space, this post details continued action policy and enforcement actions by US regulators.
The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance recently posted new compliance and disclosure interpretations concluding that any registered broker-dealer acting as an authorized participant (AP) for any ActiveShares exchange-traded fund (ETF) may rely on the Commission’s disaggregation guidance to separately report ownership of securities acquired in a confidential brokerage account (Confidential Account) with a nonaffiliated brokerage firm (AP Representative), for the benefit of the AP.
On December 14, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a fundamental restructuring of the US equity markets in the form of two rule amendments and one new rule proposal (the Equity Market Proposals). In addition, the SEC proposed new Regulation Best Execution (Proposed Regulation Best Ex) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). The comment period for each rule proposal will remain open until the later of March 31, 2023, or 60 days after the applicable proposing release is published in the Federal Register.
Just shy of a month since FTX declared bankruptcy, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Corporation Finance (Division or staff) published informal guidance on how public companies could be asked to address the possible impact of financial distress in the cryptoasset market. The guidance includes a “sample” crypto-specific comment letter focused on disclosure that public companies should consider providing in filings made under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), as applicable.