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FINRA’s Top 5 Enforcement Action Sanctions Of 2015

In 2015 alone, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) brought more than 1,510 disciplinary actions, charged $95.1 million in fines and ordered $96.6 million in restitution payments. 
Those violations resulting in the largest fines and monetary sanctions imposed in 2015...



Avoiding Emerging Cybersecurity Whistleblower Pitfalls

Avoiding Emerging Cybersecurity Whistleblower Pitfalls

Securities law violations are a major focus of regulatory compliance programs across the industry. Yet not all organizations realize the threat cybersecurity breaches pose to company viability. A new breed of corporate whistleblower is cropping up among marketplace professionals – the...

SEC Announces Record Enforcement Actions for FY2016

SEC Announces Record Enforcement Actions for FY2016

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its fiscal year 2016 (FY2016) enforcement results, reporting collections totaling over $4 billion in disgorgement and penalties out of a record 868 enforcement actions against executives, companies and...



FINRA Identifies "Red Flags" for AML Compliance

FINRA Identifies "Red Flags" for AML Compliance

FINRA recently entered into a settlement with Gar Wood Securities LLC (the "AWC") concerning allegations that Gar Wood facilitated the sale of restricted securities in violation of the Section 5 of the 1933 Act, and the Firm failed to identify "suspicious" activity in a customer's account that...

4th Circuit Further Defines A "Customer" Under FINRA Arbitration Rules

4th Circuit Further Defines A "Customer" Under FINRA Arbitration Rules

Following its broad ruling in UBS Financial Services v. Carilion Clinic, 706 F.3d 319 (4th Cir. 2013), the 4th Circuit has issued two recent decisions that somewhat lessen the impact of the UBS holding. In UBS, the court held that a customer of a FINRA firm is anyone "not a broker or dealer, who...

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