FINRA Notice to Members 20-08

As mentioned last week FINRA has issued Notice to Members 20-08. Here are a few of the issues that it addresses. In Notice to Members 20-08 FINRA has granted relief to member firms as they try to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly is the ability to set up remote offices without having to make […]

Update Your Business Continuity Plan Today

Now is the time to pull out your Business Continuity Plan and read it. You need to make sure that all of the information is accurate. Have you changed the location of your offsite location? Have you changed the policy on people working from home? Is your communication tree up to date? If you do […]

FINDERS AND BROKERS: Who to pay?

Lately I have gotten a number of questions about raising capital for small companies. It usually starts with a question about someone who has good connections and believes that she can raise money for the company but wants to receive some type of compensation.

SEC Chair Asserts Authority Over the Staff

  SEC Chair, John Clayton, issued a statement on September 14, 2018, that on its face should not have caused any concern. We have always known that the Commission oversees the work of the staff and that an individual staff member cannot bind the Commission. We know that No-Action letters are not binding although we […]

Private Placement Brokers and Finders, Oh My

In October of 2016, the SEC approved FINRA rules allowing for the registration of limited purpose broker-dealers, called capital acquisition brokers or CABs (see my blog post on November 1, 2016). This set of rules came about from a No-Action letter issued the year before that granted a no-action position for a very limited exemption […]