As the regulatory landscape is constantly evolving, Compliance Risk Concepts (“CRC”) is issuing its monthly […]
As the regulatory landscape is constantly evolving, Compliance Risk Concepts (“CRC”) is issuing its monthly review and summary of FINRA, SEC, and NFA notices and bulletins to assist our clients in keeping abreast of notable regulatory developments and deadlines in an effort to strengthen their compliance and regulatory initiatives.
There were no Regulatory Notices in April.
There were no Special Notices in April.
There were no final rules in April.
Per Release No. 34-97309, the SEC is reopening the comment period for its proposal (“Proposed Rules”) to amend the rule under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) that defines certain terms used in the statutory definition of “exchange.” The reopening provides supplemental information and economic analysis regarding trading systems that trade crypto asset securities that would be newly included in the definition of “exchange” under the Proposed Rules. The SEC is requesting further information and public comment on certain aspects of the Proposed Rules as applicable to all securities and the compliance dates and other alternatives for the Proposed Rules. The Proposed Rules were set forth in Release No. 34-94062 (“Proposing Release”), and the related comment period, which was reopened in Release No. 34-94868 on May 9, 2022, ended on June 13, 2022. The reopening of this comment period is intended to allow interested persons further opportunity to analyze and comment on the Proposed Rules in light of the supplemental information provided herein (“Reopening Release”).
Per Release No. 33-11180, the SEC is reopening the comment period for its proposal, Modernization of Beneficial Ownership Reporting, Release No. 33-11030, (Feb. 10, 2022) (“Proposing Release”). In the Proposing Release, the SEC proposed to amend certain rules that govern beneficial ownership reporting (“Proposed Amendments”). The Proposed Amendments would modernize the filing deadlines for initial and amended beneficial ownership reports filed on Schedules 13D and 13G. The Proposed Amendments also would deem holders of certain cash-settled derivative securities as beneficial owners of the reference equity securities and clarify the disclosure requirements of Schedule 13D with respect to derivative securities. In addition, the Proposed Amendments would clarify and affirm the operation of the beneficial ownership reporting rules as applied to two or more persons that form a group under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and provide new exemptions to permit such persons to communicate and consult with each other, jointly engage issuers, and execute certain transactions without being subject to regulation as a group. Finally, the Proposed Amendments would require that Schedules 13D and 13G be filed using a structured, machine-readable data language. The SEC is reopening the comment period to allow interested persons an opportunity to comment on the additional analysis and data contained in a staff memorandum that was added to the public comment file on April 28, 2023.
Interim Final Rules
There were no interim final rules in April.
There were no interpretive releases in April.
There were no policy statements in April.
There were no Notices to Members in April.
There were no NFA news releases in April.
Although the initial compliance date for the amended Rule 17a-4 (broker-dealer records rule) came and went on May 3, 2023, the new requirements and options with respect to books and records maintained on electronic recordkeeping systems should be an ongoing consideration for broker-dealers. If you need help evaluating your systems and program for compliance with the new requirements, please contact CRC.
Regulators continue to demonstrate their commitment to protecting investors by aggressively pursuing bad actors and reviewing and updating regulations to guard investors against constantly evolving threats.
The best approach to regulatory compliance is a proactive one. Staying ahead of the curve by taking note of statements and guidance released by regulators and using them as a barometer to assess the current regulatory climate can help ensure that a firm is prepared for a regulatory exam. Rather than scrambling to rectify issues or meet deadlines, a thorough, active compliance program that considers and incorporates regulatory developments is in a better position to satisfy regulators and preserve operations so they can best serve their clients.
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