SEC Exam Priorities – Regulatory Focus in 2019

  The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2019 Examination Priorities on December 20, 2018. While most of the topics are familiar, there are a few new items of note. OCIE has divided its priorities into four categories:     Retail Investors, Including Seniors and Those Saving for Retirement OCIE will… READ MORE

Oyster Consulting (Bermuda) Enacts Changes to Board Leadership

Robert Hall assumes position of Chairman of the Board; Brian R. Hall, OBE transitions to Chairman Emeritus Brian R. Hall, OBE, former Chairman of the Board of Oyster Consulting (Bermuda) Ltd., has become Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Hall served as Chairman of the Board since the company’s inception. His son, B. Robert Hall (Rob), a Founding… READ MORE

Digital Assets – Are You Ready?

The securities and futures industries have a long history of creating, distributing, and trading new and innovative products and asset classes. Innovation is not without risk and successful firms have typically introduced disciplined processes to achieve compliance within existing regulations, even when there are gray areas. For broker-dealers, the suitability rule (2111) is the guiding… READ MORE

Blockchain Technology – Transforming Global Business Activities

For most people the term ‘blockchain’ is synonymous to ‘cryptocurrency,’ largely due to media coverage of the wild value fluctuations of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and block.one’s recent Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its token, EOS. But they are very distinct, and blockchain technology could be the far more important of the two. Once you understand… READ MORE

Digital Assets and State Regulatory Challenges

One of the challenges for firms regulated by states is the state’s autonomy to both draft and enforce their own laws It is important to be aware of the regulations in any states where you may be conducting business, including the offer or sale of digital assets. A review of state regulations reveals one common… READ MORE