New Podcast: Resolving Operational Issues Uncovered During Acquisitions and Transformations

Trying to resolve issues and improve operational efficiency by aligning people and technology can lead to unexpected problems and mixed results. Whether your firm leadership wants to evaluate how the firm is running, the firm has recently undergone a merger or acquisition or is experiencing errors, losses or attrition, an Operational Assessment can increase efficiency, save your… READ MORE

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose – Is a PPP Loan “Material?”

PPP loans, which are intended to support company payrolls during the COVID-19 shutdown, have been a source of great debate in the Registered Investment Advisor space.  Are they material?  If my RIA applies for and receives a loan, do we have to disclose it as a material event on our Form ADV Part 2A? The… READ MORE

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New Podcast: Conducting Remote Supervision in Your Transitioning Workplace

Regulators expect both offsite and onsite monitoring of offices and employees due to the heightened risk inherent in remote arrangements.  The work-at-home orders issued by the States in response to the pandemic have created supervision challenges for firms.  While some consider the present state the “new normal,” no one really knows how and when this… READ MORE

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Remote Supervision in the Pandemic World

The SEC and FINRA have long held that broker-dealers and investment advisers are required to supervise their employees’ conduct in order to prevent and detect violations of the securities laws.  Moreover, the regulators have emphasized that remote or offsite offices and employees require particularly vigilant supervision. Regulators expect both offsite and onsite monitoring of offices… READ MORE

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SIFMA and SROs Settle on CAT Reporter Agreement

In a surprising announcement, SIFMA and the Self-Regulatory Organizations (SROs) have reached a settlement on the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) Reporter Agreement.  This comes after SIFMA issued a statement last week from Industry Members in support of their accusation of improper SRO action based on Section 19(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Within… READ MORE

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New Podcast: Will There Be A Post-Pandemic Securities Litigation Wave?

When markets are volatile, history has shown us that there is often an increase in securities litigation,  In this week’s episode, Oyster’s General Counsel Patrick M. Dennis and Director Evan Rosser talk about past litigation trends in volatile markets and what they see coming as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the national economy and individual investments. Oyster… READ MORE

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Increases Expected in Pandemic-Related Securities Litigation

Recent webinars and articles have centered around the issues the securities industry will confront as a result of the pandemic and market turmoil.  We have compiled relevant information from those sources and added our own observations based on our previous experience. Based on past market downturns, firms can expect a wave of litigation stemming from… READ MORE

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