Independent Third-Party Reviews: An Important Tool in the Resolution of Regulatory Exams and Investigations

  An effective means to resolve an open examination or enforcement investigation is pursuant to a negotiated settlement with a regulator requiring the services of an independent third party (“ITP”) review. The goal of these reviews is to provide the regulator with a level of comfort to ensure future compliance by the firm. Regulatory settlement… READ MORE

FINRA Releases 2020 Exam Priorities Letter

On January 9, 2020, FINRA released its 2020 Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter.  While many of the priorities are continuations from previous years and all areas are important, the recent Letter pointed to some new or refined focus areas: Sales Practices Regulation Best Interest:  There are still many firms that have not started the… READ MORE

Broker-Dealer Consolidated Report Enforcement Actions

Are Your Internal Controls, Written Procedures and Supervisory Reviews Enough? If you have reviewed the enforcement actions filed by FINRA related to the use of consolidated reports by broker-dealers, you are probably wondering if you are doing enough to protect your firm.  Here is what you need to know to help make that determination. Consolidated… READ MORE