FINRA Streamlines Representative Qualification Exams

FINRA is restructuring its Representative level qualification exams (e.g., Series 7 and 79) to eliminate the redundancies that currently exist in the examination process. Beginning October 1, 2018, new representatives will need to take a new exam, the Security Industry Essentials (SIE) exam.  In addition, new representatives will need to take a top-off exam in… READ MORE

Act Now – FINOP Changes Required October 1

FINRA is changing its registration requirements for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs).  The new registration rules take effect October 1, 2018. It is more than just a title change.  The requirement for certain firms to have a CFO/COO (requiring Series 27/28 licensing) is being applied to ALL firms, and the registration… READ MORE

Need an Expert Witness? Here’s What to Look For

Selecting the right expert witness can affect the duration and outcome of your case.  In addition to providing testimony, expert witnesses can help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case before it ever goes to trial, review deposition testimony of fact witnesses, account statements, client agreements and procedures, and provide rebuttal reports. Attributes… READ MORE

Regulatory Actions – ICOs and Digital Trading

Regulators in the digital asset space are focusing a significant amount of attention to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and digital asset trading.  Their activities have included addressing the lack of transparency of exchanges that trade digital assets, jurisdictional issues, and the need to consider registration or qualifying for an exemption for ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investments…. READ MORE

Former Robert W. Baird Director Joins Oyster Consulting

Financial Services consulting firm responds to industry need for strategic clearing, operations management Oyster Consulting announced today that Mary Jane Phillips joins the firm as an Associate Director, expanding Oyster’s Strategic Management and Operations and Technology practices. The move increases the firm’s ability to help broker-dealers and investment advisors optimize operations, automate processes, explore clearing… READ MORE

As Arbitration Cases Increase Expert Witness Demand Rises

The number of FINRA arbitrations continues to rise, with a 40% increase in new arbitrations in the last year, and a 29% increase from 2016. Of the thousands of cases filed each year the majority involve customer complaints. Because the matters in dispute often involve technical, industry-specific issues, the use of expert witnesses is increasingly… READ MORE