New FINRA Registration Categories Effective October 1st

In addition to the changes to its Principal Financial Officer and Principal Operations Officer designations, FINRA is establishing three new registration categories:  Compliance Officer, Investment Banking Principal, and Private Securities Offering Principal. These categories become effective October 1, 2018. All Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) on Schedule A of the Form BD will have the CCO… 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

FINRA Registration Reset

Last October, the SEC approved sweeping, new FINRA registration rules that consolidated and restricted existing NASD and NYSE registration rules.  The rules affected are FINRA Rules 1210, 1220, 1230, and 1240. The rules are effective October 1, 2018.  Over the next few weeks, Oyster will post blogs on the following topics to help you understand… READ MORE

The Custody Dilemma for Digital Assets

There are many questions that must be answered to understand the risks for broker-dealers and investment advisors who are considering a business mix that includes digital assets. Examples that hit at the core of how firms operate are custody for investment advisors and a similar topic of possession and control for broker-dealers. Unfortunately, for those… 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