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Jennifer Connors is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Financial Regulation and Enforcement Practice Group. She represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, alternative trading systems (ATSs), private fund managers, financial technology (FinTech) companies and other market participants on securities law and market regulation matters.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently published a request for information and comment on how broker-dealers and investment advisers use digital engagement practices (DEPs) — behavioral prompts, differential marketing, “gamification,” and other design elements and features that firms use to engage with retail investors through digital platforms and mobile applications.

A series of briefings that take a “bite-size” look at international trends in different jurisdictions, drawing on Baker McKenzie’s expert financial services practitioners.

This edition of Bite-size Briefings, a series of briefings that take a “bite-size” look at international trends in different jurisdictions, explores the regulation of crypto (or digital assets) and, in this context, the development of anti-money laundering (AML) supervision in the UK, the US, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore and Thailand.…

On 1 February 2021, FINRA issued its 2021 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (“FINRA Report”) and a bit more than a month later, the SEC’s recently renamed Division of Examinations issued its own 2021 Examination Priorities (“Exam Priorities”). Each of these documents is quite long, with the FINRA report at 44 pages and the Exam Priorities document at 36 pages, and although there are some differences in focus and scope, we did find some common themes, which we have chosen to highlight in what we hope will be a helpful summary.

Join Baker McKenzie regulatory and enforcement practitioners as we navigate this uncertain time and work together through the challenges ahead. We offer practical advice and real-time analysis of the changing landscape across the United States, Europe and Asia. Inform Global Discussion Series The New Framework for Investment Adviser Marketing June…

Join Baker McKenzie regulatory and enforcement practitioners as we navigate this uncertain time and work together through the challenges ahead. We offer practical advice and real-time analysis of the changing landscape across the United States, Europe and Asia. Webinar Series: The New Framework for Investment Adviser Marketing In this 4-part…

The SEC recently adopted amendments that dramatically reshape the rules governing investment adviser marketing by creating a single rule (“Marketing Rule”) for investment adviser advertising and referral arrangements. The new approach is an elegant solution designed to fulfill the SEC staff’s objective of retaining a principles-based framework while modernizing the rule to remain flexible to accommodate evolving technologies such as social media. The Marketing Rule is effective within 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, but advisers have 18 months to transition to the new requirements. 

In a significant regulatory action, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed to issue an order granting certain “finders” a conditional exemption from broker-dealer registration in connection with capital raising activities in private markets (“Finders Proposal”). The Finders Proposal seeks to address the long-standing regulatory uncertainty surrounding the status of intermediaries in the private capital-raising markets and to encourage investment in small businesses, which disproportionally rely on finders to locate capital. The proposed exemption would allow natural persons to engage in certain limited activities involving accredited investors without registering with the SEC as brokers under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”).

SEC 2020: Expect SEC Enforcement to Cast Wide Net on Corporate Disclosure This is the second installment in our series of year-end analyses of the year in securities regulation and enforcement. Based on our ongoing analysis of SEC enforcement actions in 2019, we expect the SEC’s Division of Enforcement to…