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Broker-Dealer/Securities Firm Regulation

Our team covers a broad waterfront of issues facing global and national financial institutions engaged in securities transactions within the United States, including foreign and domestic banks, insurance companies, investment advisers and private fund managers. Our clients range from financial institutions specializing in investment banking to market leading clearing firms and prime brokers.

We have extensive experience counseling foreign and domestic financial institutions on issues related to their status as brokers and dealers and helping financial institutions to register with the SEC and to become members of Self Regulatory Organizations (SRO) such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). We also assist broker-dealers in developing and revising written compliance policies and supervisory procedures and conduct reviews of their supervisory systems.

We counsel U.S. and international financial institutions, investment advisers and broker-dealers on issues related to compliance with the SEC’s financial responsibility rules, including the Net Capital and Customer Protection Rules, recordkeeping requirements, and financial reporting rules. We also advise with respect to sales practice regulations including suitability, point-of-sale disclosures, gifts and entertainment practices, and compensation structures for representatives.

News & insights

Publications: 13 DECEMBER 2019

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update 29 November 2019 to 5 December 2019

Allen & Overy publish weekly updates on key regulatory topics affecting the financial services sector. 

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News: 10 DECEMBER 2019

Artificial intelligence is the most significant risk to businesses globally, according to directors

When asked about global risks affecting their businesses, nearly three fifths (58%) of directors stated that technological advances (artificial intelligence and machine learning) are the most significant threat. This is according to the seventh annual Directors’ Liability report by international law firm Allen & Overy, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global risk advisory and insurance broker.

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Publications: 09 DECEMBER 2019

New intervention powers granted to the CSSF for residential housing loans

In light of the continued growth of residential housing prices and the impact on household debt, the Luxembourg parliament adopted a new act on 4 December 20191 (the Act) to grant specific intervention powers to Luxembourg’s financial sector regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). In the event that developments in the Luxembourg real estate sector (potentially) threaten the stability of the national financial system, the CSSF is entitled by the Act to set the conditions upon which credit institutions, insurance undertakings and professionals carrying on lending operations, may grant loans relating to residential properties situated in Luxembourg.

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Publications: 04 DECEMBER 2019

IT and operational failures: financial services in the spotlight

There is unprecedented demand for and use of technology in the financial services sector.  However, greater reliance on technology brings with it increased levels of risk.  In particular, IT incidents and even brief disruptions to digital services may have a significant impact on clients and the markets.

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Recognition 

Implementing the Senior Managers and Certification regime

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Our Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) Working Group has been closely following the development and implementation of the SMCR since the FCA and the PRA first published their proposals in July 2014

Investigations Insight

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Focusing on the latest trends, risks and developments in business crime and financial services investigations