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FINRA board approves rule prohibiting conditioning settlements of customer disputes on a customer's agreement not to oppose expungement

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that its Board of Governors approved a rule proposal that would prohibit firms and associated persons from conditioning settlements of customer disputes on, or otherwise compensating customers for, an agreement not to oppose a request to expunge information from an associated person’s Central Registration Depository (CRD) record. […]

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SEC issues alert on Investment Adviser due diligence of alternative investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) today issued a Risk Alert on the due diligence processes that investment advisers use when they recommend or place clients’ assets in alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity funds, or funds of private funds.   The alert describes current industry trends […]

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3 with ties to Ponzi scheme charged

Three major associates of Nicholas Cosmo, the mastermind of a $400 million Ponzi scheme, were arraigned on an indictment Wednesday charging them with conspiracy, as well as mail, wire and securities fraud, officials said. The three — Jason Keryc, 34, of Wantagh; Anthony Ciccone, 39, of Locust Valley; and Diane Kaylor, 36, of Bethpage — […]

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Former broker ordered to pay $5.6 Million for insider trades

The Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a final judgment against a former registered representative who misappropriated material nonpublic information from his customer and used it to trade Burger King Holding, Inc.’s (“Burger King”) securities and tip others before the company’s September 2, 2010 announcement that it was being acquired by a New York private equity […]

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SEC charges former SAP employee with insider trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, on December 23, 2013, it charged David F. Marchand, of Campbell, California, a former Board Assistant to the Co-Chief Executive Officer of SAP AG, with unlawful insider trading in the securities of three issuers: SuccessFactors, Inc. (“SuccessFactors”), Ariba, Inc. (“Ariba”) and SAP AG (“SAP”). According to the SEC’s […]

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