Newly Created “Capital Acquisition Broker” Rule Reduces Regulatory Burdens on Some Broker-Dealers

Lauren Mack Broker Dealer Registration, Compliance, FINRA, SEC

By Greg Caramenico and Lauren Mack On August 18th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (“FINRA”) rule that establishes less burdensome regulations for “Capital Acquisition Brokers” (“CABs”), which are a subclass of broker-dealers that engage only in limited activities. CABs can elect to be governed by the new rules by converting their current FINRA membership or by submitting a new …

Proposed FINRA Rule 5123: Enhanced Investor Protection or Unnecessary Regulatory Burden?

Simon Riveles Capital Introduction, FINRA Rule 5123, Hedge Funds, Private Placement, Third Party Marketing

Originally proposed on October 5, 2011, FINRA Rule 5123 (the “Rule”) would, if adopted, significantly increase the regulatory burden on certain issuers, such as private funds, and FINRA members involved in private placement of securities such as third party marketers, placement agents, solicitors and finders involved in private placements and may encourage issuers to rely on the services of unregistered intermediaries to facilitate introductions to …