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A Forgettable Year for Small Business Ends with Memorable Changes to SEC Regs for Exempt Offerings

In general, small businesses tend to be more vulnerable in an economic downturn because they lack the financial cushion many larger companies have. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913, large businesses have benefited from a more favorable regulatory framework and from liquidity backstops that the Fed has used to fortify weakness in financial markets.

Integral Factors for Your Firm's Mock SEC Examination

When the SEC, FINRA or State Regulators come knocking, you want your firm to be prepared and Jacko Law Group can make sure you are.

SEC Charges San Antonio CEO with Defrauding Investors Including First-Responders

On July 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced it was bringing charges against San Antonio-based CEO, Victor Lee Farias, and his firm, Integrity Aviation & Leasing (“IAL”), for defrauding investors, including police officers and other first-responders, out of approximately $14 million.

ICO To Return $25 Million to Investors

On May 28, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that San Jose-based block chain services firm BitClave PTE Ltd. (“BitClave”) agreed to settle charges related to an unregistered initial coin offering (“ICO”) of digital asset securities.

SEC Charges Morgan Stanley Smith Barney with Providing Misleading Information to Retail Clients

On May 12, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (“MSSB”) agreed to settle charges that it provided misleading information regarding transaction costs and services to retail clients in its wrap program for the period from 2012 to 2017.

FINRA’s Senior Help Line: Celebrating 5 Years of Providing Protection

On April 30, 2020, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Senior Help Line (the “Help Line”). The Help Line is a critical tool in FINRA’s initiative to combat financial exploitation of seniors and other vulnerable populations.

Internal Control Failures Cost MetLife $10 million in SEC Settlement

MetLife, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $10 million in order to settle charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that it violated the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the federal securities laws.

Another Technology Company Settles SEC Charges Over ICO Violations

Blockchain of Things (“BCOT”), a technology company, has agreed to settle charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for conducting an initial coin offering (ICO) without registering it as a securities offering or qualifying for any registration exemptions.  The settlement requires BCOT to agree to a cease and desist order, pay a $250,000 civil fine, return funds to any investors who file a request, and register the tokens as securities.

SEC Proposes Updated Definition of Accredited Investor, Qualified Institutional Buyer

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to propose amendments to its definition of an “accredited investor,” which, if approved, will allow more investors access to invest in private offering opportunities.

Inside the SEC’s Proposed New Rules for Financial Advisor Advertising

Advisory firms are encountering more competition than ever when it comes to building their client base. Many firms would make an additional spend on marketing and advertising strategies (including use of solicitors and social media to attract younger clients) but often are concerned about SEC regulatory scrutiny and limitations imposed on registrants.

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