Adopted SEC Rule 10b5-1 Amendments Increase MNPI Scrutiny

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted proposed amendments to Rule 10b5-1 to enhance disclosure requirements and investor protections against insider trading. According to the SEC release, "the final rules aim to strengthen investor protections concerning insider trading and to help shareholders understand when and how insiders are trading in securities for which they may at times have material nonpublic information."

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On-Demand Webinars on the Most Essential Compliance Topics

It’s been an eventful year in Financial Services risk and compliance across the globe. From record enforcement levels to market disruptions to evolving regulations around emerging risks like digital assets and crypto, developments have been coming at compliance professionals at a fast and furious pace.

To keep up with the latest regulatory developments and understand the practical impact on compliance, check out MCO's library of 2022 on-demand webinars for expert guidance viewed at your convenience.

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Record SEC Enforcement in 2022 Brings Steep Penalties for Misconduct

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said in a speech to the Practicing Law Institute that during the fiscal year that just ended on September 30, the agency filed over 700 actions and obtained judgments and orders totaling $6.4 billion, including $4 billion in civil penalties.

 The actions, outlined in a recent press release, covered a wide range of misconduct including charges around insider trading, disclosure failures and omissions, market manipulation and fraud, misleading investors, executive accountability, failure to maintain books and records, failure to register crypto as a security and insufficient policies and procedures. 

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Your SEC Examination Priorities Guide + the APAC Impact in 2023

For every registered firm with the SEC, it’s not a matter of if you’ll be examined but when. COVID-19 drove a necessity for the SEC to adapt its examination processes from traditionally in-person activities to remote. As a result, companies operating in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region must now be ready and able to support the SEC in its procedures.

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SEC Bulletin Highlights Need for Effective Conflicts Management

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released the staff bulletin Standards of Conduct for Broker-Dealers and Investment Adviser Conflicts of Interest to reiterate the required standards and obligations for broker-dealers under Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and for investment advisers the fiduciary duty standards under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

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