FinCEN 314(a)

FinCEN 314(a) Program FAQs

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a service driven by law enforcement agencies to coordinate with covered financial institutions to help locate financial assets and transactions by subjects of criminal investigations, such as tax fraud or money laundering investigations. FinCEN is also a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department. But did you know that FinCEN has multiple programs and broker-dealers are required to participate in the 314(a) program? Read More…

Annual Certification

Annual Certification of Compliance Processes

FINRA Rule 3130 serves as an annual requirement to focus on the firm’s overall compliance programs through purposeful interaction between executive members and compliance officers. You might be wondering how firms ensure compliance with this rule. In this blog, we will address some frequently asked questions related to the annual certification requirement and the surrounding process.

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Purchasing a Broker-Dealer

Benefits of Purchasing a Broker-Dealer

MasterCompliance has been assisting clients with the purchase or sale of broker-dealers and the related FINRA application process since 2003. At times, clients will come to us with the need for a broker-dealer, and often, the best way to accomplish that goal is to buy an existing broker-dealer. There are many benefits to purchasing an existing broker-dealer. We have years of experience and vast expertise in putting these deals together to benefit all parties involved.

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Starting a New Broker Dealer

Benefits of Starting a New Broker-Dealer

Since 2003, we have been assisting firms with starting new broker-dealers and the related registration process with the FINRA, SEC, and MSRB. Some of the types of broker-dealers that we have assisted in starting new firms include Investment Banking firms; Private Placement firms; Retail firms with clearing relationships; and Merger & Acquisition firms.

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April Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions by FINRA: April 2020

FINRA publishes a monthly review of disciplinary actions taken against both firms and individuals. These disciplinary actions are useful tools to look for trends in violations and other sanctions. These trends can assist you in identifying weak areas in your firm’s compliance programs or surveillance. Below is a list of a few key actions from last month.

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FINRA Conference Call Part 2

Highlights from FINRA Small Firm Conference Call: Part 2

Earlier this month, FINRA hosted a Small Firm Conference Call to discuss updates and implications of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you were not able to listen to the call live, a replay recording is available on demand. This recording provides and discusses many highlights noted in the FAQs Related to Coronavirus Pandemic.

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FINRA

Highlights from FINRA Small Firm Conference Call: Part 1

Earlier this month, FINRA hosted a Small Firm Conference Call to discuss updates and implications of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you were not able to listen to the call live, a replay recording is available on demand. This recording provides and discusses many highlights noted in FINRA’s FAQs Related to Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Supervision

Supervision Relief Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

FINRA Rule 3110 Supervision requires a firm to establish and maintain a system to supervise the activities of its associated persons. Furthermore, the supervisory process seeks to achieve compliance with the applicable securities laws and regulations and FINRA rules.

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AML and Suitability

AML and Suitability Challenges During COVID-19

FINRA Rule 3310 provides broker-dealer guidance on how to design, test, and enforce a firm’s Anti-Money Laundering Program (“AML”). One main element of AML is to “establish and implement policies and procedures that can be reasonably expected to detect and cause the reporting of transactions required under 31 U.S.C. 5318(g) and the implementing regulations thereunder.” FINRA Notice to Members 19-10 identified a key list of red flags that may be used to help identify suspicious activity in trading, money movements, insurance, and securities.

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