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Massachusetts Securities Division issues emergency notice easing filing requirements for securities filings

State Issues Covid-19 Massachusetts Fintech ESIGN Notary

State Issues

On June 29, the Massachusetts Securities Division issued an emergency notice providing temporary relief from signature and notarization requirements in corporate finance filings, and from certain additional requirements relating to the registration of financial professionals. Specifically, the division will not require manual signatures or notarizations for securities applications and securities notice filings, among others, and will instead accept (i) evidence of electronic signatures or (ii) copies of signed documents. With respect to certain financial professionals, the division has also provided relief relating to (i) physical signatures required on Forms U4, (ii) the submission of Criminal Offender Record Information forms in connection with an application for registration, and (iii) annual update filings and document delivery requirements.

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