Buckley advises broker-dealers and investment advisers on the full spectrum of compliance and regulatory issues affecting their operations. We counsel broker-dealers on issues that arise in dealing with clients, the public, investment advisers, hedge funds, mutual funds, and banks. Our team helps determine whether certain activities require registration under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, whether certain affiliated lender and depository institution cross-sell programs (including the marketing of residential mortgage loans) require state licensure or federal registration, as well as assist with structuring such programs. We draft policies and procedures pertaining to privacy, data security, and anti-money laundering (AML). We also analyze sales practices pertaining to mutual funds and variable annuities, and draft disclosure documents and customer and third-party agreements.
We counsel investment advisers on meeting their federal and state compliance and regulatory obligations and on the full array of banking rules and regulations that govern advisers affiliated or doing business with banks. We also help our clients to determine whether certain activities, such as receiving compensation for referrals, require registration under the Advisers Act or state law.
In addition to providing regulatory and compliance advice, we also assist clients in preparing for and responding to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and stock exchange document requests, examinations, inquiries, and enforcement proceedings.
The prevalence of wholesale mortgage brokers has fluctuated dramatically in the past two decades, peaking in the mid-to-late 2000s due to high homebuyer demand and a comparatively lax regulatory environment, and crashing with the housing market and subsequent financial crisis. The massive overhaul...C-Suite Review
On December 9, the SEC announced a settlement with a broker to resolve allegations concerning the improper handling of pre-released American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), or “U.S. securities that represent foreign shares of a foreign company.” The SEC noted in its press release that ADRs can be pre-...InfoBytes
Thomas A. Sporkin quoted in S&P Global article, “How OTC Markets fights stock fraud enabled by 'fake news'”
Thomas A. Sporkin was quoted on August 7, 2018 in a S&P Global article, “How OTC Markets fights stock fraud enabled by 'fake news,'” which focused on the new twist on pump-and-dump schemes that includes stock promoters, corrupt executives, or criminals using websites to inflate stock prices...In The News
On May 1, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut dismissed a malpractice suit brought against a Connecticut-based law firm for allegedly inducing a Boston-based mortgage/mezzanine lender and its Delaware-based trustee (plaintiffs) to enter into a contract resulting in a loss of...InfoBytes
Global Securities Firm Agrees to Pay Million Dollar Penalty Related to Alleged Securities Fraud Scheme
On October 26, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced a non-prosecution agreement between the office and a global securities firm. The resolution was a result of a government investigation, which concluded that the firm perpetrated a scheme to defraud its customers in...InfoBytes
On June 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) entered into non-prosecution agreements with three futures traders who admitted to engaging in “spoofing” in the U.S. Treasury futures market between 2011 and 2012 (see non-prosecution agreements here , here , and here ). Spoofing involves...InfoBytes
Thomas A. Sporkin was quoted on May 15, 2017 in The New Yorker article, “The Watchdogs Keeping Wall Street in Check.” The article discussed the reality and expectations of compliance officers and stated, “Compliance officers are supposed to keep banks, hedge funds, and other companies out of...In The News
On March 17, GOP members of the House Financial Services Committee sent a letter to Acting Labor Secretary Ed Hugler expressing their support for the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposal to delay the implementation of its Fiduciary Rule from April 10 until June 9. The letter asserts, among other...InfoBytes
White House Calls for “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”; OMB Sends Guidance Memorandum to Heads of Departments and Agencies
On February 24, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the “head of each agency” to establish a “Regulatory Reform Task Force,” led by a designated “Regulatory Reform Officer,” who is responsible for reviewing existing regulations and making “recommendations to the agency head...InfoBytes
Tom Sporkin Quoted In Bloomberg Article, "FXCM to Forgive Majority of Clients Who Incurred Negative Balances "
Tom Sporkin was quoted in Zeke Faux and Silla Brush's Bloomberg article, "FXCM to Forgive Majority of Clients Who Incurred Negative Balances," on January 28, 2015. Brokerages usually try to get their money back in such situations, said Thomas Sporkin, a securities lawyer at Buckley Sandler LLP in...In The News
Buckley Sandler to Expand Criminal & Civil Enforcement Practices with Addition of Thomas A. Sporkin, Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence at the SEC
WASHINGTON / NEW YORK (May 31, 2012) – Buckley Sandler LLP , a nationally recognized financial services and criminal and civil enforcement defense law firm with offices in Washington, Los Angeles and New York, announced today that Thomas A. Sporkin, Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence (OMI)...In The News