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Bates News  |  05-09-22

Bates Group Expands its MSB, Fintech and Cryptocurrency Practice with Michael Lindemann and Edel Gonzalez - Focusing on AML, Compliance, MSB and MTL & Renewals

Bates Group welcomes Michael Lindemann, Director and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and Edel Gonzalez, Senior Consultant and Licensing & Compliance Specialist, to our MSB, FinTech and Cryptocurrency Practice. 

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Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  05-05-22

SEC Exams Division Warns Firms to Tighten Up Compliance on the Misuse of Material Non-Public Information

On April 26, 2022, the SEC Division of Examinations urged investment advisers to revisit their compliance policies, practices, and procedures concerning the misuse of non-public information (MNPI). In the Risk Alert, the SEC (i) reviewed the applicable Investment Adviser Act rules and ethical code considerations and (ii) described compliance deficiencies observed by the Division during its recent examinations.

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Bates Research  |  04-28-22

SEC Spotlight: New Cybersecurity Rules Heading Your Way

As part of SEC Chair Gary Gensler's ambitious cybersecurity agenda, the SEC has proposed rules and and made strides to address a number of its 2022 priorities. In a January 2022 speech before the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Chair Gensler listed four targets for revised regulatory policy: (i) SEC registrants; (ii) public companies; (iii) service providers that work with SEC registrants; and (iv) the SEC itself. To date, he has moved the ball forward on the first two of these targets, and his most recent announcements suggest more to come. In this article, we review the recent SEC rule proposals and look at the most recent developments. 

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Events  |  04-28-22

Bates is a Proud Sponsor of the 2022 SWIFS Spring Symposium, May 3, 2022

Bates is proud to sponsor the SWIFS 2022 Spring Symposium, May 3, 2022 at Raymond James headquarters in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Events  |  04-21-22

Bates Compliance’s Rhonda Davis and Hank Sanchez to Speak at FMA’s 2022 Securities Compliance Virtual Seminar on “Crypto and Digital Assets - AML and BSA/OFAC Fraud Implications.”

Bates Compliance Managing Directors Rhonda Davis and Hank Sanchez will be speaking at the Financial Market Association's 2022 Securities Compliance Virtual Seminar, March 5-6, 2022. This 2-day virtual event focuses on current compliance topics, new rules or interpretations and regulatory initiatives for financial institutions and their affiliated broker dealers.

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Events  |  04-21-22

Visit Bates at the 2022 FINRA Annual Conference, Booth #8, in person or virtually May 16-18, 2022. We’re a Proud Sponsor.

Bates Compliance is proud to return as a sponsor of the 2022 FINRA Annual Conference, May 16th-18th, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Join us in person at booth #8 or virtually to discuss the issues that matter most for the financial services industry.

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Events  |  04-21-22

Meet Bates Compliance Managing Director Hank Sanchez at the SIFMA 2022 Operations Conference & Exhibition, May 16-19, 2022

Meet Bates Compliance Managing Director Hank Sanchez at the SIFMA 2022 Operations Conference & Exhibition, May 16-19, 2022 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix. The SIFMA OPS conference gathers operations, technology and regulatory leaders from across the securities industry to discuss the most critical priorities.

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Events  |  04-21-22

Join Bates at SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crimes Conference - Booth #14

Bates Group is a proud sponsor of SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crimes Conference, May 25-26, 2022 in New York City. Visit Bates at booth #14 and speak with our representatives about your AML, Compliance, BSA, Crypto and Digital Currency AML needs.

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Bates Research  |  04-14-22

SEC 2022 Exam Priorities and Chart: Retail Investor Protection, Private Funds, ESG, Cybersecurity and Crypto-Assets Top this Year’s List

In its annual priorities report, the SEC Examinations Division focused on areas of “heightened risk to investors, registrants and the markets.” The priorities list serves as both a reflection of new and evolving threats, and as a reminder for firms to address compliance gaps or deficiencies the Division observed over the past fiscal year. In this article, Bates reviews the report in detail as we adapt our own annual summary Chart to track the SEC's evolving priorities.

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Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  04-12-22

SEC Proposes New Disclosure Rules on Climate Change

In a broad new rule proposal, the Securities and Exchange Commission would require both domestic and foreign registrants to provide climate-related information in their filings and periodic reports. The deadline for comments is May 20, 2022. Read the full alert for details.

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