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BCS Alert: FINRA’s Susan Schroeder Previews 2019 Enforcement Priorities

Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  11-30-18

BCS Alert: FINRA’s Susan Schroeder Previews 2019 Enforcement Priorities

At the November 2018 SIFMA C&L New York Regional Seminar, Susan Schroeder, FINRA’s Executive Vice President and Head of Enforcement, discussed some of FINRA’s enforcement priorities heading into 2019. You can expect these to be included when the official list comes out in January. Read the full alert to preview FINRA's 2019 priorities.

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Best Practices When Working with Expert Witnesses

Bates News, Bates Research  |  11-29-18

Best Practices When Working with Expert Witnesses

Your relationship with your consulting or testifying expert is a critical component to your case. Mastering best practices when working with an expert will better support your case.

We recently polled several of Bates’ financial industry experts, many of whom are former general counsels, branch managers and regulators, to summarize best practices when working with consulting and testifying experts. Here's what they had to say.

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Risk Alert: OCIE to Conduct Exams on Mutual Funds and ETFs, Review Oversight of Boards of Directors

Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  11-14-18

Risk Alert: OCIE to Conduct Exams on Mutual Funds and ETFs, Review Oversight of Boards of Directors

Staff members at the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a Risk Alert November 8th informing market participants that they will be conducting a series of examination initiatives on regulatory compliance of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. The OCIE listed and described the categories of funds and advisers for examination and highlighted certain areas for review.

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Bates Group Welcomes New Forensic Accounting Services Team

Bates News  |  11-13-18

Bates Group Welcomes New Forensic Accounting Services Team

Bates Group is proud to welcome our new Forensic Accounting team -- Forensic Accounting and Financial Crimes Director Christine Davis, CPA, CFF, CVA, CGMA, and Forensic Accounting Managing Consultant Leonore Ralston, CFE. The team will operate out of Bates' new San Francisco office.

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Bates Welcomes Our New Experts and Consultants

Bates News  |  11-09-18

Bates Welcomes Our New Experts and Consultants

Bates is proud to introduce four new experts and consultants: Jonathan A. Brogaard, Robert B. Spawn, Steven Sutherland, and Steven Valji.

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The Regulatory Landscape is Changing for Variable Annuity and Life Insurance Contracts

Bates News, Bates Research  |  11-08-18

The Regulatory Landscape is Changing for Variable Annuity and Life Insurance Contracts

Significant regulatory developments are taking place in the variable annuity and life insurance market that are intended to encourage investors to make more informed decisions about these financial products. Along with the SEC’s announcement of an extensive new rule proposal that would leverage technology and create a “layered disclosure approach” to variable annuities and life insurance contracts, the SEC Office of Investor Education (“OCIE”) issued a Bulletin that offers a basic primer on these instruments. This comes a week after state insurance regulators met to revise the NAIC “Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation.” Bates Research takes a closer look at these recent developments.

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Alert: OCIE Recommends IAs Review Compliance Procedures on Cash-Based 3rd-Party Client Solicitation

Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  11-02-18

Alert: OCIE Recommends IAs Review Compliance Procedures on Cash-Based 3rd-Party Client Solicitation

On October 31st, the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a Risk Alert informing investment advisers, investors and other market participants of the most common compliance deficiencies related to the so-called Cash Solicitation Rule (Investment Advisers Act, Rule 206(4)-3).

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Leadership Lessons: Jennifer Stout On Building a Winning Team (Video)

Bates News  |  11-02-18

Leadership Lessons: Jennifer Stout On Building a Winning Team (Video)

Bates is pleased to introduce the next new mini-interview we are sharing on the occasion of Bates Group President and CEO Jennifer Stout’s 25th anniversary with Bates. In this video segment, Jennifer discusses leadership lessons she has learned over the years that help her connect to clients and support employees and the firm.

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Federal Trade Commission Reports on Senior Consumer Fraud

Bates News, Bates Research  |  10-31-18

Federal Trade Commission Reports on Senior Consumer Fraud

In a new report to Congress, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) compiled its latest data on the widespread problem of financial fraud perpetrated against elderly consumers. The agency also highlighted 2017-2018 enforcement actions and described its outreach and education initiatives to combat senior financial abuse. This article highlights the findings in the latest FTC report.

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SEC Finalizes Its Four-Year Strategic Plan

Bates News, Bates Research  |  10-25-18

SEC Finalizes Its Four-Year Strategic Plan

In June, Bates reported on an SEC Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018 - 2022. The development of the plan is required by federal statute as a means to assess “agency performance and improvement.” The issuance of the Draft Plan was immediately followed by the submission of testimony by SEC Chair Jay Clayton before the House Committee on Financial Services. At that hearing, Chair Clayton expounded on the short draft strategy, describing in greater detail the future agenda for the agency. Now, after the required comment period, the agency’s Final Strategic Plan has been released. Chair Clayton describes the 11-page plan as a “forward-looking framework” that focuses “on the most important goals and initiatives” for fulfilling the agency’s mission. Bates Research takes a closer look.

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