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Bates News, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  03-17-20

FINRA Postponement of In-Person Arbitration & Mediation Hearings

FINRA has announced that, in response to the evolving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it “has decided to administratively postpone all in-person arbitration and mediation proceedings scheduled through May 1, 2020. “

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Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  03-16-20

SEC Extends Form ADV Filing and Delivery Deadlines due to COVID-19

The SEC’s IAA Release No. 5463 on Friday, March 13 allows for extending the filing (March 30) and delivery (April 30) deadline dates of the Form ADV amendment by 45 days due to COVID-19 and its consequences However, this is not an automatic extension—find out what you MUST do if you cannot meet the filing deadlines

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Bates News, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  03-09-20

Bates Compliance Practice Leader Robert Lavigne Discusses Reg BI in ThinkAdvisor Article

Bates Compliance Practice Leader Robert “Bob” Lavigne is quoted in a new article entitled “Reg BI Compliance Race is On,” published by ThinkAdvisor.

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Bates News, Bates Research, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  03-05-20

Facing the Coronavirus: Financial Industry Preparations, Reassurances and Contingencies

If you’ve been in meetings about investor communications, business travel, or other contingency planning over the past few days and weeks, you are not alone. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19) and more recently, the precipitous volatility of the financial markets, financial firms have been deluged with questions from just about every stakeholder group about how to respond. Regulators are weighing in as well. Bates looks at some of the efforts to prepare and reassure everyone out there.

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Bates Research, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  01-23-20

FINRA Reorganizes for More Coordinated Exams, Highlights Priorities for 2020

In his cover note accompanying FINRA’s annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities letter, FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook reminded members of significant enhancements to the examination program going forward. Bates Research has analysis, commentary and highlights of FINRA’s continuing and emerging concerns, along with our 2020 FINRA chart, which keeps track of articulated priorities from year to year.

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Bates Research, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  01-22-20

Download The New Reg BI White Paper from Bates Research and Bates Compliance

Understand what Reg BI requires now — and what more you must implement before the final deadline. Download our new white paper: "SEC’s Regulation Best Interest Perspectives on Firm Compliance."

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Bates Research, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  01-16-20

OCIE to Prioritize Reg BI Compliance in 2020 Examinations

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") set out their 2020 examinations priorities in an annual report issued last week. The report reminds registered entities that all its priorities are within the SEC’s mandate to protect investors, facilitate capital formation, and maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets. The report is, in effect, a notice to the industry and chief compliance officers to address potential vulnerabilities in compliance programs and practices in order to minimize retail investor and market risks. Bates Research takes a closer look.

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Bates Research, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  01-10-20

FINRA Releases 2020 Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter

FINRA has announced their regulatory and examination priorities for the upcoming year. New for this year is a focus on Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Form CRS (Client Relationship Summary).

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Bates Research, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  01-07-20

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces their 2020 Examination Priorities

The SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has announced their exam priorities for the upcoming year. Stay tuned to the Bates News page in the upcoming weeks for our expert commentary on the SEC's 2020 objectives

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Bates News, Compliance and Regulatory Alerts  |  01-06-20

Bates Group Expands Regulatory Compliance Services with Acquisition of The Advisor’s Resource, Inc.

Bates Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Advisor's Resource, Inc. (TARI), a leading compliance consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. Veteran compliance leader and TARI Founder & President Linda Shirkey will join Bates Group, along with Shelley Dragon, TARI’s director of client service, as members of the Bates Compliance team. The acquisition further expands Bates Compliance with greater access and resources to service Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs), as well as private equity and hedge fund firms across the United States.

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