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2022 Capital Markets Litigation and Regulatory Outlook

Recorded: February 17, 2022
Presented by: Bates Group

Jack McGuire, Esther Cho and Greg Kyle reunite for a new Webinar to provide a capital markets update and discuss related litigation, regulatory and enforcement areas to keep an eye on in 2022. Bates Group Managing Director Alex Russell joins the panel to discuss Regulatory issues and updates.

Program Speakers (above, L to R):

  • Jack McGuire, Managing Director/Deputy General Counsel, Director Of Litigation, Oppenheimer & Co. (Co-moderator)
  • Esther Cho, Shareholder and Chair of Executive Committee, Keesal, Young & Logan (Co-Moderator)
  • Greg Kyle, Director and Expert, Bates Group
  • Alex Russell, Managing Director, White Collar, Regulatory and Internal Investigations, Bates Group

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CLE Webinar - Demystifying Cryptocurrency Law & Compliance

Recorded: January 12, 2022
Presented by: McDermott Will & Emery and Bates Group

The cryptocurrency legal and compliance landscape is constantly changing, and there’s more scrutiny than ever before on the industry. Please join leading experts from McDermott Will & Emery and Bates Group for a discussion on the current virtual currency environment and what you need to know for your business in 2022.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of current cryptocurrency legislation
  • Point of View: the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Enforcement updates
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Webinar - Deconstructing the SEC’s New Marketing (and Solicitor) Rule

Recorded: September 30, 2021
Presented by: Bates Compliance 

Just prior to the new year, the SEC finalized significant changes to rules and forms governing advertising and cash solicitations under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. On December 22, 2020, the Commission issued the new final rule, which replaces both the prior Advertising Rule and Cash Solicitation Rule with a single, broad, “modernized” marketing rule.

In this complimentary webinar, Bates Compliance leaders Linda Shirkey and Rhonda Davis (pictured) examine key provisions of the new marketing rule and simplify its complexities, address investment adviser concerns, and discuss practical ways to conform oversight, recordkeeping and disclosure requirements under the rule.

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CLE Webinar - Emerging Issues in Insurance Practice and Litigation

Recorded: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Presented by: Bates Group

Topics we will cover:

  • Cyber Insurance and Risk Management
  • Vanishing Premium Litigation
  • Other Developments

Panelists: (pictured above, from L)

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CLE Webinar - Current and Future Employment Issues: What to Expect Going Forward

Recorded: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Presented by: Bates Group

Join Bates Group for this new, complimentary 1-hour webinar examining the effects that remote working conditions during the pandemic had on supervisory activity, disciplinary actions and terminations — what we are seeing today and what to expect going forward. Panelists include industry leaders and experts who will share their insight on the developing issues impacting employers and employees in 2021.

Topics we will cover:

  • Workforce Reintegration Issues: What We Have Learned about Working Remotely and What to Expect Going Forward
  • Challenges of Managing a Remote or “Hybrid” Workplace: Supervision, Productivity, Team Dynamics 
  • Misconduct and Other Issues to Watch Out For in a Remote/Hybrid Work Environment
  • Defending Post-Pandemic Employment Claims: FINRA Hearings with Remote Witnesses, Crafting and Defending U5 Language, Quantifying and Defending Damage Claims    

Panelists: (pictured above, from L)

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Webinar: Driving AML Program Success through AML Optimization and Data-Driven Compliance: What AML Practitioners Need to Know

Recorded: May 11, 2021
Presented by: Bates Group and Complidata

AML continues to be a top target of U.S regulators with millions of dollars in fines levied each year. Financial institutions and AML professionals are under increasing pressure to maximize the efficiencies of their organizations while addressing AML processes and procedures. Hear insights on managing these new realities at this one-hour webinar.

Topics covered:

  • AML Updates – U.S. Regulatory Priorities and the AMLA
  • Top AML Program Deficiencies and Pitfalls We Frequently See
  • Best Practices for Tuning Your AML Program – Why You Need to Adopt These Today 
  • Data-Driven and AI Solutions to Achieve AML Operational and Regulatory Compliance


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Getting Ahead of an SEC Examination

Recorded: April 22, 2021

Presented by Bates Compliance

It can be daunting for you and your firm to have to undergo an SEC examination. Join Bates Compliance to learn how to prepare and respond to the SEC during all four key examinations phases, when we cover:

  • What you can do now before getting the call from the SEC
  • Responding to the document request list
  • Preparing for the interviews – whether virtual or in-person – the do’s and don’ts
  • Answering questions, responding to findings, and tracking the commitments after the exam


Linda A. Shirkey, Managing Director

Shelley Dragon, CSCP, Consultant

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Developing Your 2021 Plan to Address the SEC’s Top Compliance Findings

Recorded: January 28, 2021

Presented by Bates Compliance

The SEC Division of Examinations (formerly OCIE) issued a recent Risk Alert, along with remarks by Director Peter Driscoll, identifying common deficiencies from recent examinations related to the obligations on investment advisers required by the Advisers Act. These observations are packed with items that adviser firms could turn into a very lengthy checklist, but there is no need to get lost in the details. In this session, you will learn how to strategically and tactically manage and streamline this important compliance information, which the SEC will be scrutinizing in 2021.

On this program, we discuss:

  • Developing your compliance roadmap for the year
  • Setting implementation priorities and timeline
  • Engaging senior management in the process
  • Addressing any gaps
  • SEC Exam Priorities – What to expect

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NYCLA CLE Webinar: “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” Virtual FINRA Hearings, Mediations and Developments in the Real World

Recorded: Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Presented by NYCLA - Member: $35 | Non-member: $50

CLE - 2 NY Credits; 2 Skills; 2 NJ Credits: 2 General

The New York Country Lawyers Association’s Securities & Exchange Committee presents distinguished CLE panel members sharing their tried and true insights and guidance on managing FINRA virtual hearings and mediations. Hear about current and future virtual FINRA hearing developments to prepare for 2021.

Panelists (pictured above, L-R from top):

  • Susan L. HarperManaging Director, Bates Group, Co-Chair NYCLA Securities & Exchanges Committee (moderator)
  • Richard BerryExecutive Vice President and Director of FINRA Dispute Resolution Services
  • Paula ShaffnerPartner and Chair, Securities Litigation and Enforcement, Stradley Ronon
  • Carlos Provencio, Associate General Counsel, Interactive Brokers
  • Ellen SlippMediator, Ellen Slipp Mediation Services
  • Ralph BlascovichManaging Director and Expert Witness, Bates Group

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Exploitation of Senior and Vulnerable Investors in the COVID-19 Era and Regulatory Responses

Recorded: Thursday, November 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an increase in scams directed at seniors and other vulnerable investors. Regulators, as well as securities firms, have had to intensify their efforts to create and implement better protections for these investors. This panel will ask experts, state and federal regulators and counsel to address the latest developments in this area.

Panelists (pictured above, clockwise from top L):

  • Joseph Thomas, Director and Expert, Bates Group
  • Richard Szuch, Enforcement Division Chief, New Jersey Bureau of Securities
  • Amy Bard, Esq., Senior Issues Expert, Bates Group
  • Marin E Gibson, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, SIFMA
  • Lawrence E. Fenster, Principal, Bressler, Amery & Ross, PC
  • Erin Linehan, Associate General Counsel, Compliance, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
Presented by ABA

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REG BI - 120 Days On

Recorded: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Duration: 45 Minutes

In 2019, the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) passed the Regulation Best Interest (REG BI) rule that bound broker-dealers by law to put the best interest of their clients first.

Reg BI's implementation occurred on June 30, 2020 and 120 days on, Global Relay and Bates Compliance experts will assess the impact on the industry thus far.

Join our webinar to hear expert opinions from our panel of regulatory specialists:

  • Donald McElligott, VP Compliance, Global Relay
  • Hank Sanchez, Managing Director, Bates Compliance
  • Robert Lavigne, Managing Director, Bates Compliance

You will learn:

  • What has happened since REG BI came into effect
  • How it has impacted the technology side of business
  • Common concerns raised by the SEC

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SIFMA Webinar Series: Virtual Branch Office Compliance Visits

Recorded: October 5, 2020
Presented by: SIFMA and Bates Compliance

1.5 CLE credits available

In this complimentary CLE webinar, hear directly from compliance and risk leaders, including FINRA, on the latest updates concerning virtual branch office compliance visits during our webinar. Jill Ehret (Director, Bates Compliance) will appear on the panel, moderated by Paul Tyrrell (Partner, Sidley Austin), with opening remarks by Bates CEO Jennifer Stout. Topics include the status of virtual branch office inspection programs; rulemaking updates and FINRA Rule 3110 requirements for branch inspection programs; current remote branch office inspection challenges; and best practices when implementing a remote branch inspection program.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jennifer Stout - CEO, Bates Group LLC - Opening Remarks
  • Paul M. Tyrrell - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP - Moderator
  • Joseph J. Sheirer - Vice President, Member Supervision Examination Program, FINRA
  • Kevin Zambrowicz - Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, SIFMA
  • Jill Ehret - Director, Bates Compliance - Bates Group LLC
  • Lou Moschetta - Senior Vice President and Deputy Director of Compliance, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Joseph Neary - Chief Risk Officer, Cetera Financial Group
  • John O’Neill - Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, LPL Financial LLC

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Recorded: August 20, 2020
Presented by: IBDC

Lilian Morvay, Bates Group Expert and Founder/CEO of the Independent Broker Dealer Consortium (IBDC) presents this complimentary webinar. She is joined on the panel by Bates Compliance Director Jill Ehret, Bates Cybersecurity Expert Paul Horn (Founder/CEO, H2Cyber), moderator Dan Newman, Esq. (Partner, Nelson Mullins), Scott Sherman, Esq. (Partner, Nelson Mullins), and Melissa Tarentino (Vice President of Legal Affairs, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services).

Our panel of experts explore:

  • Performing FINRA Mandated Branch Supervision and Audit Responsibilities in a Virtual World;
  • Tips & Best Practices for Reviewing OBAs and Identifying Potential Selling Away Issues in the Midst of a Pandemic;
  • Legal: Recent Actions Involving Branch Audits, Supervision and Selling Away;
  • Incorporating Virtual Supervision Into Your Newly Established Reg BI Procedures;
  • Maintaining Cyber Vigilance in the World of Virtual Supervision and Audits.
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Recorded: August 13, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern
Presented by: Bates Group

The first half of 2020 has been a very challenging time for the capital markets. With a global pandemic arising – the likes of which have not been seen in more than 100 years – U.S. economic activity has largely collapsed, and unemployment has risen to levels not seen since the Great Depression. Join us in this CLE Webinar as we look at 2020 in the context of past bear markets, whether a comparison to the 1918 influenza pandemic is relevant to today, and which sectors and industries have been hardest hit by the economic disruption. The webinar will also explore the impact of COVID-19 on potential capital market-related litigation and regulatory and enforcement areas to keep an eye on.

Program Speakers:

  • Jack McGuire, Managing Director/Deputy General Counsel, Director Of Litigation, Oppenheimer & Co. (Co-moderator)
  • Esther Cho, Shareholder and Chair of Executive Committee, Keesal, Young & Logan (Co-moderator)
  • Greg Kyle, Director and Expert, Bates Group

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Recorded: July 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Group and Orrick

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new compliance and regulatory risks for financial institutions. New avenues for money laundering have sprung up, presenting challenges for financial institutions facing pandemic-related resource constraints. Join Edward Longridge (Managing Director, Bates AML and Financial Crimes), Daniel Nathan, Jeanine McGuinness and Matthew Moses (Partners, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP), and Bates AML Compliance Expert Gary Ferrari, for this CLE webinar which will examine how financial institutions can adapt their AML programs to the new financial environment and regulatory expectations.

Among other things, we will discuss:

  • Money laundering risks created by the current business environment
  • Regulatory pronouncements and expectations related to the pandemic
  • How financial institutions should assess the adequacy of their AML programs to operate effectively in this environment
  • How financial institutions should modify programs in light of the assessment

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Recorded: July 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Compliance

We invite you to join this roundtable discussion, featuring Bates Managing Directors Linda Shirkey and Hank Sanchez, along with Sandra Grannum, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP and Rob Guldner, CCO, Advisor Group RIA. 

Our industry experts will address Business Continuity Plan (BCP) design and implementation, including the unanticipated issues, gaps, and shortcomings that companies may have endured, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will also provide suggestions for certain precautionary measures that companies can consider, to improve their current BCP plans and help ensure the safety and health of their employees who return to in-office jobs, as well as, how to be best prepared for future significant business disruptions and a COVID resurgence.

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Recorded: July 9, 2020  at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Group and Eversheds Sutherland

Please join Eversheds Sutherland attorneys Brian Rubin and Sarah Sallis and Alex Russell, Bates Group Managing Director, White Collar, Regulatory and Internal Investigations, for a webcast to discuss FINRA’s process of exams and investigations and enforcement topics in the age of COVID-19. Specifically, speakers will cover:

  • Process of exams and investigations
  • Overview of the Eversheds Sutherland study on FINRA sanctions
  • Private placements including fraud regarding COVID-19 scams
  • Insider trading, including trading on information related to the pandemic
  • Leveraged and volatility-linked products including misrepresentations, omissions and suitability related to the economic impact of the pandemic
  • Variable annuities supervision and exchanges

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Recorded: June 25, 2020 (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Group and Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
With the volatility in the market during the recent months, and the significant growth of securities backed lending by brokerage firms, this presentation addresses best practices in investigating and defending margin cases. Join Bates Group margin expert Glen Garofalo along with Director Andrew Daniel and our co-hosts from Bressler, Amery & Ross for this complimentary CLE Webinar.

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Recorded: June 4, 2020 (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Group

Join moderators Sheila Murphy (Consultant, Bates Group) and A. Christine Davis (Managing Director of Forensic Accounting and damages expert, Bates Group) along with three accomplished employment lawyers, Maureen Bogue (Founder, Pacific Employment Law), Jeanine Conley Daves (Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.), and Elizabeth Thompson (Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP), as they explore and address current and potential future wrongful termination and other employment claims, including wage & hour claims and damage assessments arising from the pandemic. 1-hour CLE webinar.

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Recorded: May 14, 2020 (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Group

Join nationally recognized senior issues expert witness and Bates Group director Joseph “Joe” Thomas, Ron Long (Head of Aging Client Services, Wells Fargo), along with senior issues expert Amy Bard (Bates), Marin Gibson (SIFMA), and Melissa Acayan (Raymond James) for a conversation about what vulnerable and senior financial investor issues and claims may look like going forward, the effectiveness of current protections, the best practices to recognize and address senior financial exploitation in the current environment, cases and regulatory updates, and resources to assist firms in preventing exploitation.

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Recorded: April 30, 2020 (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Compliance

The countdown is on! Linda Shirkey, Rory O’Connor and Jennifer Sullivan of Bates Compliance provide guidance for IAs on how to tackle Form CRS in this 1-hour webinar.

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Recorded: February 27, 2020 (1 hr.)
Presented by: Bates Compliance and AI Insights

In this one-hour webinar, Bates Compliance Managing Directors David Birnbaum and Linda Shirkey join AI Insights to help you gain an understanding of the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest rule, regulator expectations, product rationalization, and Form CRS. Learn how you can prepare for the June 30 compliance date.

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