SEC Chair Gensler Seeks to Amend 10b5-1

The new SEC chair believes that 10b5-1 plans “have led to real cracks in our insider trading regime” and has asked the SEC Staff to make recommendations for the Commission’s consideration on how they might “freshen up” Rule 10b5-1. In his comments to the CFO Network Summit, he made a […]


Securities Lawyer Mark J. Astarita’s Significant Matters

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the primary regulator for United States stock brokers and brokerage firms. For more information see our article, FINRA – The Financial Industry(…)

” >FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council which reversed a hearing Panel’s findings of violation, vacated all sanctions and dismissed the complaint. Successfully defended broker-dealer in arbitration with hedge fund claiming 5 million dollars in losses for misrepresentations regarding firm’s abilities, platform, and expertise. Zero award for the Claimant. Obtained […]

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The Wells Notice SEC/FINRA Investigations

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is the federal agency charged with the regulation and oversight of the securities markets, public companies and securities professionals.(…)

” >SEC or a FINRA investigation is not a pleasant experience. As I discussed in my column “When the SEC Comes Calling” a financial professional’s involvement in a regulatory investigation or proceeding is extremely serious, and can be […]

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Markups, Markdowns

In recent years, markups have become a growing concern for regulators, and brokerage firm markup policies and procedures have come under increasing scrutiny from the SEC and the NASD. Essentially, a markup, or markdown, is the amount of money above (or below) the “inside” market that a broker dealer may […]