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FINRA Topic Page: Funding Portals
FINRA Amends Rules 5122 and 5123 Filing Requirements to Include Retail Communications That Promote or Recommend Private Placements
FINRA has adopted changes to FINRA Rules 5122 (Private Placements of Securities Issued by Members) and 5123 (Private Placements of Securities) to require members to file retail communications that promote or recommend private placement offerings that are subject to those rules’ filing requirements. The new filing requirements become effective on October 1, 2021.
• FINRA Regulatory Notice 21-26 (July 15, 2021): Private Placement Retail Communications
FINRA Updates Private Placement Filer Form Pursuant to FINRA Rules 5122 and 5123
FINRA has updated the form that members must use to file offering documents and information pursuant to FINRA Rules 5122 (Private Placements of Securities Issued by Members) and 5123 (Private Placements of Securities) (Filer Form). The updated Filer Form will be accessible in the FINRA Gateway beginning May 22, 2021, and includes new and updated questions that will facilitate review of the filed material. Beginning on May 22, 2021, members will be required to complete the updated Filer Form for all new filings, as well as for new amendments to filings.
• FINRA Regulatory Notice 21-10 (March 11, 2021):Private Placement Filer Form
FINRA Topic Page: Private Placements
FINRA amended its Rule 5110 (Corporate Financing Rule – Underwriting Terms and Arrangements) to make substantive, organizational and terminology changes to the rule. The amendments to Rule 5110 modernize, simplify and clarify its provisions while maintaining important protections for market participants, including issuers and investors participating in public offerings. The implementation date for amended Rule 5110(a)(3)(A), (a)(4)(A) (ii) and (a)(4)(A)(iii) is March 20, 2020. The implementation date for all other provisions in amended Rule 5110 was September 16, 2020.
• FINRA Regulatory Notice 20-10 (March 20, 2020): FINRA Amends the FINRA Corporate Financing Rule
Qualifications of Accountants
The SEC adopted amendments to update certain auditor independence requirements. These amendments are intended to more effectively focus the independence analysis on those relationships or services that are more likely to pose threats to an auditor’s objectivity and impartiality. The amendments became effective on June 9, 2021.
FINRA Rule 3110 (Supervision) includes a provision to help firms comply with their obligation under Section 15(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to have policies and procedures in place reasonably designed to prevent potential insider trading. Rule 3110(d) requires that firms include in their supervisory procedures a process for reviewing securities transactions in certain types of accounts that is reasonably designed to identify trades that may violate insider trading prohibitions. When implementing these policies and procedures, firms may take a risk-based approach to monitoring transactions that takes into account their specific business models, and firms are encouraged to tailor their policies and procedures to their specific business models.