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Morgan Stanley Continues Aggressive Litigation Against Departing Advisers Post "Prexit" (Broker Protocol Exit)

By Katherine S. Bowles, Esq of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Friday, September 21, 2018.

It has been almost a year since Morgan Stanley abruptly exited the Protocol for Broker Recruiting (“Protocol”), and in that time it has implemented an aggressive legal strategy against departing advisors. [...] Read More

“You Can’t Change What You Can’t See” – the ABA’s 2018 Report on Racial & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

By Jonah A. Toleno of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Earlier this month, the American Bar Association (ABA) issued its first-ever report on research conducted jointly by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession (the “Commission”), the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”), and the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. [...] Read More

Current Investment Trends in Asia Pacific

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq. of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

The economic outlook for Asia Pacific remains strong, and the region continues as the most dynamic of the global economy. However, the region faces risks from a global tightening of financial conditions and a shift toward protectionist policies, particularly by the U.S. and the Trump Administration, which has pursued a confrontational, bi-lateral approach to trading agreements with countries in the region. [...] Read More

Wells Fargo Losing Financial Advisors to Competitors Amid Ongoing Regulatory Investigations

By George C. Miller, Esq. of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Friday, August 24, 2018.

Wells Fargo’s wealth management unit continues to lose advisors to competitors following reports of a joint probe into the firm’s sales practices by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission [...] Read More

“Approved as To Form and Content”—What Does it Mean?

By James J. Reynolds of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Almost every lawyer has seen if not signed off an agreement containing at the end of the document the words “approved as to form and content,” typically found in a settlement agreement.What legal impact does the attorney’s signature have when approving form and content?  Read More

FINRA Investigations Under Rule 8210

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq. of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

It is every registered person’s nightmare. You receive a letter from a FINRA office notifying you that you are the subject of a FINRA investigation. […] Read More

The SEC’s “Best Interest Rule”: Another Try at Heightened Investor Protection

By Jessica L. Mackaness, Esq. of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Monday, August 13, 2018.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, consumer advocates and the financial services industry both have advocated for a heightened standard of conduct for broker-dealers when dealing with retail investors. President Barack Obama's Department of Labor attempted this by promulgating its “fiduciary” rule, but, […] Read More

Broker Protocol Update: Merrill Wants to Have it Both Ways

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq. of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Following the abrupt exit of Morgan Stanley and UBS from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting at the end of last year, financial advisers at the remaining wire-houses that still are part of the Protocol - essentially Wells Fargo and Merrill Lynch - are wondering how long their firms will remain as Protocol members. [...] Read More

Brokers Fleeing Wells Fargo Head To Regional B-Ds

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq. of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

In prior blogs, we wrote about the increasing movement of brokers and investment advisors from the remaining “wirehouses” (Morgan Stanley; UBS; Wells Fargo; Merrill Lynch) to one of many independent platforms. [...] Read More

FINRA to Transform its CRD Platform

By Jonah A. Toleno, Esq. of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD), has announced it is transforming its online CRD (Central Registration Depository) platform. Those in financial services are familiar with Web CRD as FINRA’s central licensing and [...] Read More