On Season 4 Episode 4 of the Compliance in Context Podcast, host Patrick D. Hayes takes listeners through a deep dive into the 2023 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program and the role of the Membership Application Program as part of FINRA’s larger governance structure. In the podcast's Headlines section, Pat reviews recent testimony from Chair Gensler before the House Financial Services Committee and a new Risk Alert from the SEC Division of Examinations identifying compliance deficiencies of newly registered investment advisers. The podcast wraps up with another installment of What’s On My Mind, honoring Mr. Irrelevant from last year’s NFL draft and the insight it can provide about the role of compliance inside listeners' respective firms.
Season 4, Episode 4 Topics:
- SEC Chair Gensler Testifies before House Financial Services Committee highlighting regulatory initiatives on equity markets and private funds, artificial intelligence and predictive data analytics, crypto assets, and climate change disclosure.
- SEC Division of Examinations Risk Alert identifies compliance deficiencies of newly registered investment advisers.
Interview with Ed Wegener and Lisa Robinson
- Reviewing the 2023 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program
- What is the rationale behind the new “Financial Crimes” section
- What stood out from the Related Considerations in “Cyber” and where might the FINRA staff focus during examinations?
- What’s the impact of SEC rulemaking on the “Cyber” area and what can firms do now?
- Where is FINRA staff focusing in the AML space?
- Why do you think FINRA called out “Manipulative Trading” specifically?
- What are successful firms doing to help mitigate the risk related to off-channel business communications?
- What are some key questions expected from FINRA staff conducting an examination in the area of Trusted Contacts?
- How is FINRA conducting exams on Reg BI?
- How are firms that use mobile apps having to enhance their policies and procedures in sales and marketing and what are some best practices from successful firms in this area?
- What is the purpose of the MAP and how has this group evolved over time?
- Lessons learned during the transition from regulator to industry
What’s On My Mind
- Brock Purdy as Mr. Irrelevant from the 2022 NFL Draft
- Compliance as the unsung hero
13:55 – “There is a significant focus on firms’ controls over access to sensitive information. So they’re going to be reviewing policies, procedures, and controls with respect to how firms manage and control access to sensitive information. So that’s both the initial determination of who would have access to what but then also making sure that there are periodic regular reviews with respect to who has access to what, to make sure that it continues to be current and appropriate.” – Ed Wegener
17:34 – “You know one of the things about cyber security is not only does it have a regulatory component (you need to make sure you have controls in place to have a good, compliant program), but also there’s a tremendous amount of reputational damage that can happen if there’s some sort of breach or if you’re involved in some sort of imposter website or something like that.” – Ed Wegener
29:05 – “What we find for firms that have been successful is having initial and annual training for the employees of the firm. Going over what is approved, and what isn’t approved by the firm, and having an annual questionnaire that goes over that list. Making the training mandatory. And letting them know that there are consequences when they go ahead and use these unapproved methods for business-related communications.” - Lisa Robinson
35:22 – “It’s training and education of employees. Are they providing training to their employees upon the trusted contact person, the escalation process (if they ever need to put a temporary hold)? Things like that; FINRA is going to want to know if they’re doing. One of the first things that FINRA is always going to ask for is [if] the WSPs are related to this. Is it an adequate system that you have in place to make sure that they’re following the rules?” – Lisa Robinson
About the Securities Compliance Podcast: Compliance in Context
Introducing the Securities Compliance Podcast: Compliance in Context presented by Calfee, Halter & Griswold and the National Society of Compliance Professionals and hosted by Patrick D. Hayes, Partner and Chair of Calfee's Investment Management practice.
Designed as a personal master class for the securities legal and compliance professional, this podcast embodies Patrick’s passion to help you put Compliance In Context™ by combining the technical expertise of industry thought leaders and innovators with the practical experience of doers and key decision makers.
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