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FINRA Files Proposed Rule Change to CAB Rules Governing Qualification, Registration and Continuing Education of Associated Persons of CABs

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to amend the Capital Acquisition Broker (CAB) Rules governing the qualification, registration and continuing education of associated persons of CABs (CAB Rules 119-125). The proposed rule change reflects new consolidated FINRA qualification and registration rules and changes to its continuing education requirements, which took effect in October 2018.

Specifically, the proposed rule change purports to amend the following rules, primarily to cross-reference the new FINRA rules governing these areas:

  • CAB Rule 119 (Foreign Members and Associates);

  • CAB Rule 121 (Registration Requirements);

  • CAB Rule 123 (Categories of Registration);

  • CAB Rule 124 (Persons Exempt from Registration); and

  • CAB Rule 125 (Continuing Education Requirements).

Additionally, the proposed rule change would delete CAB Rule 122 (Qualification Examinations) since this area is covered by other consolidated FINRA qualification and registration rules.

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Janet M. Angstadt, Securities, Financial Services, Chicago, Lawyer, Katten Law FIrm

Janet M. Angstadt is the head of Katten's Chicago Financial Services practice. She focuses her practice on broker-dealer and exchange compliance issues and advises companies on matters regarding compliance with the regulations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and self-regulatory organizations (SROs).

Janet represents clients in a wide range of legal and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, SRO investigations, compliance issues related to registrations, sales practice, short sales, Regulation NMS, market-making and...


Leonard Licht is an associate in the Financial Services practice. He advises a broad range of financial market participants, including investment managers to private funds and investors in private funds. Prior to joining Katten, Lenny practiced as a corporate and securities attorney and has also worked in an analytical capacity with a family office.

While in law school, Lenny was a Heyman scholar and member of the Moot Court Honor Society.