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FINRA Issues Call for Candidates in Upcoming Small Firm Advisory Committee Election

On September 4, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a notice informing small FINRA member firms of the upcoming Small Firm Advisory Committee (SFAC) election. One seat on the SFAC representing the New York region is open for election.

The SFAC provides guidance to FINRA staff, particularly regarding the potential impact of proposed regulatory initiatives on FINRA’s small firm members. Any senior member of a small firm whose primary place of business and whose firm has its main office in the New York region is eligible to have his or her name placed on the ballot. Senior members of firms include owners, chief executive officers, presidents, chief compliance officers, chief operating officers, the firm’s financial and operations principal or individuals of comparable status.

Interested individuals must complete the required SFAC candidate profile form and submit it through their firm’s executive representative to FINRA’s corporate secretary by Friday, October 4.

A copy of FINRA’s notice is available here.

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Susan Light, Katten Law Firm, Finance Law Attorney, New York

Susan Light focuses her practice on financial services regulatory matters. She counsels broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment banks and financial services clients on enforcement issues involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), other self-regulatory organizations (SROs) and state and federal regulatory authorities. She has particular experience related to sales practice issues, financial and operational issues, anti-money laundering, crowdfunding, cybersecurity, and cryptocurrencies.

Michael T. Foley, Katten, Lawyer, Finance, FINRA, Chicago
Special Counsel

Michael Foley represents broker-dealers, investment advisers and other financial services industry participants with respect to a broad spectrum of legal and regulatory matters arising under the federal securities laws.

Michael has nearly 20 years of experience in private practice and in-house at both a large, full-service broker-dealer and at an online discount broker-dealer, advising broker-dealers and other financial institutions regarding compliance with the federal securities and commodities laws, and with the regulations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and financial industry self-regulatory organizations. 


Adam Haft is an associate in the Financial Services practice.

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