April 23, 2019

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FINRA Proposes Rule Making Substantive, Organizational and Terminology Changes to the Corporate Financing Rule

On April 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to make certain substantive, organizational and terminology changes to FINRA Rule 5110 (Corporate Financing Rule – Underwriting Terms and Arrangements), which requires member firms that participate in a public offering to file documents and information with FINRA about the underwriting terms and arrangements.

The proposed rule change includes a range of amendments to Rule 5110, including reorganizing and improving its readability. In addition, FINRA proposes changes to the following areas: (1) filing requirements; (2) filing requirements for shelf offerings; (3) exemptions from filing and substantive requirements; (4) underwriting compensation; (5) venture capital exceptions; (6) treatment of non-convertible or non-exchangeable debt securities and derivatives; (7) lock-up restrictions; (8) prohibited terms and arrangements; and (9) defined terms. These changes are intended to lessen the regulatory costs and burdens incurred when complying with the Rule.

If the SEC approves the rule change, FINRA will announce the implementation date in a Regulatory Notice to be published no later than 90 days following such approval. The implementation date will be no later than 180 days following publication of the Regulatory Notice announcing the SEC’s approval.

The text of the rule change is available here.

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

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Stanley V. Polit, Katten Muchin, Financial Services lawyer, Corporate Regulatory Matters Attorney
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Stanley Polit concentrates his practice in transactional, corporate and regulatory aspects of financial services matters. Stan is able to provide legal services to a wide variety of clients including proprietary trading firms, hedge funds, broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity trading advisers, financial institutions and general corporate clients.

Prior to joining Katten, Stan served as a council member for a national crisis management firm, where he specialized in crisis communication and merged media strategies. He has lectured extensively and conducted trainings related to these topics at numerous national and international conferences, including the National Communication Association's National Convention, the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference and the Disaster Recovery Journal's World Business Continuity Conference.

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