Self-Reporting Is Getting Complicated: Balancing FINRA’s Rule 4530 and the SEC’s Whistleblowing Requirements

July 1, 2011

FINRA rule 4530 will take effect on July 1, 2011. The new rule, part of FINRA’s consolidated rulebook process, adds to the reporting requirements currently found in NASD rule 3070 and New York Stock Exchange rule 351. Specifically, broker-dealers will soon be required to:  (1) notify FINRA of certain regulatory, litigation, and related events; (2) make quarterly reports of customer complaints and (3) file copies of certain criminal actions, civil complaints, and arbitration claims with FINRA. Even if rule 4530 does not mandate the reporting of a particular event, there may be occasions when a broker-dealer will still want to notify the SEC of the information in order to foreclose a characterization of "original information" under the whistleblower provisions of Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

In her article, "Self-reporting Is Getting Complicated: Balancing FINRA’s Rule 4530 and the SEC’s Whistleblowing Requirements" prepared for Complinet, K. Susan Grafton of Gibson Dunn discusses the new reporting requirements and their implications for broker-dealers.

Reprinted with permission from Thomson Reuters GRC, July 30, 2011 © 2011 Thomson Reuters. 

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s attorneys are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding these issues. To learn more about the new reporting requirements, please contact the Gibson Dunn attorney with whom you work, K. Susan Grafton (202-887-3554, [email protected]) in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, or any member of the firm’s Securities Enforcement Practice Group

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