Entries by Mitchell Atkins, CRCP

AML Surveillance – Major FINRA AML Case

Yesterday FINRA settled yet another major case involving AML surveillance system deficiencies. This is one more in a series of cases in which FINRA has found that a broker-dealer’s electronic surveillance systems were insufficient to detect potentially suspicious transactions. In this case, FINRA fined the firm $13 million (which was duplicated by the SEC bringing […]

Mitch Atkins Presenting at FINRA South Region Conference

Mitch Atkins, founder and principal of FirstMark Regulatory Solutions, will present at the FINRA South Region Compliance Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 6, 2017.  Mitch Atkins will present as a panelist on FINRA’s panel entitled Writing and Maintaining Written Supervisory Procedures. The panel will discuss the FINRA’s Supervision Rule (Rule 3110), and in […]

Electronic Communication “Let’s Talk Supervision”

Compliance risks exist in your electronic communication. How will you effectively manage these risks? With the volume and velocity of information flowing through electronic communications channels, supervision has become a real challenge. Mitch Atkins presented at the Actiance Executive Briefing Series in New York on April 7, 2016 on how organizations can leverage their electronic […]

Email Flagging Keywords Out of Date?

Do you Update your Email Flagging Keywords? It is important to remember to periodically update your email flagging keywords if you use a monitoring system for electronic communications. Those systems, while powerful, are only as good as the dictionary of email flagging keywords used to call out a communication for review. Broker-dealers are required to […]

FINRA Membership Application Rules Retrospective – FirstMark’s Summary

  Check out the article written by FirstMark’s founder, Mitch Atkins, on LinkedIn summarizing the comments received in response to the FINRA Membership Application Rules Retrospective. This retrospective is a look back at the FINRA Membership Application Rules and further a request to the public for comment on what might be changed about the rules and […]