Entries by Mitchell Atkins, CRCP

Join Mitch Atkins on a Regulation Best Interest Panel

Regulation Best Interest has challenged member firm compliance and sales staff over the two years since implementation. Recently, the SEC filed its first enforcement action involving alleged violations of Regulation Best Interest. Effective compliance is more important today than ever before. More and more firms are turning to technology solutions to help with compliance in […]

Join Mitch Atkins at the FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement Regional CLE Program

Join Mitch Atkins, Founder and Principal, FirstMark Regulatory Solutions, Inc., at the Third Annual American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Current Issues in FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement Regional CLE Program. Atkins will be presenting on the third panel: In-House Insomnia:  What Keeps Lawyers and Compliance Officers Up at Night? The panel will cover key topics of […]

Mitch Atkins to Speak at 2019 FMA Securities Compliance Seminar

Mitch Atkins, FirstMark’s founder and principal will be speaking on the Key 2019 Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives panel at FMA’s 2019 Securities Securities Compliance Seminar. The panel will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale. The panel will cover areas of enforcement focus in the financial industry. Additionally, the […]

Atkins Discusses FinCEN CDD Rule on FINRA AML Panel

Don’t miss the the AML Challenges panel at the 2018 FINRA Annual Conference on May 23, 2018 in Washington DC. FirstMark’s founder, Mitch Atkins, will present as a panelist. One of the key topics to be discussed is the FinCEN CDD Rule. The rule became fully effective May 11, 2018. If you’re ready, or even if […]

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 […]

Epic BD AML Compliance Failure Yields Another Record Fine

On Monday, December 5, 2016, FINRA announced yet another record fine against a broker-dealer for AML compliance failure. This action follows another just seven months ago in which FINRA fined a broker-dealer complex $17 million for AML compliance failure. There are numerous messages here which you can read about in my LinkedIn article that analyzes […]

FINRA Tolerance for AML Compliance Failures Fading

AML compliance failures are starting to get the “zero tolerance” message from FINRA. It recently announced its largest fine ever against two firms for AML compliance failures, including the suspension of the AML compliance officer. Mitch Atkins, a former FINRA official breaks down this action in a LinkedIn article. In reality, these sanctions are not too […]

Atkins in Forbes: Email and Social Media Compliance

Last month in New York, I was invited to speak with a group of broker-dealer compliance staff at an event about email and social media compliance. More specifically, and to be technically correct, we call this “supervision of electronic communications” and you can read all about it in FINRA Rule 3110(b)(4). There, I had the opportunity […]

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 […]