FINRA CAB Pay-to-Play Rules Effective December 6 - State and Federal Communications

November 8, 2017  •  

FINRA CAB Pay-to-Play Rules Effective December 6

On December 6, capital acquisition brokers (CAB) will become covered by the same pay-to-play rules the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) imposes upon broker-dealers, placement agents, and covered associates.

Earlier this year, on August 20, FINRA implemented Rule 2030, a new pay-to-play rule for broker-dealers, placement agents, and covered associates acting on behalf of certain regulated investment advisors or soliciting a government entity to invest in certain pooled investment vehicles. FINRA Rule 4580, which took effect the same day, mandates certain record-keeping requirements concerning any related contributions.

Starting in December, a firm meeting the statutory definition of a CAB and electing to be governed by the FINRA rule set would be subject to FINRA’s new pay-to-play rules. Specifically, FINRA’s CAB Rule 203 (Engaging in Distribution and Solicitation Activities with Government Entities) and CAB Rule 458 (Books and Records Requirements for Government Distribution and Solicitation Activities) require CABs be subject to FINRA’s pay-to-play Rules 2030 and 4580.

The new rules are meant to deter CABs from engaging in pay-to-play practices, according to FINRA Regulatory Notice 17-37.

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