The SEC has approved a rule to establish a new Form Custody that all registered broker-dealers must file at specified times with their designated examination authority. Firms will be required to file the Form Custody when they submit their Focus filings. The first Form Custody filings, which will be for the period ending Dec. 31, 2013, are due Jan. 27, 2014. These filings will be due each quarter on the same day that the FOCUS Reports are due. Click here to learn more.
Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2013 – Amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow merger and acquisition brokers (M&A brokers) who perform services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by filing an electronic notice.