Matching Culture And Brand For Success

Matching Culture And Brand For Success
  Good leaders understand that a strong, differentiated company culture contributes to a strong, differentiated brand — and that can support and advance an extraordinary culture. It doesn’t matter if your company culture is friendly or competitive, nurturing or analytical.
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FINRA Considering Rule Changes for Non-Attorneys In Arbitration

FINRA Requests Comment on the Efficacy of Allowing
Compensated Non-Attorneys to Represent Parties in
Arbitration

FINRA Rules do not prohibit non-attorneys from representing parties in arbitrations, although some states do have such a prohibition. While there are some representatives who provide competent advise to parties, there have been a number of issues over the years regarding these non-attorneys.

FINRA is now reviewing this policy and is seeking comment from members and interested parties regarding the use of non-attorneys in arbitrations.

The Regulatory Notice discussing the issue is 17-34.

Interested parties can submit their comments using
the following methods:
0 Emailing comments to pubcom@finra.org.

Read the entire notice before submitting a comment, and please note that the Comment Period Expires December 18, 2017

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SEC Names Brett Redfearn as Director of the Division of Trading and Markets

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Brett Redfearn has been named Director of the agency’s Division of Trading and Markets.

The SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets establishes and maintains standards for fair, orderly, and efficient markets. The division oversees the major securities market participants and infrastructure including, among others, broker-dealers, self-regulatory organizations (including stock exchanges, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and clearing agencies), alternative trading systems, and transfer agents.

“Brett’s extensive markets experience and his longstanding, active engagement with investors, financial services firms, exchanges, and the SEC make him exceptionally well positioned to lead the Division of Trading and Markets,” said Chairman Jay Clayton. “Brett has been a thought leader on a wide range of issues facing our rapidly changing capital markets, and I know he will continuously ask the question, ‘are our markets best serving the long-term interests of the investing public?'”

Mr. Redfearn added, “I have always been impressed with the level of dedication of the Trading and Markets team and feel honored to be asked to take on this important role at this critical juncture in the evolution of our securities markets.”

Mr. Redfearn has a long history in the U.S. equity markets, having worked with investors, exchanges and broker-dealers. During his career, Mr. Redfearn has focused on how technology, regulation and business trends are changing trading patterns across asset classes and geographic regions. He has helped build electronic trading products, worked closely with exchanges and other trading venues as these products evolved, and engaged with global asset managers on major regulatory developments. He has also been a frequent contributor at policy forums surrounding U.S. equity markets, and has been an active participant at several meetings of the SEC’s Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Mr. Redfearn joins the SEC from J.P. Morgan, where he was Global Head of Market Structure for the Corporate & Investment Bank. He started his career at the American Stock Exchange, where he ran Business Strategy and Equity Order Flow. During his career, Mr. Redfearn has served on the boards of Bats Global Markets, the Chicago Stock Exchange, BIDS Trading, and the National Organization of Investment Professionals.

Mr. Redfearn earned his M.A. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research and his B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. 

SEC Press Release

— If you need help with a securities litigation, arbitration or litigation issue, email Mark Astarita or call 212-509-6544 to speak to a securities lawyer.

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SEC Announces 2017 Government-Business Forum to Be Held at University of Texas at Austin

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced it is partnering with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin to host the SEC’s annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on November 30.  This annual forum provides a platform to highlight additional measures to improve small business capital formation and address whether unnecessary, duplicative, or outdated regulations can be eliminated or reduced.

“The annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation provides the opportunity to hear directly from small businesses about their experiences interacting with investors and our regulatory system in a very important segment of our capital markets,” said Chairman Jay Clayton. “As a hub for innovation, Austin is a fitting place for this discussion. I look forward to the forum’s recommendations and will carefully consider them as we work to fulfill the SEC’s mission.”

The morning session will feature a panel discussion exploring how capital formation options are working for small businesses, including small businesses in Texas.  Participants will then work in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations.  Information on the panel participants and the full agenda will be announced in November and available on the forum webpage.

The forum will begin at 9 a.m. Central Time and will be open to the public. It will be held in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.  The opening remarks and panel discussion will be webcast live.  The breakout group sessions will not be webcast but will be accessible by teleconference for those not attending in person.  Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group either in person or by teleconference must register online by November 27.

The online registration will soon be available on the forum webpage.

Members of the public are invited to suggest recommendations or topics to be discussed at the forum by calling the SEC’s Office of Small Business Policy at (202) 551-3460.

SEC Press Release

— If you need help with a securities litigation, arbitration or litigation issue, email Mark Astarita or call 212-509-6544 to speak to a securities lawyer.

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Fueling Creativity Through Acceptance

Fueling Creativity Through Acceptance
Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron are two entrepreneurs who have created a successful think tank using divergent thinkers. They have developed a business, called InventiveLabs, designed to find and develop creative, non-traditional thinkers, many of whom have “slipped through the cracks” in the realm…
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