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United States: A Holiday Gift for M&A Brokers: Congress Passes New Exemption from Securities Broker Registration
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United States: SEC Proposes Regulation Best Execution

United States: A Holiday Gift for M&A Brokers: Congress Passes New Exemption from Securities Broker Registration

By: Eden L. Rohrer and Jessica D. Cohn

On December 23, 2022, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2617, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023,” following Senate passage on December 22.   President Biden is expected to sign the legislation before December 30.  Among the routine federal funding provisions, the bill includes a holiday surprise “policy rider” on qualifying mergers and acquisitions brokers (“M&A brokers”) in Division AA, Title V, Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification (“Title V”), effective 90 days after enactment. (H.R. 2617, 117th Cong. Div. AA, Title V, § 501 (2022)).

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United States: SEC Proposes Regulation Best Execution

By: Stacy L. Fuller and Nicholas O. Ersoy

On December 14, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed Regulation Best Execution (“Regulation Best Ex”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Regulation Best Ex would generally impose requirements on broker-dealers to use reasonable diligence to ascertain the best market for a security transaction and buy or sell in such market so that the resultant price to the customer is as favorable as possible under prevailing market conditions, subject to certain exemptions. For over half-of-a-century most broker-dealers have been subject to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s best execution rule 5310, but if Regulation Best Ex is adopted, the SEC would begin to regulate best execution directly.

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