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FINRA Extends Implementation Date for Debt Research Rule to April 22, 2016

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February 18, 2016

Client Alert
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) delayed the implementation of FINRA Rule 2242 (Debt Research Analysts and Debt Research Reports) until April 22, 2016. FINRA Rule 2242 addresses conflicts of interest relating to the publication and distribution of debt research reports. The rule was originally scheduled to become effective on February 22, 2016. In response to industry questions regarding implementation of the rule’s requirements, FINRA stated that it believes it is appropriate to extend the implementation date. FINRA did not indicate whether additional guidance on the rule would be forthcoming. The proposal to delay implementation did not make any other changes to FINRA Rule 2242 or any other FINRA rule. For more information on FINRA Rule 2242 please see our Client Alerts available here and here

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