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Thomas Ahmadifar primarily advises clients on regulatory issues under federal and state securities, commodity, and banking laws. He counsels broker-dealers on matters before the SEC, FINRA and other SROs, including business expansions, changes of control, membership applications and the trading practice rules. In his funds practice, Thomas advises clients in both the registered and private funds spaces.

On March 10, 2023, volatility resulting from concerns regarding runs on certain banks triggered trading halts in those banks’ stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq. March 13, 2023, saw additional trading halts on bank stocks. This post provides a brief explanation of the Limit Up Limit Down (LULD) rules that pause and prevent trading in a single security from taking place outside a specific range, either up or down, from the average trading price during the previous five minutes.Continue Reading Market Turmoil Caused by “Run on the Banks” Leads to Trading Halts

FINRA Issues a Regulatory Notice for Firms to Let FINRA Know About Digital Asset Activities

On July 6, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), a self-regulatory organization that primarily oversees the regulation of broker-dealers, issued a new Regulatory Notice to encourage firms to notify FINRA if they engage in activities related to digital assets.

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