October 29, 2008

FINRA Issues Guidance on Broker/Dealer Obligations regarding SPACs

Recently, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 08-54, which provides guidance on the structure, trends and broker/dealer conflicts of interest associated with SPACs. The Notice discusses broker/dealer suitability and disclosure obligations in connection with a SPACs initial public offering, after-market trading and any subsequent acquisitions. The Notice also refers to compliance with NASD Rule 2720, the NASD conflict-of-interest rule, in connection with an acquisition by a SPAC.