UBS Financial Services, Santander Securities, Popular Securities and Oriental Financial Services are financial services companies that enjoy a strong presence in major markets throughout the world. These firms allegedly encouraged clients to take concentrated positions in Puerto Rican bonds closed-end municipal bond funds.
Late in 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Task Force, a group formed solely for the purpose of systematically assessing and critiquing securities arbitration, released its Final Report and recommendations. The report contains 51 individual recommendations designed to improve FINRA’s heavily-regulated dispute resolution program. Some recommendations offer specific details on implementation; others urge conceptual reform of a particular aspect of the arbitration process but leave FINRA to take care of fleshing out the details.