Tim Foley advises global and regional financial institutions, particularly U.S.-registered broker-dealers, in regulatory compliance and enforcement matters involving the SEC, FINRA, self-regulatory organizations (SRO), and state and foreign regulatory agencies. Tim has extensive knowledge of sales and trading operations of institutional, retail, and limited-purpose broker-dealers, including low-touch algorithmic and direct market access strategies, high-touch and retail sales practices, and wholesale dealer syndicates.
Tim has handled an extensive variety of regulatory inquiries and related investigations, in particular FINRA enforcement, market regulation, and NCFC (formerly OFDMI) matters, involving issues such as market manipulation, fair pricing and mark-up/mark-down, trade reporting, short sales, distribution restricted periods, and marketplace structure rules. In these matters, Tim offers clients practical, risk-based assessments of applicable regulatory requirements and directly assists client teams in deciphering complex order, execution, and routing data and other records.
Tim also has extensive experience advising fund complexes and sponsors, including non-traded REITs and other direct participation programs, in matters involving broker-dealer registration and distribution channel requirements, including issues involving advertising, communications, and organization and offering expenses. He has conducted large-scale retail sales practice investigations for retail broker-dealers, particularly independent broker-dealers and their individual registered representatives, in large-scale retail sales practice investigations involving complex products suitability. These investigations focused on variable annuity, REIT, and nontraditional ETF sales.