In July, the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), published a regulatory notice regarding the approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission of amendments to NASD Rules 1022 and 1032. The amendments, effective November 2, 2009 and first described in our post of March 19, require individuals engaged in investment banking activities to register under a new limited representative registration category for investment banking professionals and take a corresponding qualification exam in lieu of the current General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7) exam. A transition period, however, will allow individuals holding the Series 7 registration to opt into the new category until May 3, 2010 without having to take the new exam.