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At least one big fish enters the murky regulatory waters of social media
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • June 6 2011

On May 25, 2011, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced that it is launching a staged rollout of a program that would allow its financial advisors (FAs) to interact with clients and others on social media websites Twitter and LinkedIn through pre-approved public updates and private LinkedIn emails, invitations, and introductions.

FINRA issues notice for financial firms using social media
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • February 4 2010

On January 25, 2010, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, issued a regulatory notice giving guidance on how FINRA rules governing communication with the public apply to social media sites that are sponsored by a financial firm or its registered representatives.