November 6, 2012
WASHINGTON and AMSTERDAM — In October 2012, Richard G. Ketchum, Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Ronald Gerritse, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on information-sharing with a view to strengthening and improving cooperation. The memorandum establishes a formal basis for cooperation among FINRA and the AFM to more effectively conduct their oversight of regulated markets and financial firms.
Commenting, Ronald Gerritse said, "The AFM supervises the honest and efficient operation of the capital markets. Targeting possible market abuse is one of our main objectives. I consider the signing of this MoU as an important initiative to strengthen our supervisory cooperation, which is important for effective international oversight."
"This agreement with the AFM strengthens our cooperation with The Netherlands in key areas, including investigations and market surveillance. Surveillance and transparency are more important than ever and demand close cooperation between regulators," said Richard Ketchum. "I welcome this agreement and look forward to a long and productive partnership with the AFM."
The MoU has two main aims:
The agreement will also allow the AFM and FINRA to keep each other informed about practices in their markets and about issues concerning financial markets in general.
FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation and complementary compliance and technology-based services. FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business – from registering and educating all industry participants to examining securities firms, writing rules, enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws, informing and educating the investing public, providing trade reporting and other industry utilities, and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and firms. For more information, please visit www.finra.org.
The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) is the independent supervisory authority for savings, lending, investment and insurance markets. Our aim is to improve consumers' and the business sector's confidence in the financial markets, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In performing this task the AFM contributes to the prosperity and economic reputation of the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.afm.nl.