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9561. Procedures for Regulating Activities Under Rule 4111

(a)  Notices Under Rule 4111
(1)  Notice of Requirements or Restrictions
FINRA's Department of Member Regulation ("Department") shall issue a notice of its determination under Rule 4111 that a firm is a Restricted Firm and the requirements, conditions or restrictions to which the Restricted Firm is subject (hereinafter, collectively referred to as the "Rule 4111 Requirements").
(2)  Service of Notice
FINRA staff shall serve the member subject to a notice issued under this Rule (or upon counsel representing the member, or other person authorized to represent others under Rule 9141, when counsel or other person authorized to represent others under Rule 9141 agrees to accept service for the member) by facsimile, email, overnight courier or personal delivery.  Papers served on a member, counsel for such member, or other person authorized to represent others under Rule 9141 by overnight courier or personal delivery shall conform to paragraphs (a)(1) and (3) and, with respect to a member, (b)(2) of Rule 9134.  Papers served on a member by facsimile shall be sent to the member's facsimile number listed in the FINRA Contact System submitted to FINRA pursuant to Article 4, Section III of the FINRA By-Laws, except that, if FINRA staff has actual knowledge that a member's FINRA Contact System facsimile number is out of date, duplicate copies shall be sent to the member by overnight courier or personal delivery in conformity with paragraphs (a)(1) and (3) and (b)(2) of Rule 9134.  Papers served on a member by email shall be sent to the member's email address listed in the FINRA Contact System submitted to FINRA pursuant to Article 4, Section III of the FINRA By-Laws and shall also be served by either overnight courier or personal delivery in conformity with paragraphs (a)(1) and (3) and (b)(2) of Rule 9134.  Papers served on counsel for a member, or other person authorized to represent others under Rule 9141 by facsimile or email shall be sent to the facsimile number or email address that counsel or other person authorized to represent others under Rule 9141 provides and shall also be served by either overnight courier or personal delivery in conformity with paragraphs (a)(1) and (3) of Rule 9134.  Service is complete upon sending the notice by facsimile or email, sending the notice by overnight courier or delivering it in person, except that, where duplicate service is required, service is complete upon sending the duplicate service.
(3)  Contents of Notice
A notice issued under this Rule shall include the Department's determinations under Rule 4111 and state the specific grounds and include the factual basis for the FINRA action.  The notice shall state when the FINRA action will take effect.  The notice shall state that the respondent may file a written request for a hearing with the Office of Hearing Officers pursuant to Rule 9559.  The notice also shall inform the respondent of the applicable deadline for filing a request for a hearing and shall state that a request for a hearing must set forth with specificity the basis for eliminating any Rule 4111 Requirements.  In addition, the notice shall explain that, pursuant to Rule 9559(n), a Hearing Officer may approve or withdraw any and all of the Rule 4111 Requirements, or remand the matter to the Department that issued the notice for further consideration of specified matters, but may not modify any of the Rule 4111 Requirements imposed by the notice or impose any other obligations or restrictions available under Rule 4111.
(4)  Effectiveness of the Rule 4111 Requirements
The Rule 4111 Requirements imposed by a notice issued and served under paragraph (a) of this Rule are immediately effective; provided, however, that when a firm requests review of a Department determination under Rule 4111 that imposes a deposit requirement on the firm for the first time, the firm shall be required to deposit only 25 percent of its restricted deposit requirement or 25 percent of its average excess net capital over the prior year, whichever is less, while the hearing is pending.  The Rule 4111 Requirements, and the partial deposit requirement required by Rule 4111 and this paragraph, shall remain in effect while the hearing is pending.
(5)  Request for Hearing
A member served with a notice under paragraph (a) of this Rule may file with the Office of Hearing Officers a written request for a hearing pursuant to Rule 9559.  A request for a hearing shall be made within seven days after service of the notice issued under this Rule.  A request for a hearing must set forth with specificity the basis for eliminating any Rule 4111 Requirements.
(6)  Failure to Request Hearing
If a member does not timely request a hearing, the notice under paragraph (a) of this Rule shall constitute final FINRA action.
(b)  Notice for Failure to Comply with the Rule 4111 Requirements
(1)  Notice of Suspension or Cancellation 
If a member fails to comply with any Rule 4111 Requirements imposed under this Rule, the Department, after receiving authorization from FINRA's Chief Executive Officer or such other executive officer as the Chief Executive Officer may designate, may issue a suspension or cancellation notice to such member stating that the failure to comply with the Rule 4111 Requirements within seven days of service of the notice will result in a suspension or cancellation of membership.
(2)  Service of Notice
FINRA staff shall serve the member subject to a notice issued under this paragraph (b) in accordance with the service provisions in paragraph (a)(2) of this Rule.
(3)  Contents of Notice
The notice shall explicitly identify the Rule 4111 Requirements with which the firm is alleged to have not complied and shall contain a statement of facts specifying the alleged failure.  The notice shall state when the suspension will take effect and explain what the respondent must do to avoid such suspension.  The notice shall state that the respondent may file a written request for a hearing with the Office of Hearing Officers pursuant to Rule 9559.  The notice also shall inform the respondent of the applicable deadline for filing a request for a hearing and shall state that a request for a hearing must set forth with specificity any and all defenses to the FINRA action.  In addition, the notice shall explain that, pursuant to Rules 8310(a) and 9559(n), a Hearing Officer may approve or withdraw the suspension or cancellation of membership, and may impose any other fitting sanction.
(4)  Effective Date of Suspension or Cancellation
The suspension or cancellation referenced in a notice issued and served under paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this Rule shall become effective seven days after service of the notice, unless stayed by a request for hearing pursuant to Rule 9559. 
(5)  Request for a Hearing
A member served with a notice under paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this Rule may file with the Office of Hearing Officers a written request for a hearing pursuant to Rule 9559.  A request for a hearing shall be made before the effective date of the notice, as indicated in paragraph (b)(4) of this Rule.  A request for a hearing must set forth with specificity any and all defenses to the FINRA action.
(6)  Failure to Request Hearing
If a member does not timely request a hearing, the suspension or cancellation specified in the notice shall become effective seven days after the service of the notice and the notice shall constitute final FINRA action.
(7)  Request for Termination of the Suspension
A member subject to a suspension imposed after the process described in paragraphs (b)(1) through (6) of this Rule may file a written request for termination of the suspension on the ground of full compliance with the notice or decision.  Such request shall be filed with the head of the Department.  The head of the Department may grant relief for good cause shown.

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.01 Application to Former Members Under Rule 4111. For purposes of this Rule, the term member also shall include a "Former Member" as defined in Rule 4111(i) as applicable.

Adopted by by SR-FINRA-2020-041 eff. Jan. 1, 2022.

Selected Notice: 21-34.