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8210. Provision of Information and Testimony and Inspection and Copying of Books
This rule is no longer applicable. NASD Rule 8210 has been superseded by FINRA Rule 8210. Please consult the appropriate FINRA Rule.
(a) Authority of Adjudicator and FINRA Staff
For the purpose of an investigation, complaint, examination, or proceeding authorized by the FINRA By-Laws or rules, an Adjudicator or FINRA staff shall have the right to:
(1) require a member, person associated with a member, or person subject to FINRA's jurisdiction to provide information orally, in writing, or electronically (if the requested information is, or is required to be, maintained in electronic form) and to testify at a location specified by FINRA staff, under oath or affirmation administered by a court reporter or a notary public if requested, with respect to any matter involved in the investigation, complaint, examination, or proceeding; and
(2) inspect and copy the books, records, and accounts of such member or person with respect to any matter involved in the investigation, complaint, examination, or proceeding.
(b) Other SROs and Regulators
(1) FINRA staff may enter into an agreement with a domestic federal agency, or subdivision thereof, or foreign regulator to share any information in FINRA's possession for any regulatory purpose set forth in such agreement, provided that the agreement must require the other regulator, in accordance with the terms of the agreement, to treat any shared information confidentially and to assert such confidentiality and other applicable privileges in response to any requests for such information from third parties.
Any such agreement with a foreign regulator must also meet the following conditions:
(A) the other regulator party to the agreement must have jurisdiction over common regulatory matters; and
(B) the agreement must require the other regulator to reciprocate and share with FINRA information of regulatory interest or concern to FINRA.
(2) FINRA staff may exercise the authority set forth in paragraph (a) for the purpose of an investigation, complaint, examination, or proceeding conducted by another domestic or foreign self-regulatory organization, association, securities or contract market, or regulator of such markets with which FINRA has entered into an agreement providing for the exchange of information and other forms of material assistance solely for market surveillance, investigative, enforcement, or other regulatory purposes.
(c) Requirement to Comply
No member or person shall fail to provide information or testimony or to permit an inspection and copying of books, records, or accounts pursuant to this Rule.
A notice under this Rule shall be deemed received by the member or person to whom it is directed by mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice to the last known business address of the member or the last known residential address of the person as reflected in the Central Registration Depository. If the Adjudicator or FINRA staff responsible for mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice to the member or person has actual knowledge that the address in the Central Registration Depository is out of date or inaccurate, then a copy of the notice shall be mailed or otherwise transmitted to:
(1) the last known business address of the member or the last known residential address of the person as reflected in the Central Registration Depository; and
(2) any other more current address of the member or the person known to the Adjudicator or FINRA staff who is responsible for mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice.
(e) Electronic Interface
In carrying out its responsibilities under this Rule, FINRA may, as appropriate, establish programs for the submission of information to FINRA on a regular basis through a direct or indirect electronic interface between FINRA and members.
(f) Inspection and Copying
A witness, upon proper identification, may inspect the official transcript of the witness' own testimony. Upon written request, a person who has submitted documentary evidence or testimony in a FINRA investigation may procure a copy of the person's documentary evidence or the transcript of the person's testimony upon payment of the appropriate fees, except that prior to the issuance of a complaint arising from the investigation, FINRA staff may for good cause deny such request.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-056 eff. Nov. 6, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-98-57 eff. March 26, 1999.
Amended by SR-NASD-97-81 eff. Jan. 16, 1998 (formerly Rule 4615).
Amended by SR-NASD-97-28 eff. Aug. 7, 1997.
Amended by SR-NASD-96-46 eff. May 9, 1997.
Amended by SR-NASD-96-14 eff. Aug. 13, 1996.
Amended eff. Apr. 15, 1992.
Sec. 4 redesignated Sec. 5 eff. Sept. 1, 1969.
Selected Notices: 86-36, 92-19, 96-58, 99-16.
Selected SEC Decisions
Failure to provide information
David B. Harman, SEC Rel. No. 34-25443 (1988).
Wedbush Securities, Inc. (f/k/a Wedbush Noble, Cooke, Inc.), SEC Rel. No. 34-25504 (1988).