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800. Investigations and Sanctions

(a) Application of FINRA Rule 8000 Series (Investigations and Sanctions) to Funding Portals
Except for FINRA Rules 8110, 8211, 8213 and 8312, all funding portal members shall be subject to the FINRA Rule 8000 Series, unless the context requires otherwise, provided, however, that:
(1) the term "member" as used in the FINRA Rule 8000 Series shall mean "funding portal member" as defined pursuant to Funding Portal Rule 100(b)(6);
(2) the term "associated person" as used in the FINRA Rule 8000 Series shall mean "associated person of a funding portal member" or "person associated with a funding portal member" as defined pursuant to Funding Portal Rule 100(b)(1);
(3) the terms "rules" and "FINRA rules" as used in the FINRA Rule 8000 Series shall include the Funding Portal Rules;
(4) for purposes of FINRA Rule 8210(d):
(A) a notice under FINRA Rule 8210 shall be deemed received by the funding portal member to whom it is directed by mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice to the last known business address of the funding portal member as reflected in the SEC Form Funding Portal. With respect to a person who is currently associated with a funding portal member, a notice under FINRA Rule 8210 shall be deemed received by the person by mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice to the last known business address of the funding portal member as reflected in the SEC Form Funding Portal. With respect to a person subject to FINRA's jurisdiction who was formerly associated with a funding portal member, a notice under FINRA Rule 8210 shall be deemed received by the person upon personal service, as set forth in FINRA Rule 9134(a)(1). If the Adjudicator or FINRA staff responsible for mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice to the funding portal member or person currently associated with the funding portal member has actual knowledge that the funding portal member's address in the SEC Form Funding Portal is out of date or inaccurate, then a copy of the notice shall be mailed or otherwise transmitted to:
(i) the last known business address of the funding portal member as reflected in the SEC Form Funding Portal; and
(ii) any other more current address of the funding portal member or the person currently associated with the funding portal member known to the Adjudicator or FINRA staff who is responsible for mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice; and
(B) if the Adjudicator or FINRA staff responsible for mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice to the funding portal member or person knows that the funding portal member or person is represented by counsel regarding the investigation, complaint, examination, or proceeding that is the subject of the notice, then the notice shall be served upon counsel by mailing or otherwise transmitting the notice to the counsel in lieu of the funding portal member or person, and any notice served upon counsel shall be deemed received by the funding portal member or person.
(b) Public Disclosure of Information on Funding Portals
(1) FINRA may provide access to the public, via an appropriate link on the FINRA website, to a funding portal member's current SEC Form Funding Portal, including amendments and registration withdrawal requests, as filed with the SEC pursuant to SEC Regulation Crowdfunding, in the form made publicly available by the SEC, or, with respect to a former funding portal member, the former funding portal member's most recent SEC Form Funding Portal, and any amendments and registration withdrawal requests, as filed with the SEC.
(2) FINRA shall make available to the public information filed by a funding portal member, in a format to be prescribed by FINRA, indicating whether the funding portal member or any associated person of the funding portal member is subject to an event described in Section 3(a)(39) of the Exchange Act. The funding portal member must keep this information current and must update such information promptly, but in any event not later than 10 days following any change in such information.
(3) With respect to the information filed with FINRA pursuant to paragraph (b)(2) of this Rule, FINRA shall not make available information reported as a Social Security number, information that FINRA is otherwise prohibited from releasing under federal law, or information that is provided solely for use by FINRA. FINRA reserves the right to exclude, on a case-by-case basis, information that contains confidential customer information, offensive or potentially defamatory language or information that raises significant identity theft, personal safety or privacy concerns that are not outweighed by investor protection concerns or information that was reported in error by a funding portal member.
Adopted by SR-FINRA-2015-040 eff. Jan 29, 2016.

Selected Notice: 16-06.

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