A formal administrative or civil action initiated by a governmental agency, self-regulatory organization or a foreign financial regulatory authority; a felony criminal indictment or information (or equivalent formal charge), or a misdemeanor criminal information (or equivalent formal charge), but does not include an arrest or similar charge effected in the absence of a formal criminal indictment or information (or equivalent formal charge). NOTE: Investment-related civil litigation, other than that specified above, is reportable under Question 14H on Form U4. An investigation is reportable under Question 14G on Form U4.
Includes: (a) grand jury investigations; (b) U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations after the "Wells" notice has been given; (c) FINRA. investigations after the "Wells" notice has been given or after a person associated with a member, as defined by The FINRA By-Laws, has been advised by the staff that it intends to recommend formal disciplinary action; (d) NYSE Regulation investigations after the “Wells” notice has been given or after a person over whom NYSE Regulation has jurisdiction, as defined in the applicable rules, has been advised by NYSE Regulation that it intends to recommend formal disciplinary action; (e) formal investigations by other SROs; or (f) actions or procedures designated as investigations by jurisdictions. The term investigation does not include subpoenas, preliminary or routine regulatory inquiries or requests for information, deficiency letters, “blue sheet” requests or other trading questionnaires, or examinations.