ACC Hosts 2018 Annual Meeting


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Association of Corporate Counsel

Matthew E. Syken leverages over a decade of legal experience to inform his work as a FINRA arbitrator and general counsel at Guy Yocom Construction Inc./Amigos Development Corp. In conjunction with these responsibilities, Matthew Syken belongs to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Since its founding in 1982, the ACC has advocated for the professional interests of in-house counsel in more than 80 countries. The organization also provides a variety of educational and networking opportunities, including an annual meeting.

The ACA Annual Meeting is a learning and networking platform for in-house lawyers at corporations, associations, and other professional organizations. This year’s event includes a standout lineup of thought leaders in the field and workshops that address topics ranging from ethics and regulatory challenges to cyber risk and evolving geopolitical changes. The 2018 ACA Annual Meeting will take place October 21-24, 2018, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

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Who Are FINRA Arbitrators?




Legal professional Matthew E. Syken is a 2017 nominee for General Counsel of the Year from Orange County Business Journal. In practice for over 10 years, Matthew Syken is a FINRA counselor and FINRA arbitrator.

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) arbitrators are highly engaged professionals who work together to solve securities-related disputes. They are dynamic individuals who serve the investment industry by working as independent third party arbitrators in a fair and impartial dispute resolution system. The arbitrators listen to both sides of the dispute, evaluate the facts, and give a final binding decision. The arbitrators may also be called upon to perform additional work such as participating in prehearing conference calls and resolving discovery disputes.

FINRA arbitrators benefit from performing these roles. They gain membership to a professional community of over 7,200 arbitrators where they can expand their professional networks. They can also build their skills and competence, and are able to supplement their income.

Legal professionals with over five years’ professional experience and at least two years of college-level credits can apply to become FINRA arbitrators. An arbitration background is not necessary. However, qualified arbitrators will have to complete FINRA’s Basic Arbitrator Training Program.