SIFMA Statement on FTC Non-Compete Rule Finalized Today

Washington, D.C., April 23, 2024 – SIFMA today issued the following statement from president and CEO Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. regarding the final Federal Trade Commission (FTC) non-compete rule:

“We are carefully reviewing the final rule released today and appreciate that the FTC carved out the sale of businesses and the existing agreements for senior executives. We however, remain concerned that the near-categorical prohibition on non-compete clauses would hurt competition and the economy by terminating long-established practices of using non-compete clauses to protect a business’s sensitive information. The proposal also greatly underestimated its compliance costs, while failing to establish a clear record on its benefits or necessity.”


SIFMA is the leading trade association for broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers operating in the U.S. and global capital markets. On behalf of our industry’s nearly 1 million employees, we advocate for legislation, regulation and business policy affecting retail and institutional investors, equity and fixed income markets and related products and services. We serve as an industry coordinating body to promote fair and orderly markets, informed regulatory compliance, and efficient market operations and resiliency. We also provide a forum for industry policy and professional development. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). For more information, visit