Anastasia T. Rockas

Anastasia T. Rockas

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"SEC Announces Enforcement Results for Fiscal Year 2015"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015. The release touted high-impact and first-of their-kind actions, as well as an increase in the number and...more

11/5/2015 - Asset Valuations Cherry Picking Conflicts of Interest Cost Allocation Disgorgement Distribution Rules Enforcement Actions False Advertising Investment Adviser Penalties SEC Whistleblowers

"SEC Issues Cybersecurity Initiative"

On September 15, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a risk alert release announcing that the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) will be conducting a new Cybersecurity...more

9/22/2015 - Corporate Governance Cybersecurity Data Breach Incident Response Plans OCIE Risk Alert Risk Assessment SEC SEC Examination Priorities Vendors

"CFTC Extends Registered Futures Association Membership Requirement to Introducing Brokers, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule (“Final Rule”) that formally extends the existing registered futures association (“RFA”) membership requirement to registered introducing...more

9/14/2015 - Brokers CFTC Commodity Pool CPOs CTA Derivatives Final Rules Investment Adviser Major Swap Participants National Futures Association NFA Registered Futures Association Membership Registration Requirement Swap Dealers Swaps

"A Long Time Coming: FinCEN Proposes AML Program and SAR Requirements for Investment Advisers"

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would impose certain anti-money laundering (“AML”) requirements on...more

9/11/2015 - Anti-Money Laundering Bank Secrecy Act BSA/AML Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) FinCEN Investment Adviser Know Your Customers NPRM OCIE SEC Suspicious Activity Reports U.S. Treasury

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Issues Interpretations on General Solicitation Prohibition"

The staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) and an interpretive letter regarding the general solicitation prohibition in securities...more

8/14/2015 - Administrative Interpretation Angel Investors CDIs Compliance Corporate Issuers Disclosure General Solicitation Interpretive Letters Investment Adviser No-Action Letters Rule 506 Offerings SEC

SEC Proposes Expanding Reporting Requirements for Investment Advisers

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules, forms and amendments that would expand the information that registered investment advisers are required to report. The changes are...more

7/20/2015 - Amended Regulation Books & Records Derivatives Form ADV Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Private Funds RAUM Reporting Requirements SEC Umbrella Registration

"The SEC Proposes FINRA Regulation for High-Frequency Traders"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). The proposed amendment (the “Proposed Amendment”) would require...more

5/27/2015 - Broker-Dealer FINRA High Frequency Trading Rule 15B9-1 SEC Securities Exchange Act

"SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Companies and Advisers"

In April 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (the “Update”) identifying cybersecurity of registered investment companies and registered...more

5/8/2015 - Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity Investment Adviser Investment Companies Investment Management New Guidance SEC

"FINRA Provides Guidance on Effective Supervision and Control Practices for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies"

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a regulatory notice (the “Notice”) in March 2015 that provides guidance on effective supervision and control practices for firms engaging in algorithmic trading...more

5/5/2015 - Algorithmic Trading FINRA Market Access Rule Regulation SCI Regulation SHO SEC Software

Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Regulation and Prohibited Transaction Exemption Relief for Investment Advice...

On April 20, 2015, more than three years after withdrawing a similar proposal that was staunchly opposed by the financial services industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a proposed...more

4/29/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Best Interest Contract Exemptions Broker-Dealer DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Exemptions Fiduciary Duty Financial Institutions Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Investment Adviser IRA Pension Funds Prohibited Transactions

"CFTC, SEC Issue Guidance on the Applicability of Certain Regulations to Family Offices"

In November and December 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), respectively, issued guidance regarding the applicability of certain regulations to family...more

2/27/2015 - CFTC CPOs CTA Family Offices New Guidance No-Action Relief Registration Requirement SEC

"SEC Focus Results in Investment Adviser Fee and Expense Changes"

Recent efforts by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to bring concentrated regulatory attention to investment managers sharpened over the past year to include a particular focus on the private equity and hedge fund...more

2/4/2015 - Fees Hedge Funds Investment Adviser Investment Management OCIE Private Equity SEC

"MiFID 2: Reforming the Regulation of EU Securities and Derivatives Markets"

The European Union has begun a wide-ranging and radical reform of its securities and derivatives markets through MiFID 2, which is scheduled to be implemented across the EU by January 3, 2017. Implementation is dependent on a...more

1/28/2015 - Derivatives EU Financial Regulatory Reform MiFID Securities

"SEC Provides Guidance on SPVs and Escrows Under the Custody Rule"

In June 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a guidance update (the “Update”) on the application of the custody rule of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”) to special purpose...more

10/27/2014 - Custody Rule Escrow Accounts Guidance Update SEC Special Purpose Entities

"CFTC Staff Issues More No-Action Letters to Commodity Pool Operators"

Over the last month, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued four letters providing exemptive, no-action and interpretative relief to commodity...more

10/24/2014 - CFTC CPOs Delegation of Discretion DSIO Filing Requirements JOBS Act No-Action Relief Recordkeeping Requirements Third-Party

"SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting Matters Relevant to Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued a Staff Legal Bulletin on June 30, 2014 that provides guidance on the responsibilities of investment...more

7/7/2014 - Investment Adviser Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC

"SEC Issues New Guidance for Investment Advisers Regarding Use of Social Media Testimonials"

On March 31, 2014, the Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued long-awaited guidance regarding investment advisers’ use of public commentaries on social...more

5/21/2014 - Internet Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Investment Adviser SEC Social Media Testimonial Statements Third-Party Service Provider Websites

"Parallel Fund Structures Under the Volcker Rule"

Skadden was one of 15 law firms that participated in the development of a recently released consensus interpretation letter regarding the ability of non-U.S. banking entities to invest in certain parallel funds organized by...more

5/15/2014 - Banks Commodity Pool CPO Investment Company Act of 1940 Investment Funds Nonbank Firms Volcker Rule

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2014

In This Issue: - Decision in Wyndham Case Provides FTC With Significant Victory - SEC Announces Cybersecurity Initiative - Heartbleed Bug Generates Significant Security Concerns - FTC and DOJ Announce Policy...more


"SEC Provides Updated Guidance on ‘Knowledgeable Employee’ Status Under the Investment Company Act of 1940"

On February 6, 2014, the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a no-action letter to the Managed Funds Association (the “MFA No-Action Letter”) providing updated...more

2/25/2014 - Compliance Investment Company Act of 1940 No-Action Letters SEC

"SEC Provides No-Action Relief to M&A Brokers in Connection With Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements"

On January 31, 2014, the Division of Trading and Markets (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a no-action letter (as revised on February 4, 2014, the “No-Action Letter”) that permits...more

2/19/2014 - Broker-Dealer Compliance No-Action Letters Registration SEC Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act

General Solicitation and Bad Actor Guidance from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has released a series of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (the “Interpretations”) recently addressing the general solicitation exemption under new Rule 506(c) of...more

2/17/2014 - Bad Actors Compliance Dodd-Frank General Solicitation JOBS Act Rule 506 Offerings SEC

"NFA Requests Comments on Capital Requirements and Additional Customer Protection Measures for CPOs and CTAs"

The National Futures Association (NFA) recently issued a notice requesting comments on the advisability of subjecting registered commodity pool operators (CPOs) and registered commodity trading advisors (CTAs) to minimum...more

2/4/2014 - Capital Requirements Commodity Pool CPO CTA NFA

"SEC Provides Custody Rule Relief for Privately Offered Securities"

On August 1, 2013, the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission published an IM Guidance Update (the “Update”) regarding Rule 206(4)-2 (the “Custody Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act...more

8/22/2013 - Audits Custody Rule GAAP Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Pooled Investment Vehicles Private Offerings SEC Securities

"SEC Staff Warns That Advisers May Be Required to Register as Broker-Dealers"

On April 5, 2013, David W. Blass, Chief Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets, addressed the American Bar Association’s Trading and Markets Subcommittee.1 Mr. Blass’ remarks...more

4/23/2013 - Broker-Dealer Fund Managers Investment Adviser Ranieri Partners Registration SEC

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