Jay G. Baris

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SEC Sanctions Alt Fund Asset Manager for Fee Overcharges and Misleading Investors

On January 19, 2016, the SEC settled proceedings against a Denver-based asset manager for material misstatements made in the offer and sale of units of a publicly-registered managed futures fund. The SEC found that the...more

1/29/2016 - Alternative Investment Funds Management Fees Material Misstatements Registered Investment Advisors Sanctions SEC Settlement

OCIE Publishes Exam Priorities for 2016

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its examination priorities for 2016 this week. Much like last year’s letter, this year’s letter is organized around...more

1/16/2016 - Alternative Fee Arrangements Analytics Broker-Dealer ETFs Examination Priorities Investment Adviser Investor Protection OCIE Pay-To-Play Retail Investors SEC

SEC Staff Guidance on Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees: Emphasis on Process and Fully Informed Directors

In regulatory guidance published on January 6, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management tackled the knotty issue of how mutual funds, their investment advisers and independent fund directors should evaluate...more

1/8/2016 - Board of Directors Fees Investment Funds SEC

Derivatives Rule Proposal: More Work for Overburdened Fund Directors

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposals to modernize its regulation of fund use of derivatives and leverage again increase the scope and complexity of the responsibilities of investment company fund directors. If...more

12/16/2015 - Board of Directors Derivatives Investment Companies Mutual Funds Risk Management SEC

SEC Proposes Limits on Fund Use of Derivatives and Leverage

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) today voted, by a three-to-one margin, to propose rules that would limit the amount of leverage that mutual funds may obtain through derivatives. The proposals also...more

12/15/2015 - Business Development Companies Derivatives Investment Company Act of 1940 Mutual Funds SEC

SEC to Consider Fund Derivatives Rules

The SEC announced that on December 11, 2015 that it will consider whether to propose a new rule and amendments to certain proposed forms related to the use of derivatives by registered investment companies and business...more

12/7/2015 - Business Development Companies Derivatives Investment Companies Leverage Ratio SEC

SEC Sanctions Adviser, Executives and CCO for Custody Rule Violation – Again

On November 19, 2015, the SEC sanctioned a registered investment adviser, its two owners, and a former chief compliance officer for violating the Advisers Act “custody rule” after previously settling similar charges and...more

11/23/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Custody Rule Pooled Investment Vehicles Registered Investment Advisors SEC

SEC Agenda for 2016: Tighten Rules on Leverage for Funds; Stress Testing and Third-Party Compliance Reviews for Advisers

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services on November 18, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White described what the SEC has in store for the investment management industry....more

11/19/2015 - Compliance Derivatives Investment Management Mary Jo White Registered Investment Advisors SEC

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

11/18/2015 - AIFMD Anti-Money Laundering CFTC Compliance Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions FINRA Investment Management Investor Protection OCIE Outsourcing SEC Swap Dealers Swing Pricing Volcker Rule

SEC Sanctions Adviser for Misstatements in Advertisements, Client Presentations and Regulatory Filings

The SEC found that a registered investment adviser that operates as a “manager of managers” misstated a sub-adviser’s investment performance in communications with its clients, potential clients and the SEC. According to the...more

11/18/2015 - Compliance Material Misstatements Registered Investment Advisors Sanctions SEC Third-Party Service Provider

OCIE Cautions Advisers About Outsourcing Compliance Activities

In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced compliance programs are generally effective, but some of these arrangements leave room...more

11/11/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance OCIE Outsourcing Risk Alert SEC

SEC Sanctions Broker-Dealer and Affiliated Asset Manager for Breaching Information Barriers for Exchange-Traded Products

On October 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged an investment adviser and a broker dealer for failing to maintain and enforce polices to prevent misuse of material non-public information. Without admitting...more

10/22/2015 - Broker-Dealer Disgorgement Enforcement Actions ETNs Information Sharing Insider Trading Investment Adviser Material Nonpublic Information Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements Penalties Sanctions SEC

SEC Report: Private Fund Assets Grew by 25 Percent over Past Two Years; Private Fund Leverage Revealed

The SEC’s “Private Funds Statistics” report, published October 16, 2016, reveals that the number of private funds and private fund assets has grown significantly over the past two years. The data show that private funds, as a...more

10/21/2015 - Beneficial Owner Derivatives Division of Investment Management Form ADV Form PF Hedge Funds High Frequency Trading Liquidity Private Equity Funds Private Funds Real Estate Investments Registered Investment Advisors SEC Securitization Market Statistical Analysis

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Funds to Adopt Liquidity Risk Management Programs; Allow “Swing Pricing”

At an open meeting on September 22, 2015, the SEC proposed new rules and amendments to existing rules to require open-end investment companies to adopt comprehensive liquidity risk management programs. The rules would also...more

9/23/2015 - Amended Regulation Comment Period Disclosure Requirements Investment Companies Investment Portfolios Liquidity Risk Management Rule Mutual Funds NAV Pricing Proposed Regulation Reporting Requirements Risk Assessment SEC Shareholders

SEC Expected to Propose Liquidity Risk Management Programs for Funds

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will consider proposals for liquidity risk management programs and related disclosures for open-end management investment companies. The Commission will consider the...more

9/17/2015 - Amended Regulation Banking Sector Derivatives Disclosure Requirements ETFs Financial Institutions Forms FSOC Investment Companies Liquidity Risk Management Rule Mutual Funds New Regulations Public Meetings Risk Management SEC Stress Tests Sunshine Act

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - July 2015

The 2016 compliance dates for new rules included in the SEC’s money market fund reforms are fast approaching. Among other things, the reforms include changes to stress-testing requirements, disclosure requirements, net asset...more

7/29/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Liquidity Money Market Funds NAV Regulatory Agenda SEC Stress Tests

Conflicts of Interest: When You're Having Too Much Fun at That Business Lunch

How should fund directors monitor gifts and entertainment received by investment adviser personnel? This question moved to the forefront in February, when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment...more

7/28/2015 - Board of Directors Broker-Dealer Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Conflicts of Interest Directors Division of Investment Management Gifts Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Investment Companies Policies and Procedures SEC

Volcker Rule: Federal Agencies Issue New Guidance Regarding the Seeding Period Treatment for Registered Investment Companies...

Under guidance issued on July 16, 2015 by the federal agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule (the “Agencies”) RICs and FPFs need not be treated as banking entities during a seeding period of up to three...more

7/22/2015 - Business Development Companies Covered Banking Entity Federal Reserve Final Rules RICs SEC Seed Financing Volcker Rule

SEC Commissioner: Don’t Hold CCOs Accountable for Misdeeds of Advisers

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher, in a speech on June 25, 2015, said that a perceived trend by the SEC toward “strict liability” for chief compliance officers (CCOs) is “sending a troubling message.” The statement...more

7/2/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Enforcement Actions Investment Adviser Investment Management SEC Strict Liability

OCIE Launches Sweep Examination of BD/IA Retirement Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is launching a sweep examination that will target the retirement-based savings activities of broker-dealers and investment advisers. The multi-year...more

6/27/2015 - Broker-Dealer Industry Examinations Investment Adviser OCIE Retirement Plan SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan

SEC Sanctions Independent Trustees for Deficient Advisory Contract Review

In a cease-and-desist order entered on June 17, 2015, the SEC found that a fund adviser, two independent trustees, and an inside trustee willfully violated Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”)...more

6/22/2015 - Investment Adviser Investment Advisory Agreements Investment Company Act of 1940 SEC Trustees

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

6/17/2015 - Broker-Dealer Capital Raising Crowdfunding FINRA Investment Adviser Investment Companies Material Misstatements Non-GAAP Financial Measures Non-Public Information OCIE Private Offerings Proxy Solicitations Public Offerings Regulation FD SEC Securities Regulation Social Media Testimonial Statements Websites

SEC Proposes Heightened Data and Reporting Rules for Funds and Advisers, Ponders New Rules on Derivatives and Leverage

At an open meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Chair Mary Jo White announced to enhance SEC reporting by investment companies and investment advisers. Data collection. The SEC proposed rules that...more

6/3/2015 - Data Collection Derivatives ETFs Investment Adviser Investment Funds Reporting Requirements SEC

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