Kelley A. Howes

Kelley A. Howes

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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OCIE Identifies Top Five Adviser Compliance Issues

In a new Risk Alert, OCIE’s National Exam Program provided investment advisers with insight into the five compliance topics most frequently identified in its exam deficiency letters. Registered investment advisers should...more

2/9/2017 - Compliance Custody Rule Global Code of Ethics Investment Adviser OCIE Recordkeeping Requirements SEC Examination Priorities

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update – February 2017

REGULATION - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become...more

2/2/2017 - Attorney-Client Privilege Broker-Dealer Brokers Capital Acquisition Broker (CAB) Conflicts of Interest Cross-Selling DOL Examination Priorities Exploitation Fiduciary Rule FINRA Investment Adviser Liquidity Risk Management Rule Mutual Funds OCIE Pay-To-Play Sales Load Variations SEC Section 36(b) Swing Pricing Trustees

Enforcement Focus on Advisers’ “Cherry-Picking” Continues

The SEC banned the managing member and chief compliance officer of a registered investment adviser from the securities industry for illegal “cherry-picking” investments among the adviser’s managed accounts. The SEC staff...more

1/26/2017 - Chief Compliance Officers Fraud Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Managing Members SEC Securities Act of 1933

FINRA Fine Addresses Broker Compensation and Conflicts of Interest

A recent enforcement action by FINRA underscores the regulator’s continuing concern regarding how financial advisers are paid to sell investment products. In a case announced on November 28, 2016, a member firm settled...more

11/30/2016 - Broker-Dealer Brokers Conflicts of Interest Financial Adviser Financial Products FINRA Investors

The SEC Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Recordkeeping Rule: Advisers Now Required to Disclose Information About Separately...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently amended Form ADV to require investment advisers to disclose more information about their separately managed account business, aggregate data related to the use of...more

9/1/2016 - Asset Class Books & Records Borrowers Custodians Derivatives Disclosure Requirements Form ADV Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Private Equity RAUM Recordkeeping Requirements SEC Umbrella Registration

Double-Check the Math: Advisers Should Not Provide Clients With Performance Data Created by Other Investment Managers Without...

In a series of enforcement actions this week, the SEC made it clear that investment advisers need to substantiate the performance records of investment management firms they recommend to their clients. In these cases,...more

8/26/2016 - Due Diligence Enforcement Actions Failure to Validate Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Investment Management Negligence Penalties SEC TPAs

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

8/16/2016 - Advisors Act Auditors BDC Broker-Dealer Business Continuity Plans Business Development Companies CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Commodity Pool Customer Due Diligence (CDD) ETFs FinCEN FSOC OCIE Private Equity Qualified Client Risk Management SEC

It's Time To Loosen The Limitations On BDC Investors

Business development companies, which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much mutual...more

8/10/2016 - Business Development Companies ETFs Investment Company Act of 1940 Mutual Funds SEC Voting Shares

Section 12(d)(1) and Business Development Companies

Business development companies (BDCs), which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much...more

8/5/2016 - Business Development Companies ETFs Investment Companies Investment Company Act of 1940 Mutual Funds SEC

OCIE Gives Advisers a Heads-Up About Its Latest Sweep Examination Initiative

Last week, OCIE published a National Exam Program Risk Alert highlighting the staff’s focus on advisers’ responsibility to act consistently with their clients’ best interests. According to OCIE, its latest sweep examination,...more

7/19/2016 - Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Duty to Disclose Examination Priorities Fiduciary Duty Industry Examinations Investment Adviser OCIE

Proposed Financial Disclosure Changes Could Impact Funds and BDCs

At an open meeting this week, the SEC voted to propose changes to certain disclosure rules affecting public issuers including, among others, investment companies and business development companies (BDCs)....more

7/14/2016 - Business Development Companies Comment Period GAAP IFRS Proposed Regulation Public Disclosure SEC

SEC Proposes Business Continuity and Transition Rules for Advisers While Staff Publishes Similar Guidance for Funds

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management published regulatory guidance on June 28, 2016, highlighting the need for registered investment company complexes to review their business continuity plans to ensure they are...more

7/5/2016 - Business Continuity Plans Investment Adviser Investment Funds Investment Management Registered Investment Companies (RICs) SEC

SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with “Gatekeeper Failures”

Add fund administrators to the list of service providers the SEC expects to act as “gatekeepers.” In two separate settled actions last week, the SEC found that a private fund administrator “caused” the managers’ unregistered...more

6/24/2016 - Disgorgement Enforcement Actions Fund Managers Investment Adviser Penalties Private Equity Funds SEC Unregistered Funds

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 6

Structured Notes Offered on an Agency Basis - In our last issue, we discussed the potential impact of the Department of Labor’s new rules on sales of structured products. In that article, we discussed some of the...more

5/31/2016 - Comment Period Debt Deposit Accounts DOL FDIC FINRA Offerings Recordkeeping Requirements Regulation S-K Retirement Plan SEC Structured Financial Products Underwriting

“It’s Not a Culture War” – Yet?

On May 23, 2016, at FINRA’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Richard Ketchum, FINRA’s chairman and CEO, delivered a speech that shed a little light on FINRA’s recent sweep letter relating to firm culture....more

5/26/2016 - Broker-Dealer Corporate Culture Fiduciary Duty FINRA Investment Adviser Investor Protection

SEC Approves FINRA’s Educational Communication Rule

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s new Rule 2273 (Educational Communication Related to Recruitment Practices and Account Transfers), which requires delivery of an educational communication prepared by FINRA to customers of a...more

5/23/2016 - Broker-Dealer Educational Communications Rule FINRA SEC

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - April 2016

Regulation - Department of Labor Issues Fiduciary Regulations Under ERISA - The Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-anticipated final regulation (the “Regulation”) defining who is a fiduciary as a result of...more

4/21/2016 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Crowdfunding Derivatives DOL ERISA FINRA SEC

FINRA’s 2016 Priorities Letter: Objective and Subjective Issues

2016 has arrived and, with the new year, FINRA has published its agenda of key examination priorities. This year’s 13-page Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter sets forth both long-standing and new items for firms to...more

1/7/2016 - FINRA Internal Controls Liquidity Risk Management Supervision

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

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 Adopts Further Revisions to Rule 2a-7

The SEC recently adopted rule amendments removing credit rating references in Rule 2a-7 and Form N-MFP. Issuer diversification provisions were also amended to eliminate a current exclusion for securities subject to a...more

9/25/2015 - Amended Regulation Asset Diversification Board of Directors Credit Ratings Duty to Monitor Guarantors Money Market Funds New Guidance NRSRO Risk Assessment SEC

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