Custody Rule

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The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 5

Discussion and Analysis Last week, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate announced that it will host an “Evidence Summit” to discuss strategies for raising retail investors’ understanding of critical investment...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #2

Editor's Note - Marching On. Notwithstanding the industry’s watch of the Senate’s confirmation of new leadership for the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the DOL proposed a delay...more

Registered Investment Advisers Take Note: New SEC Custody Rule Guidance

Registered investment advisers should take note of recent pronouncements by the staff of the SEC's Division of Investment Management (the "Division") regarding Rule 206(4)-2 (the "Custody Rule") of the Investment Advisers Act...more

SEC Staff Identifies Several Paths to “Inadvertent Custody” Under the Advisers Act Custody Rule

Last week, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) clarified its views on certain arrangements that can result in investment advisers having “custody” of client assets, as defined in rule 206(4)-2 (the...more

Funds Talk: March 2017

OCIE Highlights Frequent Topics for Compliance Deficiencies for Investment Advisers - On Feb. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published...more

2016 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

Executive Summary - The Morgan Lewis Year in Review highlights key US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement developments and...more

SEC Grants Limited Relief from the Custody Rule for Advisers Relying on Clients’ Standing Letters of Instruction

In a letter to the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), the Staff of the Division of Investment Management said that investment advisers acting pursuant to a standing letter of instruction or other similar asset transfer...more

SEC Staff Provide New Custody Rule Guidance

On February 21, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) released new guidance concerning when a registered investment adviser is deemed to have “custody” for purposes of Adviser’s Act Rule 206(4) (the Custody...more

US SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Top Five Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Found During Inspections

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on February 7, 2017 (Risk Alert), highlighting the “five compliance...more

OCIE to Investment Advisers: Focus on These Five Problem Areas

Only one month after releasing its exam priorities for this year, on February 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert describing...more

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

OCIE Issues Alert on the Five Most Frequent Compliance Topics Identified in Examinations of Investment Advisers

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, has published a list of the five compliance topics most frequently identified in deficiency letters that are sent to SEC-registered investment advisers....more

SEC’s OCIE Issues Alert on Key Compliance Issues

A Risk Alert regarding its National Exam Program was issued by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations or OCIE. Drawing from its prior exam experience, OCIE identified five key areas of risk for investment...more

Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule...

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement and Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Mutual Fund Directors Must Be Vigilant in Addressing Risks - In remarks to the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined some of the risks and challenges that mutual fund...more

SEC Waives Custody Rule Requirements for Certain Affiliated Sub-Advisers

Under the SEC Rule 206(4)-2, the “custody rule,” registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities are required to take a number of steps designed to safeguard those client assets. One such step is...more

Custody rule examiners need to, you know, examine.

Here’s a thing I know: South Carolina doesn’t require vehicle inspections. Dumb, right? If your car is properly registered, you can drive it there all you want no matter how dangerous it is. Here’s a thing I think I know:...more

Sub-Advisers Get Relief from Custody Rule’s Surprise Exam Requirement

Recent SEC staff no-action letter allows certain sub-advisers to avoid the burdensome surprise examination requirement under the Custody Rule. On April 25, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff provided...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed at trial this week, securing a favorable verdict after a two week jury trial. The action centered on false statements made by an executive regarding regulatory approvals for the only drug of the...more

SEC Grants Sub-Advisers No-Action Relief from Custody Rule Audit Requirements

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) no-action letter issued on April 25, 2016 provides relief from the annual surprise audit requirement of the “Custody Rule” for a registered investment adviser (RIA)...more

SEC Sanctions Audit Firm, Partner Tied to Custody Rule

Custody Rule cases are rapidly becoming a staple of SEC enforcement. Rule 206(4)-2 requires registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities to implement certain controls to protect those assets....more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - A Source of Concern for the SEC — The Outsourcing by Investment Advisers and Funds of Compliance Activities - In a recent National Exam Program Risk Alert (dated November 9, 2015) the U.S....more

SEC Once Again Sanctions The CCO of An Investment Advisory Firm

On November 19, 2015, the SEC announced a settlement with investment advisory firm Sands Brothers Asset Management, LLC for violating the Custody Rule, SEC Rule 206(4)-2, which requires that registered investment advisers who...more

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

“Recidivist” Custody Rule Violators Settle SEC Charges

The SEC announced that an investment advisory firm, two owners, and a former chief compliance officer have agreed to settle charges that the firm again violated the custody rule after being reprimanded for violations only a...more

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