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SEC “Likes” Social Media for Investment Advisers

The SEC staff views social media as a useful tool that helps consumers conduct their own due diligence on investment advisers. In a recent Investment Management Guidance Update, the staff stated that, under certain...more

"SEC Issues New FAQs on Municipal Advisor Rule"

On May 19, 2014, the SEC issued an updated set of FAQs on the rule defining and requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC (the Rule). The updated FAQs provide clarification on several important issues for certain...more

SEC Issues Updated Guidance on Conflict Minerals Just in Time for May 31 Deadline

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently updated its answers to frequently asked questions from registered companies to provide additional guidance on disclosure requirements under its conflict minerals rule. The...more

More Due Diligence For Investments In Private Funds

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a January 28, 2014 Risk Alert summarizing current practices and trends in how investment advisers conduct due diligence on private funds they recommend...more

Congressional Leaders Tell Mary Jo White To Implement Conflict Minerals Rules Now

In a letter to the SEC Chair, Mary Jo White, Senator Edward J. Markey and a group of other Member of Congress urged the financial oversight agency to implement the rule requiring due diligence and reporting requirements on...more

US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 14, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in the lawsuit challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule which reversed, in part, the prior...more

SEC Charges Adviser, Others In Fee Splitting Scheme

A registered investment adviser and its principals were named as Respondents in a proceeding that centers on allegations of undisclosed revenue sharing arrangements, conflict of interest, violations of the custody rule and...more

Circuit Court Largely Rejects Challenges To SEC Conflict Mineral Rules

The SEC largely prevailed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit changing the Rules promulgated by the agency under Dodd-Frank regarding conflict minerals. National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, No.. 13-5252...more

SEC Issues More FAQs On Conflict Minerals

The SEC has issued nine additional frequently asked questions, or FAQs, on the SEC’s conflict reporting rules. Some of the highlights are...more

SEC Staff Issues Risk Alert Addressing Adviser Due Diligence on Alternative Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert that summarizes OCIE staff observations on investment adviser due diligence practices with respect to...more

Merger And Acquisition Due Diligence And Voluntary Disclosures

The Justice Department and the SEC continue the drumbeat encouraging companies to voluntarily disclose potential FCPA violations. Of course, the reason for their position is obvious – they want to know about every violation,...more

SEC Staff Offers Roadmap for Alternative Investment Due Diligence Processes

The SEC believes that investment advisers, including pension consultants, are increasingly recommending that their clients invest a portion of their portfolios in private alternative investment funds. In light of that trend,...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Investment Advisers’ Due Diligence Processes for Selecting Alternative Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert on January 28 regarding the due diligence practices of investment advisers when they recommend or place...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Investment Advisers’ Due Diligence Processes for Selecting Alternative Investments

On January 28, 2014, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (the “Risk Alert”) resulting from its review of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 6

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Private Placements - SEC Issues No-action Relief Regarding Registration of M&A Brokers - CFTC Issues Guidance on New...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert: Advisers’ Due Diligence Processes for Selecting Alternative Investments

Whether or not 2014 will be the year of the alternative investments, many predict that this asset class will play an increasing role in the portfolio allocation of many advisers, with alternative investments being defined as...more

U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Alternative Investment Due Diligence...

U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Alternative Investment Due Diligence Practices - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and...more

SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Rule 506 Bad Actor Disqualification

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance posted additional Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (see Questions 260.14 through 260.27) to the SEC website that address the “bad actor” disqualification...more

Tackling the realities of due diligence in a global setting

The Resource Guide to US FCPA* (the Guidance) promulgated by the DOJ and SEC emphasizes the need for appropriate due diligence and vetting before engaging third parties. The Guidance details the need to conduct...more

Risk-based due diligence of third-party intermediaries: a scorecard approach

Companies operating internationally often engage numerous – sometimes even thousands – of third parties around the world to help facilitate their business. Alongside the growth of such relationships, the risks posed by them...more

FinCEN Joins The Enforcement Party

FinCEN’s new Enforcement Division, which was created in June of 2013, is already making its mark in the financial enforcement world. Federal regulators are focusing on compliance with Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and...more

Third Party Risk in a Global Environment

Most organizations engage with hundreds, if not often thousands, of third party vendors, suppliers, agents and business partners, creating a daunting and ever-expanding scope of risk. This risk arises from: 1....more

Reminder: Private Fund Due Diligence Required to Comply with “Bad Actor” Provisions Under Rule 506 Which Take Effect Monday,...

As a reminder, under amendments to Rule 506 adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 10, 2013, any private fund conducting an ongoing offering of its securities is required to undertake due diligence to...more

New Rule 506(d) "Bad Actor" Disqualification - A Continuous Diligence Headache for Emerging Companies

As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC on July 10, 2013, adopted final Rule 506(d) to "disqualify felons and other bad actors" from Regulation D private offerings. New Rule 506(d) identifies persons and triggering events...more

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