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SEC Publishes 2014 Examination Priorities for Investment Advisers

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its 2014 examination priorities letter (“SEC Letter”) for its National Examination Program (NEP). The NEP covers all markets and entities...more

SEC Announces Examination Priorities for 2014

On January 9, the SEC announced its examination priorities for 2014, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, including investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies,...more

SEC Announces National Exam Program Priorities

The SEC National Examination Program announced its 2012 examination priorities. Those priorities are selected by senior staff from the National Exam Program’s offices along with senior SEC staff from the various Divisions and...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - December 31, 2013

Investment Advisers — Are Your “IA Reps” Registered as Required? Why You Should Care - As we approach the end of the calendar year, it is a good time for investment advisers to check if all of its personnel who are...more

SEC Targets Investment Adviser Community

The Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) are focusing their examination and disciplinary efforts on the investment adviser...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - October 30, 2013

Non-Enforcement Matters: - No Rush to Advertise by Hedge Funds - Updated Guidance From the SEC - Results of Dodd-Frank Legislation on Investment Adviser Registration Numbers Enforcement...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - September 30, 2013

Non-Enforcement Matters - SEC to Monitor Fund Performance Claims - Suit Against Exchange Traded Funds’ Investment Adviser Dismissed - Counterparty Risk Management Practices for Mutual...more

Protecting The Rich Or The Poor: The SEC Division Of Enforcement

Should the SEC devote more resources to supervising the activities of hedge funds in which sophisticated investors invest, or should it devote more resources to investment advisor fraud, where the victims are less able to...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - August 30, 2013

Non-Enforcement Matters: - Private Fund Issuers’ Use of New SEC Rule 506(c) Hardly a “Slam Dunk” - Advisers Need to Revisit Their Business Continuity Plans. Enforcement Matters: - Registered...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - July 01, 2013

Re: Possible SRO for Investment Advisers and Fiduciary Standard for Broker-Dealers — What Others Are Saying - In the ongoing debate over whether a supervisory regulatory agency, other than the SEC, should be delegated...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - May 01, 2013

* Non-Enforcement Matters: - Legislation Reintroduced to Charge Investment Advisor User Fees - SEC Examination Program for Newly Registered Investment Advisers Reveals Common Areas of Concern - Recent...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- February 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - FINRA overhaul of communications rules becomes effective and ICI and CoC appeal Rule 4.5 ruling. Enforcement + Litigation - Enforcement Division priorities target hedge...more

The SEC Is Scrutinizing Asset Valuations—Are You Ready?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently has set its sights on registered entities and their officers and directors for overvaluing the entities’ assets....more

SEC Accuses Fund Directors of Breaching Their Valuation Duties

In a case involving fair valuation of structured notes, the SEC signaled that when investment company fund boards delegate the responsibility to fair value portfolio securities, they must provide “meaningful substantive...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - December 28, 2012

In This Issue: Non-Enforcement Matters: - New SEC Registrants Under Dodd-Frank to Be Focus of SEC Examination Program - FINRA Rule 5123 Revisited Enforcement Matters: - SEC Accuses...more

SEC Official Describes Enforcement Priorities For Hedge Funds

Bruce Karpati, Chief, SEC Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit, recently described enforcement priorities with respect to hedge funds. He noted the Asset Management Unit, comprised of 75 staff across 11 offices,...more

SEC Focuses on Fair Valuation in Recent Enforcement Cases

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order commencing an administrative proceeding against the former members of the boards of directors (Boards) of five registered investment companies on December 10,...more

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