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SEC Examinations of Newly Registered Private Fund Advisers Wind Down

In testimony before Congress, SEC Chair Mary Jo White noted that she anticipates SEC staff will conclude a two-year initiative to conduct focused, risk-based exams of newly registered private fund advisers in October 2014. ...more

Regulation: The New Normal for Hedge Funds?

By all accounts, hedge funds are having a great year. According to the Wall Street Journal, fund managers added a net $26.32 billion of new cash in the first quarter, the highest in almost three years. Better yet, many...more

SEC's Enforcement Action Against Hedge Fund Adviser for Retaliation Against a Whistleblower Highlights Challenges Employers Face

After repeated warnings over the last few years that it had both the authority and willingness to do so, on June 16, 2014, the SEC brought its first enforcement action for retaliation against a whistleblower under the...more

View From McDermott: What Private Equity and Hedge Funds (and Their Benefit Plan Investors) Should Know About ERISA

ERISA imposes numerous obligations on fiduciaries holding assets of employee benefit plans. In addition to discharging its duties prudently and for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits to benefit plan participants and...more

Private Equity And The SEC: A Brave New World Of Scrutiny And Compliance

In early April 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the formation of a new unit within its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) that will be dedicated to the examination of private...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

The Financial Industry – Life Is Getting Tough

Financial institutions, investment banks, private equity firms and hedge funds are having a rough time. Things are just not going well for them. While the economic outlook is turning positive, the enforcement atmosphere is...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - 02/03/14

SEC Initiates Enforcement Action Against Hedge Fund Adviser - The SEC initiated an administrative proceeding on January 8, 2014 against Patrick G. Rooney (“Rooney”), the sole owner and managing partner of Solaris...more

Lamson Comments on Volcker Rule [Video]

Shearman & Sterling partner Donald Lamson, one of the leaders of the firm’s Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory practice, advises financial institutions to focus on compliance when determining their next...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 Exam Priorities Include Newly Registered Hedge Fund And Private Equity Advisors

The SEC has 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, exchanges and...more

SEC Collects Record $3.4 Billion in 2013 Enforcement Actions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it levied a record $3.4 billion in sanctions in its fiscal year 2013 ending September 30, 2013. This is an increase of 10% from the previous year, augmented by a...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

Key Provisions of the Volcker Rule Final Regulations for Non-US Banking Entities

The five US financial agencies (“Agencies”) have approved jointly prepared final regulations (“Final Rules”) to implement the prohibitions on engaging in proprietary trading and investment in or sponsorship of a private...more

Summary of the Volcker Rule

On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity...more

Federal Judge Reaffirms Decision to Narrow SEC’s Adviser Act Claims Against Hedge Fund

Last week, a Georgia federal judge reaffirmed a decision to narrow two claims in a civil enforcement action accusing two hedge fund managers and their firms of defrauding investors. Paul T. Mannion Jr. and Andrew S. Reckles...more

Hedge Fund Administrator Enters Into First Individual Deferred Prosecution Agreement With SEC

The SEC announced a deferred prosecution agreement, or DPA, with a former hedge fund administrator who helped the agency take action against a hedge fund manager who allegedly stole investor assets. According to the SEC’s...more

Private Equity FCPA Risks: Growing Rapidly

Several years ago, the SEC sent shockwaves through the private equity and hedge fund industries. The SEC launched an industry investigation focused on the legal principle that foreign sovereign wealth funds were a part of...more

Hedge Funds Plead Guilty to Insider Trading with Historic Penalty and Five-Year Probation

A major plea agreement in the Southern District of New York, which imposed the largest insider trading penalty in history, indicates federal prosecutors aim to follow through on long-standing promises of cracking down on...more

SEC Comments Regarding Current Hedge Fund Priorities

On September 12, 2013, the SEC published a recent speech by Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, in which he notes his views as to current priorities for the SEC in its regulation of hedge fund...more

SEC to Focus on Private Fund Adviser Compliance Procedures in Rule 506(c) Offerings

With general solicitation and general advertising on the horizon, private fund advisers should review their policies and procedures to determine whether they are reasonably designed to prevent the use of fraudulent or...more

Broker-Dealers: Pay Attention To Government Audits And Examinations

The story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” applies with full force to the securities industry and the FCPA. ...more

2013 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference

In this presentation: - General Counsel’s Address - Keynote Address - General Session — It’s a Small World After All: How Non-U.S. Regulators Affect Your Business - General Session — Closer to...more

Third Circuit Reinforces Limits to Directors' Exposure for Misconduct by Corporate Employees

In Belmont v. MB Investment Partners, Inc., No. 12-1580, 2013 WL 646344 (3d Cir. Feb. 22, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a mere failure by corporate directors to oversee enforcement...more

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

In This Issue: Non-Enforcement Matters - FINRA Announces Regulatory and Examination Priorities for 2013 - SEC Previous Hedge Fund Enforcement Trends for 2013 Enforcement Matters - Another...more

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