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Labor and Employment Regulations Potentially Affected by Trump Regulatory Freeze

The Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review" (Freeze Memo) instructs the heads of federal executive departments and agencies to send no regulation to the Office of Federal Register (OFR) until a presidential...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Action for Failure to Disclose Banker Fee Arrangements

On February 14, 2016, the SEC settled an enforcement action against CVR Energy for providing misleading disclosure about the fees payable to CVR’s two financial advisors in connection with CVR’s defense of a hostile tender...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

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Shareholders have accused Under Armour of “concealing the impact” of Sports Authority’s bankruptcy from investors in order to artificially inflate its stock price. The suit comes on the heels of a disastrous Q4 for UA, in...more

UPDATE: Continued Regulatory Focus on US Political Contributions

Recent actions by financial industry regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”), and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”),...more

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We learned about KraftHeinz’s offer to merge with Unilever only after it had been rejected. And now it appears to be off the table completely—all $143 billion of it....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

TIC Form SHC 5-Year Benchmark Survey of U.S. Ownership of Foreign Securities Due March 3, 2017

Investment advisers are reminded to review their filing obligations under the TIC Form SHC as reporting on this 5-year benchmark survey is due on March 3, 2017. The survey collects information on holdings by U.S....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

Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on the Five Most Frequent Compliance Topics Identified in...

On February 7, 2017, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (OCIE) published a Risk Alert listing of the five compliance topics most frequently identified in deficiency...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Morgan Stanley settled another case with the Commission this week. This time its brokerage unit resolved an action centered on the improper sales of ETFs, admitting the facts in the Order. ...more

Investment Advisers And Broker-Dealers Face Scant Likelihood Of California Examinations

The California Department of Business Oversight recently issued a report on its Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser Program. This report was required by the Budget Act of 2014. Although short, the report provides some...more

Update on the USDOL Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

There were two key developments last week concerning the ongoing challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) conflict of interest rule and related exemptions:  a Presidential Memorandum calling for a review of the...more

OCIE and FINRA Announce 2017 Examination and Regulatory Priorities

On January 4 and January 12, 2017, respectively, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) each...more

Department of Labor Moves to Delay Fiduciary Rule

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay the effective date of the final Conflict of Interest Rule that re-defines who is a fiduciary...more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo after Trump Memo and Federal Judge’s Ruling

Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider implementation of the fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule, which widens the scope of who is considered a “fiduciary” of an...more

Common Compliance Issues for Investment Advisers

On February 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published a Risk Alert listing the five most frequent compliance topics identified on investment adviser examinations completed within...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: White House Orders Review of DOL Final Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum ordering the US Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct a full review of its final fiduciary rule and related guidance, anticipated to go into...more

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Ex-VW-Chairman Ferdinand Piech has thrown a wrench in the automaker’s official narrative of the emissions cheating scandal by suggesting, in sworn testimony, that the company knew of the cheating months before it was...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Three of the six actions filed this week by the Commission were against registered investment advisers. One involved the misappropriation of funds, another centered on the failure to disclose a related party transaction and a...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Still On for April 10 Implementation

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Duty Rule remains on track for April 10 implementation, notwithstanding a maelstrom of hype about it. Nearly everyone expected the new administration would delay the Rule – and many...more

Implications of Trump's Memorandum on Status of Fiduciary Rule

President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on Feb. 3, 2017, directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider the regulations that change the definitions of fiduciary and fiduciary advice. The regulations,...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017 #2

Editor's Note - No Short-Term Fixes. On February 3, President Trump signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum intended to provide a framework to “roll back” the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank) and to review the...more

IA Sanctioned Based On Risk Areas In OCIE Alert

The Commission’s inspection staff – OCIE – issued an Alert about its national inspection program earlier this week, highlighting risk areas for investment advisers. Any adviser facing an inspection would do well to review the...more

No Change By Trump: Fiduciary Regulations Still Effective in April

On February 3, 2017 President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of the DOL to determine whether new fiduciary regulations impair the public’s access to retirement information and financial advice. Please...more

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