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New Jersey Resident Charged with Securities and Wire Fraud

On October 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a complaint against New Jersey fund manager William J. Wells charging him with running a “Ponzi” scheme which raised over $1.5 million from...more

Hacked Investment Advisor Fined $75,000 for Lack of Cyber-Security Measures

Many in the investment advisory community are following the story of R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, an investment advisor that, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), suffered a hack exposing the...more

Investment Adviser and SEC Agree to Settle Charges Arising out of Failure to Adopt Written Cybersecurity Policies Required by the...

The SEC charged investment adviser R.T. Jones with willfully violating the Safeguards Rule by failing to adopt written policies and procedures designed to protect customer records and information. The Safeguards Rule requires...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement

September has been a busy month for the SEC in addressing cybersecurity. In the span of a week, the SEC issued a new alert in connection with its cybersecurity examination of Wall Street firms, entered a Cease and Desist...more

SEC Appoints New Head of Examination Program in Atlanta Regional Office

On September 29, the SEC named William Royer as the Atlanta Regional Office’s Associate Director of the examination program. Since June of this year, Royer has served as the examination program’s Acting Associate Director....more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Recent Developments in U.S. “Excessive Fee” Litigation

The U.S. mutual fund industry is poised to see significant developments in the ongoing wave of Section 36(b) “excessive fee” litigation. Days apart in August, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary...more

DC Circuit: No Jurisdiction For Suits Re SEC Forum Selection Choice

Suits challenging the SEC’s forum selection decisions continue to proliferate. As the trend has unfolded the Commission posted a memo on its website discussing the issue of forum selection and has proposed modifications to...more

Advisors Advantage - October 2015

How To Operate A Retirement Plan Provider Practice on a Shoe String. Why spend when you don't have to. I decided to start my own practice when another law firm stated that I could earn $150,000 if I brought them...more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

SEC Proposes Major Disclosure Changes for Funds and Advisers

The SEC recently published two rule proposals to address concerns over the Commission’s ability to gauge and monitor any risks that the asset management industry poses to the financial system and investors. This includes the...more

SEC Settles Charges Against Investment Firm that Failed to Adopt Cybersecurity Policies Before Data Breach

Recently, the SEC announced that R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, a St. Louis-based investment adviser, agreed to settle charges that it failed to establish the required cybersecurity policies and procedures before a...more

SEC Commissioners Making a “Noisy Exit”

Securities and Exchange Commission members Daniel M. Gallagher and Luis A. Aguilar will soon leave the SEC, but neither is keeping quiet about the SEC’s treatment of chief compliance officers (CCOs). Gallagher recently...more

A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule, which defines the term "fiduciary" as it applies to persons who provide "investment advice" to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of fiduciary...more

SEC brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

FinCEN's Recently Proposed AML Rule: A Road Map for SEC-Registered Investment Advisers

The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (the Proposed Rule) on September 1, 2015 that would impose anti-money laundering (AML) requirements for investment...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2015

Adviser to European Court of Justice Says US-EU Safe Harbor Should Be Declared Invalid - An advisory opinion issued by the advocate general to the European Court of Justice states that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor should be...more

SEC Announces First Cybersecurity Enforcement Action Against an Investment Adviser for Failure to Protect Client Data

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against an investment adviser for failure to protect customer records and information. According...more

SEC Announces First “Distribution in Guise” Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on September 21, 2015, brought the first of its long-awaited “distribution in guise” cases against a mutual fund adviser and distributor. The case follows a number of warnings...more

SEC Penalizes Investment Adviser over Inadequate Cyber-Risk Program Prior to Data Breach

On September 22, the SEC ordered a Missouri-based investment adviser to pay a $75,000 penalty, settling allegations that the investment adviser failed to implement required written cybersecurity policies and procedures prior...more

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Issues New Form BE-180 for U.S. Financial Services Providers Including Investment Advisers

Now that the dust has settled a little on the BE-10 benchmark survey responses, U.S. financial service providers, including investment advisers, should take note that the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”) has...more

SEC Cybersecurity Examinations and Enforcement: What Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Need to Know

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC or Commission) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced in a September 15, 2015 Risk Alert (2015 Risk Alert) that it will be conducting a second round of...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

OCIE Issues Cybersecurity Risk Alert and Exam Plans; Follows Up with Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently released a Risk Alert containing its plan for a second round of cybersecurity examinations of registered...more

The SEC OCIE Announces Increased Scrutiny of Broker-Dealers’ and Investment Advisers’ Cybersecurity Programs

On September 15, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (2015 Risk Alert) to provide broker-dealers and investment...more

Investment Adviser Settles SEC Charges After Data Breach

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled charges against a registered investment adviser for failing to comply with Rule 30(a) of Regulation S-P (17 C.F.R. § 248.30(a)) (“Safeguards Rule”). The...more

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