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What to watch for in 2016 in financial regulation: important changes to AML rules for investment advisers coming this year

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the US Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) published a proposed rule in August 2015 which scoped certain investment advisers into the definition of “financial institution” and...more

Obama’s FY2017 Budget Would Double SEC & CFTC Funding

White House officials this week said that President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget will seek major increases in funding for Wall Street regulators in the near term, and proposes to double their funding by 2021....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

Proposed Changes to Quebec Derivatives Regulation Will Impact Dealers, Advisers and Hedgers

This Bulletin highlights the impact of proposed amendments to the Quebec Derivatives Regulation (QDR) on dealers and advisers that are not registered in Quebec to trade standardized derivatives, on persons who intend to rely...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Distribution Arrangements

Recently issued SEC staff guidance reminds mutual fund directors of their obligations to evaluate fund payments to financial intermediaries and emphasizes investment advisers’ and other service providers’ obligation to...more

SEC-IA Settle Disclosure Case

It is fundamental that investment professionals accurately disclose their polices and procedures and adhere to them. Yet an increasing number of proceedings are being brought by based on failing to follow to those procedures....more

2016 Annual Compliance Dates: SEC-Registered Investment Advisers To Private Funds

In 2010 the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) eliminated the private fund adviser exemption. Prior to Dodd-Frank, many managers to hedge funds and private equity funds relied on this...more

SEC’s 2016 Examination Priorities Include Continuing Focus on Cybersecurity Controls

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week issued a press release outlining the agency’s 2016 Examination Priorities that included cybersecurity. The release states: "To help fulfill the SEC’s mission of...more

SEC Expands Cybersecurity Compliance Requirements For 2016

On January 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the 2016 examination priorities list. For the third year in a row, cybersecurity is a top concern, especially with regard to internal security program...more

2016 Examination Priorities Announced By SEC

On January 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission released the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 examination priorities, which seek to address: (1) the protection of retail investors,...more

OCIE Publishes Exam Priorities for 2016

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its examination priorities for 2016 this week. Much like last year’s letter, this year’s letter is organized around...more

SEC 2016 Examination Priorities for Private Equity and Hedge Funds

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, has published its list of 2016 examination priorities. Matters of interest for private equity and hedge fund sponsors include...more

SEC Staff Announces 2016 OCIE Examination Priorities

On January 11, 2016, the staff of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its annual announcement on examination priorities in the coming calendar...more

Cybersecurity Tops SEC Office of Compliance Inspections 2016 Examination Priorities

The 2016 lists are starting to be released by regulatory agencies in the United States, giving a heads’ up to covered entities as to what compliance issues will take front and center this year. Once again, the Office of...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Riding the BDC Consolidation Wave

The past 18 months have seen a wave of consolidation among business development companies (“BDCs”). Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. took over the advisory role for NGP Capital Resources Company (now OHA Investment Corporation) after...more

A 401(k) with Vanguard funds is sued, read beyond the headline

Headlines are great, but you need to read the entire article to get the full picture. There is a new class-action lawsuit that is pitting participants in the Anthem Inc. 401(k) plan, with more than $5 billion in assets,...more

Hedge Funds: A Look Toward 2016

BakerHostetler’s final hedge fund program of 2015 provided practical advice to hedge funds and investment advisers for the coming year. The presentations focused on “Hedge Fund Hot Topics for 2016,” “How to Effectively Manage...more

Advisors Advantage - January 2016

Do You Want To Be A 401(k) Financial Advisor? An Intro. Well do you? Whether you're financial advisor who is not in the 401(k) business and want to be in it or you're the financial advisor who wants to dramatically...more

"FINRA Submits Pay-to-Play Rule 2030 to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Draft Rules) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval. The Draft Rules set forth pay-to-play...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds To Industry’s TRID Implementation Concerns: On Dec. 29 the CFPB responded to a letter by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) from Dec. 21. The MBA letter asked the CFPB to...more

Amendment to the Annual Privacy Notice Delivery Obligations of Financial Institutions under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act contained...

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the ‘‘FAST Act’’) into law. Although the FAST Act’s main focus is on improving the country’s surface transportation infrastructure,...more

Recent SEC Actions Highlight Adviser Responsibilities With Respect to Performance Advertising

In a series of recent administrative proceedings, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has clarified its expectations regarding the use of performance data in investment adviser advertisements. Specifically,...more

Feds Fish in Form PF

Annual reports that the SEC must submit to Congress provide insight into how the agency is exploiting the wealth of information that private fund advisers are required to file with it on Form PF. The SEC developed Form PF...more

Executives in Crosshairs for Corporate Violations

A new U.S. Department of Justice policy expands expectations for corporate cooperation in white collar investigations in ways that have profound implications for SEC-regulated entities such as broker dealers, investment...more

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