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Cybersecurity Issues in the Financial Services Industry: Fasten your cyber belts, it's going to be a bumpy night

Few topics are as hot as cybersecurity. Recent high-profile data breaches at national retailers have made cybersecurity a frequent topic on Capitol Hill and an issue of growing concern to average Americans. Not surprisingly,...more

SEC Staff to Conduct Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Examinations Focused on Cybersecurity

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced in an April 15, 2014 Risk Alert (the “Alert”) that it will be conducting...more

FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt FINRA Rule 2081 that would prohibit broker dealers and associated persons from...more

Advisors have to offer Investment Education

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors liability protection based on a...more

SEC Cybersecurity Roundtable Addresses Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Risks

On March 26, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a roundtable to discuss cybersecurity issues facing public companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers and other market participants. The roundtable...more

SEC’s OCIE Announces Cybersecurity Examinations Of Broker-Dealers And Registered Investment Advisers

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, previously announced that its 2014 Examination Priorities included a focus on technology, including cybersecurity preparedness. OCIE has issued a Risk...more

SEC Offers Guidance On Use of Social Media Commentary by Investment Advisers

On March 28, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Division of Investment Management, issued guidance that clarifies when it is permissible for an investment adviser or an investment adviser representative...more

A Blast from the Past: The SEC Fines Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer for Breakpoint Violations

In a case reminiscent of the “breakpoint” enforcement actions brought 10 years ago by securities regulators, the SEC recently found that a registered investment adviser and broker-dealer overcharged clients because it...more

Investment Advisers to Plans May Be Required to Deliver "Disclosure Guide" Under ERISA

On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (the DOL) issued a proposed amendment (the Proposed Amendment) to its final regulations (the Final Regulations) under Section 408(b)(2) of ERISA (commonly referred to as the...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance for Advisers Using Social Media on Compliance with General Prohibition on Testimonials

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-4 discussing how a registered adviser or its investment advisory representatives (“IARs”) may use public commentary...more

Division of Investment Management: References by Advisers to Public Commentary on Social Media Sites Don’t Invoke “Testimonial...

Acknowledging the growing demand by consumers for information through social media, the Division of Investment Management set some ground rules on how investment advisers can use social media and publish advertisements that...more

New Regulatory Guidance on Use of Social Media by Investment Advisers

Acknowledging the growing demand by consumers for information through social media, the Division of Investment Management set some ground rules on how investment advisers can use social media and publish advertisements...more

IRS Extends FATCA Registration Deadline to May 5, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS: - Foreign financial institutions must perform due diligence to identify their U.S.-owned accounts and report them to the IRS, as well as act as a withholding agent for payments to other foreign entities....more

SEC Sanctions Non-U.S. Firm for Failing to Register as Broker-Dealer/Adviser

The SEC charged a non-U.S. multi-national financial institution with a large U.S. presence with violating federal securities laws by providing brokerage and investment advisory services to U.S. clients without registering...more

SEC Investment Management Division Provides Social Media Guidance

Investment Advisers Act Rule 206(4)-1(a)(1) states that: “[i]t shall constitute a fraudulent, deceptive, or manipulative act, practice, or course of business . . . for any investment adviser registered or required to be...more

SEC Brings Charges Against SEC Registered Investment Adviser for Improperly Allocating Expenses and Other Violations of the...

On February 25, 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) filed public administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings against Arizona-based Clean Energy Capital, LLC (a registered investment adviser, “CEC”) and...more

In Tiblier, Fifth Circuit Holds Investment Advisor Was Not a Fiduciary With Respect to Investment that Resulted in Plan Losses

The Fifth Circuit ruled last month that a plan investment advisor could not be held liable under ERISA for plan losses as a result of an investment, where the advisor did not act as a fiduciary with respect to that...more

New Custody Compliance Tasks for California Registered Advisers Effective April 1

The California Commissioner of Business Oversight (“Commissioner”) recently amended California’s custody rule 10 C.C.R. Section 260.237 (the “New Custody Rule”). The New Custody Rule will be effective on April 1, 2014....more

Supreme Court Holds That Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provision Applies To Employees Of Investment Advisers And Other Private...

On March 4, 2013, the Supreme Court issued an opinion with broad implications for mutual funds and certain other SEC-regulated companies that conduct business through or with privately-held entities (such as investment...more

Florida Regulator to Overhaul Securities and Investment Adviser Regulations

Pamela P. Epting, Director of the Division of Securities in the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, has announced a major reorganization and revision of the Division’s administrative rules and invited suggestions for...more

SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued two important announcements regarding its examination of SEC-registered investment advisers. In January 2014, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and...more

SEC Launches New Initiative to Focus Exams on Never-Before Examined Investment Advisers

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a news release detailing its plans to conduct examinations of a significant percentage of investment advisers that have...more

SEC Examination Staff Launches Never-Before Examined Adviser Initiative

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) sent a letter to advisers that have not yet been examined by the SEC as part of an initiative to examine a significant percentage of them, with a focus on...more

2014 Compliance Checklist for Investment Advisers

For those of you still easing into 2014, we thought that now would be a good time to help you plot out your regulatory and internal compliance schedules for the upcoming calendar year....more

SEC Examinations To Target Never-Before Examined Investment Advisers

On February 20, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) launched a previously-announced initiative directed at investment advisers that have never been examined, focusing on those that have been...more

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