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SEC Approves FINRA Rules Addressing “Pay-to-Play” Practices

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt FINRA Rules 2030 and 4580, which set forth pay-to-play restrictions, and...more

SEC's Focus on Private Equity Firms Continues with Recent Action

A settled enforcement action, announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 14, 2016, continues the trend of increased SEC scrutiny of private equity advisers concerning the allocation and...more

The Municipal Advisor Regulatory Framework - Where We Are and Where to Next

On September 19, 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board ("MSRB") advised Congress that it had "just concluded development of a core regulatory framework for municipal advisors." This by no means signals a significant...more

Some Brokers Will Leave, But Not Like What They’re Saying

Experts saying how many brokers are going to leave the retirement plan business reminds me of the radio report that Henry Hill heard in the shower about the Lufthansa heist, in Goodfellas. Like the loot stolen in the heist,...more

SEC Charges Adviser With Improper Valuation

Sometimes it can be difficult to do the right thing. For example, in the SEC’s latest case involving an investment adviser, a valuation error was discovered. A correction was made. The investors were compensated. The adviser,...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Exception from the License Requirement for Investment Intermediaries in the Future Only in Case of a First Public Offer of Investment Assets (Vermögensanlagen) - As of 31 December 2016, investment advisors and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

For a start-up looking to unseat Bloomberg as the go-to insider source for financial news [other than this blog, of course], there’s a surefire way to gain some instant credibility: hire one of Bloomberg’s former top execs,...more

Court Reversed Summary Judgment For A Client As Against His Financial Advisor

In Kang v. Song, Song sued Kang for fraud, violations of the Texas Securities Act, violations of Texas’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced that it hired Christopher R. Hetner, a cybersecurity expert, as the Senior Adviser to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. The hire is indicative of the SEC’s focus on cybersecurity measures...more

SEC Adopts Rules for Reporting Separately Managed Accounts on Form ADV and Revised Recordkeeping Rules

Amendments to Form ADV - Information Regarding Separately Managed Accounts - The SEC’s final amendments to Part 1A of Form ADV include items intended to collect more information about each adviser’s SMAs. The...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission announced the filing of a record number of enforcement actions for the last fiscal year. The enforcement statistics highlight areas of concentration such as insider trading, investment advisers and private...more

SEC FY 2016: A Record Year for Enforcement Cases Against Funds and Advisers

On October 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it prosecuted a record number of enforcement cases against investment advisers and investment companies in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016....more

SEC Announces Record Number of Investment Adviser Cases for FY 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016, reaching new highs in the number of actions filed and money ordered forfeited through disgorgement and penalties. The SEC...more

SEC Proposes New BCP Rule and Issues Guidance

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would require registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) to adopt written business continuity and...more

Choosing an Investment Adviser for a Special Needs Trust

Trustees of special needs trusts have a duty to properly manage the funds in their care. However, most trustees, especially non-professional ones, are not sophisticated investors and they should not be directly managing the...more

6th Circuit Orders Pay-to-Play Challenge to Merits Panel

The Sixth Circuit this week declined the SEC’s request to dismiss a Constitutional challenge to the new MSRB pay-to-play rules.  Instead, the Court ordered the case to a merits panel for consideration.  The Republican parties...more

The Evolution of Advice: Digital Investment Advisers as Fiduciaries

The landscape for investment advice is shifting, and an innovative model has emerged that combines technology and investment expertise to deliver high-quality advice at a lower cost than traditional investment advisory...more

Advisors Advantage - October 2016

The Laurita Rules for 401(k) Plan Providers. Once upon a time in the 401(k) world, I knew a man named Richard A. Laurita. I worked with Rich (as his friends called him) for two different third party administration (TPAs)...more

Pay-To-Play Meets The California Labor Code

In 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rule (17 CFR § 206-4(5)) prohibiting an investment adviser from providing advisory services for compensation to a government client for two years after the adviser or...more

The Federal Securities Pay-to-Play Regulatory Framework is Complete - A Primer for Financial Services Firms

On September 20, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued two orders effectively completing the federal pay-to-play regulatory framework for investment advisers, municipal advisors, underwriters of...more

SEC Amendments to Form ADV and Advisers Act Rules Change Investment Adviser Reporting Requirements

Proposals made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2015 to amend Form ADV and certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) (SEC Proposes Significant Reporting Requirement Amendments to...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - September 2016

Editor's Overview - This month, we have re-published an interview of our colleague Seth Safra discussing the Department of Labor’s final regulation concerning fiduciaries and conflicts of interest. In this interview,...more

First Ever SEC Fintech Forum

On September 27th, 2016, the SEC announced it will host a public forum to discuss financial technology (Fintech) innovation in the financial services industry. The press release notes that the forum is designed to foster...more

How the DOL’s Impartial Conduct Standard Affects Exemptions Used by Financial Services Companies

In conjunction with its issuance in April 2016 of a new regulation redefining the concept of “investment advice” for purposes of fiduciary status under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code, the Department of Labor amended a...more

SEC Adopts Changes Impacting Private Fund Advisers

The SEC’s recently-adopted changes to Form ADV and Rule 204-2 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the so-called “books and records rule”), raise important considerations for many private fund advisers –...more

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