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The Regulators Are Coming! The Regulators Are Coming!

Regulators, in-house lawyers and compliance officers told a serious cautionary tale at the recent Practicing Law Institute Broker-Dealer Regulation and Enforcement seminar. Representatives of the Securities and Exchange...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #3

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed “Pay-to-Play” Rule - FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 14-50 requesting comment on proposed “pay-to-play” and related rules that would regulate in a manner similar to Rule 206(4)-5 under...more

What Is a Prudent Investment? Using Simulation to Evaluate Investment Selections

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), plaintiffs may file suit alleging that the selection of certain retirement investments was imprudent. Such litigation occurs after a retirement plan incurs...more

Reminder: Renewal and Notice Filing Fees for Investment Advisers Due by December 12

As a reminder, investment advisers who are subject to any state registration, renewal or notice filing fees must fund their IARD accounts by December 12 in order to cover such fees. This deadline applies to the following...more

SEC Promotes Agency Official to Lead Regional Office Investment Adviser/Investment Company Exam Program

On October 28, the SEC announced Steven Levine as the Associate Director for the Investment Adviser/Investment Company examination program in its Chicago office. Levine, who joined the agency in 2010, had served as one of its...more

SEC Sanctions Auditor, Should Make Small Issuers Think Twice

The SEC brought a settled administrative action against an auditor on October 24th. Often I’ll take a case like this and write something about it to warn other auditors (or investment advisers or broker-dealers, or whomever)...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Assets Under Management by Registered Investment Advisers Have Increased Substantially - Will “Accredited Investor” Definition Be Changed? - Excessive Fee Case Withstands Dismissal -...more

SEC Charges Recidivist Adviser, Co-Founders With Violations of Custody Rule

The SEC has brought a number of custody rule cases as part of its broken windows initiative. Its newest proceeding centered on the custody rule, however, is a contested administrative proceeding which names as Respondents an...more

Providing Audited Financial Statements Late Leads to Charges of Custody Rule Violations

The SEC announced charges against an investment advisory firm and three of its top officials for violating the “custody rule” that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control or have access to client money...more

Investment Adviser Challenges Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

A registered investment adviser and its principal recently sued the Securities and Exchange Commission for declaratory and injunctive relief to stave off an imminent administrative enforcement action, alleging that the tenure...more

Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge

Investment adviser Ismail Elmas pleaded guilty this week to an information charging one count of wire fraud. U.S. v. Elmas, No. 1:14-cr-00358 (E.D. Va.). This action is the latest is a series cases centered on investment...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — Directors Panel

Yesterday I blogged from the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not verbatim...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser with Misallocating Expenses between Portfolio Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on September 22, 2014 (Order) against private equity fund adviser Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire). The Order alleged...more

Advisors Advantage - October 2014

Dumb Mistakes that 401(k) Financial Advisors Should Avoid - Stuff to think about. We all make mistakes, well except my mother. There are mistakes we make that we think are pretty good in hindsight, but end up...more

Is A “Rule” An “Order” And Why Would Anyone Care?

Pay-to-Play Rule Challenged - Doug Cornelius recently wrote about the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission’s anti “pay-to-play” rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. New...more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the third in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws. ...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #2

Spotlight on the MSRB: In the Industry Developments section we report that the SEC, FINRA and the MSRB will be conducting a compliance outreach program for municipal advisors. The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board was...more

2014-15 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Registered investment advisers are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As aid to the required review, below is a summary of material developments during the past...more

Court Rejects GOP Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Regulations

On September 30, the D.C. District Court rejected two GOP state committees’ challenge to the SEC’s regulation prohibiting pay-to-play among investment advisors. Bowing to “curious” precedent in which words don’t mean what...more

SEC Charges Broker-Dealer for Failure to Protect Against Insider Trading by Employees

The Securities and Exchange Commission for the first time brought charges against a broker-dealer for failure to adequately protect against insider trading by its employees. The charges stem from a broker’s use of a...more

Guidance for Investment Advisers Using Proxy Advisory Firms

A recent SEC Staff Legal Bulletin provides important guidance for investment advisers that use proxy advisory firms in voting clients’ securities. Nevertheless, the Bulletin (dated June 30, 2014) leaves much unresolved....more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Cost of Proposed User Fees by Registered Investment Advisers Further Discussed - SEC Valuation Guidance for All Funds - Update on Insider Trading in Mutual Fund...more

Expect Focus - Regulators Are Watching: New Products, New Opportunities, New Risks - Volume III, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Standard CGL Policy Form Adds Data Breach Coverage Exclusion - LIFE INSURANCE ..Class Claims Against Lincoln National Barred in Section 419 Action – Again ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission announced its largest whistleblower action this week – an award to a person overseas of over $30 million. The agency also filed a series of actions this week....more

IRS: Investment Fund Managers are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

The Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") recently issued internal guidance in the form of a Chief Counsel Advice (the "CCA") indicating that the IRS has taken the position that the "limited...more

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