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The Advisor as Fiduciary - 2015, Vol. 2

This is my favorite topic. If you read my last post, you understand why I believe that acting in the spirit of "fiduciary" sets every advisory firm up for success, compliance and otherwise. One of the few remaining items in...more

SEC Announces 2015 Exam Priorities

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE” or the “Staff”) recently released its 2015 Exam Priorities. OCIE examines all types of SEC registrants, including investment advisers, broker-dealers,...more

SEC Announces 2015 Examination Priorities

On January 13, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ examination priorities for 2015. The examination priorities cover a wide range of financial institutions and focus on three areas: (i)...more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #3

Cybersecurity, Potential Equity Order Routing Conflicts and AML Among the Top Examination Priorities for SEC in 2015 - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations...more

SEC 2015 Examination Priorities Focus on Liquid Alternatives and Fixed-Income Funds

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2015 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

SEC Examination Priorities in 2015 to Focus on Transparency Issues and the Early Detection of Potential Fraudulent or Other...

On January 13, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers and transfer agents. These priorities emphasize the...more

Priorities Focus on Protecting Retail Investors, Assessing Market-Wide Risks and Using Data Analytics

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) priorities for 2015 which focus on three areas: protecting retail investors, especially those...more

FINRA’s New Background Investigation Rule Will Likely Increase Firms’ Costs and Potentially Increases Exposure for Firms in...

Recently, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed new Rule 3110(e) relating to background investigations of registered persons. FINRA Rule 3110(e), which replaces NASD Rule 3010(e) and goes into effect on July 1, 2015, streamlines...more

Four Things to Know About the 2015 SEC OCIE Exam Priorities

On January 13, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued its Examination Priorities for 2015. Among the various priorities, these four issues stood out...more

SEC and FINRA Announce 2015 Exam Priorities

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently announced their 2015 exam priorities for their respective examination programs. Both the SEC and FINRA have...more

Increased Enforcement Activity by SEC of Registration Requirements for Foreign Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Servicing...

In 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued its crackdown against violations of, as the New York Times Dealbook calls it, “a cardinal rule of the financial industry” that financial advisers (including...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - Rich Matheny Comments on New Format of OFAC Sanctions List: On January 5, OFAC announced the release of a new format of its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. With the new...more

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

This article is the fourth 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

DOL 2014 Fall Regulatory Agenda

Introduction - The Department of Labor has released the 2014 Fall Regulatory Agenda. The updated agenda provides the anticipated publication dates for the next steps in the regulatory process for nearly a dozen ERISA...more

2014 SEC and FINRA Enforcement Actions Against Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The sheer number of enforcement actions brought against broker-dealers and investment advisers makes it challenging to keep up. In this alert, we divide this year’s most important cases against broker-dealers and investment...more

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

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

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

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

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

This article is the first 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

SEC Settles with Dually Registered Adviser Over Best Execution, Disclosure and Principal Transactions

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Dominick & Dominick LLC, a firm registered with the SEC both as an investment adviser and a broker-dealer (the “Adviser” or “D&D”), and Robert X....more

SIFMA Provides Guidance on Verification of Accredited Investor Status by Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) issued a memorandum (the “Memorandum”) with guidance for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers on various non-exclusive means of verifying an...more

Reverse Churning: Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, and investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to clients. But the recent increase in regulatory interest relating to inaction in a...more

SIFMA Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Verification

On June 23, 2014, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”) issued a memorandum (the “Memorandum”) containing guidance for broker-dealers and investment advisers with respect to verifying the status...more

Reverse Churning

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, as well as investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to their clients. But the rise of claims related to inaction in a client...more

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