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SEC Approves FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule

This week, on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the SEC approved FINRA Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) as they had been proposed by FINRA. The Proposed Rules would impose pay-to-play restrictions and recordkeeping...more

Private Fund Advisers Must Pay Close Attention to Nuances under Pay-to-Play Restrictions in Light of Upcoming Elections Nationwide

As the elections approach nationwide, advisers to private investment funds with current or prospective state or local government entity investors should be mindful of political activities by their personnel which could raise...more

Don’t argue; the client is always right even when they are not

Over the years that I have defended broker-dealers and investment advisors on customer-initiated claims, I have seen many things that would make any compliance officer cringe. One spine tingling (not in the good way) type of...more

Impact of DOL’s Final Rule on Business Development Companies

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule defining who is a fiduciary in connection with investment advice that is provided to benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income...more

Why treating customer complaint with therapeutic neglect always fails

When faced with a customer complaining through a letter or email, it is human nature to try to appease the customer with a conciliatory response or no response at all. I have seen this “human nature” all too often when...more

FinCEN Adopts New Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has adopted new anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations that impose additional customer due diligence requirements on certain financial institutions...more

Regulatory Musical Chairs for Money

The SEC and FINRA continue to play musical chairs with staff resources allocated to examinations of investment advisers and broker-dealers. According to SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s remarks at an April 16 SEC Compliance...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes Amendments to Update and Simplify Disclosure Requirements as Part of Overall Disclosure Effectiveness Review - On July 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed...more

Political Contributions to the Donald J. Trump Presidential Campaign Might Adversely Affect Advisers That Have or Are Seeking...

Last week, Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for U.S. president, selected Governor Mike R. Pence of Indiana as his running mate for vice president. The selection of Governor Pence might have implications under the SEC’s...more

Securities Enforcement: 2016 Mid-Year Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) brought over 400 enforcement actions in the first half of 2016 and is on pace to surpass its record of 807 enforcements actions in a single fiscal year, which...more

"Contributions to Trump/Pence Campaign Are Subject to Pay-to-Play Rules"

On July 15, 2016, Donald Trump announced that he selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. Contributions to the Trump/Pence campaign are now subject to prohibitions and restrictions under the...more

FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture

Speaking at the Brookings Institution this April, FINRA head Richard Ketchum emphasized the importance of a broker-dealer having a "culture" that favors the firm’s customers when their interests conflict with those of the...more

SEC Charges Adviser for Failing to Monitor Consultants

The action underscores the need for investment advisers and broker-dealers to maintain robust policies and controls when utilizing third-party contractors. On May 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Hosts National Compliance Outreach Seminar for Investment Companies and Investment Advisers In April 2016, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”), the...more

Elder Abuse Takes Another Twist and Turn

If you thought the SEC and FINRA were serious about elder issues, welcome to the Alabama, Indiana and Vermont. Each has focused on elder abuse issues. These states will have mandatory reporting to state officials in...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement with $1 Million Fine Against Morgan Stanley

The Security and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) recent $1 million settlement with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“MSSB”) marked a turning point in the agency’s focus on cybersecurity issues, an area that the agency has...more

"FINRA Extends Deadline for SEC to Act on Proposed FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule"

On June 21, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority extended the time for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to act on Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) to August 26, 2016. The Proposed...more

SEC Settles with Private Equity Fund Adviser Charged with Acting as an Unregistered Broker

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settlement order highlights the importance that the SEC has placed on the issue of broker-dealer registration for the private equity industry. On June 1, 2016, the SEC...more

SEC Faults Private Equity Fund Manager for Acting as an Unregistered Broker and Failing to Comply With Fund Agreements

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought and settled charges against a private equity fund adviser and its principal owner for engaging in brokerage activity without registering as a...more

"SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser as an Unregistered Broker"

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") accepted a settlement offer from a registered investment adviser of private equity funds, and its founder, principal and managing member. The settlement...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Adviser for Unregistered Brokerage Activity

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 1, 2016 announced a settled enforcement action against a private equity fund manager (Adviser) for acting as a broker-dealer without registering. The case is...more

The SEC Proposes Rules to Address Investment Advisor and Broker-Dealer Incentive Based Compensation

The SEC recently released a proposed rule pursuant to Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) with respect to the implementation of incentive-based compensation arrangements...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

Cease and Desist Proceedings Against an Asset Manager for Acting as an Unlicensed Broker-Dealer

Industry participants are well-advised to review their practices to ensure compliance with the Advisers Act, and the SEC’s and SEC’s Staff’s interpretations of when registration as a broker-dealer is required....more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

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