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Tennessee Securities Division Expands Exam Program

The Tennessee Securities Division, Department of Commerce and Insurance (Julie Mix McPeak, Comm’r) recently confirmed its launch of a comprehensive three-year cycle examination program covering all Tennessee-based...more

SEC Releases Guidance on Examination of Broker-Dealer and Investment Advisor Information Security Practices; NYSE Releases...

The Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) recently announced its 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative, which describes the focus of the OCIE’s examination of...more

SEC Brings Actions Against Ponzi Schemer, Client

Ponzi scheme cases have, of course, become a staple of SEC enforcement since the discovery of Madoff’s unprecedented scheme. While there seems to be a virtually endless number of these cases centered on the preverbal “to good...more

SEC Sanctions Broker-Dealer and Affiliated Asset Manager for Breaching Information Barriers for Exchange-Traded Products

On October 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged an investment adviser and a broker dealer for failing to maintain and enforce polices to prevent misuse of material non-public information. Without admitting...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #2

SEC-Sanctioned Trader Began Alleged Spoofing After Complaining About Spoofing by Others to NYSE - Eric Oscher and Briargate Trading, LLC, a company 50 percent owned by Mr. Oscher, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement

September has been a busy month for the SEC in addressing cybersecurity. In the span of a week, the SEC issued a new alert in connection with its cybersecurity examination of Wall Street firms, entered a Cease and Desist...more

SEC Appoints New Head of Examination Program in Atlanta Regional Office

On September 29, the SEC named William Royer as the Atlanta Regional Office’s Associate Director of the examination program. Since June of this year, Royer has served as the examination program’s Acting Associate Director....more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

SEC brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2015

Adviser to European Court of Justice Says US-EU Safe Harbor Should Be Declared Invalid - An advisory opinion issued by the advocate general to the European Court of Justice states that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor should be...more

SEC Announces First “Distribution in Guise” Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on September 21, 2015, brought the first of its long-awaited “distribution in guise” cases against a mutual fund adviser and distributor. The case follows a number of warnings...more

SEC Cybersecurity Examinations and Enforcement: What Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Need to Know

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC or Commission) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced in a September 15, 2015 Risk Alert (2015 Risk Alert) that it will be conducting a second round of...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

OCIE Issues Cybersecurity Risk Alert and Exam Plans; Follows Up with Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently released a Risk Alert containing its plan for a second round of cybersecurity examinations of registered...more

The SEC OCIE Announces Increased Scrutiny of Broker-Dealers’ and Investment Advisers’ Cybersecurity Programs

On September 15, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (2015 Risk Alert) to provide broker-dealers and investment...more

SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Failure to Adopt Proper Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures Prior to Cyberattack

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, the SEC charged an investment adviser with failing to adopt a written policy and procedure reasonably designed to safeguard customer records and information. The charge spawned from a July 2013...more

Advisers Charged with Cleansing Dirty Money from Industry

On August 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed an anti-money laundering rule applicable to SEC-registered investment advisers (RIAs). The proposed rule would require RIAs to establish...more

SEC Brings Enforcement Action Against Investment Adviser

Just one week after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a new risk alert on cybersecurity, the SEC brought an enforcement action against an investment adviser...more

OCIE’s 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

On September 15, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert (the “2015 Risk Alert”) that announced its second round of cybersecurity...more

SEC’s OCIE Issues a Second Cybersecurity Risk Alert

On Sept. 15, 2015, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its second cybersecurity risk alert (the “2015 Risk Alert”). The 2015 Risk Alert is a follow up to...more

SEC Says No More Mr. Nice Guy on Investment Adviser Cybersecurity

Over the last couple years, the SEC’s cybersecurity bark has been worse than its bite. Its Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations issued examination priorities in 2014. Commissioner Aguilar warned public...more

Unprecedented Hacking and Trading Scheme Highlights Key Cybersecurity Lessons

On Aug. 11, 2015, federal prosecutors in the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York unsealed indictments against nine individuals in the U.S. and Ukraine who were allegedly involved in a five-year,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 36

BROKER-DEALER SEC - Extends Specified Temporary Relief Related to Security-Based Swaps - On September 15, the SEC issued an order extending temporary exemptions and exceptions from compliance with certain...more

SEC: 2015 Examination Priorities – Cybersecurity Compliance and Controls

Registered broker-dealers and investment advisers received a stern warning to strengthen their cybersecurity programs or face further regulatory scrutiny. On September 15, 2015, the SEC announced a plan to sharpen its focus...more

SEC Provides Additional Information On Cybersecurity Examinations

On September 15, 2015, the Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert to provide additional information on the areas of focus for its second round of...more

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