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FINRA Seeks Comments on its Engagement Programs

by Dechert LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on March 21, 2017, published a Special Notice soliciting comments on various existing FINRA engagement programs (Notice). This request for comment is one component of...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on “Robo-Advisers”

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Guidance Update (Guidance) on February 23, 2017, on the subject of automated investment advisers...more

The Top Five "Gotcha" Deficiencies Plaguing Asset Managers and How to Avoid Them

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Let’s start with this caveat: as we all know, under the still-new Trump Administration, priorities may and are likely to change. Now that we got that off our chest, it is nevertheless not the time to sit back and wait. The...more

Personal Advice for Robo-Advisers: Beef Up Disclosure and Compliance

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Robo-advisers, those automated bots that offer up personalized investment advice with little, if any, human contact, face increased regulatory scrutiny as they grow more popular. After monitoring and engaging them for...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

US SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Top Five Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Found During Inspections

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on February 7, 2017 (Risk Alert), highlighting the “five compliance...more

OCIE to Investment Advisers: Focus on These Five Problem Areas

by Goodwin on

Only one month after releasing its exam priorities for this year, on February 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert describing...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Three of the six actions filed this week by the Commission were against registered investment advisers. One involved the misappropriation of funds, another centered on the failure to disclose a related party transaction and a...more

OCIE Identifies Top Five Adviser Compliance Issues

In a new Risk Alert, OCIE’s National Exam Program provided investment advisers with insight into the five compliance topics most frequently identified in its exam deficiency letters. Registered investment advisers should...more

SEC’s OCIE Issues Alert on Key Compliance Issues

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Risk Alert regarding its National Exam Program was issued by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations or OCIE. Drawing from its prior exam experience, OCIE identified five key areas of risk for investment...more

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Multi-Branch Adviser Initiative

by Dechert LLP on

Investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may use a variety of business and organizational models, which may include structures with one or more branch offices. In announcing its...more

"Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Conflicts of Interest Rule"

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance on the Conflicts of Interest Rule it released earlier this year. The guidance, issued on October 27, 2016, is in the form of answers to frequently asked questions, which...more

SEC to Focus on Firms Hiring Those with Disciplinary History

by Allen Matkins on

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has recently issued a risk alert to registered investment advisers indicating their intent to focus on compliance oversight and controls with respect to the...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Examinations of Compliance with SEC Whistleblower Rule by Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on October 24, 2016 (Risk Alert) regarding examinations of...more

What to watch for in 2016 in financial regulation: important changes to AML rules for investment advisers coming this year

by DLA Piper on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the US Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) published a proposed rule in August 2015 which scoped certain investment advisers into the definition of “financial institution” and...more

Upping the Ante: Cybersecurity, the SEC and the Perils of Being Unprepared

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is finally getting serious about cybersecurity – and for good reason. If the ever-growing business and headline risks aren’t enough to scare investment advisers and broker-dealers...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015 #4

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Deputy US Attorney General and SEC Enforcement Head Warn Corporate Individual Wrongdoers to Beware - Deputy US Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates provided further insight into the Department of Justice’s new emphasis...more

Investment Firms and Compliance Professionals Beware: SEC Finds Risks Associated with Outsourcing Compliance Function

On Monday, November 9, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released results from its evaluation of investment adviser firms’ use of third...more

SEC Discusses Criteria for Charging Chief Compliance Officers

In remarks before the 2015 National Society of Compliance Professionals, National Conference, Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, outlined the type of criteria used to charge Chief Compliance Officers with...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

SEC Proposes to Ease Intrastate Offering Exemption to Facilitate Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings....more

SEC Enforcement Actions Against Investment Advisers

by K&L Gates LLP on

According to the SEC’s most recent financial report, as of August 2014, SEC-registered investment advisers managed $62.3 trillion in assets. Not surprisingly, investment advisers attract a great deal of attention from the...more

2015-16 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Registered investment advisers (RIAs) are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As an aid to the required review and to assist with timely completion of required compliance tasks, below...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

UCITS V Directive—Overview and Practical Implications

by K&L Gates LLP on

Changes to the UCITS Directive (known as “UCITS V”) were published in the Official Journal of the European Union and came into force on 17 September 2014. EU Member States are required to transpose UCITS V into national law...more

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