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Who Does What: Broker Dealers | Registered Investment Advisers | Commodities/Futures Entities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

At Fox Rothschild LLP, we have a wealth of experience in creating and forming broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity entities and various hedge funds. Over the years, our strategy has been to work with our...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Meet HAL, Your New Robo-Adviser: SEC Regulatory Guidance For Robo-Advisers

by Polsinelli on

“Hello, Dave. You're looking well today.” In the iconic science fiction movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer courteously greeted his astronaut human companion Dave Bowman. HAL was a Heuristically...more

Changing the Game, Again: Supreme Court Could Limit SEC’s Authority to Seek Disgorgement

This week, the Supreme Court heard argument regarding whether the SEC’s actions to disgorge ill-gotten gains are subject to a five-year statute of limitations for “any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture.”...more

SEC Issues Guidance to Robo-Advisers

Robo-advisers are a fast-growing segment of the investment advisory industry. In fact, they now account for an estimated $71.5 billion in assets under management. In response to their explosive growth, the SEC has made...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

by Blank Rome LLP on

REGULATORY UPDATE - Ten Investment Advisory Firms Subject to Steep Penalties after Violating Pay-to-Play Rules - In January 2017, 10 investment advisory firms agreed to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Securities Legislative Update – Elderly Investors 2017

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s proposed rule aimed at preventing fraud and abuse of senior investors. On March 30, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-11, setting the effective date for the new rule as February 5, 2018. The...more

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Relief on the Use of Standing Letters of Instruction and Related Guidance for Investment Advisers

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released three related matters of guidance on February 21, 2017, which provide additional clarity to...more

SEC Approves FINRA Efforts to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC recently approved an amendment to FINRA Rule 4512 that requires FINRA members to make reasonable efforts to obtain, from each customer for whom they maintain an account, specified information about a “trusted contact...more

Investment Advisers Should Take Note of SEC Updates on Custody Rule

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released additional interpretations of the Custody Rule, Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Registered investment advisers that have custody of...more

SEC Files 13 Touting Actions Charging 27 Persons

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC packaged a group of similar actions, apparently to send a message as it has done in the past. For example, previously the agency packaged a group of custody rule cases together into one announcement, making a point...more

SEC Issues Custody Rule Guidance

In February, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued two significant pieces of guidance on arrangements that may result in an investment adviser having “custody” of its client assets as that term is defined in...more

Separately Managed Accounts – SEC Provides Guidance on “Inadvertent” Custody and Reliance on Standing Letters of Authorization

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management recently published a three-page Guidance Update, Inadvertent Custody: Advisory Contract Versus Custodial Contract Authority (the “Guidance”). The purpose of the Guidance is to...more

Funds Talk: April 2017

SEC Offers Guidance on ‘Fast-Growing Trend’ of Robo-Advisers - As technology and robo-advisers become increasingly common options for asset managers and investors alike, the SEC is taking a closer look at some of the...more

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’s Information Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Recently, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management published a four-page Information Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters (the “Update”). The stated purpose of the Update is to inform...more

SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As we near the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), private equity and hedge fund advisers are subject to an ever-increasing degree of supervision...more

Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

Asset Managers: Are You Ready for Your Exam? Steps You Should Take Now

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Last week we told you about the five biggest pet peeves of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) when examining investment advisers. This week, we want to get you ready for your exam. Here are the...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

SEC Speaks: 2017 Enforcement and Exam Trends for Private Funds

At the recent SEC Speaks program, sponsored by PLI, senior SEC staff members provided valuable insight into the SEC’s 2017 priorities for private funds. While the tenor of this year’s discussion seemed to focus more on...more

"Key Takeaways: Recent Investment Management Litigation and Regulatory Developments"

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Recent Investment Management Litigation and Regulatory Developments.” The Skadden panelists were litigation partners Eben Colby and Seth Schwartz, securities enforcement...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt rule and form amendments that will require issuers to include a...more

SEC Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on Robo-Advisers

On February 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published information and guidance on the use of robo-advisers, “which are registered investment advisers that use computer algorithms to provide investment...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on Robo-Advisers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US SEC published information and guidance for investors and the financial services industry on the use of robo-advisers, which are registered investment advisers that use computer algorithms to provide investment advisory...more

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