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SEC Issues Report on Increasing Use of Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

In November 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Outsourced CCO Initiative Report. The report addressed the increased trend of outsourcing compliance activities to third-party consultants within the...more

Victim of Fraud Sued for Fraud

On November 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued an investment adviser, Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc., who had hired another adviser, F Squared Investments, Inc., to sub-advise certain mutual funds...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

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

SEC Settles Charges with Private Equity Firm and Four Executives for Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

The SEC recently reached a settlement with New York-based private equity firm, Fenway Partners, LLC, and four executives related to charges that Fenway Partners and several of its executives (“Respondents”) failed to disclose...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

Adviser Settles False Performance Claims With SEC

The SEC filed a settled action involving a registered investment adviser that made false statements in marketing materials about a strategy utilized by a sub-adviser. The adviser failed to evaluate statements in the materials...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 Announces Enforcement Results for Fiscal Year 2015"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015. The release touted high-impact and first-of their-kind actions, as well as an increase in the number and...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 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

SEC, Adviser Settle Proceeding Centered on Conflicts

Conflicts of interest and a failure to disclose related party transactions continue to be key themes in Commission actions involving investment advisers. Undisclosed conflicts, as well as a failure to disclose related party...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

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

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 20 - October 2015 (Global)

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a 41-page report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends. The report aggregates data supplied by more than 2,600 private fund advisers on Form...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Relating to Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults - On Oct. 15 FINRA published Regulatory Notice 15-37, requesting comment on proposed amendments to...more

SEC Settles Charges that Investment Adviser Failed to Adequately Disclose Changes in Investment Strategy

The SEC settled charges with two investment advisers to a closed-end fund based on allegations that the advisers failed to adequately disclose a change in investment strategy to the fund’s board and its investors. The SEC...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

SEC Chair White Complains of Poor Hedge Fund and Private Equity Practices

SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently delivered pointed remarks to a conference attended by hedge fund and private equity advisors. One portion of her remarks was directed at operational risks of private funds, such as...more

SEC Enforcement Actions Against Investment Advisers

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

IA Admits Theft to Settle SEC Fraud Charges

The Commission filed another action in which admissions were required as part of the settlement. The action centeres on an investment adviser who misappropriated just under $2 million from his clients. As part of 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

SEC Sanctions Advisers For Not Disclosing Shift In Investment Strategy

The SEC brought another enforcement action predicated on the failure of the firm to comply with its operating documents. In this instance the advisers to a fund failed to inform investors that it effectively changed the...more

SEC Begins Publishing Statistics on Hedge Funds and Private Equity Advisors

The SEC published a report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends, reflecting aggregated data reported by private fund advisers on Form ADV and Form PF. Most of the data in the more than 50 separate tables...more

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