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SEC Proposes to Require Business Continuity Plan

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued a proposed rule (Rule 206(4)-4, with proposed amendments to Rule 204-2) which would require SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #5

Regulatory Developments - FSOC Rescinds GE Capital's SIFI Designation - On June 29, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) announced that it had voted unanimously to “rescind its determination that...more

SEC Raises ‘Qualified Client' Net Worth Threshold from $2 Million to $2.1 Million

Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 permits investment advisers to charge performance- based compensation (including performance and incentive fees by private funds) only to “qualified clients.” On June 14,...more

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Investment Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans

In its third rulemaking in two days without holding a meeting, the SEC proposed a new rule that would require registered investment advisers to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans. The...more

New Appointment Underscores SEC’s Focus on Cybersecurity Threats

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced the appointment of Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. Hetner, who was formerly the Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.29.16

Big financial firm stress test results are out from the Fed later today, and though all banks proved up to the task of reserving enough capital (as reported last Friday), the economic downturn simulation that’s part of round...more

Whistleblower Concerns for Private Fund Advisers – Seven Mistakes To Avoid

As we have previously observed, private fund advisers face a difficult challenge when SEC guidance (in the form of a speech or a public enforcement order) indicates that certain long-standing practices may be contrary to the...more

SEC Increases Net Worth Threshold for “Qualified Clients” under Rule 205-3 of the Advisers Act

On June 14, 2016, the SEC issued an order (the “Order”) to increase the net worth threshold for “qualified clients” under Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”), from $2 million to...more

Can There Be Too Much Disclosure?

In an effort to provide transparency, the Dodd-Frank Act has previously formed an Investor Advisory Committee to assist the SEC on various issues including regulatory priorities, the regulation of securities products, trading...more

SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with “Gatekeeper Failures”

Add fund administrators to the list of service providers the SEC expects to act as “gatekeepers.” In two separate settled actions last week, the SEC found that a private fund administrator “caused” the managers’ unregistered...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...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 Staff Issues No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (the “SEC Staff”) last night issued a no-action letter (the “Relief”) to Fidelity Management and Research Company that provides guidance to...more

SEC Issues Order Increasing the Net Worth Test Under Rule 205-3 Under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to $2.1 Million

Section 205(a)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) generally prohibits an investment adviser from entering into, extending, renewing, or performing any investment advisory contract that provides for...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Trade Acknowledgment and Verification Rules for Security-Based Swap Transactions - On June 8, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission publicized the implementation of "rules that will establish timely and...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

Lessons From SEC Sanctions Against Blackstreet

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued an administrative order sanctioning Blackstreet Capital Management LLC and Blackstreet’s managing member and principal owner, Murry N. Gunty, for acting as...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

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

Morgan Stanley Hit With $1 Million Fine In SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action

On June 8, 2016, the SEC announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC ("MSSB") has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to settle an enforcement action. The enforcement action is based on the charge that MSSB failed to adopt...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

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.10.16

More thoughts on the Department of Labor’s new retirement adviser fiduciary duty standard, including questions about the “grassroots” movement the US Chamber of Commerce is claiming to support its opposition to the standard....more

SEC sanctions private equity fund adviser for acting as an unregistered broker

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing that a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner have agreed to pay more than $3.1 million to settle charges that included...more

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