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SEC Issues Guidance on Personal Securities Transactions Reporting

On June 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a guidance update on Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). Rule 204A-1 requires, among other things, certain advisory...more

SEC Files It's First Robocop Cherry Picking Action

When the SEC announced it financial fraud task force and a related data initiative to facilitate the identification of situations where the company “cooked the books,” many dubbed the data program “Robocop.” While the SEC may...more

SEC Commissioner: Don’t Hold CCOs Accountable for Misdeeds of Advisers

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher, in a speech on June 25, 2015, said that a perceived trend by the SEC toward “strict liability” for chief compliance officers (CCOs) is “sending a troubling message.” The statement...more

SEC Seeks Public Input on Exchange-Traded Product Trading Issues

Growth in the ETP industry has led the SEC to seek public comment on a variety of topics related to the listing and trading of ETP shares. On June 12, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release (the...more

Vivek Ranadivé and Wisconsin IA Both Big into Cherrypicking, According to Sources

Here’s a thing I think I know about billionaires: They’ve made piles and piles of money doing something someone somewhere surely advised them not to do because it was a dumb idea. Then later, actually dumb ideas come along...more

SEC’s Data-Driven Analysis Identifies Allegedly Improper Trade Allocations by Investment Advisor

Relying on a data-driven statistical analysis conducted by the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the SEC recently commenced administrative proceedings against an investment advisor, Welhouse & Associates, Inc.,...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance to Clarify Application of Rule Requiring Reporting of Personal Securities Transactions by Investment...

In a June 2015 Guidance Update, the staff of the Division of Investment Management clarified how the code of ethics reporting rules apply to investment advisers. Current rules require certain advisory personnel who...more

SEC Charges Mutual Fund Board Members and Investment Adviser with Violations of Section 15(c) For Deficient Advisory Contract...

On June 17, 2015, the SEC charged Commonwealth Capital Management (“CCM”), an investment adviser to various mutual funds within World Funds Trust (“WFT”) and World Funds, Inc. (“WFI”), for violating Section 15(c) of the...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Personal Trade Reporting of Accounts Over Which Reporting Persons Have No...

Under Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, a registered investment adviser’s written code of ethics must include requirements for reporting of personal securities holdings and trading activity by the adviser’s...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

Be Careful to Adhere to Best Practices When Approving Advisory Agreements - The Securities and Exchange Commission instituted and settled an administrative proceeding against an investment adviser, its principal, and...more

"Update on Compliance Date of SEC Rule 206(4)-5's Placement Agent Provision"

On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. IA-4129 setting July 31, 2015, as the compliance date for SEC Rule 206(4)-5's placement agent restrictions on using third-party and affiliated...more

SEC Proposes New Reporting Requirements for Registered Funds

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed rules, forms and amendments under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”) and related regulations (together, the “Proposed Amendments”) that...more

OCIE Launches Sweep Examination of BD/IA Retirement Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is launching a sweep examination that will target the retirement-based savings activities of broker-dealers and investment advisers. The multi-year...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act Rules

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release proposing amendments to Form ADV and to certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”). The proposed amendments...more

The SEC’s Proposed Reporting and Disclosure Changes: What Investment Companies and Advisers Should Know

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release proposing new rules and forms and amendments to existing rules and forms that would affect registered investment companies (the “Investment...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC brought another custody rule action this week – against the outside auditors alleging that one examination was insufficient and the others incomplete thereby causing the client to violate the surprise audit...more

SEC Proposes Significant Reporting Requirement Amendments to Form ADV

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released several proposals, "Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act Rules," that would require investment advisers to provide additional information on...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Proposes Pay for Performance Rules: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has issued a Client Alert on the SEC’s proposed rule that would require most public...more

Gallagher Chides Commission for Sanctioning IA CCO’S

In a strongly-worded public statement last week, SEC Commissioner Gallagher chided the Commission for “cutting off the noses of CCO’s to spite its face.” Explaining his dissent in two recent enforcement actions imposing...more

SEC Exams to Focus on Sales of Retirement Products

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, has launched a multi-year Retirement-Targeted Industry Reviews and Examinations (ReTIRE) Initiative. OCIE is focusing on retirement-based savings in...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015 #4

Investment Adviser Chief Compliance Officer Blamed in SEC Lawsuit for President’s Theft of Client Funds; SEC Commissioner Criticizes Enforcement Actions Against CCOs Generally - The Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC Puts Janus in its Place

Interpretive positions adopted in a recent SEC opinion will, if accepted by the courts, greatly undermine the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 opinion in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First...more

SEC Commissioner Gallagher: Guidance is Needed For IA CCOs

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher published a statement explaining his dissent in two recent enforcement actions in which the Chief Compliance Officer of an investment adviser was charged, noting that the trend in such...more

SEC Sanctions Independent Trustees for Deficient Advisory Contract Review

In a cease-and-desist order entered on June 17, 2015, the SEC found that a fund adviser, two independent trustees, and an inside trustee willfully violated Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”)...more

SEC Regulation of Private Equity Funds

What you need to know: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations recently issued its examination priorities for 2015, many of which impact the private equity...more

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