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Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #3

Editor’s Note - The Supreme Court Halts Challenge by Retailers to the Debit Card Interchange Fee Rules: On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to a challenge by retailers to debit card interchange fee...more

SEC Announces 2015 Exam Priorities

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE” or the “Staff”) recently released its 2015 Exam Priorities. OCIE examines all types of SEC registrants, including investment advisers, broker-dealers,...more

SEC Announces 2015 Examination Priorities

On January 13, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ examination priorities for 2015. The examination priorities cover a wide range of financial institutions and focus on three areas: (i)...more

SEC Finds Loan to Investment Adviser’s CEO a Conflict of Interest

Consulting Services Group, LLC, or CSG, was a registered investment adviser whose business included providing consulting services to public pension funds. These consulting services included recommending third-party investment...more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #3

Cybersecurity, Potential Equity Order Routing Conflicts and AML Among the Top Examination Priorities for SEC in 2015 - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations...more

SEC 2015 Examination Priorities Focus on Liquid Alternatives and Fixed-Income Funds

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2015 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

SEC Extends AML Relief for Broker-Dealer CIP Reliance on Advisers

The SEC’s action suggests that formal antimoney laundering program requirements for investment advisers may be on the horizon. On January 9, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the...more

Important Deadlines and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews: All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are required to review their compliance policies and procedures at least...more

SEC Examination Priorities in 2015 to Focus on Transparency Issues and the Early Detection of Potential Fraudulent or Other...

On January 13, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers and transfer agents. These priorities emphasize the...more

Priorities Focus on Protecting Retail Investors, Assessing Market-Wide Risks and Using Data Analytics

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) priorities for 2015 which focus on three areas: protecting retail investors, especially those...more

FINRA’s New Background Investigation Rule Will Likely Increase Firms’ Costs and Potentially Increases Exposure for Firms in...

Recently, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed new Rule 3110(e) relating to background investigations of registered persons. FINRA Rule 3110(e), which replaces NASD Rule 3010(e) and goes into effect on July 1, 2015, streamlines...more

Four Things to Know About the 2015 SEC OCIE Exam Priorities

On January 13, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued its Examination Priorities for 2015. Among the various priorities, these four issues stood out...more

SEC and FINRA Announce 2015 Exam Priorities

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently announced their 2015 exam priorities for their respective examination programs. Both the SEC and FINRA have...more

SEC Announces 2015 Exam Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2015 Exam Priorities January 13. Director Andrew Bowden’s annual list details OCIE’s subject of focus for the coming year....more

SEC and FINRA Exam Priorities

The SEC and FINRA announced the priorities for their examination programs from 2015 this week. The SEC priorities build in several respects on those from the prior year. They are divided into four areas which, to some extent,...more

OCIE Publishes Exam Priorities for 2015

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its examination priorities for 2015 this week. (Last week, FINRA published its priorities, discussed here.) Many of the...more

Increased Enforcement Activity by SEC of Registration Requirements for Foreign Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Servicing...

In 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued its crackdown against violations of, as the New York Times Dealbook calls it, “a cardinal rule of the financial industry” that financial advisers (including...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - Rich Matheny Comments on New Format of OFAC Sanctions List: On January 5, OFAC announced the release of a new format of its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. With the new...more

Family Office Key Employees’ Use of Employee Investment Trusts

Recent Development - Family office key employees have new flexibility under recent SEC guidance regarding the nature and range of persons who can properly be involved in the administration of their trusts. ...more

Private Equity Fund Adviser Settles with SEC

Earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced plans to expand its task force examining private equity investment advisers. As discussed in the Spring 2014 issue of Expect Focus (“Private Equity:...more

Investment Advisers Craft Fee Rebate Programs

Recently-publicized fee rebate programs may signal a coming trend, as investment advisers seek to market strong cultures of client service and responsiveness. For example, in August, the Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Inspection Staff Uncovers A Possible Fraud

The SEC claims that an individual that controlled several entities including an investment fund created phony consumer loans to funnel investor cash to his faltering financial operations rather than investing the money in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Holiday wrap-up edition)

Through the holidays (Dec. 19 – 31, 2014) the Department of Justice and the SEC continued to file securities enforcement actions. The Department brought an FCPA case which is now number two on the top ten list for amounts...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #5

Editor’s Note: Spotlight on the Credit Risk Retention Rule: The OCC, Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, SEC, FHFA and HUD announced the adoption of a joint final rule (the Rule) to implement the credit risk retention...more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the fourth in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws....more

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