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Investment Advisers Act of 1940

Blockchain and Digital Token Update: SEC Releases Investigative Report and Investor Bulletin

by Perkins Coie on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released groundbreaking materials relating to blockchain tokens. These materials provide significant and welcome insight to the SEC’s and its staff’s thinking...more

Regulatory Considerations for Artificial Intelligence Programs Providing Advice to Individually Managed Accounts

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to revolutionize many areas of modern life, including the investment management industry. AI applications currently are being used to develop management programs for investment funds,...more

Funds Talk: July 2017 - SEC Updates Form ADV FAQs to Offer Guidance on Complying With Recent Rule Changes

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently modified its “Frequently Asked Questions on Form ADV and IARD,” adding several new topics and updating one existing item....more

FINRA Releases New Guidance Regarding Social Media and Digital Communications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 25, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued Regulatory Notice 17–18, Social Media and Digital Communications (the “Regulatory Notice”), addressing certain frequently asked questions...more

Does A Political Yard Sign Really Violate Investment Advisers Act?

by Allen Matkins on

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” Doug Cornelius recently published this post reporting that the SEC staff is taking the position that the pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5, applies...more

Funds Talk: June 2017 - SEC Proposes Changes to Investment Advisers Act in Response to FAST Act

On May 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed amendments to certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act) to reflect the impact of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Family Offices May be Considered Investment Advisers for Purposes of FINRA Rule 5131

On May 9, 2017, FINRA issued an interpretive letter stating that family offices may be considered investment advisers for purposes of meeting the limited exception of FINRA Rule 5131.02(b). FINRA Rule 5131 addresses abuses in...more

ALERT: SEC Issues Risk Alert on Top Five Problem Areas in Investment Advisor Examinations

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

For investment adviser firms, an audit by the Securities and Exchange Commission or state regulators can be cause for anxiety. Regardless of how carefully a firm’s chief compliance officer adheres to regulations, deficiencies...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In this Issue. The House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act that would make significant changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Real Estate Fund Advisers And Penumbra Registration

by Allen Matkins on

Last August, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Form ADV, the form used by investment advisers to register with the SEC and with the states. Included in these amendments were changes to allow...more

More On Real Estate Funds And The Investment Advisers Act

by Allen Matkins on

In a previous post, I began to delve into the question of what is a “real estate fund”. See SEC Staff Reports On “Real Estate Funds”, But What Exactly Are They? As noted in that post, a “real estate fund” as defined in Form...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 Issues Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters

Recently, the staff (Staff) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Investment Management issued an information update (the "Information Update") for investment advisers registered under the...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

SEC Issues New Sources of Custody Rule Guidance

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On February 21, 2017, the SEC's Division of Investment Management provided additional guidance with respect to Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Custody Rule). The guidance addressed the...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

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 Weighs In on Robo-Advisers: Disclosure, Suitability, and Compliance Obligations

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s Guidance recognizes that robo-advisers are fiduciaries, and provides suggestions on how they can meet the substantive requirements of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. ...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Communications with the Public

by K&L Gates LLP on

Introduction - On February 10, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) requested comments on proposed amendments to Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public) to allow performance projections in...more

Questions & Answers on State and Local Variations on the SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

by K&L Gates LLP on

Many states and municipalities have adopted laws and regulations that affect how investment managers may solicit investment advisory business, including investment in sponsored public and private funds, from the state...more

The Top Five "Gotcha" Deficiencies Plaguing Asset Managers and How to Avoid Them

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Let’s start with this caveat: as we all know, under the still-new Trump Administration, priorities may and are likely to change. Now that we got that off our chest, it is nevertheless not the time to sit back and wait. The...more

SEC Staff Identifies Several Paths to “Inadvertent Custody” Under the Advisers Act Custody Rule

by K&L Gates LLP on

Last week, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) clarified its views on certain arrangements that can result in investment advisers having “custody” of client assets, as defined in rule 206(4)-2 (the...more

Funds Talk: March 2017

OCIE Highlights Frequent Topics for Compliance Deficiencies for Investment Advisers - On Feb. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on Robo-Advisers

On February 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) published information and guidance for investors and the financial services industry on the use of robo-advisers, described by the Staff as “registered...more

SEC's Division of Investment Management issues guidance for "robo-advisers" – key takeaways

by DLA Piper on

The Staff of the SEC's Division of Investment Management (IM), in conjunction with the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), has issued its second Guidance Update of 2017. [1] This Guidance focuses on...more

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