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SEC Enforcement Chief Gives Update on Private Equity

Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, gave his views on the SEC private equity enforcement initiative at a conference. Mr. Ceresney set forth the various categories of enforcement cases, which at this...more

Second Circuit: Intent to Harm Is Not Required for Criminal Conviction Under Investment Advisers Act

On May 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the fraud conviction of a registered investment adviser and held that proof of intent to harm is not an element of a criminal conviction under section...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud Action Centered on Warrants From Private Firm

The SEC filed another offering fraud action, a current staple of the agency. This scheme centered on two former executives of a privately held software manufacturer and a marketer who sold investors interests in various...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Letter Regarding Independent Verification Required by Rule 206(4)-2 Under the...

On April 25, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a no-action letter that provides that it would not recommend enforcement action to the Commission under...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Amendments to the Venture Capital Fund Adviser and Private Fund Adviser Exemptions - Last month the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (Update) addressing recent...more

SEC Sanctions Audit Firm, Partner Tied to Custody Rule

Custody Rule cases are rapidly becoming a staple of SEC enforcement. Rule 206(4)-2 requires registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities to implement certain controls to protect those assets....more

The SEC’s Increasing Use of Data Analysis

The Commission has increasingly focused on data analysis as an aid to its enforcement program. Two recent cases brought against investment advisers for cherry picking illustrate different facets of the approach....more

Department of Labor Issues Long-Awaited Fiduciary Rule

The new standard requires broker-dealers providing advice with respect to IRAs to put their client’s interests ahead of their own. The U.S. Department of Labor released new rules on April 6 that materially enlarge the...more

A Unique SEC Offering Fraud Action

In recent years the SEC has brought a series of investment and offering fraud actions. Typically those actions center on schemes which promise to-good-to-be-true returns in which investors lose substantial sums. In what may...more

Fund Founder, Chief Legal Officer and Controller Sanctioned by SEC

The founder of a venture capital fund, assisted by its chief legal officer and controller, took more money from the fund as “advanced fees” than was actually due and owing. The money was used for other entities in the...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Lessons for PE Managers from the SEC’s Ongoing Scrutiny of Private...

A large number of private equity managers were required to register for the first time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Act)....more

Understanding The SEC’s Proposal on Funds’ Use of Derivatives and Other Financial Transactions

On December 11, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3–1 in favor of proposing a new rule—Rule 18f-4 (Proposed Rule) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act). If adopted, the rule will have a...more

SEC Settles Charges Tied to Conflicts with AIG Affiliates

The SEC’s examination staff has, in recent years, become very aggressive. Some claim it is the front edge of enforcement. Regardless of your view, it is typically beneficial to follow their suggestions. ...more

Investment Advisor or Investment Adviser?

Even though the federal statute is named the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, persons regulated by that act often refer to themselves as “advisors” and not “advisers”. Which is spelling is correct?...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #2 – Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC Compliance

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our second consideration was Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and OFAC compliance in 2016. Compliance with the...more

AML Requirements Proposed for Investment Advisers

After more than a decade of delay, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed new regulations that would extend mandatory anti-money laundering (AML) requirements to all investment...more

Federal Highway Bill Eliminates Annual Privacy Notice Requirement for Financial Institutions

On December 4, President Obama signed the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act’’ or the ‘‘FAST Act.” In addition to providing for highway and transportation spending, section 750001 of the FAST Act amended Section 503...more

SEC Proposes New Exemptive Rule to Regulate Funds’ Use of Derivatives

At an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today, the SEC by a three-to-one vote approved the proposal (Proposal) of new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and...more

Relief! New Act Lifts Regulatory Burdens on SBICs

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) investment advisers will now have reduced registration requirements under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act), thanks to the recently enacted SBIC Advisers Relief Act....more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

The Global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP takes great pride in announcing the Fall 2015 edition of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and...more

The SBIC Advisers Relief Act Becomes Law—Changes to SEC and State Investment Adviser Registration Requirements

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the SBIC Advisers Relief Act (the “Act” as part of H.R. 22, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015—the FAST Act). The Act amends three provisions of the...more

SBIC Advisers Relief Act Expected to be Adopted into Law

On December 4, 2015, President Obama is expected to sign into law The SBIC Advisers Relief Act, which amends several key registration provisions and exemptions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”), that...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - A Source of Concern for the SEC — The Outsourcing by Investment Advisers and Funds of Compliance Activities - In a recent National Exam Program Risk Alert (dated November 9, 2015) the U.S....more

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

OCIE Extends Exams to Exempt Reporting Advisers

Marc Wyatt, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), indicated on November 20, 2015 that the OCIE staff is now examining “Exempt Reporting Advisers”...more

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