Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Compliance

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A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Form PF — What Purpose? SEC registered investment advisers with at least $150 million of assets under management in private funds are required to periodically file Form PF with the SEC. The...more

DC Circuit Court Rejects Challenge to SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

The DC Circuit Court has rejected an effort by the New York and Tennessee Republican Parties to set aside Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 206(4)-5. The 2010 SEC rule prohibits investment advisers from providing...more

DC Circuit Tosses Republican’s Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Rule

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday rejected a challenge to the SEC’s investment-adviser pay-to-play rule, holding that two state Republican Party organizations filed it almost four years too late....more

SEC Issues Settled Enforcement Action Against Investment Adviser, its President and Senior Officers for Compliance Program...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order (Order) on June 23, 2015, against Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management Inc. (Adviser), an investment adviser registered under...more

Conflicts of Interest: When You're Having Too Much Fun at That Business Lunch

How should fund directors monitor gifts and entertainment received by investment adviser personnel? This question moved to the forefront in February, when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment...more

SEC Focus On Expense Allocation: In the Matter of KKR

On June 29, 2015, the SEC charged Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (“KKR”), an SEC-registered investment adviser, with misallocating more than $17 million in broken deal and diligence expenses to its flagship private equity...more

SEC Announces Compliance Date for Pay-to-Play Rule

Despite the July 31, 2015 compliance date, the SEC will not enforce the third-party solicitation ban until corresponding FINRA/MSRB Rules take effect. On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

A summary of a private equity firm’s compliance obligations, a discussion of notable developments in 2014 and highlights of the SEC’s examination priorities for 2015. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the...more

Repeated Violations of the Custody Rule Result in SEC Administrative Action

On October 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an administrative proceeding against a registered investment adviser, its principals and its chief compliance and operating officer for violating...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

SEC Proposes Extension of Principal Trade Rule for Registered Advisers/Broker-Dealers - The SEC has proposed extending to December 31, 2016, the sunset date for the expiration of Rule 206(3)-3T (the “Rule”) under the...more

SEC Settles with Dually Registered Adviser Over Best Execution, Disclosure and Principal Transactions

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Dominick & Dominick LLC, a firm registered with the SEC both as an investment adviser and a broker-dealer (the “Adviser” or “D&D”), and Robert X....more

The SEC Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance for Private Fund SPVs and Escrow Accounts

In June 2014, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Investment Management provided guidance (the Guidance Update) on how private fund managers using special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and...more

SEC Releases Guidance on Proxy Voting and Use of Proxy Advisory Firms

On June 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (Bulletin), which clarifies the responsibilities of registered investment advisers when voting client proxies and retaining...more

What Private Equity Fund Managers Need to Know About SEC Examinations

Prior to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, a private equity manager was exempt from federal regulation under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) so long as it managed fewer than 15 private equity funds....more

"SEC Issues Fine in Pay-to-Play Rule and Registration Requirement Violation Case"

On June 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") censured and fined investment adviser TL Ventures Inc. for violating the SEC's pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5 (the "Rule"), and failing to properly register...more

SEC: Adviser Violated Advisers Act by Charging Performance Fees to Non-Qualified Clients

A recent SEC enforcement action illustrates the challenge of complying with changing regulations, particularly for newly registered advisers. The SEC found that the adviser violated the prohibition against charging...more

Federal Judge Reaffirms Decision to Narrow SEC’s Adviser Act Claims Against Hedge Fund

Last week, a Georgia federal judge reaffirmed a decision to narrow two claims in a civil enforcement action accusing two hedge fund managers and their firms of defrauding investors. Paul T. Mannion Jr. and Andrew S. Reckles...more

SEC Charges Manager Of Private Equity Fund With Violation Of The Custody Rule

The SEC has settled an administrative action with the managing member of a fund of private equity funds. In an examination the SEC staff learned that the manager was violating the custody rule (Rule 206(4)-2 under the...more

SEC Won’t Object To Aggregation of Certain Client Investments in Private Funds

In a Guidance Update published this week, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that it would not object if related investment advisors registered jointly with the SEC and operating a single advisory business...more

Lessons Learned From The Morgan Keegan Case, Part I – Valuation

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s recent settlement in the latest chapter of the enforcement proceeding involving Morgan Keegan provides important guideposts on two of the hottest regulatory topics in the...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2013: So You Want to be a U.S. Mutual Fund Manager

So you are an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (“Advisers Act”). You currently manage separate accounts and, perhaps, one...more

SEC’s Asset Management Unit Focuses on Compliance Failures, Vol. 1

The SEC Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit has brought some substantial cases over the last year, including a number arising out of its Aberrational Performance Inquiry. Another focus for the unit has been...more

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