Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Enforcement Actions

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Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - August 2015

Are the Circuits A-Splitting? The Ninth Circuit Declines to Follow the Second Circuit's Insider Trading Decision in U.S. v. Newman - Why it matters: On July 6, 2015, the Ninth Circuit in U.S. v. Salman declined to...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

SEC Enforcement Action Signifies the Need for Investment Advisers to Adopt Written Expense Allocation Policies

On June 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) with violations of Sections 206(2) and 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, and Rule 206(4)-7 thereunder for...more

SEC Sanctions Hedge Fund Advisory Firm For Improper Valuations of Illiquid Securities

Returning to an enforcement priority repeatedly articulated over the years, the SEC recently imposed sanctions on a registered investment advisory firm and two principals arising out of an alleged scheme to inflate the...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 Charges KKR With Misallocating Broken Deal Expenses

Everyone knew the SEC would pursue a marquee-name private equity sponsor for misallocating expenses. It finally happened, with KKR settling charges for misallocating “broken deal” expenses. Charges against others are likely...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The question of forum selection by the SEC was a key issue this week. While to date suits challenging the SEC’s right to bring an action as an administrative proceeding rather than in federal court have had little success –...more

SEC Sanctions Adviser, and its CEO, GC and Auditor Based on Conflicts

Conflicts of interest are a central focus for the SEC. Indeed, conflicts are at the core of many of the actions brought against regulated entities. And, an undisclosed conflict was at the center of actions brought against a...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud and Ponzi Scheme Cases

A staple of SEC enforcement in recent years has been offering fraud and Ponzi scheme cases. This week the Commission filed two more of these actions, one an offering fraud targeting military personnel and a second and...more

Star Investment Manager, Advisers Charged With Fraud by SEC

The SEC issued an Order which charged investment manager Lynn Tilton, known as the Diva of Distressed Debt according to news reports, and her entities with fraud. Specifically, the Order Instituting Proceedings issued by the...more

HSBC Unit Settles Unregistered Broker-Advisor Charges With SEC

A Swiss unit of U.K. financial services giant HSBC Holdings plc. settled charges that the firm repeatedly sold securities and rendered advisory services in the U.S. without registering with the Commission despite legal advice...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

Investment Adviser Challenges Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

A registered investment adviser and its principal recently sued the Securities and Exchange Commission for declaratory and injunctive relief to stave off an imminent administrative enforcement action, alleging that the tenure...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Manager with Misallocation of Portfolio Company Expenses

On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") charged Lincolnshire Management, Inc. ("Lincolnshire"), a New York-based private equity fund adviser, with breaching its fiduciary duty to two investment...more

Lincolnshire Pays $2.3 Million to Settle SEC Charges of Misallocation of Portfolio Company Expenses

On September 22, 2014, New York-based private equity firm Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire) agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allegations that Lincolnshire misallocated...more

"Disclosure and Collateral Consequences of Enforcement Actions for Regulated Financial Services Firms"

Financial services firms facing enforcement proceedings at the hands of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or any other financial industry regulator must consider disclosure obligations in the context of the...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

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

This article is the first 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

SEC Brings First Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Action

On June 16, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) resolved its first whistleblower retaliation enforcement action. The SEC’s order against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. is the first-ever enforcement...more

Investment Management Update

In July 2014, the SEC settled the previously reported proceeding involving Chariot Advisors, and its former owner, Elliott Shifman, concerning charges of violating and aiding and abetting the violation of Section 15(c) of the...more

SEC Settles with Hedge Fund Adviser over Principal Transactions and Retaliation Against Whistleblower

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (the “Adviser”), and Candace King Weir, the Adviser’s principal owner (the “Principal”), over violations of the...more

SEC Settles with Exempt Reporting Adviser over Pay-to-Play Violations

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against TL Ventures Inc., a venture capital fund adviser (the “Adviser”), over violations of Rule 206(4)-5 (the “Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the...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

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