Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

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Financial Services Weekly News - August 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - CFTC Issues Proposed Amendments to Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps: On Aug. 19 the CFTC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to existing...more

The 15(c) Process Continues to be a Focus of the SEC Enforcement Staff

Two recent SEC Enforcement Division administrative settlements reinforce the importance for fund boards of directors and fund advisers to maintain a robust annual advisory contract renewal process....more

SEC Commissioner Urges Cooperation Between Regulators and Companies in Fight Against Cyber-Crime; Highlights SEC’s Recent Efforts

On June 25, 2015, Luis Aguilar, a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), provided remarks at the SINET Innovation Summit. In his remarks, Commissioner Aguilar emphasized the need for the public...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

OCIE Launches Sweep Examination of BD/IA Retirement Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is launching a sweep examination that will target the retirement-based savings activities of broker-dealers and investment advisers. The multi-year...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Proposes Pay for Performance Rules: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has issued a Client Alert on the SEC’s proposed rule that would require most public...more

SEC Exams to Focus on Sales of Retirement Products

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, has launched a multi-year Retirement-Targeted Industry Reviews and Examinations (ReTIRE) Initiative. OCIE is focusing on retirement-based savings in...more

SEC Regulation of Private Equity Funds

What you need to know: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations recently issued its examination priorities for 2015, many of which impact the private equity...more

Recent Investment Management Developments - June 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Changes to Reporting and Disclosure Obligations for Investment Companies and Advisers - SEC Charges Hedge Fund Executives and External Auditor for Improper Disclosure of Expense...more

Going for Brokerages: FINRA and SEC Take Aim at Deficient Cyber Policies and Practices

On Feb. 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) each released reports regarding cybersecurity issues for brokerage and advisory firms, both of which should be...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Cybersecurity for Investment Companies and Investment Advisors

On April 28, 2015, the SEC's Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update providing cybersecurity guidance for investment companies and investment advisors (firms). The SEC has prioritized cybersecurity as a...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 10 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - One of the earliest, and certainly one of the most famous, computers of all time is HAL 9000, the sentient computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with...more

The SEC’s Current Views on Private Equity OCIE is still focused on fees and expenses, but also is turning its attention to real...

As a follow-up to last year’s “Spreading Sunshine in Private Equity” speech, in which then-OCIE Director Andrew Bowden stated that the SEC had found that more than half of the funds examined by OCIE had allocated expenses and...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #3

SEC Proposals to Enhance Investment Company and Investment Adviser Reporting: As we went to press, the SEC commissioners announced that they had voted to approve two proposals. The first was for new and amended rules and...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

SEC's Investment Management Team Issues Cybersecurity Guidance

On April 28, 2015, the SEC's Division of Investment Management released cybersecurity guidance directed at registered investment companies (“funds”) and registered investment advisers (“advisers”). The guidance focused...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The National Senior Investor Initiative - SEC Commissioner Addresses Structured Notes - The SEC Defines “Voting Equity Securities” Under the Rule 506(d) Bad Actor Disqualification...more

SEC Releases Cybersecurity Guidance, Highlights Compliance Role

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management recently released cybersecurity guidance highlighting best practices and warning that cybersecurity breaches and deficiencies in cybersecurity programs could cause funds and...more

SEC Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Funds

On April 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) published a Guidance Update setting forth cybersecurity concerns and advice for the registered investment ...more

OCIE Targets Never-Before-Examined Investment Companies for Compliance Exams

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations in a Risk Alert dated April 20, 2015, announced a program targeting investment companies that have never been examined for focused, risk-based compliance...more

BlackRock, CCO Settle SEC Conflict Charges

Conflicts of interest involving market professionals continue to be a focus of SEC enforcement. In many cases the conflict is uncovered by the inspection staff, OCIE. This time, however, the information came from an article...more

The Evolving U.S. Cybersecurity Landscape: What Firms Want to Know

Following a year of high-profile data breaches, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on January 13, 2015 that, for the second consecutive year, its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

SEC Announces Key Departures

This week, the SEC announced two key senior management departures. On April 7, the securities regulator announced that Andrew Bowden, its current director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), will...more

Multitudes, Multitudes: The SEC’s Asset Management Unit Delivers Important Messages for Investment Advisers

The SEC signals continued scrutiny of asset management firms for all manner of violations — including technical violations first identified in exams. On February 26, Julie Riewe, the Co-Chief of the SEC’s Asset...more

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