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New York Establishes New Cyber Security Examination Process for Financial Institutions

New York’s Department of Financial Services released a letter on December 10, 2014, announcing the details of its plan to focus more attention on cyber security matters in conducting examinations. Directed at New...more

Heightened Supervision of Branch Offices — Tips for the Coming Year

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have heightened their expectations of what constitutes a “comprehensive” branch self-inspection program. Firms...more

2014 Proskauer Hedge Funds and Other Private Funds Annual Review

This year we saw a flurry of regulatory activity targeting investment advisers and hedge funds, private equity funds and other private funds (collectively, private funds). The following annual review is a summary of some of...more

SEC’s Champ: Staff to Focus on Alt Fund Risk Disclosures

The Division of Investment Management again has turned its attention to alternative mutual funds, this time ensuring that they adequately disclose risks to retail investors. ...more

SEC Charges Recidivist Adviser, Co-Founders With Violations of Custody Rule

The SEC has brought a number of custody rule cases as part of its broken windows initiative. Its newest proceeding centered on the custody rule, however, is a contested administrative proceeding which names as Respondents an...more

How to Respond to SEC Inquiries Concerning Data Breach and Data Security Policies

Every company, whether public or private, has exposure to potential data breach or theft of confidential information. When this occurs, various state and federal regulatory organizations have jurisdiction over ensuring that...more

SEC Appoints Marc Wyatt As Deputy Director Of National Exam Program

On October 20, the SEC appointed Marc Wyatt as the Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Compliance and Inspection Examinations (OCIE). In September 2012, Wyatt joined the SEC as a senior specialized examiner with a...more

What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities...

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — Directors Panel

Yesterday I blogged from the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not verbatim...more

SEC Publishes Risk Alert and FAQs Reminding Broker-Dealers of their Obligations In Unregistered Transactions

On October 9, the SEC announced publication of a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they engage in unregistered transactions on behalf of their customers. ...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser with Misallocating Expenses between Portfolio Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on September 22, 2014 (Order) against private equity fund adviser Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire). The Order alleged...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR - On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - September 2014

In This Issue: The CFTC provided long-awaited exemptive relief for commodity pool operators that wish to offer their funds in private offerings using general solicitation under Rule 506(c) of the SEC’s Regulation D. ...more

Three Disclosure Areas of Focus for Private Equity Firms Given Increased SEC Oversight

The private equity space is an area of increased scrutiny for the SEC. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) earlier this year announced its intentions to examine a significant percentage of never...more

SEC Announces Exam Initiative Targeting Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC announced an initiative in which its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) plans to examine a significant percentage of newly registered municipal advisors over the next two years using an approach...more

OCIE Announces Exam Initiative for Newly-Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced August 19 a two-year, three-phase examination initiative targeting newly-registered municipal advisors. SEC Press Rel. 2014-170 (Aug. 19, 2014). ...more

"SEC Announces Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative"

On August 19, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) will begin a two-year examination initiative (the initiative) through the National...more

SEC Launches Exam Initiative for Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC is not wasting any time making sure that newly registered municipal advisors are introduced to their regulator. On August 19, 2014, the SEC announced a two-year examination initiative for municipal advisors that...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Renewed Call for Investment Adviser User Fees - As we reported in previous editions of our Investment Management Newsletter, various persons have proposed that a user fee be imposed on SEC registered investment...more

SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds....more

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Discusses Alternative Mutual Funds

In a speech presented to the Practicing Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum on June 30, 2014, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Division”), discussed the rise of open-end mutual funds...more

Reverse Churning

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, as well as investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to their clients. But the rise of claims related to inaction in a client...more

SEC Staff Warns Against “Disclosure Creep”

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management warned against “disclosure creep” invading fund prospectuses in regulatory guidance posted in June 2014....more

SEC Staff: Measure Percentage Ownership by Fund, not by Complex

In its June 2014 Guidance Update, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that series funds are individual investment companies for purposes of compliance with certain investor protections, including the 1940 Act’s...more

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