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SEC Takes Issue with Employee Confidentiality Obligations and Waivers of Monetary Awards

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or "Commission") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a risk alert on October 24, 2016, announcing that it will be reviewing registrants'...more

Whistleblower Rule Compliance: SEC’s OCIE Issues Risk Alert in Wake of Illustrative Enforcement Actions

On October 24, staff of the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert titled “Examining Whistleblower Rule Compliance” (the “Risk Alert”). The Risk...more

Physician Practices Beware: Scam Email Disguised as Communication from Office of Civil Rights Regarding HIPAA Audit

Receiving an email that your practice has been identified for participating in the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Rules Audit Program is enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure. The likely response is to open the email...more

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2016

JPMorgan Resolves Enforcement Action Regarding China Subsidiary’s Hiring Practices - On November 17, 2016, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) entered into a nonprosecution agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ), and...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Electrical Safety Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued an electrical safety alert after several miners were injured in underground coalmine accidents. In one incident, a miner working near a 480 VAC scoop charger circuit...more

SEC Examiners Focus on Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer Compliance With Whistleblower Rules

Last week, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert regarding examinations of investment adviser and broker-dealer registrants' compliance with key whistleblower provisions...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Examinations of Compliance with SEC Whistleblower Rule by Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on October 24, 2016 (Risk Alert) regarding examinations of...more

Mine Roof Collapses Trigger Government Safety Alert

Following 10 incidents of roof collapses in July and August, the Mine Safety and Health Agency has issued a safety alert to warn employers and employees about the dangers of roof falls. MSHA said the roof failures...more

Investment Management Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

Are Activist Investors Risk Factors?

lululemon athletica inc.’s Form 10-K includes the following risk factor: Our business could be negatively affected as a result of actions of activist stockholders, and such activism could impact the trading value of our...more

Pensions Alert (UK): Upcoming changes - action points for trustees

Upcoming changes - action points for trustees On 6 April 2016 new legislation will come into force which will require action by trustees of schemes containing DC benefits. In this Pensions Alert we focus in particular...more

NIOSH and OSHA Issue Hazard Alert on Health and Safety Risks in Oil and Gas Extraction

On February 11, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced newly identified health and safety risks to workers who manually...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 Exam Staff Shares Observations on Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

Firms that use third-party CCOs or that rely on financial intermediaries that have outsourced their compliance functions should consider taking a fresh look at their compliance structure in the wake of this guidance....more

Investment Firms and Compliance Professionals Beware: SEC Finds Risks Associated with Outsourcing Compliance Function

On Monday, November 9, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released results from its evaluation of investment adviser firms’ use of third...more

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

On November 9, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released the findings of its Outsourced CCO Initiative, which examined nearly 20 investment advisers and investment companies that are...more

SEC Releases Risk Alert Related to Outsourcing of Chief Compliance Officer Duties by Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

On Nov. 9, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a risk alert reporting observations from its examination of investment advisers and investment companies that outsource their Chief...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: CFTC and NFA Staff Publish FAQs and Other Resources for Filing and Reporting on Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR - On Nov. 5 the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight of the CFTC...more

OCIE Cautions Advisers About Outsourcing Compliance Activities

In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced compliance programs are generally effective, but some of these arrangements leave room...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

SEC Cybersecurity Update

Results from the SEC’s First Round of Cybersecurity Examinations - On February 3, 2015, the OCIE published a risk alert summarizing its findings from its examinations of over 100 registered investment advisers and...more

SEC Announces Second Wave of Cyber Exams of Broker Dealers and Advisors – Is Your Firm Ready?

In April 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert announcing its first cybersecurity sweep initiative. Pursuant to that initiative,...more

Proactive Approach To Cybersecurity: Recent SEC guidance and enforcement actions suggest that reactive firms may be in the SEC’s...

In an environment where even the largest and most powerful corporations have fallen victim to data breaches, it can be challenging to fathom how to protect against the sophisticated and ever-evolving threat of cyber attacks....more

Investment Adviser Settles SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action; SEC Issues Investor Alert

On September 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (“R.T. Jones”), a St. Louis-based investment adviser, settled charges that R.T. Jones failed to adopt...more

SEC Brings First Cybersecurity Enforcement Proceeding in Wake of Risk Alert

Highlights Areas of High Risk and Examination Priorities for Financial Industry Firms - On September 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE),...more

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