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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

The SEC Opens Up a New Front in the Cybersecurity Wars

For the last few years, the SEC has been issuing guidance as to appropriate cybersecurity policies and procedures for financial firms. In a move that signal’s the regulator’s willingness to put muscle into its cybersecurity...more

SEC Ramps up Cybersecurity Scrutiny With Examination Priorities and an Enforcement Action

Why it matters - Signaling that it will continue to increase its scrutiny of firms' cybersecurity readiness, the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a...more

SEC brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

OCIE Issues Cybersecurity Risk Alert and Exam Plans; Follows Up with Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently released a Risk Alert containing its plan for a second round of cybersecurity examinations of registered...more

The SEC OCIE Announces Increased Scrutiny of Broker-Dealers’ and Investment Advisers’ Cybersecurity Programs

On September 15, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (2015 Risk Alert) to provide broker-dealers and investment...more

The SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Violating Regulation S-P by Failing to Adopt Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures

In recent years, the SEC has been focused on cybersecurity. It has issued risk alerts, conducted examinations and provided guidance about what the agency sees as widespread weaknesses in many policies and procedures to...more

SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Failure to Adopt Proper Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures Prior to Cyberattack

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, the SEC charged an investment adviser with failing to adopt a written policy and procedure reasonably designed to safeguard customer records and information. The charge spawned from a July 2013...more

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