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SEC Approves FINRA Efforts to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC recently approved an amendment to FINRA Rule 4512 that requires FINRA members to make reasonable efforts to obtain, from each customer for whom they maintain an account, specified information about a “trusted contact...more

The Adviser: A Quarterly Update for Private Funds

by Bryan Cave on

This Newsletter discusses recent key guidance releases, regulatory changes, noteworthy news and certain upcoming compliance deadlines. ...more

SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As we near the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), private equity and hedge fund advisers are subject to an ever-increasing degree of supervision...more

Asset Managers: Are You Ready for Your Exam? Steps You Should Take Now

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Last week we told you about the five biggest pet peeves of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) when examining investment advisers. This week, we want to get you ready for your exam. Here are the...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 13

by Jones Day on

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services ("DFS") released a revised version of a proposed regulation that would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions...more

SEC Speaks: 2017 Enforcement and Exam Trends for Private Funds

At the recent SEC Speaks program, sponsored by PLI, senior SEC staff members provided valuable insight into the SEC’s 2017 priorities for private funds. While the tenor of this year’s discussion seemed to focus more on...more

2016 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

by Morgan Lewis on

Executive Summary - The Morgan Lewis Year in Review highlights key US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement developments and...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 4

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - On February 17, just as new rules to further facilitate intrastate and regional crowdfunding offerings are beginning to take effect, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the North...more

SEC 2017 Exam Priorities: Key Takeaways

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Amid the extensive list of exam priorities for this year, there are several highlights that will require attention from operations personnel - Far from the White House and the halls of Congress, compliance officers are...more

SEC’s Exam Deficiencies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC recently released its findings relating to exams of investment advisers. In particular, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) found weak compliance programs; insufficient or late...more

OCIE Identifies Top Five Adviser Compliance Issues

In a new Risk Alert, OCIE’s National Exam Program provided investment advisers with insight into the five compliance topics most frequently identified in its exam deficiency letters. Registered investment advisers should...more

SEC’s OCIE Issues Alert on Key Compliance Issues

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Risk Alert regarding its National Exam Program was issued by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations or OCIE. Drawing from its prior exam experience, OCIE identified five key areas of risk for investment...more

Funds Talk: February 2017

Private Fund Advisers, Robo-Advisers, ETFs Among SEC, FINRA Exam Priorities for 2017 - As the new year begins, U.S. regulators highlighted the areas – some new and some familiar – which will be the focus of their...more

SEC 2017 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Seniors and Retiring Investors, and Market-Wide Risk Assessment

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 12, 2017 announced its examination priorities for the current year. The priorities extend to nearly...more

Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity Among the 2017 SEC Examination Priorities

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2017 Examination Priorities regarding certain practices, products, and services that...more

FINRA Is Ready to Lace-up and Focus on “Blocking and Tackling”: FINRA’s 2017 Priorities and Related Enforcement Actions

As the football season was winding down, on January 4, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its 2017 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter. According to FINRA President and CEO,...more

One Man’s Rogue Broker Is Another Man’s Treasure

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Like it has in the past, FINRA is sharply focused on examining brokers with a disciplinary past, including the indentification and examination of such brokers being placed at the top of its 2017 exam priorities. Does this...more

SEC's New Rule Requires Additional Disclosures on Form ADV

by Bracewell LLP on

On January 12, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its 2017 examination priorities.1 OCIE’s 2017 priorities, which largely mirror its 2016 priorities, cover three areas: (1)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

SEC Staff Announces 2017 OCIE Examination Priorities

On January 12, 2017, the staff of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its annual announcement on examination priorities in the coming calendar...more

New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus

On January 12, 2017 the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year, including areas of focus for Retail Investors, Senior Investors and Retirement Investments,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 2

2017 Examination Priorities Announced by the SEC - On January 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2017 examination priorities, which seek to...more

OCIE 2017 Exam Priorities: Focus on Retail, Elderly and Retirement Investors; Market Risks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The SEC’s National Examination Program (NEA) of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that its examination priorities in 2017 will focus on three general areas: retail investors, risks...more

SEC Examination Priorities for 2017 – What do Robots, Senior Investors, and Payment for Order Flow Have in Common?

This week, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its Examination Priorities for 2017 that reflects certain practices, products, and services that OCIE perceives to present potentially...more

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