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The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

by Jackson Walker on

Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering...more

Does A Political Yard Sign Really Violate Investment Advisers Act?

by Allen Matkins on

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” Doug Cornelius recently published this post reporting that the SEC staff is taking the position that the pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5, applies...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Governing Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued a notice requesting comments on the effectiveness and efficiency of its Rules 3270 (Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons) and 3280 (Private...more

Colorado to Enact Private Fund Exemption to Investment Adviser Registration

by Bryan Cave on

Colorado is catching up with many other states that have adopted state-level investment adviser registration exemptions for certain private fund advisers. Under new rules Colorado’s Division of Securities adopted on May...more

Public Comments Solicited From Retail Investors and Other Interested Parties on Standards of Conduct for Investment Advisers and...

On June 1, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement (the “Statement“) soliciting public comments from retail investors and other interested parties on standards of conduct for...more

What's next for robo-advice? The SFC consults on the proposed guidelines on online distribution and advisory platforms

by Hogan Lovells on

With the rapid development of technology, there is an increasing trend of intermediaries providing investment services and distributing investment products over the internet. Whilst the Securities and Futures Commission...more

SEC Settles with Adviser and Principal Underwriter Over Improper Distribution Payments

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settled an enforcement action against a fund adviser and distributor for causing the funds to pay, outside of a Rule 12b-1 plan, for activities primarily intended...more

SEC Returns to the Fiduciary-Rule Arena

by Burr & Forman on

On June 1, new SEC Chair Clayton returned the SEC to the arena in the policy debate surrounding the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule. Clayton’s public statement responded to a direct invitation for SEC participation by DOL Secretary...more

No Further Delay on Implementation Date of DOL Conflict of Interest Rules

In a May 23, 2017, op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta indicated that the conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the fiduciary rule) issued by the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A Dutch court has backed the local Akzo Nobel in a bid by Elliot Mgmt to remove Akzo’s chairman after ignoring multiple overtures from PPG for the pain and chemicals giant. Elliot had hoped to force a special shareholder...more

New York & Colorado Propose “New” Cybersecurity Regulations for Broker-Dealers

by Wilson Elser on

In the wake of the promulgation of new cybersecurity regulations by New York State’s Department of Financial Services, Colorado has proposed cybersecurity regulations for broker-dealers, investment advisers and other fund...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert In Response to WannaCry Ransomware

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on May 17, 2017 in response to “WannaCry,” the ongoing...more

ALERT: SEC Issues Risk Alert on Top Five Problem Areas in Investment Advisor Examinations

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

For investment adviser firms, an audit by the Securities and Exchange Commission or state regulators can be cause for anxiety. Regardless of how carefully a firm’s chief compliance officer adheres to regulations, deficiencies...more

SEC: Barclays Charged Excessive Fees In Wrap Fee Program

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has brought a series of actions against investment advisers tied to wrap fee programs. Typically, the actions alleged either that clients were not told the magnitude of fees when an adviser “traded away” or...more

More On Real Estate Funds And The Investment Advisers Act

by Allen Matkins on

In a previous post, I began to delve into the question of what is a “real estate fund”. See SEC Staff Reports On “Real Estate Funds”, But What Exactly Are They? As noted in that post, a “real estate fund” as defined in Form...more

What to Watch for From the New SEC Chairman

Last Thursday, Jay Clayton was officially sworn in as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the new Chairman takes office, here are a few things we’re keeping an eye on...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Senate confirmed Jay Clayton as the new chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released its final handbook for...more

SEC Guidance Signals Approval for “Unbundled” Pricing for Mutual Funds

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates approval for mutual funds to be sold without servicing costs already built into the cost of the fund. In other words, the SEC ruling states that...more

Colorado Proposes Cybersecurity Rules for Investment Advisers, Broker-Dealers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Colorado Division of Securities recently issued proposed rules directed at establishing cybersecurity requirements for broker-dealers and investment advisers. The proposed rules were issued only a month after New York...more

Who Does What: Broker Dealers | Registered Investment Advisers | Commodities/Futures Entities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

At Fox Rothschild LLP, we have a wealth of experience in creating and forming broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity entities and various hedge funds. Over the years, our strategy has been to work with our...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Meet HAL, Your New Robo-Adviser: SEC Regulatory Guidance For Robo-Advisers

by Polsinelli on

“Hello, Dave. You're looking well today.” In the iconic science fiction movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer courteously greeted his astronaut human companion Dave Bowman. HAL was a Heuristically...more

Changing the Game, Again: Supreme Court Could Limit SEC’s Authority to Seek Disgorgement

This week, the Supreme Court heard argument regarding whether the SEC’s actions to disgorge ill-gotten gains are subject to a five-year statute of limitations for “any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture.”...more

SEC Issues Guidance to Robo-Advisers

Robo-advisers are a fast-growing segment of the investment advisory industry. In fact, they now account for an estimated $71.5 billion in assets under management. In response to their explosive growth, the SEC has made...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

by Blank Rome LLP on

REGULATORY UPDATE - Ten Investment Advisory Firms Subject to Steep Penalties after Violating Pay-to-Play Rules - In January 2017, 10 investment advisory firms agreed to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

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