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SEC Sanctions Hedge Fund Advisory Firm For Improper Valuations of Illiquid Securities

Returning to an enforcement priority repeatedly articulated over the years, the SEC recently imposed sanctions on a registered investment advisory firm and two principals arising out of an alleged scheme to inflate the...more

Settlement with Large Firm Audit Partner Reaffirms SEC’s Emphasis on Related Party Disclosures

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement has made a concerted effort in recent months to warn auditors and other corporate “gatekeepers” that it intends to scrutinize the adequacy of related party disclosures in financial filings. ...more

SEC Answers Money Market Reform Questions

The SEC responded on April 22, 2015, to industry questions regarding its 2014 money market reform rules (Rules) through a frequently asked questions (FAQ) format. The 15-page release answers 53 questions on various topics. ...more

SEC Approves Amendments to NASD Rule 2340 and FINRA Rule 2310 to Address Values of Direct Participation Program and Unlisted Real...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued Regulatory Notice 15-02 regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approved amendments to National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Rule 2340 (and...more

Bank, CFO Settle Accounting Charges with SEC

The SEC filed settled accounting actions with a financial institution and its CFO, keyed to a restatement. The accounting issue focused on deferred tax assets and the failure to have the related reserve. In the Matter of...more

New Valuation Guidance: A Reminder of Directors’ Responsibilities

In the December 2014 issue of Fund Directions, Investment Management partner Jay Baris discusses in the “Learning Curve” column challenges faced by mutual fund directors as they struggle to comply with new valuation guidance...more

Inside M&A - Fall 2014

Managing Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions - Buyers can acquire unintended and potentially very damaging liabilities together with target business or assets. Analyzing the financial situation of a target company,...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Cost of Proposed User Fees by Registered Investment Advisers Further Discussed - SEC Valuation Guidance for All Funds - Update on Insider Trading in Mutual Fund...more

Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: New Guidance from the SEC

1. Previous Guidance Codified by the Release - Much of the guidance included in the Release is already in section 404 of the CFRP. In fact, the amount of repetition in the revised section may confuse a first-time...more

Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: The Great Valuation Divide and Its Implications

The 1940 Act’s requirements for valuing portfolio securities may be summarized as follows: the board of directors must determine, in good faith, the fair value of every portfolio security for which a market quotation is not...more

Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions?

Ever since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required many investment advisers to private equity funds to register with the SEC for the first time, fund managers knew that additional scrutiny might...more

A Developing Trend: Heightened Scrutiny of Private Equity Fund Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently increased its efforts in examining private equity fund advisers and the fees and expenses such advisers charge to portfolio companies on top of customary management fees....more

Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: Alternative Approaches to Valuation

Directors’ legal responsibilities for valuing portfolio securities is a logical place to start an examination of why misvalued securities pose a risk to independent directors. This Client Alert therefore considers the...more

SEC's Findings and Observations on OCIE's Presence Exam Initiative

During his speech on May 6, 2014, Andrew J. Bowden, the Director of the Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided an overview and initial observations...more

SEC’s Inspection Chief Cites Fee and Expense Deficiencies in the Private Equity Sector

In a May 6 speech the SEC’s Andrew Bowden said more than half of the private equity managers inspected in the last two years had either violated the law or had material weaknesses in how they handled fees and expenses. Hidden...more

SEC Settles Administrative Proceedings Against London-Based Hedge Fund Adviser and its Parent over Internal Control Failures and...

The SEC settled public administrative proceeding against a London-based hedge fund adviser that is not registered with the SEC (the “Adviser”) and its U.S. based, publicly-traded parent (the “Parent”) with respect to internal...more

Lessons Learned From The Morgan Keegan Case, Part I – Valuation

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s recent settlement in the latest chapter of the enforcement proceeding involving Morgan Keegan provides important guideposts on two of the hottest regulatory topics in the...more

SEC Settles with Fund Directors for Failure to Satisfy Valuation Responsibilities

On June 13, 2013, the SEC filed an order settling administrative proceedings (the “Order”) against eight former directors (the “Directors”) of five Regions Morgan Keegan open- and closed-end funds (the “Funds”) that had been...more

Former Morgan Keegan Directors Settle Valuation Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease and desist order on June 13, 2013 (the “Order”) against former members of the boards of directors (the “RMK Directors” or the “RMK Boards”) of five Regions Morgan...more

SEC Slaps Fund Directors for Violating Fair Value Responsibilities

On June 13, 2013, without admitting or denying the allegations, eight former directors of five mutual funds agreed to settle SEC charges that they failed to satisfy their fair valuation responsibilities under federal...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Advisers With Misleading Investors About Valuation And Performance

The SEC has charged two investment advisers at Oppenheimer & Co. with misleading investors about the valuation policies and performance of a private equity fund they manage. The SEC recently hinted at potential increased...more

Head of SEC Investment Management Division Announces Top Regulatory Priorities

At the Practicing Law Institute’s conference, “The SEC Speaks in 2013,” held on February 22 in Washington, DC, Norm Champ, Director of the Division of Investment Management at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- February 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - FINRA overhaul of communications rules becomes effective and ICI and CoC appeal Rule 4.5 ruling. Enforcement + Litigation - Enforcement Division priorities target hedge...more

The SEC Is Scrutinizing Asset Valuations—Are You Ready?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently has set its sights on registered entities and their officers and directors for overvaluing the entities’ assets....more

SEC Accuses Fund Directors of Breaching Their Valuation Duties

In a case involving fair valuation of structured notes, the SEC signaled that when investment company fund boards delegate the responsibility to fair value portfolio securities, they must provide “meaningful substantive...more

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