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SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues for 2017

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) published a Risk Alert on September 14, 2017 discussing the most frequent issues that the OCIE observed during its examinations of investment advisers with...more

Florida Governor Scott Orders Freeze on Property and Casualty Rate Increases

On Tuesday, September 12th, Florida Governor Rick Scott directed Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to “freeze any and all efforts” to increase property insurance rates. In addition, Governor Scott stated that...more

Senate Passes Bill Proposing Three Month NFIP Extension

On Friday, September 7th, the Senate passed a bill increasing the disaster aid within the National Flood Insurance Program (the “NFIP”) to $15 billion. The NFIP was initially established in 1968 to provide flood coverage to...more

London Direct and Facultative Market Affected by Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has caused significant exposure for those owning habitational accounts in London’s direct and facultative (“D&F”) market. Habitational coverage insures commercial residential properties, and each habitational...more

SEC Staff Provide New Custody Rule Guidance

On February 21, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) released new guidance concerning when a registered investment adviser is deemed to have “custody” for purposes of Adviser’s Act Rule 206(4) (the Custody...more

SEC Adopts Amendments To The Books And Records Rule And To Form ADV Addressing Separately Managed Accounts, Social Media, And...

On August 25, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to rules promulgated under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) and the investment adviser registration and...more

Locke Lord Article: The Best Interest Contract Exemption

In connection with publication of final regulations (the Rule) on the definition of “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended...more

Department of Labor Publishes New Fiduciary Rule Affecting Retirement Account Advisers

On April 8, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (Department) published its long-awaited final regulations (the Rule) redefining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income...more

New Round of SEC Cybersecurity Examinations of Financial Service Firms and Their Cyber Controls

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the OCIE) has just published a new Risk Alert on cyber risks and precautions identifying specific areas it will be focusing on during the second round of examinations of...more

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