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Broker-Dealer Beat - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Unbundling research and execution costs for money managers subject to MiFID II means that US broker-dealers can expect to receive hard dollars or other separately identified payments for research, at least from EU managers....more

SEC Provides Relief For Global Investment Advisers To Comply With EU Markets In Financial Instruments Directive II

In three no-action letters, the SEC has provided some relief for investment advisers in complying with the European Union's overhaul of its securities regulations. Commonly referred to as MiFID II, which is set to take effect...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Propsed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Extends No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision” - On September 22, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s...more

FINRA Releases New Guidance Regarding Social Media and Digital Communications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 25, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued Regulatory Notice 17–18, Social Media and Digital Communications (the “Regulatory Notice”), addressing certain frequently asked questions...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on Robo-Advisers

On February 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) published information and guidance for investors and the financial services industry on the use of robo-advisers, described by the Staff as “registered...more

SEC Principal Trading Rule Exemption Set to Expire at Year’s End

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stated in August that it intends to permit the expiration of rule 206(3)-3T (Rule) under the Investment Adviser Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The SEC originally...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

by Jackson Walker on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

by Blank Rome LLP on

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced that it hired Christopher R. Hetner, a cybersecurity expert, as the Senior Adviser to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. The hire is indicative of the SEC’s focus on cybersecurity measures...more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

Private Fund Advisers Must Pay Close Attention to Nuances under Pay-to-Play Restrictions in Light of Upcoming Elections Nationwide

As the elections approach nationwide, advisers to private investment funds with current or prospective state or local government entity investors should be mindful of political activities by their personnel which could raise...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC filed a settled FCPA action in which the employees in the China subsidiary of the firm designed and adopted a bribery scheme to circumvent the compliance procedures the company had installed as a result of an earlier...more

SEC Fines Private Equity Adviser for Failing to Register as a Broker-Dealer

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The action may have significant implications for PE advisers performing brokerage services; highlights SEC’s focus on advisers receiving transaction-based compensation. On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Settles with Private Equity Fund Adviser Charged with Acting as an Unregistered Broker

by Cozen O'Connor on

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settlement order highlights the importance that the SEC has placed on the issue of broker-dealer registration for the private equity industry. On June 1, 2016, the SEC...more

SEC acts against Private Equity Firm for Acting as an Unregistered Broker

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 1, 2016, the SEC issued a press release that announced a Maryland-based private equity fund advisory firm and its owner have agreed to pay more than $3.1 million to settle charges that they engaged in brokerage...more

"SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser as an Unregistered Broker"

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") accepted a settlement offer from a registered investment adviser of private equity funds, and its founder, principal and managing member. The settlement...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Adviser for Unregistered Brokerage Activity

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 1, 2016 announced a settled enforcement action against a private equity fund manager (Adviser) for acting as a broker-dealer without registering. The case is...more

Cease and Desist Proceedings Against an Asset Manager for Acting as an Unlicensed Broker-Dealer

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Industry participants are well-advised to review their practices to ensure compliance with the Advisers Act, and the SEC’s and SEC’s Staff’s interpretations of when registration as a broker-dealer is required....more

SEC Sanctions Private Fund Adviser for Acting as an Unregistered Broker

Investment advisers to private funds should be aware that their activities with respect to acquiring and disposing of interests in portfolio companies on behalf of the funds they manage could raise the suspicions of the...more

Department of Labor Issues Long-Awaited Fiduciary Rule

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The new standard requires broker-dealers providing advice with respect to IRAs to put their client’s interests ahead of their own. The U.S. Department of Labor released new rules on April 6 that materially enlarge the...more

SEC Settles Charges Tied to Conflicts with AIG Affiliates

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC’s examination staff has, in recent years, become very aggressive. Some claim it is the front edge of enforcement. Regardless of your view, it is typically beneficial to follow their suggestions. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

Investment Adviser Settles SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action; SEC Issues Investor Alert

by King & Spalding on

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

FinCEN Proposes AML Program Rule for Investment Advisers

by Goodwin on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a proposed rule that would subject certain investment advisers to AML requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act (the BSA). In proposing the rule, FinCEN cited...more

Conflicts of Interest: When You're Having Too Much Fun at That Business Lunch

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

How should fund directors monitor gifts and entertainment received by investment adviser personnel? This question moved to the forefront in February, when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The question of forum selection by the SEC was a key issue this week. While to date suits challenging the SEC’s right to bring an action as an administrative proceeding rather than in federal court have had little success –...more

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