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SEC Alerts On Initial Coin Offerings Are The Two Most Popular For 2017 (3 Of The Top 10 Overall)

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The SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy recently issued a bulletin listing its 10 most popular Investor Alerts and Bulletins for 2017. Numbers 1 (Initial Coin Offerings) and 2 (Public Companies Making ICO-related...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Financial Institutions and the SEC

Editors’ Note: This is the eighth in a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA compliance, emerging...more

The SEC Refocuses on Retail Investors

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the states traditionally have handled the bulk of retail brokerage investigations, such as the suitability of a retail broker’s investment recommendations or alleged excessive...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert for Municipal Advisors

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a risk alert that described the staff’s observations from over 110 examinations...more

SEC Enforcement Division Priorities Pertaining to Retail Investors and Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

In a keynote speech to the Securities Enforcement Forum on October 26, 2017, U.S. SEC Division of Enforcement (Division) Co-Director Stephanie Avakian emphasized the protection of retail investors and cybersecurity as...more

WSGR Fintech Update - November 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the November 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing CFTC guidance on virtual currencies, as well as an article on a...more

SEC Risk Alert Highlights Most Frequent Investment Adviser Advertising Rule Violations

The SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert summarizing the compliance issues most frequently identified in SEC-registered investment advisers' deficiency letters with respect to...more

U.S. House Bill Aims to Curtail SEC Staff’s Ability to Obtain Algorithmic Trading Source Code

On October 4, 2017, U.S. Representative Sean P. Duffy [R-WI-7] introduced U.S. House of Representatives Bill H.R.3948 entitled the “Protection of Source Code Act.” If enacted, the Bill would amend the Securities Act, the...more

SEC’s Most Recent Cybersecurity Move: What Registered Investment Advisors Need to Know

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As public concern over data security grows in the wake of the Equifax data breach, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is increasing its scrutiny of registered investment advisors (RIAs). In turn, RIAs should...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

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

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EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

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EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues Found During Examinations

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 on September 14, 2017 (Risk Alert). The Risk Alert highlights...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

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Investment Firm VanEck Launches Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (“ETF”) One Week after Calling Bitcoin a “Fad” - On August 10, 2017, Joe Foster, portfolio manager and strategist for the money management firm VanEck, expressed...more

SEC Scrutinizes Multi-Manager Arrangements

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Many mutual funds implement their investment strategies through "multi-manager" (also called "manager of manager") arrangements, particularly funds used to support variable life insurance and annuity products. Among other...more

OCIE Lessons From Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

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On August 7, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert containing observations from its Cybersecurity 2 Exam Initiative. As a follow-up to the 2014 Cybersecurity 1 initiative, the...more

Bridging the Week - September 2017 #2

SEC Begins Proactively Suggesting Some Promoters Halt ICOs; the UK Financial Conduct Authority Joins Worldwide Regulators Saying that Digital Tokens Issued as Part of ICOs May Be Securities: Following the release of the...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On Aug. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a risk alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. ...more

OCIE Releases Risk Alert Regarding Advertisements of Investment Advisers

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 14, 2017, OCIE published a Risk Alert identifying issues associated with Rule 206(4)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advertising Rule”). The Risk Alert was based on observations of the OCIE staff...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Issues Risk Alert Regarding Advertising Rule Compliance Based on Recent OCIE Examinations

On Sept. 14, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a risk alert outlining certain compliance issues identified by the regulator’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) related to...more

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Warns Investment Advisers: “Don’t Mislead or We Will Proceed!”

On September 14, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert in which it highlighted a number of compliance issues it had identified relating to the so-called Advertising...more

Legal Advice Not Enough for Adviser to Avoid SEC Sanctions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Undisclosed conflicts of interest have been a key focus of OCIE exams of investment advisers. Those undisclosed conflicts have resulted in a series of enforcement actions against advisers. ...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on the Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues and Use of Accolades in Advertisements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

I. Advertising Rule Compliance Issues - On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert on the most frequent advertising...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. Federal banking agencies are seeking public comment on their proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a small...more

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