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Lessons Learned from Recent SEC and FINRA Cases for April 2018

If it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck…. Then it just may be a duck. The SEC censured and fined Financial Fiduciaries, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisor and Thomas Batterman for violating...more

Filing Deadlines and To Do List for April for RIAs and BDs

FOR INVESTMENT MANAGERS AND HEDGE/PRIVATE FUND MANAGERS - Form ADV Part 2A: Registered investment advisers are required to distribute to each client an updated Form ADV Part 2A or a summary of material changes with an...more

SEC’s share class selection disclosure initiative: what’s next

On February 12, 2018, the Division of Enforcement of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative (Initiative) to encourage SEC registered investment advisers...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

SEC Exam Staff: “Surprise, We’re Back”

by Carlton Fields on

In August, Kevin Kelcourse, the associate director for examinations at the SEC’s Boston Regional Office, confirmed that his office has been making "surprise" examination visits to registered advisers in the region. ...more

Changes to Form ADV Just in Time for Annual Updating Amendments

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

It is that time of year again, when state and federal registered investment advisers (RIAs) renew their registrations and file annual Form ADV updating amendments. The updating amendments are due by March 31, 2018. Part 1A...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

Broker Protocol – Broken?

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

At the end of October 2017, Morgan Stanley announced it was withdrawing from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting. That decision sent shock waves through the financial services industry. ...more

Morgan Stanley Abandons Broker Industry Recruiting Pact

by Genova Burns LLC on

In a major blow to the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, which limited restrictive covenants in the broker industry and resulting litigation, according to Reuters (October 30, 2017), Morgan Stanley has decided to withdraw from...more

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

by Polsinelli on

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

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

SEC Provides Regulatory Relief to Entities Affected by Recent Hurricanes

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 28, 2017 announced that the SEC and its staff are providing relief to aid regulatory compliance with certain provisions of the federal securities laws by certain...more

SEC Staff Extends Effectiveness of No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision”

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (SEC Staff) on September 22, 2017 extended indefinitely the effectiveness of no-action relief granted a year earlier with respect to the...more

New Developments on the Scope of the Registered Investment Adviser Exemption under Section 16 of Exchange Act

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Hedge funds and other private investment funds can take advantage of the exemption for registered investment advisers (RIAs) under Exchange Act Rule 16a-1(a)(1)(v), the "RIA Exemption." While the exemption can be helpful, it...more

Investment Adviser Compliance with SEC’s Amended Form ADV

by Winstead PC on

Beginning October 1, 2017, investment advisers filing Form ADV with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) must file using the amended form adopted by the SEC on August 25, 2016 (the “Amended Form ADV”). According...more

SEC Wants the Truth and Nothing but the Truth in Advertising

Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that’s the message to registered investment advisors from the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in a recent risk alert about the SEC’s...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

SEC Guidance Seeks Enhanced Disclosures by Robo-Advisers

by Carlton Fields on

In February, the SEC staff issued a guidance update focusing on "robo-advisers," i.e., registered investment advisers (RIAs) who provide online, automated investment advice, through the use of an algorithmic program. As RIAs,...more

The Camino Real for RIAs – Pathway to Gold

by Gerald Nowotny on

The RIA Retirement Plan - Subtle Strategies Designed to Retain AUM - Overview - Growing up in the Panama Canal Zone was a special experience. The recent passing of Manuel “Cara De Pina” Noriega reminded of my time...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

SEC Issues Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters

Recently, the staff (Staff) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Investment Management issued an information update (the "Information Update") for investment advisers registered under the...more

SEC Charges Credit Suisse With Overcharging Advisory Clients

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has brought a series of settled cases in recent months centered on charges that advisory clients in wrap fee programs were not told the amount of “trading away” fees – additional fees incurred when a...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Guidance Update (Guidance) on February 23, 2017, on the subject of automated investment advisers...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 9

ISS Updates Frequently Asked Questions for US Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for 2017 - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) for US...more

Registered Investment Advisers Take Note: New SEC Custody Rule Guidance

Registered investment advisers should take note of recent pronouncements by the staff of the SEC's Division of Investment Management (the "Division") regarding Rule 206(4)-2 (the "Custody Rule") of the Investment Advisers Act...more

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