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Action Advisers Should Take Prior to January 30, 2018, to Comply with the Custody Rule

Action Advisers Should Take Prior to January 30, 2018, to Comply with the Custody Rule THE CUSTODY RULE As summarized in a previous Flash, the SEC published a ‘no-action’ letter in February 2017, stating that custody requirements can be triggered under certain circumstances when an adviser participates in first-party and [...]

Preparing Compliant Advertising (Including GIPS)

Preparing Compliant Advertising (Including GIPS) THE AD RULE Advertising is often a key focus of the SEC’s examinations, making it imperative for investment advisers to remain up to date on the requirements of marketing-related regulations.  All written communication provided to more than one person and any notice that solicits investment advisory [...]

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Failure to Prevent Insider Trading

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Failure to Prevent Insider Trading WHAT HAPPENED? On August 21, 2017, the SEC charged a hedge fund advisory firm with failing to implement and enforce adequate policies and procedures designed to prevent insider trading.  The adviser’s policies and procedures required only an initial review [...]

SEC Conducts Surprise Examinations

SEC Conducts Surprise Examinations WHAT HAPPENED? The SEC’s Boston Regional Office has confirmed that it has randomly visited close to 20 registered investment advisers in the region to conduct examinations without providing any prior notice.  During these examinations, the SEC staff has met with the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer, and [...]

Hedge Fund Manager Charged with Misappropriating Investor Funds

Hedge Fund Manager Charged with Misappropriating Investor Funds WHAT HAPPENED? On August 11, 2017, the SEC charged a hedge fund manager with misappropriating investor money between different funds he managed.  These improper allocations were used to pay for legal and administrative expenses incurred by certain hedge funds during ongoing litigation [...]

DOL Provides Conflict of Interest FAQs Around Fiduciary Rule

DOL Provides Conflict of Interest FAQs Around Fiduciary Rule WHAT HAPPENED? On August 3, 2017, the DOL released a conflict of interest FAQs to provide additional clarification around the Fiduciary Rule. In the FAQ, the DOL provides guidance regarding: Fiduciary status disclosures that must be provided by ERISA pension plan service providers [...]

Dual Registrant Fails to Disclose Conflict of Interest from Revenue Sharing

Dual Registrant Fails to Disclose Conflict of Interest from Revenue Sharing WHAT HAPPENED? On July 19, 2017, the SEC charged a dually-registered investment adviser and broker dealer (“Respondent”) for failing to disclose compensation received from a third-party broker-dealer (“Broker”). Starting in 2002, Respondent waived transaction fees it and Broker would otherwise charge [...]

Upcoming Amendments to Form ADV

Upcoming Amendments to Form ADV WHAT HAPPENED? The new ADV reporting requirements go into effect October 1, 2017. Under the revised Form ADV, advisers will: require investment advisers to disclose additional information about their separately management account (“SMA”) business; require investment advisers to report specific information on general business operations, [...]

SEC Fines Private Equity Firm for Inaccurate Disclosures

DOL Releases FAQ on Conflicts of Interest During the Transition Period WHAT HAPPENED? On July 6, 2017, the SEC charged a registered real estate private equity firm (“Respondent”) with executing a transaction between two funds (“Fund I” and “Fund II”) it advised on different terms than what was disclosed to the Fund [...]

SEC Updates Form ADV FAQs

SEC Updates Form ADV FAQs WHAT HAPPENED? On June 12, 2017, the SEC released new Form ADV FAQs to provide guidance on recent amendments made to the form. The additions to the FAQs are related to Items 1.I, 1.J, 5.D, 5.K, 7.B and Schedule R. The SEC also provided an update [...]