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SEC Charges Unregistered Fund Manager

SEC Charges Unregistered Fund Manager WHAT HAPPENED? On October 26, 2017, the SEC charged an unregistered investment adviser and its principals (“collectively, the “Respondents”) with engaging a private fund it managed (the “Fund”) in conflicted transactions without providing disclosure to the investors. The conflicted transactions that Respondents performed includes [...]

Reminder that the New Form ADV Rules Took Effect on October 1, 2017

Reminder that the New Form ADV Rules Took Effect on October 1, 2017 WHAT HAPPENED? On October 1, 2017, the amendments to Part 1A of Form ADV and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) took effect.  The amendments, which are described in a previous Flash Report, [...]

PE Firm Charged with Improper Allocation of Broken Deal Expenses

PE Firm Charged with Improper Allocation of Broken Deal Expenses WHAT HAPPENED? On September 21, 2017, the SEC charged a registered investment adviser with improperly allocating broken deal expenses between three private equity funds it manages (collectively, the “Private Equity Funds”) and separate co-investment vehicles (the “Co-Investors”).  From 2004 [...]

PE Firm Charged for Improperly Allocating Overhead and Portfolio Expenses to Funds

PE Firm Charged for Improperly Allocating Overhead and Portfolio Expenses to Funds WHAT HAPPENED? On September 11, 2017, the SEC charged a registered investment adviser (“the RIA”) and its principal (collectively, “Respondents”) with improperly allocating fees and expenses to two private equity funds (collectively, “the Funds”) managed by Respondents.  [...]

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 [...]

Legal Risks Associated with Cyberattacks

Legal Risks Associated with Cyberattacks PROACTIVE MEASURES AGAINST CYBERATTACKS The recent ransomware attack that has affected more than 100,000 organizations has emphasized how immense the potential impact can be on the financial services industry. It is imperative for firms to protect their network from these types of threats through various technical [...]

Labor Secretary Acosta Declines to Delay the Fiduciary Rule

Labor Secretary Acosta Declines to Delay the Fiduciary Rule WHAT HAPPENED? Yesterday, Labor Secretary Acosta confirmed that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) was unable to find “a principled legal basis to change the June 9 implementation date” for the Fiduciary Rule. NEXT STEPS Advisers should prepare for partial implementation [...]

SEC Releases Risk Alert on Ransomware

SEC Releases Risk Alert on Ransomware WHAT HAPPENED? On May 17, 2017, the SEC released a risk alert on a widespread ransomware attack, known as WannaCry, WCry or Wanna Decryptor. The hacker(s) conducting the cyber-attack have infiltrated the servers of organizations across more than 100 countries through a Microsoft® Remote Desktop Protocol [...]