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Alaska Investment Adviser Ordered to Pay Over $400K in SEC Settlement

Alaska Investment Adviser Ordered to Pay Over $400K in SEC Settlement WHAT HAPPENED? On July 24, 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission released a settlement with an Alaska investment adviser, which was penalized for its failure to properly disclose compensation conflicts to clients. Foundations Assets Management (FAM) and [...]

OCIE Releases Findings After Examining Firms Employing Persons with Disciplinary Histories

OCIE Releases Findings After Examining Firms Employing Persons with Disciplinary Histories WHAT HAPPENED? On July 23, 2019, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert which outlines the findings of examinations of over 50 advisers in 2017. All the examined advisers were selected based on [...]

Regulation Best Interest: What You Should Know

Regulation Best Interest: What You Should Know WHAT HAPPENED? On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted Regulation Best Interest (BI) which is intended to raise the standard of conduct for broker-dealers working with retail customers. The regulation had been under consideration since April 2018 and was [...]

SEC Adopts Rules and Interpretations Including Form CRS and Regulation Best Interest

SEC Adopts Rules and Interpretations Including Form CRS and Regulation Best Interest WHAT HAPPENED? On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the adoption of a package of rules and interpretations intended to increase transparency for retail investors in their relationships with investment advisers and broker-dealers. The [...]

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces 2018 Examination Priorities

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces 2018 Examination Priorities WHAT HAPPENED? On February 7, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced the 2018 examination priorities.  The exam priorities are published to improve compliance, prevent fraud, monitor risk and implement policy. [...]

SEC Charges Purported Hedge Fund Manager with Fraud

SEC Charges Purported Hedge Fund Manager with Fraud WHAT HAPPENED? On February 2nd, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission pressed charges against a hedge fund manager for fraud, ending an ongoing scheme. The SEC claims that since 2014 or earlier, the adviser collectively raised more than $5.3 million from [...]

Important Message from the SEC Regarding Annual Amendment Filing Deadline

Important Message from the SEC Regarding Annual Amendment Filing Deadline WHAT HAPPENED? Saturday, March 31st is the 90-day annual amendment deadline for Advisers with a Fiscal Year ending on December 31st, 2017.  Please be advised that the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD) system will be open on Saturday, March [...]

Private Equity Firm Charged with Failure to Disclose Accelerated Portfolio Monitoring Fees

Private Equity Firm Charged with Failure to Disclose Accelerated Portfolio Monitoring Fees WHAT HAPPENED? On December 21, 2017, the SEC charged a private equity fund adviser (“Respondent”) with failing to adequately disclose accelerated portfolio monitoring fees.  Between 2013 and 2015, Respondent accelerated the payment of future monitoring fees from [...]

SEC Modifies Final Rule for Form N-PORT

SEC Modifies Final Rule for Form N-PORT WHAT HAPPENED? The SEC has adopted a temporary final rule that will delay the compliance dates for filing a Form N-PORT.  The SEC made this modification in order to evaluate their data security practices for material, nonpublic information and uplift the EDGAR system [...]

Adviser Charged with Defrauding Clients

Adviser Charged with Defrauding Clients WHAT HAPPENED? On December 11, 2017, the SEC charged a dually registered investment adviser and broker-dealer, and its principal (collectively, the “Defendant”), with defrauding its clients and receiving $780,000 in ill-gotten gains.  Over the course of several years, Defendant repeatedly purchased securities from underwriters [...]