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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 [...]

Division of Enforcement Releases Annual Report

Division of Enforcement Releases Annual Report WHAT HAPPENED? On November 15, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2017 (“FY 2017”).  The report explains how the Division of Enforcement’s decision making throughout FY 2017 was guided by the following five principles: Focus on [...]

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 [...]

SEC Grants Relief to Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

SEC Grants Relief to Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers WHAT HAPPENED? On October 26, 2017, the SEC released three no-action letters that will provide 30 months relief under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 for US broker-dealers under the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”).  MiFID II is [...]

House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal DOL Fiduciary Rule

House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal DOL Fiduciary Rule WHAT HAPPENED? On October 12, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Protecting Advice for Small Savers Act of 2017 (the “PASS Act”), which would repeal the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule.  This bill would keep fiduciary rulemaking under the SEC’s [...]

SEC Spoofed Emails Used In Spear Phishing Attack

SEC Spoofed Emails Used In Spear Phishing Attack WHAT HAPPENED? Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group has identified a targeted cyber-attack focusing on specific organizations.  The malware began with a targeted spear phishing email to initiate the malware and infected U.S. state government servers to further develop the malware infection chain.  [...]

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, [...]

SEC Provides Updates from Investigation of 2016 Cyber Intrusion

SEC Provides Updates from Investigation of 2016 Cyber Intrusion WHAT HAPPENED? On October 2, 2017, the SEC provided an update on its ongoing staff investigation of the 2016 cyber intrusion into the EDGAR system.  The SEC announced that the third party performing the intrusion acquired the names, birth dates [...]

SEC Creates Cyber Unit and Retail Strategy Task Force

SEC Creates Cyber Unit and Retail Strategy Task Force WHAT HAPPENED? On September 25, 2017, the SEC announced the creation of the Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit and Retail Strategy Task Force.  These new initiatives will support the SEC in identifying cyber-related misconduct and risks directly impacting retail investors, respectively. [...]