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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 [...]

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 [...]

DOL Releases FAQ on Conflicts of Interest During the Transition Period

DOL Releases FAQ on Conflicts of Interest During the Transition Period WHAT HAPPENED? The Department of Labor has released an FAQ focused on the transition period after the June 9th implementation of the Fiduciary Rule and related prohibited transaction exemptions. The FAQ also provides guidance on specific provisions in the [...]

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 [...]

SEC Amends Form ADV Part 1A and the Advisers Act

SEC Amends Form ADV Part 1A and the Advisers Act WHAT HAPPENED? The SEC adopted amendments to Part 1A of Form ADV and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) to better monitor various risks in the investment management industry. Collectively, the amendments will: require investment advisers to [...]

CCO Charged with Inadequate Form ADV Disclosures

CCO Charged with Inadequate Form ADV Disclosures WHAT HAPPENED? On March 29, 2017, the SEC charged the dually-acting principal and Chief Compliance Officer of Alison, LLC, with failing to provide specific books and records to the Commission’s examination staff. In addition, the examination concluded that the registered investment adviser’s Form ADV [...]