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No Need to Report Certain Home Offices on Form ADV

No Need to Report Certain Home Offices on Form ADV WHAT HAPPENED? The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released an FAQ statement clarifying there is no need to report a remote home office on Form ADV if the remote office is part of a firm’s pandemic response and business [...]

Key Takeaways from the SEC’s ESG Risk Alert

Key Takeaways from the SEC’s ESG Risk Alert WHAT HAPPENED? Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released a Risk Alert outlining specific compliance concerns associated with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing. With these investment products increasing in popularity across capital markets, the SEC is expanding efforts to [...]

Misleading Investor Newsletters: Firm Principal Charged by SEC for Omitting Facts

Misleading Investor Newsletters: Firm Principal Charged by SEC for Omitting Facts WHAT HAPPENED? The owner and principal of an Indiana-based investment advisory firm was recently fined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for knowingly misleading private fund investors. The violations took place throughout 2017 when the firm’s principal [...]

Firm Principal Fined by the SEC for Supervisory Violations

Firm Principal Fined by the SEC for Supervisory Violations WHAT HAPPENED? Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged a California-based adviser with several compliance failures related to supervisory and disclosure practices. The violations occurred when the Principal of an investment advisory firm did not properly supervise an inexperienced [...]

Compliance Considerations for RIAs and BDs Trading Digital Asset Securities

Compliance Considerations for RIAs and BDs Trading Digital Asset Securities WHAT HAPPENED? Digital assets continue to be a hot topic among regulators as these securities gain momentum in the marketplace. While more comprehensive regulations around these trades are implemented, examiners from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are emphasizing [...]

UPDATE: The SEC’s Marketing Rule is Officially Published – What Now?

UPDATE: The SEC’s Marketing Rule is Officially Published – What Now? WHAT HAPPENED? On Friday, March 5, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s highly anticipated Marketing Rule was published in the Federal Register, setting in motion a series of regulatory requirements for investment advisers. The move to officially [...]

2021 SEC Examination Priorities: What You Should Know

2021 SEC Examination Priorities: What You Should Know WHAT HAPPENED? On March 3, 2021, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the Division) released its list of 2021 Examination Priorities. The annual list outlines the regulator’s most pertinent exam initiatives and highlights important areas of [...]

SEC Requirement: Annual Amendment for Form ADV

SEC Requirement: Annual Amendment for Form ADV WHAT HAPPENED? The SEC requires that investment advisers file a form ADV Annual Amendment within 90 days of the end of the adviser’s fiscal year. If your fiscal year ended Dec. 31, you will be required to file an annual amendment to [...]

Six New Data Privacy Bills That Could Become Law in 2021

Six New Data Privacy Bills That Could Become Law in 2021 WHAT HAPPENED? State mandated data privacy regulations are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the changing cybersecurity landscape. Staying up to date with these rules is critical to maintaining a compliant and functional cybersecurity program at your [...]

Large Trader Compliance Risks For Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

Large Trader Compliance Risks For Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers WHAT HAPPENED? Recently, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released a list of common compliance concerns noted during examinations of large traders, particularly with respect to Rule 13h-1. The Rule requires firms or individuals who [...]