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OCIE Risk Alert: common compliance program issues

OCIE Risk Alert: common compliance program issues WHAT HAPPENED? On Nov. 19, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (OCIE) released a Risk Alert outlining common compliance concerns among registered investment advisers. The list was compiled based on recent compliance examinations [...]

SEC proposes exemption for finders helping small businesses raise capital

SEC proposes exemption for finders helping small businesses raise capital WHAT HAPPENED? On Oct. 7, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a conditional exemption which would allow certain market participants to be exempted from registering as brokers under federal securities laws. The exemptions would benefit “finders” who [...]

SEC Proposes Changes to Advertising and Solicitation Rules

SEC Proposes Changes to Advertising and Solicitation Rules WHAT HAPPENED? On Nov. 4, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission released proposed amendments intended to modernize the advertising and solicitation rules under the Investment Advisers Act. After several decades of unchanged rulemakings, the Commission is in the process of amending [...]

SEC Takes Strict Stance on General Solicitations of Certain Regulation D Offerings

SEC Takes Strict Stance on General Solicitations of Certain Regulation D Offerings WHAT HAPPENED? In a review of a FINRA disciplinary action, the SEC affirmed its zero-tolerance policy for general solicitations of specific Regulation D offerings. The disciplinary action addressed an independent broker-dealer and investment adviser that offered interests of an [...]