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Wrap Fee Program Compliance Risks: The SEC’s Latest Guidance

Wrap Fee Program Compliance Risks: The SEC’s Latest Guidance WHAT HAPPENED? The SEC recently released a Risk Alert outlining common compliance concerns among advisers’ wrap fee programs. This type of compensation arrangement carries unique risk because the flat fee structure may incentivize advisers to trade wrap accounts less frequently. [...]

By | 2021-07-28T19:07:24-04:00 Jul 28th, 2021|Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission|

The SEC’s Latest Exam and Request List Trends

The SEC’s Latest Exam and Request List Trends WHAT HAPPENED? With new SEC leadership in place, including Chairman Gary Gensler and Director of Enforcement Gurbir Grewal, the Commission’s examination trends continue to evolve. Some focus areas, like cybersecurity and business continuity, are more relevant than ever with the changes [...]

SEC Cybersecurity Sweep Exams? Here is what you need to know.

SEC Cybersecurity Sweep Exams? Here is what you need to know. WHAT HAPPENED? Recently, there has been an increase in SEC Exam requests related to cybersecurity. Although the SEC has not yet announced a sweep exam, there appears to be a cybersecurity exam initiative underway. This is likely due [...]

SEC Appoints New Director of Enforcement, Gurbir S. Grewal

SEC Appoints New Director of Enforcement, Gurbir S. Grewal WHAT HAPPENED? On June 29, 2021, the SEC issued a press release announcing the appointment of New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir S. Grewal, as the Commission’s new Director of Enforcement. The announcement follows the appointment and sudden departure of Alex [...]

By | 2022-07-28T11:40:40-04:00 Jul 1st, 2021|Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission|

Inaccurate Performance Information Leads to SEC Charges

Inaccurate Performance Information Leads to SEC Charges WHAT HAPPENED? The SEC recently settled with a registered investment adviser that posted false statements and misleading performance data on its public website. The adviser also had referral relationships with bloggers but did not make required investor disclosures about these connections. The [...]

ESG Disclosure and Materiality Reminders for RIAs

ESG Disclosure and Materiality Reminders for RIAs WHAT HAPPENED? Climate and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics continue to gain prevalence in capital markets, especially when it comes to evolving regulatory expectations. As new disclosure protocols are finalized and existing ESG guidelines become more prominent, questions remain in some [...]

Adviser Facing Jury Trial for Securities Laws Violations

Adviser Facing Jury Trial for Securities Laws Violations WHAT HAPPENED? An exempt reporting adviser (“ERA”) and related private fund were recently investigated by the SEC for a variety of securities laws violations, including misappropriation of funds, making material misstatements, and failing to disclose conflicts of interest, among other infractions. [...]