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Exam Takeaways: Five Facts About Recent Examination Practices

Exam Takeaways: Five Facts About Recent Examination Practices


When the Securities and Exchange Commission initiates an examination of your firm, it is important to be prepared for possible timeframes and requests. Below are some patterns from the SEC’s examination tactics in the last year:


  1. The time examiners spent onsite often lasted one to four days
  2. Generally, from the SEC’s initial request until the close of the exam took one to nine months
  3. In some cases, examiners requested data from the previous five years
  4. The examination period for an SEC request could be a two- to three-year timeframe
  5. The SEC filed 862 enforcement actions during fiscal year 2019


The SEC could initiate an examination of your firm at any time. Proper preparation for an exam could minimize the possibility of a deficiency letter and decrease the chance of being subject to an enforcement action. Fairview offers SEC examination and compliance support for firms as part of its ongoing compliance administration solution. Contact us with questions about how to prepare for exams and maintaining a comprehensive compliance program.