The Inside Scoop on Insider Trading for Compliance
- Current SEC Focus: Priorities, Guidance, Investigations, and Enforcement
- Breaking Down the Elements of Insider Trading
- Benchmarking Industry Compliance Approaches When Dealing with Expert Networks
- Formulating Reasonable Policies and Procedures to Prevent Insider Trading
- Approaches to Effectively Monitor and Detect Potential Insider Trading
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When Policies, Procedures and Testing Protocols Aren’t Enough…
The Compliance Program Rule continues to be a powerful tool for SEC enforcement, recently used by the SEC to address trading away in wrap accounts, misappropriation of retail client assets, and the misuse of an omnibus account. Advisory firms had written policies and procedures and testing protocols, but they were not good enough; are yours? … Continued
The Compliance Professionals Guide to Effective Trade Desk Monitoring
Global regulators continue to enhance their ability to monitor the activities of market participants through a combination of new rules, filing requirements, and upgrades to surveillance technologies. As a result, many market participants, including both buy-and sell-side firms, need to re-assess how they currently monitor the trading desk, and whether new policies and procedures are … Continued
How Do You Supervise for SEC Pay-to-Play Violations?
If you wanted more information about the contours of the SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rule, or how the SEC may enforce it, three recent Settlement Orders against large investment advisers for “over de minimis” political contributions provide some insight regarding one of the prohibitions: Contributions by Covered Associates to certain Government Officials over the specified Exception amount (capitalized words are terms in the … Continued
Do your Fund Documents Clearly Disclose Receipt of Accelerated Monitoring Fees?
Somewhat more reminiscent of the broken-windows enforcement era, two affiliated private equity advisers managing billions settled with the SEC on charges that they failed to make pre-commitment disclosures in fund governing documents related to accelerated fees received from portfolio companies. Interestingly, according to the Settlement Order, the advisers had made some disclosures in fund documents … Continued
With New Risk Alert, SEC Doubles Down on Best Execution
On July 11, 2018, the SEC issued a Risk Alert outlining commonly found compliance issues related to best execution by investment advisers. Advisers have an obligation to seek best execution of client transactions, taking into consideration quantitative factors such as execution quality and commission rate, as well as more qualitative factors such as the value … Continued
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