Surprise, Surprise: SEC Conducting Unannounced Exams

The Boston Regional Office of the SEC has recently conducted roughly 20 unannounced visits to registered investment advisers in the region. This fact, confirmed during the recent meeting of the New England Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Association (NEBDIAA), is in keeping with the SEC’s renewed focus on a more robust examination program. While onsite, the … Continued

ComplianceCast: Advertising & Marketing Compliance

Have questions on Advertising and Marketing Compliance? Ascendant’s Samantha Addonizio and Peter Guarino take a look at The Rules, Hot Topics & Reviewing Tips for compliance professionals. This complimentary ComplianceCast covers the following topics: Investment Adviser Advertising Rules and No-Action Guidance Performance Advertising – General Requirements, Model Performance & Hypothetical Back-tested Performance Use of Third-Party Performance … Continued

CCO Liability – Line in the Sand

The defense of a CCO's reputation against liability claims costs significant money, and adds up whether you did something wrong or not, sparking the potential need for an individual liability policy.

Why Care About Ethics?

A 2013 speech by Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director of Enforcement of the SEC, highlighted the importance of corporate compliance and ethics. Importantly, the speech set out to explain how a good, effective compliance program can often help a firm mitigate their risk ranking with the SEC’s National Examination Program. So in other words, being … Continued

Compliance Perfection Isn’t Realistic. Amen.

Guidance, doing the right thing, understanding the regulations and building solid compliance programs are triumphs not just for the regulated firms, but also for the industry and investors alike.

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Cyber Crimes – Don’t Forget to File that SAR!

  Stopping, or even slowing, the proliferation of cyber-event related criminal activities remains a chief goal in the broker-dealer and investment advisory communities. As pointed out in a 2016 advisory released by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”), “Cyber-events targeting financial institutions often constitute criminal activity and can serve as means to commit a wide range of … Continued

DOL Rule Extension to Overlap with SEC Consideration of Fiduciary Standards

Following the Department of Labor’s November 27, 2017 announcement of an 18-month extension to the existing Fiduciary Rule transition period, the industry will enter a period of further study for proper standards for disclosure or elimination of conflicted compensation arrangements. That’s a mouthful right there. The Obama administration’s March 31, 2017 implementation of various new prohibited … Continued

Schedule 13D/13F Clarity on ETF Issues

Do I need to file a 13D or 13G if my client accounts hold in excess of 5% of an ETF? Generally, no. The SEC has granted no-action relief to ETFs with respect to compliance with Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act. Section 13(d) was designed to require disclosure when holders begin to accumulate … Continued

New Remedy Coming for SEC’s Custody Rule?

The SEC’s Custody Rule continues to be a common source of confusion and a landmine for noncompliance. Custodial paperwork has caused huge headaches for investment advisers, who are not a party to the agreement and may not even have a copy of the custodial new account paperwork. The issue with existing guidance is that it … Continued

SEC Issues MiFID II No-Action Relief

Some industry anxiety was assuaged on October 26 with three no-action letters that offer relief for some US regulated broker-dealers and investment advisers regarding European MiFID II regulations. The letters followed consultation with the European authorities, and are designed to address concerns that investors could lose access to valuable research. MiFID II is a series of regulations … Continued

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