Pursuant to Release 2010.2 published on June 28, 2010 by the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (“IARD”), the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (“IAPD) database now allows users to search for investment adviser representatives. Prior to the release, investment advisers and investment adviser representatives submitted registration and licensing information to the IARD; however, only information for investment adviser firms was available on the IAPD database. With Release 2010.2, effective June 28, 2010, the information investment adviser representatives have provided on Form U4 is publicly available through the IAPD database.
The information published by the IAPD includes qualifications, such as licenses, professional designations, and any exams passed; previous employment, including a list of firms where the investment adviser representative was previously registered, as well as any employment within the last ten years both inside and outside the securities industry; and a disclosure section which details any customer disputes or disciplinary events on the investment adviser representative’s record. The published information is obtained through Form U4, which is a registration and licensing form used by securities regulators to collect information about investment adviser firms and investment adviser representatives. Both investment adviser firms and investment adviser representatives are required to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date.