Category Archives: Fee Audit

Investment Adviser Settles SEC Enforcement Action for Failure to Conduct Fee Audits

August 30, 2023


The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently initiated an enforcement action against with an investment adviser firm for allegedly failing to conduct sufficient fee audits which resulted in overcharging more than 10,900 investment advisory accounts, amounting to over $26.8 million in advisory fees. Without admitting or denying the SEC charges, the investment adviser firm has agreed to pay a $35 million civil penalty to settle this proceeding.

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SEC Fines Investment Adviser for Failing to Refund Unearned Fees When Client Terminates Advisory Services

July 26, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled with an investment adviser firm which allegedly had improperly refused to refund $131,000 in unearned advisory fees to 63 departing investment advisory clients. The SEC censured the investment adviser firm and imposed a $100,000 civil penalty on it. The SEC also imposed a $50,000 penalty on the investment adviser firm’s majority owner.

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Join Our Webinar – Auditing Investment Advisory Fee Calculations, Deductions & Refunds

September 21, 2009

Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new requirements for registered investment advisor firms that have custody of clients funds and securities. According to current SEC Rule 206(4)-2, Custody or Possession of Funds of Securities of Clients, custody is defined as “holding, directly or indirectly, client funds or securities, or having any authority to obtain possession of them. Custody includes –

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