Category Archives: IAR Licensing

Did your Investment Adviser Firm Renew its Registration or Notice Filing for 2015?

January 03, 2015

Now that we are into a new year, can you confirm your registered investment adviser firm and its investment adviser representatives were properly renewed for 2015? Every year there are always a handful of investment adviser firms that fail to submit renewal fees through the IARD system in a timely fashion. Therefore, even if you think the renewal payment was sent in time, please make sure your investment adviser firm retrieves the Final Renewal Statement and confirms it is renewed for calendar year 2015.

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Failure to Properly Renew Registration may Result in Adverse Consequences for Investment Advisers

October 22, 2013

Investment adviser firms and investment adviser representatives must maintain active registrations and/or notice filing statuses with applicable jurisdictions/states. Unless properly renewed, all investment adviser firm and investment adviser representative licensing approvals expire on December 31 of each calendar year. In order to ensure investment adviser firms and their investment adviser representatives are properly licensed in all necessary jurisdictions for 2014, renewal fees must be paid through the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (“IARD”) system.

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Minnesota Investment Adviser Representative Registration Requirements

August 28, 2013

As we previously indicated in an article on June 28, 2013, Minnesota will soon begin requiring registration for investment adviser representatives located or conducting business in Minnesota.  In order to register investment adviser representatives, investment advisers will have to file a Form U4 through Web CRD/IARD system. Investment adviser representatives will be required to meet the examination requirements defined in the law, the Series 65 examination or the Series 7 and Series 66 examinations, prior to being registered. The new law was effective August 1, 2013.

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New Jersey Bureau of Securities Criminal Background Check for Investment Adviser Representatives

August 20, 2013

Per the provisions of 13:47A-3A.1 Registration of State registered investment adviser representatives, and N.J.S.A. 49:3-56(p), every individual applying for registration as an investment adviser representative must submit to being fingerprinted for a Criminal History Background Check.  The State of New Jersey has contracted with a vendor, MorphoTrak, to perform this service.

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Minnesota will begin Requiring Investment Adviser Representative (IAR) Registration

June 28, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Commerce – Securities Unit recently announced that during the last legislative session a bill was passed that has now been signed into law, resulting in changes to investment adviser representative (“IAR”) registration requirements.  One of the significant changes that will likely impact many federally and state registered investment advisers, located or conducting business in Minnesota, is the requirement to register investment adviser representatives through the Web CRD/IARD system.  Prior to this recent legislation, Minnesota did not have registration requirements for investment adviser representatives.  However, Minnesota Statute 80A.58 Section 403(a) has now been revised to state, “It is unlawful for a person to transact business in this state as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative unless the person is registered under this chapter or is exempt from registration. . . .”

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How Much Will It Cost to Register an Investment Adviser?

February 10, 2013

When an individual is considering whether to start a registered investment adviser, a primary concern is how much will it cost to set-up an investment adviser firm.  The set-up expenses can vary greatly depending upon whether the firm will need to register as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or with the state securities regulator, the size of the investment adviser, the complexity of the proposed investment adviser’s business model, and the conflict or potential conflict of interest situations that will exist.  An individual looking to register as an investment adviser will not only need to take into consideration the cost involved in the actual investment adviser registration process but will also need to consider the cost of getting the appropriate office set-up and systems in place as well as any staffing related costs.

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Are Fingerprints Required When an RIA Registers an Investment Adviser Representative?

December 09, 2012

If an investment adviser representative was previously licensed as a registered representative/securities agent with a broker/dealer through the Web CRD system, the state securities regulator should be able to access fingerprint information already on file. Also, if an investment adviser representative was previously licensed with another investment advisor firm, the state securities regulator will generally not require a new fingerprint card. It should be noted that many state securities regulators do not even require a fingerprint card, so it is important you check with the state securities regulator prior to completing a fingerprint card.

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Is an Individual Serving as the Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) of an Investment Advisor Firm Registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Required to be Registered with a State Securities Regulator as an Investment Adviser Representative?

November 30, 2012

Assuming an individual serving as the chief compliance officer of an SEC registered investment advisor firm does not regularly solicit, meet or otherwise communicate with investment advisory clients, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Investment Advisers Act”) and SEC do not specifically require such an individual to be registered as an investment adviser representative.  (Please see SEC Rule 203A-3 for additional details.)  However, the individual serving as the CCO of an SEC registered investment advisor must be a supervised person of the investment advisor firm. Under the Investment Advisers Act, an SEC registered investment advisor firm is required to appointment a CCO to administer the investment advisor firm’s required compliance policies and procedures. The CCO is typically responsible for overseeing ongoing compliance and provides a resource for giving guidance and answering questions of its supervised persons. The individual serving as the CCO should have a good understanding of applicable investment advisory rules and regulations, and the investment advisor firm should grant the CCO with sufficient authority to enforce the investment advisor firm’s compliance policies and procedures.  Although the SEC may not specifically require the CCO of a federally registered investment advisor firm to register as an investment adviser representative, certain state securities regulators may take a contrary interpretation.  Consequently, it is recommended that an SEC registered investment advisor firm also review the investment advisory rules of the state securities regulator where the CCO is located.  Likewise, a state registered investment advisor firm should consult its state’s investment advisory rules for more information whether an individual serving as the CCO of a state registered investment advisor is required to register with the state securities regulator as an investment adviser representative.

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Registered Investment Adviser’s Preliminary Renewal Statement Now Includes a New Line Item Fee for Each IAR

November 16, 2012

For any individual responsible for reviewing and interpreting his or her registered investment adviser firm’s Preliminary Renewal State, there’s a new line item charge worth noting.  In past years, the IARD system waived the RA system processing fee for each investment adviser representative’s electronic filing activity; however, for this year, an investment adviser firm’s renewal fees apparently include a $10.00 annual fee per investment adviser representative, which is described as “RA System Processing Fee” on an investment adviser firm’s Preliminary Renewal Statement.  For more details from the IARD system, please click here.

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