Category Archives: SEC
 

SEC Enforcement Action Against an Investment Adviser Over Limiting Wrap to NTF Funds

August 31, 2020

On July 28, 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an order instituting an enforcement action/administrative cease-and-desist proceeding against an SEC registered investment adviser firm for allegedly failing to disclose material conflicts of interest related to its mutual fund share class selection practices, receipt of revenue sharing, avoidance of transaction fees, receipt of compensation pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“12b-1 fees”), and failure to seek best execution.

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SEC Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Dual BD/RIA for Revenue Sharing on Money Market Cash Sweep

August 24, 2020

On August 13, 2020 the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an order instituting administrative cease-and-desist proceedings to a dually registered investment adviser firm/introducing broker-dealer firm for allegedly failing to disclose material conflicts of interest related to its mutual fund share class selection practices, receipt of compensation pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“12b-1 fees”), and money market revenue sharing agreements.

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SEC Risk Alert – Investment Advisers Managing Private Funds

July 14, 2020

On June 23, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”)  of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a Risk Alert about its assessment of the compliance practices of SEC registered investment advisers that manage private equity funds or hedge funds (“private fund advisers”). In its Risk Alert, the SEC noted that over 36% of SEC registered investment advisers manage private funds, which represent a significant area of investment for pensions, charities, endowments, and others. Click here to read the SEC’s Risk Alert for Private Funds.

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SEC Publishes New Website for Main Street Investors

June 22, 2020

On June 15th, 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a new website designed for Main Street Investors, intended to help retail investors navigate the new Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3. Published in a “Question and Answer” format, the website explains to retail investors the purpose of the Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 and describes the information they can expect to find in the Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3. Click here to view the SEC’s new website for Main Street Investors.  As an SEC registered investment adviser firm prepares its Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 training for its supervised persons, RIA Compliance Consultants recommends that a review of the Main Street Investors website should be included as a component of such compliance training.

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Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 Testing for Compliance

June 18, 2020

With the fast approaching deadline to file and deliver the new Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 relationship summary, investment adviser firms registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) must take steps to test their compliance with this Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 rule. In its recent Risk Alert, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) discussed what SEC registered investment adviser firms can expect from an examination that focuses on Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 compliance. Click here to read the SEC’s Risk Alert.

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SEC Issues Cease-and-Desist Action for Insider Trading

June 08, 2020

On May 26, 2020 the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an order instituting administrative cease-and-desist proceedings to a registered investment adviser and private equity firm for allegedly participating in insider trading. Click here to read the SEC’s Cease and Desist Order.

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Updating Your Investment Adviser’s Compliance Manual for the New Form ADV Part 3

May 26, 2020

Compliance with the new Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 is fast approaching for investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and certain state securities regulators. An SEC registered investment adviser’s initial Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 must be filed via IARD by June 30, 2020 and delivered to existing clients no later than July 30, 2020. Click here to read our recent blog on the SEC’s decision to maintain the original June 30, 2020 filing deadline.

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Drafting Tips for ADV Part 3/Form CRS

May 20, 2020

In June 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a new rule requiring SEC registered investment adviser firms to prepare and deliver an easily accessible and understandable Consumer Relationship Summary, also known as the Form CRS or Form ADV Part 3, to retail investor clients.

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SEC Provides Investment Advisers Guidance on Disclosure of PPP Loan

May 04, 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently provided guidance on the disclosure obligations of an investment adviser firm when receiving a Paycheck Protection Plan (“PPP”) loan guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration in conjunction with the relief afforded from the CARES Act during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Drafting Tips for Form ADV Part 3/Form CRS

May 01, 2020

On June 5, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a rule requiring investment adviser firms registered with the SEC to provide investment advisory clients who meet the definition of “retail investors” with a Consumer Relationship Summary, also known as the Form CRS or Form ADV Part 3. Despite the impact of COVID-19, the SEC has declined to extend the deadline for investment advisers registered with the SEC to file and deliver the new Form ADV Part 3/Form CRS. Click here to read our recent blog on the SEC’s decision to maintain the original June 30, 2020 filing deadline.

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