Category Archives: SEC
 

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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SEC Is Not Extending the Deadlines for RIAs to File/Deliver Form ADV Part 3 Due to COVID-19

April 03, 2020

In response to numerous inquiries and requests for an extension of the deadlines facing SEC registered investment advisers related to filing and/or delivering the Form ADV Part 3/Client Relationship Summary (“CRS”), the U.S. Securities  and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a Public Statement on April 2, 2020 indicating that the SEC is not extending the filing and delivery deadline for the Form ADV Part 3/CRS.

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SEC’s Response to COVID-19 – Changes Conditions for Utilizing the 45-Day Extension for Filing/Delivering Form ADV

March 27, 2020

Due to the further disruptions facing investment adviser firms related to COVID-19, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) modified its original order of March 13, 2020 (“Original Order”), which provided an investment adviser firm registered with the SEC or an exempt reporting adviser (“ERA”) a 45-day extension to file the Form ADV Annual Amendment or Form PF and deliver the Form ADV Part 2A (or summary of material changes) to existing investment advisory clients if certain conditions were met by the investment adviser firm.  (Please see our previous blog entry for more details about the SEC’s initial Response to COVID-19 and the conditions for an investment adviser to obtain relief.)

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SEC Announces ADV Amendment Filing Deadline Extension

March 16, 2020

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an order, “providing a temporary exemption from certain requirements of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.” Per this order, SEC registered investment advisers and exempt reporting advisers impacted by COVID-19 with a fiscal year end of December 31, 2019 now will have until the May 14, 2020 to file their Form ADV Amendments. The original deadline was March 30, 2020. Regardless of the extension, RIA Compliance Consultants recommends that investment adviser firms should try to get the ADV Annual Amendment filed as soon as possible.  The extension is available only to SEC investment adviser firms that cannot meet the deadline due to the effects of COVID-19.

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