Regulatory Alert – SEC Amends Reg S-P

May 28, 2024

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments to Regulation S-P which require investment adviser firms registered with the SEC to adopt written policies and procedures for incident response programs to address unauthorized access to or use of customer information including procedures for providing timely notification to customers affected by an incident involving sensitive customer information.

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2024 SAA Certification Entitlement

April 12, 2024

The FINRA 2024 Entitlement Certification period will begin on Monday, April 15. This is when FINRA begins requiring all Super Account Administrators (“SAA”) to certify the other administrators and users with accounts on the IARD/Web CRD system. The SAA for your investment adviser firm has the ability to create/delete other administrators and user accounts. An administrator can create/delete user accounts. For more information about the importance and responsibilities of the SAA, see the following website:

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Alert for Investment Advisers: Beware of Phishing Emails Impersonating FINRA

April 05, 2024

Beware of Phishing Emails Impersonating FINRA

On Thursday, April 4, we received numerous inquiries from investment adviser firm owners and/or senior executives who had received an unexpected email supposedly from FINRA’s Chief Legal Officer or Chief Information Officer which utilized an email address ending in @ data-finra .org. In response, our Consulting Team contacted the IARD Entitlement Support Line which confirmed that these emails did not originate from FINRA.

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Learn About the Exemption for Investment Advisers from New Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements

February 02, 2024

With the new requirements that corporations, limited liability companies and other entities report the identities of their beneficial owners to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), the chief compliance officer (“CCO”) of an investment adviser firm and sponsors of pooled investment vehicles should be aware that certain investment adviser firms and pooled investment vehicles are eligible for an exemption from FinCEN’s beneficial ownership reporting requirements.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Montana for Discriminatory Investment Adviser Representative Registration Fees

January 13, 2024

Litigation Alert

According to the Daily Montanan, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the State of Montana. This lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a licensing fee structure imposed on non-resident investment adviser representatives and securities salespersons, alleging it violates the privileges and immunities clause of the United States Constitution.

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