Client Acknowledgement – No Due Diligence of Service Provider Selected by Client is a sample form intended for use by an investment adviser when a client independently selects (without assistance, referral or recommendation by investment adviser) a service provider in order to document that investment adviser has not provided due diligence on such service provider. RCC offers no guarantees or warranties that such form will be accepted by securities regulator or fully protect the investment adviser. RCC believes that it’s highly likely that a securities regulator will challenge an investment adviser that attempts to avoid any due diligence responsibility for a service provider which was referred, recommended, or selected by such investment adviser. Therefore, the context surrounding the use of this sample form is very important. Regardless of this sample form, an investment adviser should avoid working with any service provider (even if selected independently by a client) that has significant background/due diligence red flags known to the investment adviser. RCC recommends consulting with a compliance consultant and attorney before use.
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