Rep – Prospective Rep Checklist – Compliance Issues


This sample checklist includes various compliance issues which may be relevant in determining whether an investment adviser firm should recruit and/or affiliate with a prospective investment adviser representative.


This sample checklist includes various compliance and risk issues which may be relevant to an investment adviser firm in determining whether to recruit and/or affiliate with a prospective investment adviser representative.

This sample checklist for a prospective investment adviser representative has six pages of compliance issues which should be addressed when an investment adviser firm is considering affiliation.  The topics include business plan, creditworthiness, background check, character, educational degrees and professional designations, support staff, outside business activities, office sharing, advertising, customer complaints, regulatory investigations and privacy among other issues.

This checklist is ideal for an investment adviser’s recruiter, supervisor, branch manager, chief compliance officer, rep selection committee member and internal auditor.

This sample form is not intended as a comprehensive list of all the possible issues and steps that should be taken into consideration when determining whether to affiliate with an individual as an investment adviser representative.  Depending upon the circumstances, the investment adviser firm may need to consult with legal counsel.

This sample document  is delivered via the purchaser’s online subscription account with RIA Compliance Consultants.  If the purchaser does not have an online subscription account, after the purchase, the purchaser will receive a follow-up email directing the purchaser to establish online subscription account. This step will need to completed before our systems can deliver the sample document.  For an instructional video, please visit

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This sample document is merely an example for general reference and educational purposes.  RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc. is providing this sample document to the purchaser on an “as is” basis with no warranty or guaranty whatsoever.

This sample document should be considered a starting point, and purchaser should not treat this sample document as a final document ready for use.  The sample document has not been customized to the purchaser’s business model, the specific investment advisory rules applicable to the purchaser’s investment adviser or the written supervisory procedures and code of ethics of purchaser’s investment adviser.

This sample document may not be applicable or appropriate for every investment adviser. The purchaser should not consider a sample document purchased from our online store as an exhaustive, comprehensive or definitive list of the items necessary to meet the purchaser’s obligations under the applicable investment adviser laws and rules.

This sample document is not intended to detect or prevent fraud, selling away, Ponzi schemes, undisclosed outside business activities, inaccurate or false fee calculations, theft, misappropriation or unlawful conversion of client funds.

Due to changes of investment adviser laws and rules, this sample documented may become outdated and need to be updated or discontinued.  RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc. will not be providing any subsequent updates of this sample documents to the purchaser.  Likewise, RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc. will not be monitoring and reporting to the purchaser any issues related to the use of this sample document.

Since this sample document may not reflect the specific investment advisory requirements of the purchaser’s securities regulator, the purchaser should check with the securities regulator(s) with jurisdiction over its investment adviser or review any applicable rules before using this document.

This sample document is not a substitute for retaining a compliance professional to advise and assist the purchaser regarding its investment adviser’s compliance program. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, the purchaser understands that the purchaser has not engaged RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc. in a consulting relationship by merely purchasing or utilizing a sample form. Additionally, the purchaser understand that unless otherwise agreed to in writing, RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc. is not responsible for customizing this sample document, updating the sample document, preparing the purchaser’s written supervisory procedures or code of ethics, or notifying the purchaser of changes to the investment adviser laws and rules.

Purchaser is not authorized to re-sell this sample document nor license the use of this sample document to a third-party.


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If this product involves the purchase of a sample document on a la cart basis (not part of an annual compliance program engagement), the purchaser will have three ways to access this sample document: 1) Following payment, the purchaser will be redirected to a thank you page with a button to download the sample document; 2) The purchaser will receive an invoice email with a link to download the sample document; 3) If the purchaser has an account or elects to create one at the time of checkout, this sample document can be accessed from the “Downloads” section of purchaser’s My Account page. The purchaser will have 90 days to download sample document, which is limited to 3 downloads during this period.

If the individual intending to make a purchase is affiliated with a firm which has an active engagement with RIA Compliance Consultants for an annual compliance program (“ACP”), certain sample forms are available as part of ACP depending upon the package and do not need to be purchased separately.  Please check the description of the sample form as to whether such form is included in your ACP package.  If a sample form is included as part of your firm’s current ACP package and your firm (via the individual making payments in our system) has designated you as a team member in our Knowledge Base, please log into our Knowledge Base at to download such sample form.  

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