RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc. is hosting a webinar, CCO Basic Training, at 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central on Thursday, February 2, 2023.
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Will Your Investment Adviser’s Use of an Outsourced CCO Survive Regulatory Scrutiny?
January 11, 2022
Although many investment adviser firms desire to outsource the chief compliance officer role to an unaffiliated third-party independent contractor (“Outsourced CCO”), such an arrangement will be scrutinized and could be challenged by the securities regulator as a violation Rule 206(4)-7 or equivalent rule of the state securities regulator depending upon the facts and circumstances.
SEC Risk Alert – Investment Adviser Compliance Programs
December 17, 2020
On November 19th 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 with regard to SEC Rule 206(4)-7 (the “Compliance Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In its Risk Alert, the SEC noted that Compliance Rule deficiencies are among the most common discovered by OCIE during SEC registered investment adviser examinations. Click here to read the SEC’s Risk Alert for Investment Adviser Compliance Programs.
Reviewing an Investment Adviser’s IARD Renewal Statement
November 19, 2020
As a chief compliance officer (“CCO”) reviews his or her investment adviser firm’s Preliminary Renewal Statement from the IARD system, the CCO should consider whether his or her investment adviser firm desires to terminate a firm-level investment adviser state registration or notice filing with a state securities regulator so the firm can receive a regulatory fee refund.
Qualifications of a Chief Compliance Officer
February 12, 2013
Rule 206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Investment Advisers Act”) requires each investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to designate a chief compliance officer (“CCO”) to administer its compliance policies and procedures. There are no specific exam, continuing education, or industry experience requirements outlined under Rule 206(4)-7 for an SEC registered investment adviser’s CCO. However, the SEC’s final rule release for Rule 206(4)-7 states, “An [investment] adviser’s chief compliance officer should be competent and knowledgeable regarding the [Investment] Advisers Act and should be empowered with full responsibility and authority to develop and enforce appropriate policies and procedures for the firm. Thus, the compliance officer should have a position of sufficient seniority and authority within the organization to compel others to adhere to the compliance policies and procedures.”