The Division of Examinations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued a Risk Alert dated September 6, 2023, that provides valuable insights into the examination process for investment advisers. This Risk Alert serves as a guide on how the SEC identifies investment advisers for examinations and the documents and information requested. Notably, it includes a separate attachment titled “Typical Initial Information Examiners Request of Investment Advisers” which is a helpful resource for investment advisers to understand what to expect during an SEC examination.
March 15, 2021
On March 3, 2021, the Division of Examinations (formerly known as the “Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released its 2021 Examination Priorities, an annual report discussing the Division of Examination’s areas of focus including investment advisers registered with the SEC (“RIAs”) for the coming year. In this report, the Division of Examinations (“Division”) noted that it intends to continue to prioritize examinations of SEC registered investment advisers, broker-dealers, and dually registered or affiliated firms, particularly those that have never been examined or have not been examined recently. In doing so, the Division will emphasize protection of retail investors and those saving for retirement.