Posts By: Eugenie Warner

SEC Risk Alert Puts Spotlight on Principal Trading, Agency Cross Trades

On September 4, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued another risk alert, this time on “Investment Adviser Principal and Agency Cross Trading Compliance Issues.” While not wildly informative, the Risk Alert summarizes several issues identified during examinations of the last three years and reminds us of … Continued

How an LPA’s Definition of Organizational Expenses Can Connect to a Custody Rule Violation

For private fund advisers, fee and expense reviews are a cornerstone to a sound compliance program. The SEC repeatedly reinforces this axiom, and a recent SEC Settlement Order highlights how the lack of such reviews and the misclassification of expenses can lead to a Custody Rule violation. In this case, according to the Settlement Order, … Continued

Custody Concerns Continue

You timely filed your Form ADV within 90 days of fiscal year end, but, did you properly answer all the questions related to custody? Not surprisingly, the Form remains confusing for many advisers, as does application of the Custody Rule itself. The SEC has issued guidance, letters to the industry, alerts and FAQs, but things … Continued

How Do You Supervise for SEC Pay-to-Play Violations?

If you wanted more information about the contours of the SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rule, or how the SEC may enforce it, three recent Settlement Orders against large investment advisers for “over de minimis” political contributions provide some insight regarding one of the prohibitions: Contributions by Covered Associates to certain Government Officials over the specified Exception amount (capitalized words are terms in the … Continued

Do Your Fund Documents Clearly Disclose Receipt of Accelerated Monitoring Fees?

Somewhat more reminiscent of the broken-windows enforcement era, two affiliated private equity advisers managing billions settled with the SEC on charges that they failed to make pre-commitment disclosures in fund governing documents related to accelerated fees received from portfolio companies. Interestingly, according to the Settlement Order, the advisers had made some disclosures in fund documents … Continued

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Discusses Compliance Program Effectiveness

The embattled U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently spoke to compliance pros at the 2018 Annual Conference for Compliance and Risk Professionals. Bulleted below are some of the statements from his keynote speech, which evidence the view from near the top of the Department of Justice: As to what it means to have a culture … Continued


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