Tag: SEC

The SEC Amends the Definition of “Accredited Investor” and the Debate Over Private Market Protections Continues

On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended Rule 501(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, expanding the definition of “accredited investor,” which is one of the principal tests for determining who is eligible to participate in private capital markets in the United States.[1] The SEC additionally amended Rules 144A, 215, and 163B … Continued

Breakdown of OCIE’s COVID-19 Compliance Risks Alert

The SEC’s “Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued an Alert today regarding “Select COVID-19 Compliance Risks for Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers.” OCIE shared observations regarding six broad categories: protection of investors’ assets; supervision of personnel; practices relating to fees, expenses, and financial transactions; investment fraud; business continuity; and the protection of investor and … Continued

SEC’s New Committee Begins Review of Form CRS Filings

The SEC’s Divisional Standards of Conduct Implementation Committee launched its review of Form CRS from a cross section of RIAs and BDs to assess compliance with the content and format requirements. Initial observations from the Committee have identified examples of relationship summaries that may lack certain disclosures or could be clearer or otherwise improved. The … Continued

Proposed Amendment to 13F – What This Really Means?

The SEC released a proposed amendment to Form 13F on July 10 to update the reporting threshold for institutional investment managers and make other targeted changes. The threshold has not been adjusted since the Commission adopted Form 13F over 40 years ago. New Proposed Reporting Threshold: The proposal would raise the reporting threshold to $3.5 … Continued

SEC Issues New Cyber Risk Alert to Financial Firms

Financial firms have a bigger target on their backs at the moment, according to a new risk alert issued July 10, 2020 by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE).  This new risk alert on ransomware cautions investment advisers, broker-dealers, and investment companies that OCIE has recently observed a marked … Continued

Don’t Forget the Disclosure Obligation

Recently, the SEC announced the settlement of an enforcement case against Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) involving charges that MSSB provided misleading information to its clients in connection with trading costs in its retail wrap fee programs. MSSB agreed to pay a $5 million penalty that will be distributed to harmed investors. The case is … Continued

A Familiar Theme in Unfamiliar Times

Recently, the SEC settled with a private equity adviser for failing to adequately disclose and obtain consent for conflicts of interest associated with portfolio compensation. The Administrative Order reminds us of familiar tenets to regulatory disclosure, and perhaps this familiarity is reassuring to us in these unfamiliar, pandemic times. However familiar the theme, this case … Continued

New SEC Risk Alerts

The SEC today issued Risk Alerts identifying areas related to Form CRS and Regulation BI on which examiners will focus during upcoming exams. The SEC indicated in today’s Form CRS Risk Alert that RIAs need to meet content, delivery and record keeping requirements. The SEC referred RIAs to the Form CRS Adopting Release and Small … Continued

COVID-19 and Compliance – Mitigation Efforts Will Have Compliance Consequences the SEC Soon Will Examine

We understand that COVID-19 has brought many stresses, both personal and professional.  To many private fund advisers, this may seem an appropriate time to allow “compliance” to take a “back-seat.”  However, many business and management decisions your firm now may be contemplating or is already positioned to take likely will have compliance ramifications, now or … Continued

SEC Offers Additional Relief for Advisers Impacted by Coronavirus

The SEC has made several COVID-19 related announcements this week pertaining to investment managers that offer relief from routine regulatory obligations. First, the SEC has issued relief in filing due dates and delivery requirements related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the current market conditions. This will extend the reporting deadline 45 days for Forms ADV, … Continued

As Form CRS Compliance Date Nears, Approaches to Meet Challenge Coming Into Focus

Form CRS, the sleeping giant, awakens! Investment advisers and broker dealers are turning their attention to planning for Form CRS, training and developing procedures to implement the SEC’s new rule and related interpretive releases. CSS developed Form CRS Automator, a software tool, to streamline the process. It allows teams to quickly produce compliant and accurate … Continued

SEC Releases More Cyber Best Practices, Including Surprise Additions

In advance of National Data Privacy Day today, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has just released a new summary of cybersecurity best practices it has observed over the course of thousands of examinations it has conducted over the past few years. In its Cybersecurity and Resiliency Observations, OCIE … Continued


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