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What Your Next Deficiency Letter is Going to Say: SEC Tells Advisers What Fiduciary Duty Means

With all the buzz about the passage of Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”), the “Commission Interpretation Regarding Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers” (the “Interpretation”) has received much less attention….

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Eleven Key Takeaways for Updating your Compliance Program in 2019: Investment Advisers, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash Cari Hopfensperger, Senior Compliance Consultant, co-wrote this article. Based on regulatory developments from 2018, here are our suggestions for updates to your compliance program for 2019. Conflict…

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SEC’s Top Eleven Hits: Investment Adviser Regulatory Review 2018

Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash The SEC’s regulatory actions in 2018 involved few surprises but still managed to challenge investment advisers.  In reviewing the SEC’s activity over the past 12 months, I…

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The Real Nightmare Before Christmas: SEC Gets Tough on Firms that Did Not Self-Report during SCSD Initiative

Photo by Simon Matzinger on Unsplash The SEC’s Enforcement Division is following up on the Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative (the “SCSD Initiative”) by sending out document requests to dually-registered investment advisers and…

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The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) is upfront about the areas it will be testing during its examinations of investment advisers.  In January, OCIE publishes its Examination…

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Key Takeaways for Updating your Compliance Program in 2017: Investment Advisers, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Based on the regulatory developments from 2016 (see our blog post), here’s our suggestions for updates for your compliance manual for 2017. The Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Conflict of Interest…