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Form CRS Roundtable Take-aways, Commissioner Peirce Talks Turkey on CCO Liability, New Executive Order Prohibits Investments Related to Chinese Military, OCIE Cites Top Compliance Program Failures and Risks of Branch Offices: Regulatory Update for December 2020

What We Learned from the Regulation BI and Form CRS Roundtable. The recent joint SEC/FINRA Roundtable on Regulation Best Interest (“BI”) and Form CRS provides insight and guidance for firms…

Broker Dealer Regulation | CFTC | Form CRS | IARD | Investment Adviser Regulation | NFA | Private Funds | Regulatory Deadlines

States Starting to Drop COVID-19 Related Relief, SEC Updates Form CRS FAQs, IARD 2021 Renewal Programs Commence, and NASAA Report Shows States Flexing Investigatory Muscles: Regulatory Update for November 2020

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Noteworthy Resources. October was Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  Here is a recap of recent alerts and notices from regulators: FBI Public Service Announcement: A COVID 19-Driven Increase…

Broker Dealer Regulation | CFTC | Conflicts of Interest | cybersecurity | FINRA Rule Changes | Form CRS | Investment Adviser Regulation | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | SEC News

COVID-19 Compliance Risks Continue, SEC Surveying Initial Form CRS Filings, Exempt CPOs: Your Attention is Needed, and Guidance for BDs on Customer Due Diligence: Regulatory Update for September 2020

Select COVID-19 Compliance Risks and Considerations for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers.  Although it may seem like a note from Captain Obvious, SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) sent…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Conflicts of Interest | Form CRS | Investment Adviser Regulation | Regulation Best Interest

Entering Another New Normal: Reg BI & Form CRS Next Steps; Compliance Team Takes the Hit for MNPI Process Failures; and SEC Continues Crusade Against “Inadequate Disclosure”: Regulatory Update for July 2020

Reg BI and Form CRS are here! Now what?  After 391 long days of hand wringing, countless meetings, never-ending scenario-based questions, revisions, and the US Court of Appeals for the…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Business Continuity | Conflicts of Interest | Custody | cybersecurity | Form CRS | Hedge Funds | Investment Adviser Regulation | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC News | SEC Rule changes

No Slack for Firms on Compliance with Reg BI and Form CRS; SEC Eases Deadlines and Restrictions on Custody and Mutual Funds, and Disclosure of PPP Loans for Advisers: Regulatory Update for May 2020

SEC Provides Scope and Content of Upcoming Examinations Related to Form CRS.  After June 30, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) plans to examine subject broker-dealers and…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Business Continuity | Conflicts of Interest | Form ADV | Form CRS | Mutual Funds | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC News | SEC Sweep Examinations

Coming Soon – Annual Form ADV Update for RIAs; SEC Answers More Questions on Reg BI and Form CRS FAQs, MA Leads the Pack by Adopting First State Fiduciary Standard Rule for Broker-Dealers, FINRA Wants to Know How Zero Commission Brokers are Making Money: Regulatory Update for March 2020

SEC Updates Reg BI FAQs. The SEC posted new FAQs to assist firms in complying with their obligations under Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”).  The new content covers what it…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Conflicts of Interest | cybersecurity | Form CRS | Investment Adviser Regulation | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC Examinations | Seniors and Vulnerable Investors

SEC & FINRA Set Exam Priorities; SEC Issues Cybersecurity Tips and FINRA Punishes Firms for UGMA and UTMA Failures: Regulatory Update for February 2020

OCIE Announces 2020 Examination Priorities. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2020 exam priorities on January 7, 2020.  OCIE’s priorities haven’t changed…

Conflicts of Interest | Form ADV Disclosure | Form CRS | GIPS | Investment Adviser Regulation | Mutual Fund Regulation | NFA | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC News

SEC Enforcement Report Comes Down Hard on Advisers; Your Chance to Sound Off About the SEC’s Proposed Advertising & Cash Solicitation Rule Changes; Mutual Funds Placed on SEC’s Naughty List; Year-End Reminders: Regulatory Update for December 2019

SEC Declares Victory for 2019 Despite all Obstacles: Division of Enforcement Publishes Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019. Starting with the usual self-serving statements about the Commission’s success in punishing…

Conflicts of Interest | Cross Trading | Form CRS | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines

States Challenge Reg-BI, Into the Weeds on Form CRS, NY Updates Privacy Laws, Share Class Selection Violations Reach Private Funds and FINRA Arbitration Puzzle – Custodian Liable for Unaffiliated Adviser Conduct: Regulatory Update for October 2019

Risk Alert on Principal and Agency Cross Transactions. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a risk alert warning advisers about cross trading compliance issues under Section…

Conflicts of Interest | cryptocurrency | Form CRS | Municipal Advisors | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | Seniors and Vulnerable Investors

Fee-Based Annuities Get a Boost, More Resources on Reg BI and Form CRS, States get Tough on Crypto Scams, SEC Speaks on Proxy Voting, Gets Tough to Protect Vulnerable Adults and Drops the Other Shoe on Revenue Sharing: Regulatory Update for September 2019

IRS Ruling Allows Advisers to be Paid out of Fee-Based Annuities. Nationwide and a few other insurers, including Lincoln Financial and Great American Life, have received private letter rulings from…