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Ransomware Attacks! SEC Creates New Hoops for Advisers with Automated Proxy Voting; and Private Fund Conflicts Still Under the Microscope: Regulatory Update for August 2020

RANSOMWARE ATTACKS! Is Your Firm Ready?  OCIE issued a risk alert warning investment advisers, broker dealers, and investment companies that increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks are being carried out on many…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Investment Adviser Regulation | Mutual Funds | NFA | Private Funds | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC Rule changes

NJ Joins Other States to Protect Seniors, NASAA Warns Smaller Advisers about Cybersecurity Risks, SEC Settles Valuation, Fund Expense & Wrap Fee Actions, and Advice on Returning to the Office: Regulatory Update for June 2020

New Jersey Adopts Its Own Senior Safe Legislation.  New Jersey recently joined Congress, more than 25 other states and FINRA by enacting a new financial exploitation law designed to protect…

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 | FINRA Rule Changes | Form ADV Disclosure | Investment Adviser Regulation | Mutual Funds | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | TRACE

SEC’s Relentless Pursuit of Comp-Related Conflict Disclosures, RIA and BD Annual Renewals Come Due, FINRA Year in Review, New ETF Rule Eliminates Need for Exemptive Orders, Zero Commissions – What’s Next?: Regulatory Update for November 2019

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: SEC’s FAQs on Conflicts of Interest and Recent Settlements Set Bar Impossibly High for Advisers.  The SEC is going on the offensive, tackling…

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…

Conflicts of Interest | Form ADV | Form ADV Disclosure | Form CRS | Investment Adviser Regulation | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC Rule changes

SEC Adopts Broker-Dealer Best Interest Standard, Approves Form CRS and Explains Advisers’ Fiduciary Duty; GIPS 2020 Standards Finalized; Epic Ethics Fail by Large Auditing Firm: Regulatory Update for July 2019

Time to Roll-Up Your Sleeves and Dive into Regulation Best Interest: There are many great resources out there that summarize the newly adopted Securities Exchange Act Rule 15l-1 (“Regulation BI”). …