Tag Archives: Compliance

SEC Sanctions Investment Adviser for Improper Allocation of Expenses

November 23, 2015 Dear Friends, Today, the SEC issued an order against an investment adviser for improper allocation of expenses to its fund client (the “Fund”) and failure to adopt compliance policies and procedures, specific to Fund expense allocation, resulting in a $250,000 settlement. The SEC found that the firm negligently charged compliance, legal and operating expenses to the Fund. […]

Firm Agrees to Pay $1 Million Settlement for Custody Rule Violations

November 19, 2015 Dear Friends, Today the SEC announced that an investment adviser and its former CCO have agreed to settle charges that it repeatedly violated the custody rule. The Firm agreed to pay a $1 million penalty, to be suspended for one year from raising any capital, and to have a compliance monitor for three years. The former CCO […]

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Dark Pools

November 19, 2015 Dear Friends, The SEC has voted to propose new rules to enhance transparency and regulatory oversight of dark pools. Pursuant to the new rules, alternative trading systems (ATS) that trade stocks listed on a national securities exchange (NMS stocks), including dark pools, would be required to publicly disclose detailed information via the new form ATS-N, including: Information […]

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Outsourced CCOs

November 10, 2015 Dear Friends, Yesterday, the SEC issued a Risk Alert outlining observations regarding examinations of SEC registered investment advisers and investment companies that outsource their Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) role to unaffiliated third parties. Specifically the SEC found: Communication: Frequent and in-person communication with employees (as opposed to impersonal emails only and/or pre-defined checklists) resulted in fewer inconsistencies between […]

SEC Enforcement Results for FY 2015

October 22, 2015 Dear Friends, Today the SEC released a summary of its enforcement actions for fiscal year 2015, touting the increase in total actions, from 676 in 2013, to 807 actions in 2015 and over $700 million more in disgorgement and penalties, over that same time period. “Vigorous and comprehensive enforcement protects investors and reassures them that our financial […]

SEC Chief of Staff on CCO Liability

October 16, 2015 Dear Friends, SEC Chief of Staff Andrew J. Donohue in a recent speech, stated that the SEC is not targeting compliance personnel. Mr. Donohue outlined three instances in which the staff will typically recommend the SEC bring an enforcement action – when Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) have: (1) affirmatively participated in the misconduct; (2) helped mislead regulators; […]

SEC Charges Six Firms with Reg M Violations

October 14, 2015 Dear Friends, Today the SEC announced enforcement actions against six firms for short selling violations, including more than $2.5 million in sanctions, and it barred one firm from participating in stock offerings for one year. Rule 105 of Regulation M (Reg M) prohibits purchasing securities in follow-on and secondary offerings when the purchaser has effected short sales […]

SEC Charges IA with Cybersecurity Failures

September 23, 2015 Dear Friends, The SEC announced that an investment adviser agreed to settle charges that it failed to establish required cybersecurity policies and procedures, to ensure the security and confidentiality of personally identifiable information (PII). The firm stored PII of approximately 100,000 individuals on a third party hosted web server, which was hacked in 2013. Following the attack, […]

Suggestive Phrases = Red Flags for Regulators

Dear Friends, A Bloomberg article highlights how the use of certain suggestive phrases in electronic communications can be red flags for regulators. Phrases like TYOP (tell you on phone), TOL (talk off line), and LDL (let’s discuss live) are red flags. “Investigators for the SEC and Justice Department get so many e-mails they can’t possibly review them all without using Control-F….they […]

NFA Issues Cybersecurity Guidance

Dear Friends, The NFA issued an interpretive notice, subject to CFTC approval, outlining general requirements relating to members’ information systems security practices (“ISSP”). The NFA’s notice provides guidance regarding ISSPs that each member should develop and customize, including the following: Written Policies and Procedures Security and Risk Analysis Development of Protective Measures Against Threats and Vulnerabilities Response and Recovery Employee Training […]