Tag Archives: SEC


Will SEC’s Decision Not to Classify Ether as Security Fuel Demand for Decentralised Applications?

  by David Drake     Since the Ethereum blockchain network went live in 2015, it has significantly impacted the cryptocurrency industry. The network has been used by developers to create decentralized applications (DApps) and launch cryptocurrency based projects due to its smart contract feature. Additionally, ether, the utility token that runs on the Ethereum network, has been used to power […]

What Can the Crypto Market Expect following SEC’s Announcement that Ether is Not a Security?

  by David Drake     Ether, the digital currency based on the Ethereum blockchain technology, will not be considered as a security. This is according to William Hinman, the Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC) Corporate Finance Division Director. Speaking during the Yahoo Finance All Markets Conference, Hinman made it clear that ether need not be regulated like stocks and bonds. […]

How SEC’s Clarity on Ether Could Boost Cryptocurrency Growth

  by David Drake     Ethereum network has played a significant role in the growth of the cryptocurrency market. As the network on which the digital currency, ether, runs, Ethereum provides a platform for developers to create decentralised applications. Earlier this year, there was uncertainty among crypto-developers when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) through its Chairman, said tokens and […]

What SEC’s Latest View of Decentralized Currencies Means for the Crypto Industry

  by David Drake     Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that ether, a virtual currency, will not be regulated as a security. These news alone saw the price of ether rise by 9.4%, from $468 to $515. The price of bitcoin also rose by 4.8%, from $6,300 to $6,645 following a statement made by William […]

Five Points from SEC’s 2016 Business Continuity Guidance Update

In June 2016, the SEC delivered a guidance update for registered advisers regarding how funds (and their service providers) plan for potential business disruptions. Following are key takeaways from Eze Castle Integration’s Certified BCP Planners on how hedge funds and private equity firms can meet the SEC’s expectations around business continuity practices. Capture All Essential Components of Your Firm When writing […]

Wall Street’s Most Thankless Job – Compliance Officer

February 3, 2016 Dear Friends, This morning the Wall Street Journal published an article on ” The Most Thankless Job on Wall Street” – compliance officer. According to the article, recent enforcement actions that have found compliance officers personally liable are driving experienced people to be more cautious about the profession – compliance officers say they feel unfairly singled out. […]

SEC 2016 Exam Priorities

January 11, 2016 Dear Friends, The SEC announced its examination priorities for 2016, as outlined below. Private Fund Advisers: The SEC’s examination of private fund advisers will focus on fees and expenses evaluating, among other things, the controls and disclosures associated with side-by-side management of performance-based and purely asset-based fee accounts. Never-Before-Examined Investment Advisers and Investment Companies: The SEC will […]

SEC Cybersecurity Hit List: 6 Items a Hedge Fund Better Have Covered

Earlier this week we presented at a Wells Fargo Prime Services breakfast briefing on cybersecurity. During the discussion, one panelist reminded attendees that the SEC has clearly defined (and communicated) its cybersecurity expectations. He recapped the following six areas advisers must have covered to demonstrate preparedness to regulators. 1. Risk Assessments 2. Governance 3. Training 4. Access Control 5. Vendor […]

Former SEC Commissioner on Third Party Exams

December 10, 2015 Dear Friends, Former SEC commissioner Troy Paredes recently urged investment advisers to express their opinions regarding a forthcoming SEC rule that would require third parties to conduct examinations, on behalf of the SEC. As SEC Chair White stated in April 2015, the SEC is “advancing rule makings….to require a program of third party examinations of investment advisers to […]

SEC Charges Political Intelligence Firm

November 25, 2015 Dear Friends, The SEC announced charges against a political intelligence firm for failure to establish, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures, reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of material non-public information (MNPI), resulting in a $375,000 penalty. The political intelligence firm, which has an affiliated state-registered investment adviser and registered broker-dealer, provided regulatory and policy updates […]