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“May” or “Will” is Less Important Than Completeness

The Robare case popped to my attention last year because the Securities and Exchange Commission was focused on the use of the word “may” instead of “will” as adequate disclose of a fee arrangement. My eyes rolled at such distinction. The administrative law judge felt the same way and dismissed the case. Now the Commission […]

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Politics and Conflicts of Interest

Politicians and their staff are prone to conflicts of interest. Legislative, executive, and regualtory actions will affect the value of companies and their investors. Hillary Clinton failed to address the conflicts between her actions as Secretary of State and the fundraising of the Clinton Foundation. One of the campaign promises of Donald Trump was to tackle […]

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The Downside to Advertisement Restrictions

Going back over my notes in search of guidance on when advertising for a private equity firm is advertising restricted under the Investment Advisers Act and when it is advertising for the firm’s products and services, I’m left uncertain. I was hoping that the gun jumping interpretations would offer some meaningful guidance. So far, I […]

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CCO Needs To Be a Jack of All Trades

Andrew Donahue, the Chief of Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission gave a speech earlier this month to the National Society of Compliance Professionals National Conference. He was attempting to share his thoughts on the current and future challenges that compliance professionals in the financial services area face. He envisions that CCOs will need […]

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The SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rule and California Labor Law

Keith Bishop chimed in on Campaign Contributions and the SEC in the context of California law: Pay-To-Play Meets The California Labor Code at the California Corporate & Securities Law blog. He point to  California Labor Code: Section 1101. No employer shall make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy: (a) Forbidding or preventing employees from […]

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Post Debate Campaign Contributions and the SEC

With the first of the presidential debates over, I thought it would be a good time to refresh myself on the SEC’s limits on political campaign donations by investment advisers. SEC Rule 206(4)-5 was put in place to limit political influence on government pension plan investment choices. Under the rule: 1. All political campaign contributions should be […]

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The SEC Wants To Know If You Have An Outsourced CCO

Continuing this week on the changes to the Form ADV is a revision to Item 1.J that lists the chief compliance officer. The new Form ADV will require a registered investment adviser to disclose whether the firm’s CCO is compensated or employed by someone other than the adviser. That is, the SEC wants to know […]

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The SEC Wants To Know About Your Social Media

The Securities Exchange Commission published an update to Form ADV last week. I’m going to devote this week’s stories to some of the new requirements. Today, I’m looking at reporting of social media. Item 1.I of Part 1A of Form ADV currently requires registered investment advisers to list their websites. The SEC is casting a wider […]

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DLA Piper Takes a Look at Compliance

DLA Piper conducted its first compliance survey. I assume they reached out to some subset of the law firm’s clients seeking responses to the 34 questions. The answers came from not just the biggest companies. Although 38% of the companies had more than 5,000 employees, 20% had 100 or fewer. The companies were split 60/40 […]

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How Good Is Your Business Continuity and Transition Plan?

The Securities and Exchange Commission had indicated that it was going to tackle operational issues at investment advisers. It just released a proposed rule on business continuity and transition plans for registered investment advisers. The proposed rule would require SEC-registered investment advisers to have written business continuity and transition plans reasonably designed to address operational and other […]

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