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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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Compliance Lawyers and Legal Education

I had an interesting discussion on the possible role of law schools in helping train law students for jobs in the compliance field. Compliance does not require a law degree, but there seems to be a demand for compliance professionals with legal degrees in the mid and higher levels, particularly in highly regulated industries. Part […]

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Charging Fund Investors For In-House Legal Staff

In house lawyers fall into two sections of typical fund documents. On one had, fund documents usually state that the fund pays for legal expenses. Another section states that the general partner is responsible for employee expenses. Can you charge in-house legal staff as a fund expense? It depends. This was mentioned by Marc Wyatt, Deputy […]

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Private Equity Fund Managers and Broker Dealer Registration

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been poking around fees earned by private equity firms and found many to its distaste. One item the SEC has highlighted in the past was fees for acting as a broker dealer. I’ve been waiting to see if the SEC’s distaste would be enough to bring an enforcement action. […]

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Delaying Losses To Earn Current Fees

Fee structure is a guiding force for how fund managers operate and a keystone for compliance professionals. A compliance professional needs to focus on ways that a fee structure could cause the fund manager to act to the detriment of fund investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission just charged a fund manager for using distorted […]

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