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Professional Ethics at the NRS Compliance Conference

These are my notes from the NRS Fall Compliance Conference. Dorothy (Dot) C. Kelly, Director, Training & Outreach for the Professional Conduct Program, CFA Institute Wendy L. Pirie, Director, Curriculum Projects, CFA Institute Robert Stirling, Senior Consultant, Investment Adviser Services, NRS According to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, the Financial Services industry is the least […]

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Risk Management Panel at the NRS Compliance Conference

These are my notes from the NRS Fall Compliance Conference. Robert B. Hirth, Chairman, Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission Fred Shane, Chief Risk Officer, Commonwealth Financial Network Should CCOs be Taking on the Additional Role of a Chief Risk Officer? It Depends, of Course • Compliance requirements, degree of regulation, risk • […]

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Information Technology and Cybersecurity

These are my notes from the NRS Fall Compliance Conference. Ted Kobus, Baker Hostetler Karen M. Aavik, First Niagara Financial Group Tammy Eisenberg, CLS Bank International In 2012 the average cost of a data breach was $5.4 million. IBM 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study More breaches happen from lost laptops and media than third-party […]

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Supervision and the Urban Case, with Ted Urban

These are my notes from the NRS Fall Compliance Conference. Who better to talk about supervision than Ted Urban himself. He was the general counsel and chief compliance officer. One of the firm’s registered representatives went rogue. He and other line supervisors were charged by the SEC for failure to supervise. Urban pushed for the […]

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SEC Examination and Enforcement Priorities

These are my notes from the NRS Fall Compliance Conference. John Walsh, Sutherland Karol Pollock, SEC Deputy Associate Regional Director (Exams) Karol outlined the examination process. 1. You get a phone call. But prior to the phone call, the examiners will have done some background research, looking at the firms ADV, public website and an […]

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Regulatory Roundtable at the NRS Compliance Conference

These are my notes from the NRS Fall Compliance Conference Lance Burkett, District Director for FINRA Michelle Wein Layne, Regional Director for the SEC Andrew Hartnett, Securities Commissioner in Missouri and representing NASAA Each panel member went through list of enforcement and risk priorities that are currently high on their organization’s list. NASAA Broker Dealer […]

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Beyond Compliance – Effectively Managing Risk

These are my live notes from PEI’s Private Fund Compliance Forum. They are likely to be incoherent and full of typos. Expert networks. The risk in using them came to the surface in 2010 when an insider trading case came out with and expert network involved in the distribution of information. Law enforcement has come […]

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Addressing Regulatory Challenges On The Horizon

These are my live notes from PEI’s Private Fund Compliance Forum. They are likely to be incoherent and full of typos. Panel Member: Jason Mulvihill, General Counsel, Private Equity Growth Capital Council Joel Wattenbarger, Partner, Ropes and Gray A bill has passed the House that would exempt private equity fund advisers from registration. It’s unlikely […]

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International Regulatory Landscape For Private Funds

These are my live notes from PEI’s Private Fund Compliance Forum. They are likely to be incoherent and full of typos. AIFMD is a difficult topic. Transitional regime. It’s just about over; it expires at the end of July 2014. They don’t work in France. They work well in the UK. Germany is in the […]

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Testing Your Compliance Program

These are my notes, live from the conference. One of the best tests is a mock exam. See how you stand up to simulated fire. It’s a good practice to see how people respond under the interview process from a regulator (or mock regulator). How often should you do a third party review? Annually is […]

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