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ReTIRE Initiative

The SEC said it would focus on matters relating to retail investors saving for retirement and the SEC followed through with the new exam focus: the ReTIRE Initiative. We’ve seen this coming. The National Exam 2015 priorities list stated that OCIE will focus on how retail investors at or nearing retirement are being served by […]

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The SEC Goes After the Gate Keeper

When a fraud is uncovered, the Securities and Exchange Commission no only wants to get the fraudsters, it also wants to get those who should have stopped the fraud. The SEC just brought an action against an IRA Custodian for ignoring red flags for its accounts that invested in Ponzi schemes. The underlying fraud was […]

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The SEC Suffers a Setback In Its Use of In-House Judges

Prior to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s authority to impose penalties in a case brought as an administrative proceeding was restricted to regulated entities. Dodd-Frank changed that with its Section 929P. The SEC may now impose a civil penalty in an administrative proceeding against any person […]

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SEC Loses Case Over the Word “May”

Few things make a compliance officer’s eyes roll more than the case the SEC was fighting against an adviser who used the word “may” in its Form ADV when the SEC thought it should say “will.” One of the SEC’s own administrative judges slapped down the SEC and dismissed the case. According to the SEC […]

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Senator Warren Versus SEC Chair White

Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a sharp letter to Mary Jo White, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “You have now been SEC Chair for over two years, and to date, your leadership of the Commission has been extremely disappointing.” Senator Warren raises four major issues: The SEC’s failure to finalize the rules for disclosure […]

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SEC’s Home Court or Federal District Court?

Dodd-Frank gave the Securities and Exchange Commission broader powers to bring its enforcement actions in its own administrative court, instead of federal district court. Dodd-Frank changed that with its Section 929P. The SEC may now impose a civil penalty in an administrative proceeding against any person or company. The SEC recently released its “Division of […]

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SEC Brings a Valuation Case Against an Investment Adviser

Lynn Tilton and her firm, Patriarch Partners, are known for their high-risk, high-return investments in distressed companies. The Securities and Exchange Commission brought a case against her and the firm claiming that they were using improper valuations, failing to mark down assets when the investment became more distressed. At this point we only have the […]

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Drew Bowden Thinks Private Equity is a Great Business

“I tell my son, I have a teenaged son, I tell him, ‘Cole, you want to be in private equity. That’s where to go, that’s a great business, that’s a really good business. That’ll be good for you.’” – Andrew Bowden Mr. Bowden, Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and […]

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Getting Caught With IPO Fever

A decade ago shares in an initial public offering were handed out as gifts to curry favor with business executives. The shares were all but guaranteed to pop on the opening day for an easy gain. The recent Twitter IPO had that similar feeling of a guaranteed pop. Gregory Gray thought he could make some […]

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Fighting Against the SEC’s Administrative Hearings

Prior to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s authority to impose penalties in a case brought as an administrative proceeding was restricted to regulated entities. The SEC could not impose a significant civil penalty in an administrative proceeding. That limited administrative proceedings to cease-and-desist proceedings against broker-dealers, […]

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