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SEC Releases New Form ADV Frequently Asked Questions

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission released 23 new frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) on Form ADV to provide guidance on recent amendments to Form ADV. Those amendments become effective in October. These new FAQs include guidance on (i) the umbrella registration approach that many private fund sponsors use to register multiple affiliates and […]

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A Continuing Look as CCO Liability in the Stanford Ponzi Scheme

Eight years ago,  Stanford Financial Group collapsed and was labeled a Ponzi scheme. The Securities and Exchange Commission is continuing to seek penalties for those involved. One of those is Bernerd Young, who served as the Chief Compliance Officer at Stanford Group Company, the Texas-based registered investment adviser and broker dealer that promoted the Stanford CDs to US investors. […]

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Supreme Court Limits One of the SEC’s Remedies

The Securities and Exchange Commission has essentially been claiming that its remedy of disgorgement is not subject to a statute of limitations. To the SEC, disgorgement is not punitive but remedial in that it lessens the effects of a violation by restoring the status quo. Charles Kokesh decided to fight back against this position. In the […]

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The SEC Reaching Back Far In The Past With Its Powers of Disgorgement

We have become used to the Securities and Exchange Commission extracting disgorgement of ill-gotten gains from those violating the securities laws. However, the enabling laws do not explicitly grant the SEC the right to disgorgement. We seem to accept that power, but how far back can the SEC go to grab cash from defendants? In […]

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The Jay Clayton Era at the SEC Has Begun

Jay Clayton was sworn in last week as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. That makes him the first permanent head of a financial regulator during the Trump administration. Yesterday, Chairman Clayton gave his first public speech by making the opening remarks at the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. […]

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Real Estate Fund Information from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been acquiring troves of data about private funds through the Form PF filing requirement. Some, including myself, have been skeptical that the SEC will figure out what to do with the data as a tool to protect investors. But, the SEC has been able to compile statistics and published a […]

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The SEC Is Making Room For A New Regulation

Although is questionable whether the Securities and Exchange Commission is subject to President Trump’s executive order calling for a reduction in the number of regulations, the SEC seems to be taking it to heart. Last week, Congress started the push to roll back the Extraction Disclosure Rule. This week, the SEC is looking to roll […]

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The New Supreme Court Pick and Private Funds

Justice Scalia died last year and replacing his position has been held up by partisan politics ever since. President Trump has made his pick, federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch from the 10th Circuit, and the confirmation battle has begun. Being very liberal on social issues, I’m disappointed that the Senate chose not consider President […]

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Add One, Take Two Away

Prior to his inauguration, President Trump promised a 75% reduction in regulations. I was left scratching my head about what he meant. Did he want the Code of Federal Regulation to be 75% shorter? How do you decide where one regulation begins and another starts? What about statutes enacted by Congress that specifically mandate the […]

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The New Administration’s Pick for the Chair of the SEC

Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton is slotted to head the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Trump administration. This is a big change from Chair White whose background was in prosecution. Chair White had a long list of prosecutions from serving a decade as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. (She […]

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