SEC Takes Action Against Adviser for Defrauding Retirees and Investors Nearing Retirement

On December 19, 2019, the SEC filed a complaint in federal court against a Sacramento, California-based investment advisory firm and its owner. The complaint alleged that the Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) and its owner defrauded hundreds of retail clients, most...

SEC’s Supervision Initiative Risk Alert

On July 23, 2019, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert, which discussed its observations from examining firms that currently employ or previously employed supervised persons with a history of disciplinary...

Fiduciary Duty Goes Well Beyond Share Class Selection

Investment advisers may have noticed the SEC’s recent Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative and thought they had nothing to learn from the 79 enforcement actions. The reality is that even investment advisers who are not affiliated with a broker-dealer can...

Supervision of Investment Adviser Representatives

Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) owe a duty to supervise persons associated with the firm with respect to activities performed on their behalf. In recent deficiencies letters, RIAs have been criticized for failing to adequately supervise their supervised persons,...

SEC Announces 2018 Compliance Priorities

Each year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) publishes its priorities, and 2018 is no exception. On February 7, 2018, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its 2018 examination...