SEC Charges RIA for Failure to Ensure Fair and Equitable Trade Allocations

SEC Renders Judgment on RIA with Compliance Problems On February 16, 2024, the SEC obtained a final judgment against a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) based in Dallas, Texas. The RIA was previously charged with making false and misleading statements in its Form...

SEC Nails 16 Firms for Widespread Recordkeeping Failures Involving Off-Channel Communications

On February 9, 2024, the SEC ordered sixteen firms to pay more than a combined $81 million in civil penalties to settle charges for widespread and long-term recordkeeping failures. The SEC’s investigations identified pervasive and long-term use of unapproved...

2023 Compliance Roundup Shows RIAs How to Steer Clear of Problems

It has been a busy year for the SEC from a compliance perspective. You should think about these compliance events as you conduct your annual review of your firm’s policies and procedures. An adviser’s policies and procedures should reflect the firm’s business model,...

SEC Disciplines RIAs for Non-Compliant Hypothetical Performance Advertising

On September 11, 2023, the SEC continued its crackdown on Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) using hypothetical performance advertising by bringing cases against nine advisers. RIAs that advertise hypothetical performance, or plan to do so, should read these SEC...

NASAA’s Exam Findings Warn State RIAs About Potential Compliance Pitfalls

On September 11, 2023, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released examination statistics that should serve as a wake-up call for state-registered investment advisers. A series of coordinated examinations of Registered Investment Advisers...

SEC Disciplines Private Fund Advisors for Custody Rule Violations

On September 5, 2023, the SEC announced charges against five Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) that failed to comply with requirements designed to safeguard clients’ assets. Three of the firms were also charged with failing to update their disclosure of audits of...