SEC Charges 21 RIAs for Form CRS Filing and Delivery Failures

On July 26, 2021, the SEC announced that 21 Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) settled charges alleging that they failed to file and deliver their client relationship summaries, known as Form CRS, in a timely manner. Form CRS is also frequently referred to as Form...

SEC Releases Findings from its Wrap Fee Initiative Examinations

Wrap fee programs have been on the SEC’s radar for quite a while. When the SEC published its annual examination priorities in 2017, 2018, and 2019, wrap fee programs were mentioned as putting investors at risk. On July 21, 2021, the SEC’s Division of Examinations...

RIAs Need to be on the Lookout for Signs of Compliance Violations

On January 14, 2021, the SEC brought an enforcement action against a California-based Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) and its CEO, because they failed to make certain disclosures that led to clients being deceived. The firm also failed to reasonably supervise an...

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...