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...

Corporate Transparency Act May Impact State RIAs and Certain Businesses

The U.S. Treasury has implemented a new beneficial ownership reporting requirement pursuant to the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). Although SEC-registered investment advisers are not subject to this requirement, state Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) may be...

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 Enforcement Stats Serve as Warning to RIAs and Other Firms

On November 14, 2023, the SEC announced that it had filed 784 total enforcement actions during fiscal year 2023, a three percent increase over fiscal year 2022. Enforcement actions are intended to protect investors and enhance public trust in the securities markets....