SEC Enforcement Actions Signal Continued Scrutiny of 12b-1 Fees, Revenue Sharing Arrangements, and Wrap Fee Programs

In recent weeks, the SEC has continued to bring enforcement actions against Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) that breached their fiduciary duty to advisory clients. These enforcement actions demonstrate the SEC’s concerns about RIAs that breach their fiduciary...

RIAs Must Make Good on Fee Refunds and Fully Disclose Their Financial Condition

On July 20, 2018, the SEC announced the settlement of charges against a Beverly Hills-based Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) and its majority owner, because the firm improperly refused to refund unearned advisory fees to 63 clients who left the firm. The RIA also...

SEC Publishes Its 2017 Compliance Priorities

Each year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) publishes its priorities, and 2017 is no exception. On January 12, 2017, OCIE announced its examination priorities. Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) and other financial entities will...