Webinar – Prohibited Exemption Training for Investment Advice Fiduciaries

On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final prohibited transaction exemption addressing investment advice fiduciaries to Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). RIA...

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...

SEC Enforcement Actions Against Firms with Weak Cyber Policies

Rule 30(a) of Regulation S-P, better known as the Safeguards Rule, requires firms to adopt written policies and procedures to address the administrative, technical, and physical safeguards that are necessary to protect customer records and information. On August 30,...

SEC Announces Its 2019 Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) publishes annually its examination priorities to promote transparency and provide insights into the areas it believes pose a heightened risk to investors or to the integrity of the U.S. capital...

SEC Issues Risk Alert Dealing with Electronic Messaging

Risk Alerts are designed to remind investment advisers of their compliance obligations and to help firms improve their systems, policies, and procedures. On December 14, 2018, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk...