On March 23, 2020, in response to business disruptions caused by the spread of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an exemptive order (the “Order”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”) granting registered investment companies and insurance company separate accounts registered as

On March 23, 2020, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that it will conduct its examinations of SEC registrants through correspondence, unless it is absolutely necessary to be on-site. On the same day, the co-directors of the Division of Enforcement issued a statement underscoring the importance of maintaining and following corporate

Like all of us, the SEC and its staff are moving rapidly to address changes to normal procedures required in the face of COVID-19. In response to questions recently raised by the Investment Advisers Association (IAA) on behalf of its members, the SEC staff clarified its expectations with respect to certain aspects of the Custody

Cybersecurity has been a key priority for the SEC and its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in recent years. The OCIE regularly releases publications addressing cybersecurity risks and practices, including eight risk alerts related to cybersecurity since 2012.

In the latest example, OCIE recently published its Cybersecurity and Resiliency Observations Report, describing 34

On March 11, 2019, the SEC announced settlements with 79 investment advisers who self-reported violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) in connection with the Division of Enforcement’s Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative (the “Share Class Initiative”). The advisers, collectively, agreed to return more than $125 million in fees and prejudgment

The end of 2018 was notable for two SEC enforcement actions against private equity fund managers for violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 arising from improper allocations of expenses, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and insufficient compliance policies and procedures.  The two actions demonstrate the SEC’s continued focus on private equity fund managers’ use

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its 2019 examination priorities on December 20, 2018. Although OCIE’s published priorities “provide a preview of key areas where OCIE intends to focus its limited resources,” registrants should be aware that OCIE will proactively seek insight into evolving markets “including changes in risks to markets