Investment Advisers Act

On March 25, 2020, the SEC issued exemptive orders replacing prior orders granting temporary relief from certain provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) and the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”). The SEC said that it has been monitoring developments related to the effect that COVID-19 and related

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

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to both the advertising rule and the cash solicitation rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) on November 4, 2019. Neither rule — adopted in 1961 and 1979, respectively — has been amended significantly since it was adopted, although the SEC and its

On June 5, 2019, the SEC issued an Interpretive Release designed to “reaffirm, and in some cases clarify, the standard of conduct that investment advisers owe to their clients.” The Interpretive Release highlights existing principles relevant to an adviser’s fiduciary duty; it does not create any new regulation.

The Interpretive Release sets forth the SEC’s

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 has brought the first action under the “pay-to-play” rule adopted under the Investment Advisers Act.  The SEC also found that two affiliated exempt reporting advisers were operationally integrated and as such should have registered as an investment adviser.

Pay-to-Play Violation.  Rule 206(4)-5 under the Investment Advisers Act provides that investment advisers (whether