SEC Charges San Antonio CEO with Defrauding Investors Including First-Responders

On July 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced it was bringing charges against San Antonio-based CEO, Victor Lee Farias, and his firm, Integrity Aviation & Leasing (“IAL”), for defrauding investors, including police officers and other first-responders, out of approximately $14 million.

Considerations for Your Next Business Transition

Whether it's transitioning or breaking away, things like  legal risks, business factors, and  regulatory concerns, must be handled with care. Let our experienced team help.

Three Things You Need to Know When Forming an RIA

The formation of a registered investment adviser (“RIA”) can be both an exciting and daunting process. On the one hand, the opportunity for financial professionals to achieve independence and the prospect of increased revenues as an independent RIA is an attractive possibility.

SEC Releases Proposed Changes to Form 13F Report Requirements

On July 10, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released proposed changes to the rule requiring institutional managers to file Form 13F reports.

The changes include raising the reporting threshold from $100 million to $3.5 billion and eliminating the exclusion of smaller positions from the Form 13F report.

SEC Releases Last-Minute Updates to Form CRS FAQs

On Friday, June 26, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released updated responses to FAQs regarding Form CRS. Notwithstanding the timing of the updated FAQs, the additional guidance offers supplementary and expanded information regarding the SEC’s stance on important considerations for the Form CRS including:

Top 3 Considerations During the Breakaway & Transition Process

In recent years, there has been a considerable increase in the number of financial advisors who are looking to break-away and transition to careers with registered investment advisory firms (“RIAs”) or even launching their own RIA seeking more independence, control, growth opportunities, and increased compensation.

Succession Planning: Identifying a Successor 

In these unprecedented times of global pandemic and turbulent economy, having a succession plan for your firm is more important than ever.

California AG Submits Final CCPA Rules for Approval  

On June 1, 2020, Xavier Becerra, the Attorney General for California, submitted the final package of regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to the California Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”). For businesses required to comply with the CCPA, the package outlines the requirements for privacy notices, methods for submitting requests to know and delete consumer information, verification of consumers, special rules regarding minors, and non-discrimination.

ICO To Return $25 Million to Investors

On May 28, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that San Jose-based block chain services firm BitClave PTE Ltd. (“BitClave”) agreed to settle charges related to an unregistered initial coin offering (“ICO”) of digital asset securities.

SEC Charges Morgan Stanley Smith Barney with Providing Misleading Information to Retail Clients

On May 12, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (“MSSB”) agreed to settle charges that it provided misleading information regarding transaction costs and services to retail clients in its wrap program for the period from 2012 to 2017.

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