Posts from 2014.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “SEC” recently announced that Karol L.K. Pollock is now the new leader of the examination program in the Los Angeles Regional Office. Ms. Pollock has worked in the Los Angeles office for 10 years,...

Private funds commonly use third parties, often known as finders, to raise capital from potential investors. When entering into arrangements with finders, private fund managers should carefully consider whether the finder is registered as a broker-dealer. Except in very...

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held a meeting to discuss recommendations from its Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) regarding broadening the definition of an “accredited investor” for natural persons. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC must review...

In its newly released financial report for fiscal 2014, the SEC has stated that they will be evaluating recommendations from a staff report to consider a uniform fiduciary standard for investment advisors and broker-dealers as well as finding ways to...

On October 24, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (MSRB) Rule G-44, which is the MSRB’s first dedicated rule for municipal advisors. The new requirements take effect April 23, 2015, giving firms six months...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today released an order instituting administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings against an investment advisory firm and three top officials for violating the custody rule that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control...

Lincolnshire Management, Inc. ("LMI") has reached a settlement agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for sharing expenses between two companies' portfolios in a manner that improperly benefited one fund over the other. This settles charges that the...

The Securities Exchange Commission ("SEC") has recently charged Strategic Capital, LLC ("Strategic Capital") an independent advisory firm in the state of Washington, for violating rules 203(e) and 203(k)  the Investment Advisers Act of 1940,("Advisors Act"). Strategic Capital distributed "false...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has charged a Houston-based advisory firm with fraud for failing to disclose conflicts of interest to investors.  Robare Group Ltd. (“Robare”) had a compensation arrangement in place with the unnamed brokerage firm who was...

Attorneys for Samuel E. Wyly ("Sam Wyly") and his late brother Charles J. Wyly ("Charles Wyly") (jointly, the "Wylys") presented arguments to a U.S. District Judge disputing the amount the Wylys are being ordered to pay for their role in...

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