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    Rachel C. Edwards, Esq. serves as an Attorney at Jacko Law Group, PC (“JLG”) where she supports the needs of our corporate clientele. Her invaluable experience supports their ability to provide advice in connection with a wide ...

Important Considerations for Your Initial Examination Document Request

In a perfect world, your preparation for a regulatory exam would begin no later than the first day your firm is open for business. Every adviser registered under Section 203 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ’40 Act) is required to make and keep accurate books and records relating to its investment advisory business.

Don’t Panic! Three Things to Remember when Contacted by SEC/FINRA

One of the more frequently asked questions our team at Jacko Law Group, PC (“JLG”) answers is whether to (and how to) respond when contacted by the state or federal securities regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

What to Know About Your Mergers & Acquisitions Process

Strong secular trends, supportive financial markets, and concerns surrounding unknown changes to upcoming tax legislation have fueled a surge of activity in the area of mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”). The trend is expected to continue as companies seek a competitive edge in a post-pandemic environment. 

Starting Out: Mergers & Acquisitions – Term Sheets and Due Diligence

Once you have made the decision to pursue an M&A transaction, the next phase of the process is designed to accelerate progress toward a deal or abandon it altogether.

Compliance Steps Fiduciaries Should Take Now to Help Ensure Continued Adherence with the DOL’s New ERISA Exemption

Professionals who work with “Plans”, as defined under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and for those that recommend certain investments to individual retirement accounts (“IRA”), such individuals must be mindful to update their firm’s policies and procedures now that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proceeding with the adoption of a fiduciary exemption that can impose restrictions upon and prevent fiduciaries from engaging in certain activities.

What Investment Advisers Must do to Qualify for the DOL’s Prohibited Transaction Exemption for IRA Rollovers

In early 2021, a prohibited transaction exemption (“PTE”) issued by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) took effect that allows qualifying investment advisers to receive conflicted compensation resulting from nondiscretionary fiduciary investment advice.

FINRA Report Suggests Growing Need for Enhanced Risk Management in Cybersecurity and Outside Business Activities

Firms that have seen the recently released 2021 Report on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA’s) Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (the "Report") should be formulating plans to fortify their compliance programs based on the noteworthy findings shared from recent FINRA exams. The Report provides firms with valuable insight into 18 regulatory topics categorized by Firm Operations, Communications and Sales, Market Integrity, and Financial Management.

Posted in Cybersecurity, FINRA
Area of Focus for Your Annual Review: Custody

In a previous blog post, we discussed a few key areas for consideration regarding a firm's annual review. We covered the integral area of the Code of Ethics - but in today's blog post we focus on the importance of analyzing your firm's policies regarding custody.

Recent Insider Trading Case at Amazon Offers Useful Reminders for Compliance Departments

Not even the world’s fourth-largest company by market capitalization is immune to the hazards of employee insider trading.

On September 28, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission Exchange Commission charged a former senior manager in Amazon.com Inc.’s tax department and two of her family members with insider trading for a scheme that lasted 2 ½ years.

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