- Posts by Michelle L. Jacko, Esq.Managing Partner and CEO
Michelle L. Jacko, Esq. is the Managing Partner and CEO of Jacko Law Group, PC, which offers securities, corporate, real estate and employment law counsel to broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment companies ...
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Examinations ("EXAMS" or the "Division") released its annual priorities on March 3, 2021 in a 42-page report of exam priorities. Among other things, the list includes an ongoing emphasis on the overall strength of financial advisers’ compliance programs and a growing interest in the evolving risks to investors related to relevant climate and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) funds.
If you ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which two things Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) could benefit from most in the coming year, you might be surprised that time and money aren’t at the top of the list.
It’s that time of year again for many investment advisory firms when Compliance departments often spend the end of the calendar year reviewing their policies and procedures to meet the annual requirements set forth in Rule 206(4)-7, better known as the “Compliance Rule” under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
The comment period has closed on the third round of proposed changes to the California Consumer Protection Act ("CCPA"), which were announced October 12, 2020, by the California Office of the Attorney General. There are a number of disputes regarding how the proposed revisions will impact a California consumer, but a number of the proposed revisions appear to address the manner in which a consumer may engage in the opt-out collection process.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lifestyles of countless Americans. Many have lost jobs or had to shift their focus to home schooling their children. Others have started working from home and have been considering the possibility of opening their own business.
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.
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.
On April 30, 2020, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Senior Help Line (the “Help Line”). The Help Line is a critical tool in FINRA’s initiative to combat financial exploitation of seniors and other vulnerable populations.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently announced settled charges against two advisers that self-reported conflicts of interest as a part of the Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has announced that it will provide conditional regulatory relief for companies affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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