Securities Law Considerations for Investment Fund Formation: Part 1

Investment fund formation is the comprehensive process of establishing a collective investment vehicle that pools capital from multiple investors to engage in various securities or other financial asset investments. The primary goal is to provide investors with a professionally managed portfolio often designed to provide diversification, but equally as often to deploy funds into a specific asset class, or according to a particular investing philosophy, strategy, or methodology.… Read More

Working with Outside Managers: Third-Party Asset Managers or Sub-Advisers – What is the Difference?

Investment advisers understand that selecting a portfolio which meets a client’s goals and objectives is a fiduciary duty. Sometimes, this involves working with outside managers such as sub-advisers or a third-party asset manager (“TPAM”) who have specialized investment management knowledge to further diversify a client’s portfolio investments. … Read More

Risk Mitigation in Incorporating Emerging Tech Trends into Client Portfolios

Just as with many other sectors of the economy, the securities industry has experienced a fast-coming barrage of changes to the business of investing, most of all in emerging technologies.
Investment Advisers may have ignored the changes in technology several years ago, but those who provide investment advisory services can no longer avoid the fact that clients’ portfolio needs have evolved, and they may fail to act in the best interest of their investors should they overlook it. However, there are some important factors to consider when incorporating new types of assets into clients’ portfolios and steps to take to mitigate risks.… Read More

California to Implement NASAA Continuing Education Model Rule in 2024

In November 2020, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) introduced the Continuing Education Model Rule to help firms and practitioners in the investment advisory space better serve their clients and maintain regulatory compliance. NASAA, which is tasked with promoting excellence in the securities industry, has expanded to 19 member states who have pledged to protect investors and promote integrity in the business by facilitating ongoing education for IARs. California is one of several states who will adopt the Model Rule in the upcoming year. … Read More

How to Effectively Manage Your Cybersecurity Program

In the fast-paced and technology-driven landscape of the financial industry, managing cybersecurity risks is paramount. To ensure your organization’s legal compliance, and to safeguard sensitive data, it’s essential to maintain a robust incident response plan that is not only up to date but also routinely tested. In the financial industry, a reactive approach to cybersecurity is insufficient. To effectively manage legal risks associated with cyber threats, it is important to prioritize a proactive cybersecurity strategy.… Read More

Year-End Compliance Review Checklist for Advisory Businesses

Advisory businesses and professionals have experienced a lot of changes to regulations this past year, which has made it understandably challenging to remain compliant. With many regulations going into effect in 2024, and regulatory bodies’ commitment to enforcing those regulations, there is no time like the present to undertake a robust and comprehensive year-end review of your compliance program. … Read More

Requirements Under SEC Rules and Regulations for the Auditors of Private Funds

Private funds, which include hedge funds, private equity firms, and other investment entities, operate within a complex regulatory framework in the United States. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is the primary overseer, with rules drawn from legislation such as the Investment Company Act of 1940. This article sheds light on the stringent requirements that the SEC imposes on the auditors of private funds to ensure accuracy, fairness, and transparency in the financial markets.… Read More

What We Learned from the Recent SEC Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Examinations

In this months’ Jacko Law Group, PC (“JLG”) Risk Management Tip, we will provide a summary of the 2023 SEC Examination priorities which highlight those particular areas of focus by EXAMS this year. We will then explore the most recent SEC Risk Alert and discuss recent SEC guidance on how to better understand the SEC’s risk-based approach to examinations. Finally, we will also consider steps you can take to help prepare for and achieve a positive SEC examination experience.… Read More

SEC New Private Fund Adviser Rule: What You Need to Know

The proposed SEC rules to “enhance” the regulation of private fund advisers by increasing “transparency, competition, and efficiency may not be entirely unexpected, but their substance and implications appeared to target the fundamental elements of the private funds and disrupt the relationships with investors.… Read More

SEC Proposes Rules on the Use of Predictive Data Analytics

On July 26, 2023, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the cybersecurity risk rules relating to the reporting of incidents, processes, and procedures, as well as governance, in an ongoing effort to promote transparency and trust in US investment markets.… Read More

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