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Red Flags: How to Prepare Your Team for an SEC Visit

The financial securities industry has an ever-changing regulatory environment. That’s why it’s critical that advisors are proactive about keeping up with the latest regulations, anticipating their implications for real-world scenarios, and understanding how to meet the expectations of the U.S. … Read More

Additional Document Production: Key Elements to the Secondary Request

One common misconception about responding to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) initial request for documents as part of an examination or routine sweep is that the document production phase has ended. On occasion, it has basically just begun. … Read More

OCIE Risk Alert—Examinations Focused on Initial Compliance With Regulation Best Interest

As firms work to prepare their updated disclosures and move toward compliance by June 30, 2020 with the new Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) made two important announcements.  As a reminder, Reg BI establishes a new standard of conduct for broker-dealers and their associated persons when making a recommendation of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities (including account recommendations) to a retail customer.

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2019 SEC Enforcement Cases: A Year in Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) Division of Enforcement released its Annual Report (the “Report”) last month, which discusses enforcement cases for its fiscal year of 2019. According to the Report, the SEC filed 862 enforcement actions in FY 2019, resulting in disgorgements and monetary penalties of roughly $4.35 billion.… Read More

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