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The latest compliance news from SEC3 and CCO3.

The Importance of Effective Compliance Programs in Preventing Enforcement Actions

December 03, 2013

Stephen L. Cohen, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Associate Director of Enforcement, spoke recently at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics’ Annual Conference.  In his remarks he noted what he considers characteristics of effective and ineffective compliance programs and how having a strong compliance program can impact the SEC staff’s decision on whether or not to bring an enforcement case against a firm as well as the extent of penalties and sanctions pursued. Mr. Cohen said: “When evaluating a company’s misconduct, we typically give credit when a company can demonstrate a strong compliance culture”.

Read more: The Importance of Effective Compliance Programs in Preventing Enforcement Actions

 

Hot Topics in National Futures Association Audits

November 13, 2013

As a result of the rescission of Rule 4.13(a)(4) for commodity pool operators (CPOs) advising funds offered to qualified eligible persons and the narrowing of the exclusion under Rule 4.5 available to registered investment companies, almost 600 new CPOs registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and became members of the National Futures Association (NFA). The number of registered CPOs increased from 1,200 to 1,800. Currently-registered CPOs manage over 6,000 commodity pools. Before the advent of the new registrants, the first audit was generally expected within the first year of registration.

Read more: Hot Topics in National Futures Association Audits

 

Why We Don't See the SEC's New Rules Implementing the Jobs Act Altering the Way Hedge Funds Market in the Short Run

October 29, 2013

On September 23, 2013, SEC regulations adopted on July 10, 2013 to implement Section 201(a) of the JOBS Act will be effective. We are not seeing firms rush to generally solicit by marketing heavily or un-password protect their websites. In fact, what we are seeing is firms proceeding thoughtfully and cautiously. Most realize at this point that what initially was perceived as a new found freedom for private funds, is actually a maze of hurdles that must be carefully cleared before private funds can actually determine that they should in fact take advantage of new Rule 506(c) and “generally solicit”.

Read more: Why We Don't See the SEC's New Rules Implementing the Jobs Act Altering the Way Hedge Funds Market in the Short Run

 

Weeding out the Bad Actors

August 05, 2013

On the infamous day in July when the SEC loosened the reins on general solicitation and proposed related new rules and rule amendments, the SEC also finalized the "bad actor" disqualification rules for most private placements (as required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act).

Read more: Weeding out the Bad Actors

 

SEC and European Regulators Establish Supervisory Cooperation Arrangements

July 25, 2013

On July 19th, the SEC announced the establishment of supervisory cooperation arrangements (memoranda of understanding) with European regulators related to the asset management industry. While the SEC initiative deals only with European regulators, it may signal increased interest by the SEC in its asset management registrants outside the United States especially given that some are new to their jurisdiction post Dodd-Frank.

Read more: SEC and European Regulators Establish Supervisory Cooperation Arrangements

 

The SEC lifts the ban on General Solicitation

July 11, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted yesterday to eliminate the ban on general solicitation and advertising for offerings conducted under Rule 506 of Regulation D. Private investment funds can now offer their securities freely and solicit investors with no restriction provided that they:

  • take reasonable steps to verify that the investors are accredited investors; and

  • all purchasers of their securities fall within one of the categories of persons who are accredited investors under an existing rule (Rule 501 of Regulation D) or the fund reasonably believes that the investors fall within one of the categories at the time of the sale of the securities.

This means that although offers of fund interests will be unrestricted by private funds that will engage in general solicitation, sales of those interests will be restricted to accredited investors only and will be subject to the new verification requirement regarding accreditation.

Read more: The SEC lifts the ban on General Solicitation

 

Latest cease and desist order - Northern Lights and Gemini

May 09, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a cease-and-desist order against Northern Lights Compliance Services, LLC (“Northern Lights”), Gemini Fund Services, LLC (“Gemini”) and the trustees of two investment companies (“Funds”) for which Northern Lights and Gemini were service providers for “disclosure, reporting, recordkeeping and compliance violations”.

Northern Lights, a compliance firm which provided outsourced chief compliance officer services to the Funds, and Gemini, the Funds’ administrator, were each fined $50,000 for failure to perform their respective functions appropriately.

Read more: Latest cease and desist order - Northern Lights and Gemini

 

First Filing of Form NFA-PQR for CPOs and Form NFA-PR for CTAs

April 29, 2013

Quarterly Form NFA-PQR for registered CPOs

The first Form NFA-PQR for newly-registered CPOs whose registration became effective on January 1, 2013 is due sixty days from calendar-quarter end, i.e. by May 31, 2013 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Form NFA-PQR is filed every quarter by all registered CPOs. The NFA Form PRQ is distinct from the CFTC Form CPO-PQR which must be filed on a quarterly or annual basis depending on the assets under management (“AUM”) of the firm.

Read more: First Filing of Form NFA-PQR for CPOs and Form NFA-PR for CTAs

 

Mutual Funds - New SEC Sweep Exams and More

March 15, 2013

We have heard so much about the SEC's focus on private fund managers, but now attention is turning to include registered funds as well. OCIE Deputy Director Drew Bowden has warned the industry to expect upcoming sweeps. Areas of anticipated focus include 12b-1 fees and alternative investment companies.

Read more: Mutual Funds - New SEC Sweep Exams and More

 

Update: Marc Gabelli and Bruce Alpert vs SEC

March 11, 2013

On February 27, 2013, Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court in Gabelli, et al vs. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), ruling against the SEC. The Supreme Court, petitioned by Marc Gabelli and Bruce Alpert (the "petitioners"), reversed a decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit which had affirmed the SEC's right to bring an enforcement action more than five years after the fraudulent conduct occurred.

Read more: Update: Marc Gabelli and Bruce Alpert vs SEC

 

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