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Services

Since 2003, our team has been providing expert compliance consulting services to the financial services industry. We take pride in maintaining our client relationships and delivering the highest levels of service. Our client base includes some of the most respected names in the financial services industry and ranges from large international firms to small firms with only a few key people. Our satisfied clients include advisers, institutional investors, directors, private funds, investment companies, and broker-dealers.

Our service offering includes compliance consulting, hedge fund operational due diligence, and expert training.

Independent Compliance Consultant

Many SEC enforcement cases result in orders or settlements where the subject (for example, an adviser, fund or broker dealer) is required to timely retain the services of an independent compliance consultant (the “Independent Consultant” or "ICC") that is acceptable to regulators. These subject firms must engage an Independent Consultant to conduct an independent review depending on the details of the order or settlement. Read more »

Compliance Consulting and Registration Services

At SEC3, we understand what regulators and investors expect from a compliance program and firm operations. We also understand that, because of the unique characteristics of your firm and your clients, an off-the-shelf compliance program is not likely to meet all of those expectations. We offer an extensive suite of customizable compliance and due diligence services for investment advisers, private fund advisers, investment companies, institutional investors and broker-dealers which can complement your internal compliance program on a one-time or recurring basis depending on your needs. Read more »

Private Equity Fund Manager - Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer

As a registered investment adviser, a private equity fund manager is required to designate a Chief Compliance Officer. In addition, as a fiduciary, an adviser and related persons also owe a duty to place clients' interests ahead of their own. These duties include duties of trust, care and loyalty. The SEC has made it clear that they are closely examining private equity fund managers to ensure that they are taking these duties seriously, and abiding by them. The SEC has already brought significant enforcement actions against fund managers for alleged violations involving fraud; valuation; marketing; investment allocations; and expense allocations. Read more »

Mutual Fund Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer

Our outsourced Mutual Fund CCO solution provides a highly qualified named CCO supported by a team of experienced professionals. Our CCO support team includes ex- SEC examiners, securities attorneys, qualified accountants, CFA’s and professionals who have served as mutual fund trustees and directors. Read more »

Training

SEC3 provides customized training to various registrants within the financial services industry. In each instance we design training modules with the goal of delivering efficient high-impact sessions. We ensure content is delivered in such a way as to be appropriate to each group's operational functionality. We can provide training through various means including in-person sessions, by teleconference and through online webinars. Each training module can be solely instructor lead or interactive where each participant has the ability to ask questions. We have provided hour long training sessions led by one instructor and we have provided multi-day training led by a group of instructors. Read more »

Due Diligence

Operational Due Diligence services focus on all aspects of operations and, depending on the engagement, may include extending beyond the investment manager’s operations. SEC3 will extend the reach and assess the investment vehicles’ structure and the risks related to activities performed by the services providers (administrators, transfer agents, auditors and lawyers etc.) We will drill down and provide a detailed report of our findings against the backdrop of the industry’s current best practices. Based on our assessment and through discussions with you, we offer recommendations, suggest practical enhancements, and assist in the implementation. We recognize each client is unique and always customize our deliverable to specifically meet those unique client needs whether they are investors, managers, directors or even regulators. Prior to performing any engagement, we sit down with each client to gain a thorough understanding of their due diligence focus and agree on a detailed scope for the engagement. Quite often, we are able to provide considerable input at this stage and as we identify areas of risk that the client may not have yet considered. Read more »

Latest from Finra

  • FINRA Expels Hallmark Investments, Inc. and Bars CEO for Fraud

    Restitution Ordered to Affected Customers

    WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has expelled New York-based Hallmark Investments, Inc. and barred its Chief Executive Officer, Steven G. Dash, in connection with a scheme to sell shares of stock to customers at fraudulently inflated prices. FINRA also suspended Hallmark representative Stephen P. Zipkin for two years and required him to pay more than $18,000 in restitution to affected customers. 

  • Military Spouses Receive Fellowships to Conduct Financial Counseling
    WASHINGTON – The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has awarded fellowships to 50 military spouses seeking to earn their AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor) designation to provide military service members and their families one-on-one and group financial counseling and education.
  • SIPC and FINRA Streamline Reporting Process for Broker-Dealers

    Firms Will File Just Once to Report to Both Agencies

    WASHINGTON – The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have announced a services agreement designed to ease reporting burdens and compliance costs for member firms. The new, simplified filing process will also reduce inconsistent or incomplete filing of annual audited financial statements and supplementary reports.  

Newsletter

Get the latest compliance news and insights - delivered weekly. The SEC3 Communique covers all compliance topics. CCO3 focuses on Mutual Fund CCO topics.
tip: check both to keep informed!

Communiques

SEC3 Newsletter

Commentary: How Compliance Officers & Firms Can Help Limit CCO Personal Liability This article originally appeared on the Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence subscription service for compliance and risk professionals and is... read more »

Wishing One-and-All a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

We hope each of you found some peace and tranquility in the company of loved ones this holiday season and want to wish one-and-all a happy, healthy and prosperous New... read more »

Understanding How to Mitigate Liability and Navigate Insurance Options (Part II)

In June, we shared our thoughts around common insurance gaps and insurance riders that CCOs as well as managers should understand. One of the gaps we shared related to pre-claim... read more »

Cybersecurity - What have we learned and what have we done?

Regulatory Landscape In April 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC's") Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update, identifying cybersecurity as a critical issue. Several regulators are in fact focusing... read more »

Gatekeepers in SEC Crosshairs

Ever since the enforcement cases were announced as part of the SEC’s “Operation Broken Gate,” the SEC enforcement division has continued to ramp up scrutiny of gatekeepers including third-party service... read more »

Anna M. Bencrowsky, CRCP, CMFS Joins SEC3

We are pleased to announce that Anna M. Bencrowsky, CRCP, CMFS has joined SEC3 as a Senior Consultant. Prior to joining SEC3, Anna held several executive compliance positions. Anna recently retired... read more »

Events

May 23, 2017 - Webcast: WannaCry Ransomware: Were You Really Protected or Just L…

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 | Schedule: 12pm - 1pm EST Who: Paul Caiazzo, CEO and Co-Founder, TruShield Security Solutions Michael Brice, Founder, BW Cyber Services John Lukan, Managing Director, SEC Compliance Consultants, Inc. We...

June 14, 2017 - Compliance Breakfast Briefing

8:30-9:00am - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:00-10:30am - Program Location: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP | 600 Travis Street | Suite 2310 | Houston, TX Barry Barbash from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP,...

June 13, 2017 - Compliance Breakfast Briefing

8:30-9:00am - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:00-10:30am - Program Location: Haynes and Boone, LLP | 2323 Victory Avenue | Suite 700 | Dallas, TX 75219 Validated parking is available in the garage attached...

May 31, 2017 - Chicago

9:00-9:30 a.m - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:30-11:00 a.m - Program Location: Baker & McKenzie LLP | 300 East Randolph Drive | Suite 5000 | Chicago, IL 60601 Kristin Gonzalez and Jerome Tomas...

May 17, 2017 (NYC WIMF)

This event is by invitation only. Please email info@seccc.com to learn more.

May 15, 2017 (NYC Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable)

9:00-9:30am - Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:30-11:00am - Program Location: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 | 22nd Floor Boardroom | Phone:...

Webcast: The Most Insidious Cybersecurity Threat Is Also The Least Understood

When: Tuesday, April 25th | Schedule: 12pm - 1pm EST Who: Paul Caiazzo, CEO and Co-Founder, TruShield Security Solutions Michael Brice, Founder, BW Cyber Services John Lukan, Managing Director, SEC Compliance Consultants, Inc. Ransomware, the...

CCO Liability (Part III): Managing Liability Webinar

In this webinar, panelists discuss indemnifications and insurance as potential remedies to address the direct financial risks to a CCO. Attendees will learn: What terms and conditions should Chief Compliance Officers be...

Webinar: CCO Liability (Part III): Managing Liability: Navigating Indemnities an…

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Schedule: 11:00am ET / 10:00am CT / 9:00am MT / 8:00am PT / 7:00am AT Description of Webinar: The National Society of Compliance Professionals is pleased to host...

Webcast: SEC 2017 Examination Focus Area – Cybersecurity Testing

Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessments - Examining the SEC & FINRA Requirements When: Wednesday, January 25th | Schedule: 12pm - 1pm EST Who: Paul Caiazzo, CEO and Co-Founder, TruShield Security Solutions Michael Brice, Founder,...

Chief Compliance Officer Roundtable: Breakfast Briefing

When: October 20, 2016 Where: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 | 22nd Floor Boardroom | Phone: 212.885.5000 Thomas Westle and Janaya...

Practicing Law Institute - Hedge Fund Management 2016

When: September 15, 2016 Where: New York & concurrent webcast | 1177 Avenue of the Americas | New York, NY 10036 Schedule: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Janaya Moscony, President of SEC3 will...

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER ROUNDTABLE: BREAKFAST BRIEFING

When: April 13, 2016 Where: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 22nd Floor Boardroom Thomas Westle and Janaya Moscony, along with industry experts,...

COMPLIANCE SCIENCE SUMMIT 2015

When: November 17, 2015 Where: Convene Midtown East | 730 Third Avenue | New York, NY 10017 Janaya Moscony, President, SEC Compliance Consultants, Inc. will be moderating a...

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER ROUNDTABLE: BREAKFAST BRIEFING

When: October 13, 2015 Where: Blank Rome LLP | The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10174 22nd Floor Boardroom Thomas Westle and Janaya Moscony, along with...