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On February 9, 2024, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges against several broker-dealers and investment advisers for failures by the firms and their employees to maintain and preserve electronic communications. The firms’ penalties ranged from $8 to 16 million, with one notable exception—one firm received a significantly lower penalty of $1.25 million, which

On October 16, 2023, the Division of Examinations (the “Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced its examination priorities for 2024. While the Division typically announces its examination priorities near the start of the calendar year, this is the first time that the Division has published its examination priorities this early, to align

On August 23, 2023, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules imposing additional obligations on and restricting certain practices by advisers to “private funds” (the “Final Rules”). Ahead of our in-depth analysis of the Final Rules, we summarize in this Legal Update certain high-level differences between the Final Rules and the

On February 7, 2023, the Division of Examinations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Division” and the “SEC,” respectively) announced its examination priorities for 2023. This year, the Division identified new and significant focus areas including: (i) recently adopted rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and Investment Company Act of 1940

This article discusses the amendments adopted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2020 that modernize the offering related provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), and the communications safe harbors available to business development companies (“BDCs”) and closed-end funds (“CEFs”), including interval funds but excluding open-end funds, exchange-traded

At an open meeting yesterday, May 25, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved two new proposals that will impact the fund and investment management industry. One of the proposals is directed solely at registered funds and business development companies (BDCs), while the other applies to registered funds, BDCs, registered investment advisers (RIAs)

On March 30, 2022, the Division of Examinations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its examination priorities for 2022. This year’s priorities specifically focus on: (i) private funds; (ii) environmental, social and governance investing; (iii) standards of conduct, including Regulation Best Interest, fiduciary duty and Form CRS; (iv) information security and operational

On February 9, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) voted to propose a suite of new rules and amendments (the “Proposal”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. If adopted, the Proposal would significantly increase the compliance obligations of advisers to “private funds” and would fundamentally reorder the relative rights,

On January 26, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose amendments to Form PF in order to enhance the reporting requirements and obligations of certain registered investment advisers to private funds. The purpose of the proposed amendments, as described by the SEC, is “to enhance the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC)