The Final Reg BI Package: What to Know and What’s Next

Posted on June 14th, by in Conflict of Interest, Corporate Disclosures, Enforcement, Investment Advisers, SEC. Comments Off on The Final Reg BI Package: What to Know and What’s Next

To nobody’s great surprise, on June 5, the SEC approved the “Reg BI Package,” which includes a series of new standards governing the fiduciary responsibilities of broker-dealers and investment advisers. The approved items consisted of the Regulation Best Interest – Standard of Conduct for Broker-Dealers; Form CRS Relationship Summary; Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers; and Interpretation of “Solely Incidental,” all of which seem likely to have considerable impact on the industry going forward.


The SEC’s Reg BI Package Time to Vote

Posted on May 30th, by in Guidance, SEC. Comments Off on The SEC’s Reg BI Package Time to Vote

On June 5, the SEC will hold an Open Meeting to consider whether to adopt certain measures to reform retail investment standards. In this alert, the Best Interest Compliance Team provides a brief preview of the key topics and potential concerns about the proposed standards.


The First SEC Share Class Selection Disclosure Settlements: What We Learned & What’s Next?

Posted on April 2nd, by in Enforcement, SCSD Initiative, Self-Reporting. Comments Off on The First SEC Share Class Selection Disclosure Settlements: What We Learned & What’s Next?

Jim Lundy and Ben McCulloch authored an article entitled “The First SEC Share Class Selection Disclosure Settlements: What We Learned & What’s Next?” for the Investment Adviser Association’s IAA Newsletter Compliance Corner. In the article, Jim and Ben discuss the first wave of settlements under the SEC’s SCSD Initiative as well as lessons learned. They also explore the agency’s ongoing efforts regarding the remaining participants, consequences for firms who opted not to self-report, and the Division of Enforcement’s continued scrutiny of revenue sharing arrangements, disclosures, and conflicts.

Read the full article.*

*Originally published in the IAA Newsletter, April 2019.


OCIE Issues Risk Alert on Issues Related to Best Execution by Investment Advisers

Posted on July 23rd, by in Best Execution, Examinations, Investment Advisers, OCIE, Risk Alert, SEC, SEC Guidance. Comments Off on OCIE Issues Risk Alert on Issues Related to Best Execution by Investment Advisers

Pursuant to their fiduciary duties, investment advisers have certain obligations to seek out “best execution” for client transactions. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently issued a Risk Alert identifying deficiencies found during examinations of investment advisers’ compliance with their best execution obligations.

In this alert, partner Jim Lundy and associate Kellilyn Greco outline OCIE’s findings, including background on best execution, notable deficiencies, and recommended best practices.

Read the full alert.


When SEC Knocks: 8 Immediate Actions for Every Company

Posted on January 30th, by in General, Guidance. Comments Off on When SEC Knocks: 8 Immediate Actions for Every Company

Philadelphia partner Mary Hansen and counsel Stephen Stroup authored an article for Law360 titled “When SEC Knocks: 8 Immediate Actions for Every Company.” The article details the essential steps that an investment company or public company should undertake to best position itself from the outset during an SEC formal or informal investigation. These steps include:

Retaining experienced SEC counsel;
Promptly contacting the SEC staff;
Preserving potentially relevant documents;
Examining pertinent insurance policies;
Assessing external disclosure obligations;
Conducting internal inquiries;
Identifying probable conflicts of interest; and
Weighing the benefits of cooperation.


Jim Lundy Appointed as Independent Monitor in the CFTC v. 3Red Trading & Oystacher Manipulative Trading / Spoofing Matter

Posted on December 22nd, by in CFTC, Civil Penalties, Enforcement, Manipulation, Settlements, Spoofing. Comments Off on Jim Lundy Appointed as Independent Monitor in the CFTC v. 3Red Trading & Oystacher Manipulative Trading / Spoofing Matter

Chicago partner Jim Lundy was appointed by the Honorable Judge Amy J. St. Eve of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to serve as the independent monitor for one of the first “spoofing” manipulative trading enforcement actions instituted by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Jim’s appointment is part of a settlement between the CFTC and 3Red Trading LLC and its principal, Igor B. Oystacher, entered on December 20, 2016. Over the next three years, Jim will be responsible for monitoring the trading of 3Red and Oystacher, and identifying any future violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC Regulations as charged and pursuant to a monitoring agreement.

The CFTC filed its initial complaint on October 19, 2015. In its complaint, the CFTC alleged the employment of manipulative trading / spoofing by the Defendants in the markets … Read More »




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