October 1, 2019

SEC Orders an Additional 16 Self-Reporting Advisory Firms to Pay Nearly $10 Million to Investors

On September 30, 2019, the SEC announced it settled charges against 17 investment advisers for disclosure failures regarding their mutual fund share class selection practices. The firms include 16 advisers that self-reported as part of the Division of Enforcement’s Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative (Initiative) and one adviser that did…

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September 23, 2019

Advisers Fined $5 Million for Disclosure and Compliance Violations Related to Securities Lending and Unreimbursed Tax Expenses for Mutual Fund Clients

On September 16, 2019, the SEC issued a settled order describing violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) and rules thereunder by two registered advisers for undisclosed conflicts of interest and misleading disclosures relating to certain securities lending practices, and misleading disclosures and deficient policies and procedures…

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September 16, 2019

SEC Charges BDC Adviser with Affiliated Transaction Violations and Noncompliance with Co-Investment Exemptive Order

On September 13, 2019, the SEC issued a consent order that named Garrison Investment Group LP (“GIG”) and Garrison Capital Advisers LLC (“GCA”) and found violations of the affiliated transaction prohibitions of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”) and the custody rule under the Investment Advisers Act of…

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September 5, 2019

SEC Continues to Pursue Share Class Selection Cases

Two separate complaints filed last month against Cetera Advisors, LLC (“Cetera”) and Commonwealth Financial Network (“Commonwealth”) show that the SEC is still pursuing intermediaries for conflicts of interest and related violations related to fund share class selection. The complaints against Cetera and…

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November 15, 2018

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert Announcing Examination Initiatives Focused on Registered Investment Companies

On November 8, 2018, the staff of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a Risk Alert indicating that it is conducting a series of examination initiatives focused on matters relevant to certain mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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October 22, 2018

SEC Charges Firm With Deficient Cybersecurity Procedures

On September 26, 2018, the SEC announced that it settled charges against a broker-dealer/investment adviser related to its failures to adopt and implement adequate cybersecurity policies and procedures. The failures were identified in connection with a cyber intrusion that compromised personal information of thousands of customers. The firm agreed to be censured and pay a $1 million penalty.

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September 18, 2018

Massachusetts Financial Services to Pay a $1.9 Million Civil Penalty for the Use of Misleading Marketing Materials

On August 31, 2018, the SEC announced that it settled charges against Massachusetts Financial Services related to allegations that it failed to disclose that some of its product marketing materials for its blended research equity strategy presented hypothetical back-tested portfolio results.

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September 18, 2018

Transamerica Entities to Pay $97 Million to Investors Relating to Errors in Quantitative Investment Models

On August 27, 2018, the SEC announced that it settled charges against four Transamerica-related entities for misconduct involving reliance on faulty investment models and ordered the entities to refund $97 million to misled retail investors.

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February 5, 2018

SEC sanctions Gemini Fund Services for inflated NAV

Last week, the SEC instituted cease-and-desist proceedings pursuant to Section 203(k) of the Investment Advisers Act against Gemini Fund Services for its calculation of an inflated NAV when it was aware of inconsistencies with the custodian bank’s records.

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March 31, 2017

Investment Adviser Sanctioned for Failure to Disclose Conflicted Revenue Arrangements

The SEC recently settled charges against an investment adviser (the "Adviser") for failing to disclose to its clients compensation it received through arrangements with a third-party broker-dealer (the "Broker") and the resulting conflicts of interest.

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