April 7, 2022

SEC Announces 2022 Examination Priorities

On March 30, 2022, the SEC’s Division of Examinations (Division) announced its 2022 examination priorities (Examination Priorities). The Division will focus on private funds, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, standards of conduct issues for broker-dealers and registered investment advisers (RIAs), information security and operational resiliency, emerging technologies,…

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February 25, 2022

U.S. District Court Rules That “Control Share Acquisition” Provision of Closed-End Fund Bylaws Violates the Investment Company Act of 1940

A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that certain closed-end funds (funds) and their trustees violated the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) by approving a change to fund bylaws that impaired the voting rights of the plaintiff shareholder.

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February 24, 2022

Financial Services Company Fined $100 Million and Agrees to Pursue Registration of its Crypto Lending Product

On February 14, 2022, the SEC settled charges against a financial services company (Company) for failing to register the offers and sales of its retail crypto lending product in violation of Sections 5(a) and 5(c) of the Securities Act. In the same settlement order (Order), the SEC settled…

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February 23, 2022

SEC Charges Founder of Registered Investment Adviser with Fraud

On February 17, 2022, the SEC charged the founder and former CIO (Founder) of a registered investment adviser (Firm) in connection with a scheme to artificially inflate the asset values and performance results of a mutual fund and a hedge fund that the Firm advised (Funds), in violation…

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February 17, 2022

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize Rules Governing Beneficial Ownership Reporting

On February 10, 2022, the SEC approved a proposal that would amend Regulation 13D-G to modernize beneficial ownership reporting (Proposal) in light of advances in technology and developments in the financial markets.  Sections 13(d) and 13(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), along with certain…

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February 11, 2022

SEC Proposes Rules and Amendments to Enhance Cybersecurity Preparedness of Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

On February 9, 2022, the SEC approved a notice of proposed rulemaking (Proposal) that would establish new rules governing cybersecurity risk management. In particular, the Proposal would: require advisers and funds to adopt and implement written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to address cybersecurity risks; require…

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November 12, 2021

SEC Division of Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Fee Calculations

On November 10, 2021, the staff (Staff) of the SEC’s Division of Examinations (Division) issued a Risk Alert (Risk Alert or 2021 Risk Alert) based on observations from the Division’s recently concluded national initiative (Initiative) that focused on advisory fees charged by registered investment advisers. The Staff conducted…

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November 11, 2021

SEC Division of Examinations Staff Issues Risk Alert for Advisers that Provide Electronic Investment Advice

On November 9, 2021, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Examinations (Staff) issued a risk alert highlighting common compliance issues that it observed while conducting examinations of advisers that provide automated digital investment advisory services, also known as robo-advisory services (Alert). During each exam,…

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November 8, 2021

SEC Staff Issues Bulletin Setting Forth Views on Shareholder Proposal Rule; New Approach Expected to Result in More ESG Proposals

On November 3, 2021, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance (Staff) issued a legal bulletin regarding Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that rescinds certain prior legal bulletins and issues new guidance related to certain bases for the exclusion…

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October 5, 2021

SEC Charges Former Executives of Registered Investment Adviser with Fraud

On September 30, 2021, the SEC charged the former CEO of an advisory firm (Firm), and the Firm’s former chief portfolio manager (PM), for their roles in the Firm’s scheme to artificially inflate the net asset values (NAV) and performance results of several of its funds.

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