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Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – November 2018

  1. SEC FILED 32% MORE ENFORCEMENT CASES AGAINST ADVISERS AND FUNDS IN FISCAL 2018 (11/5/18)
  2. CCOS LIABLE FOR FAILING TO “MEANINGFULLY” IMPLEMENT COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS (11/12/18)
  3. SEC IS EXAMINING REGISTERED FUNDS AND ETFS FOR OVERSIGHT, POLICIES, AND CONFLICTS (11/9/18)
  4. FEDERAL COURT RULES THAT THE SEC MUST PROVE THAT DIGITAL TOKENS ARE SECURITIES (11/28/18)
  5. SEC WARNS ADVISERS ABOUT SOLICITATION RULE VIOLATIONS (11/1/18)

  

Most Read – November 2018

  1. CCOS LIABLE FOR FAILING TO “MEANINGFULLY” IMPLEMENT COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS (11/12/18)
  2. INSUFFICIENT COMPLIANCE RESOURCES COST FIRM AND CEO (11/8/18)
  3. SEC WARNS ADVISERS ABOUT SOLICITATION RULE VIOLATIONS (11/1/18)
  4. SEC IS EXAMINING REGISTERED FUNDS AND ETFS FOR OVERSIGHT, POLICIES, AND CONFLICTS (11/9/18)
  5. ADVISORY CLIENTS DID NOT RECEIVE PROMISED FEE BREAKS (11/20/18)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – August-September 2018

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for August-September 2018, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts.

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – August-September 2018

  1. LARGE ASSET MANAGER PAYS $97 MILLION FOR OVER-RELYING ON FAULTY QUANT MODELS (8/28/18)
  2. HACKERS IMPERSONATED REPS TO GAIN ACCESS TO CLIENT INFO (9/27/18)
  3. BROKER/CUSTODIAN FAILED TO FILE SARS FOR TERMINATED ADVISERS (9/25/18)
  4. PRIVATE EQUITY MANAGER LOWBALLED PURCHASE OFFER TO LPS (9/10/18)
  5. GLOBAL FIRM GUTTED VALUATION CONTROL FUNCTION (8/17/18)

 

Most Read – August-September 2018

  1. SEC WITHDRAWS LETTERS THAT ALLOWED ADVISERS TO RELY ON PROXY VOTING FIRMS (9/18/18)
  2. ASSET MANAGER FINED $1.9 MILLION OVER HYPOTHETICAL BACK-TESTED PERFORMANCE (9/5/18)
  3. CCO BLAMED FOR SIGNING CERTIFICATIONS THAT FACILITATED UNLAWFUL SECURITIES LENDING (8/2/18)
  4. COMPLIANCE FAILURES LEAD TO FIRM’S DEMISE (8/27/18)
  5. ADVISER FAILED TO STOP RADIO HOST FROM GIVING TESTIMONIALS (9/24/18)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – July 2018

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for July 2018, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts.

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – July 2018

  1. ADVISERS FAILING BEST EXECUTION COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS (7/16/18)
  2. FUND MANAGERS FINED FOR DISQUALIFYING POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS (7/11/18)
  3. BROKER/CUSTODIAN SHOULD HAVE FILED SARS TO REPORT ADVISERS ACT VIOLATIONS (7/10/18)
  4. SEC CHARGES VIOLATIONS OF TESTIMONIAL RULE (7/12/18)
  5. SEC SEEKS EXPANSION OF WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM (7/2/18)

 

Most Read – July 2018

  1. PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM FAILED TO DELIVER FINANCIALS WITHIN 120 DAYS (7/19/18)
  2. ADVISERS FAILING BEST EXECUTION COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS (7/16/18)
  3. PORTFOLIO MANAGER MADE PERSONAL LOAN TO CEO TO GET ON BOARD (7/17/18)
  4. PRIVATE EQUITY EXEC BARRED FROM INDUSTRY FOR PERSONAL TRANSACTION WITH PORTFOLIO COMPANY (7/27/18)
  5. BROKER-DEALER FINED $1.25 MILLION FOR DELETING PHONE CALLS AND INADEQUATE RECORDS RETENTION (7/18/18)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – April-June 2018

 

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for April-June 2018, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts.

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – April-June 2018

  1. SEC PROPOSES BROKER BEST INTEREST STANDARD (4/19/18)
  2. SEC PROPOSES ETF RULE (6/29/18)
  3. INTERNET COMPANY PAYS $35 MILLION FOR FAILING TO TIMELY DISCLOSE HACK OF CUSTOMER INFO (4/25/18)
  4. SEC OFFICIAL SAYS THAT A CRYPTOCURRENCY IS NOT A SECURITY, ABSENT A SPONSORED OFFERING (6/15/18)
  5. SEC FINES 13 FIRMS FOR FAILING TO FILE FORM PF (6/4/18)

 

Most Read – April-June 2018

  1. SEC WARNS ADVISERS ABOUT FEE AND EXPENSE PRACTICES (4/13/18)
  2. BROKER-DEALER FINED FOR FAILING TO PRODUCE EMAILS (5/22/18)
  3. LAWYER CHARGED WITH PREPARING MISLEADING REGISTRATION STATEMENT (5/14/18)
  4. SEC CHARGES HEDGE FUND FIRM WITH INFLATING VALUATIONS TO SLOW REDEMPTIONS (5/10/18)
  5. FUND ADMINISTRATOR LIABLE FOR MISCALCULATING FUND NAV (4/27/18)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – February-March 2018

 

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for February-March 2018, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts.

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – February-March 2018

  1. FIFTH CIRCUIT VACATES FIDUCIARY RULE (3/19/18)
  2. OCIE RELEASES 2018 EXAM PRIORITIES (2/8/18)
  3.  SUPREME COURT RULES THAT WHISTLEBLOWER MUST REPORT TO SEC (2/22/18)
  4. SEC ISSUES CYBERSECURITY COMPLIANCE AND DISCLOSURE GUIDANCE (2/23/18)
  5. COMPLIANCE OFFICER CHARGED WITH SECURITIES FRAUD (3/15/18)

 

Most Read – February-March 2018

  1. SEC ISSUES CYBERSECURITY COMPLIANCE AND DISCLOSURE GUIDANCE (2/23/18)
  2. COMPLIANCE OFFICER CHARGED WITH SECURITIES FRAUD (3/15/18)
  3. BD PRESIDENT SANCTIONED FOR FAILING TO SUPERVISE INEXPERIENCED CCO (2/21/18)
  4. SEC PROSECUTES CURRENT AND FORMER COMPLIANCE OFFICERS FOR AML FAILURES (3/29/18)
  5. SEC OFFICIAL QUESTIONS REGISTRATION EXEMPTION FOR ETF INDEX PROVIDERS (3/21/18)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – December 2017

 

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for December 2017, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts (other than Best of the Web and Top 5).

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – December 2017

  1. LARGE PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM TO PAY $12.8 MILLION FOR ACCELERATED PORTFOLIO MONITORING FEES (12/26/17)
  2. FINRA ISSUES EXAMINATIONS FINDINGS REPORT (12/7/17)
  3. SEC’S CYBER UNIT STOPS VIRTUAL CURRENCY OFFERING (12/5/17)
  4. SEC FINES AND BARS CCO FOR IGNORING COMPLIANCE PROBLEMS (12/27/17)
  5. IA/BD FAILED TO SUPERVISE ITS CEO/CCO (12/12/17)

 

Most Read – December 2017

  1. SEC FINES AND BARS CCO FOR IGNORING COMPLIANCE PROBLEMS (12/27/17)
  2. FINRA ISSUES EXAMINATIONS FINDINGS REPORT (12/7/17)
  3. THREE FIRMS FINED FOR MARKETING HYPOTHETICAL THIRD PARTY PERFORMANCE (12/11/17)
  4. DUAL-HAT PRINCIPAL/CCO IGNORED SEC’S COMPLIANCE DEFICIENCIES (12/18/17)
  5. IA/BD FAILED TO SUPERVISE ITS CEO/CCO (12/12/17)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – October-November 2017

 

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for October-November 2017, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts (other than Best of the Web and Top 5).

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – October-November 2017

  1. SEC ENFORCEMENT DIVISION TARGETS FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES (11/17/17)
  2. PRIVATE COMPANY AND CEO MISLED INVESTORS ABOUT COMPLIANCE FAILURES (11/3/17)
  3. CONSULTANT TO PE PORTFOLIO COMPANY CHARGED WITH INSIDER TRADING (11/16/17)
  4. OPERATIONS MANAGER CHARGED WITH AIDING/ABETTING SECURITIES FRAUD (10/10/17)
  5. LARGE BD FINED $3.5 MILLION FOR CURTAILING SAR FILINGS (11/14/17)

 

Most Read – October-November 2017

  1. SEC CHARGES LAWYERS FOR CLIENTS’ SECURITIES FRAUD (10/17/17)
  2. SEC DEEMS THIRD PARTY VALUATION AGENT AN “INVESTMENT ADVISER” (10/2/17)
  3. SEC TO CREATE WEBSITE OF BAD ACTORS (11/9/17)
  4. LARGE BD FINED $3.5 MILLION FOR CURTAILING SAR FILINGS (11/14/17)
  5. CHIEF ACCOUNTING OFFICER BARRED AND FINED FOR APPROVING CEO EXPENSES (11/20/17)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – September 2017

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for September 2017, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts (other than Best of the Web and Top 5).

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – September 2017

  1. SEC CREATES CYBER-UNIT (9/26/17)
  2. SEC WARNS ADVISERS ABOUT MISLEADING ADVERTISING PRACTICES (9/18/17)
  3. DUAL-HATTED CCO AND UNDER-RESOURCED COMPLIANCE FUNCTION RESULT IN FINE/CENSURE FOR BD (9/28/17)
  4. PE FIRM PAYS $3.4 MILLION FOR BROKEN DEAL EXPENSES PAID SINCE 2004 (9/22/17)
  5. BD SMACKED WITH $1.5 MILLION FINE FOR FAILING TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN ELECTRONIC TRADING RECORDS (9/19/17)

 

Most Read – September 2017

  1. SEC WARNS ADVISERS ABOUT MISLEADING ADVERTISING PRACTICES (9/18/17)
  2. SEC TAKES ACTION AGAINST HEAD OF REGULATORY REPORTING (9/5/17)
  3. DUAL-HATTED CCO AND UNDER-RESOURCED COMPLIANCE FUNCTION RESULT IN FINE/CENSURE FOR BD (9/28/17)
  4. PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM CHARGED OVERHEAD AND PORTFOLIO EXPENSES TO FUND (9/12/17)
  5. SEC CREATES CYBER-UNIT (9/26/17)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – June 2017

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for June 2017, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts (other than Best of the Web and Top 5).

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – June 2017

  1. SEC CHAIRMAN RE-COMMITS TO EXAMINATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT (6/28/17)
  2. SUPREME COURT LIMITS SEC DISGORGEMENT (6/6/17)
  3. CFP BOARD PROPOSES FIDUCIARY STANDARD (6/21/17)
  4. LACK OF COMPLIANCE INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM AND PRINCIPALS (6/30/17)
  5. CLEARING BROKER CHARGED WITH FAILING TO FILE SARS (6/7/17)

 

Most Read – June 2017

  1. FORMER CCO FINED AND BARRED FOR LIFE FOR CIRCUMVENTING SEC ORDER (6/9/17)
  2. INVESTMENT ADVISER SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHERRY-PICKING TRADES (6/26/17)
  3. SEC CHAIRMAN RE-COMMITS TO EXAMINATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT (6/28/17)
  4. SEC CHAIRMAN COMMENCES CONSIDERATION OF UNIFORM FIDUCIARY RULE (6/2/17)
  5. FORM ADV FAQS IMPACT CROSS-BORDER INVESTMENT MANAGERS (6/15/17)

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – May 2017

Here are our Top 5 Regulatory Alerts for May 2017, ranked by significance.  We have also included the Top 5 most read Alerts (other than Best of the Web and Top 5).

 

Top 5 Regulatory Alerts – May 2017

  1. FIDUCIARY RULE GOES LIVE ON JUNE 9 WITHOUT SPECIFIC COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS (5/25/17)
  2. SEC WARNS ADVISERS AND BROKER-DEALERS TO PROTECT AGAINST RANSOMWARE (5/18/17)
  3. FINRA POSTS SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL CONTENT GUIDANCE (5/10/17)
  4. WRAP SPONSOR PAYS $97 MILLION FOR INADEQUATE DUE DILIGENCE (5/11/17)
  5. CCO BARRED AND FINED $250,000 FOR AML COMPLIANCE BREAKDOWNS (5/9/17)

 

Most Read – May 2017

  1. SEC WARNS ADVISERS AND BROKER-DEALERS TO PROTECT AGAINST RANSOMWARE (5/18/17)
  2. CCO BARRED AND FINED $250,000 FOR AML COMPLIANCE BREAKDOWNS (5/9/17)
  3. MUTUAL FUND MANAGER FINED AND BARRED FROM INDUSTRY FOR INVESTMENT, DISCLOSURE, AND FEE VIOLATIONS (5/30/17)
  4. WRAP SPONSOR PAYS $97 MILLION FOR INADEQUATE DUE DILIGENCE (5/11/17)
  5. FINRA POSTS SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL CONTENT GUIDANCE (5/10/17)