Advisory Contracts

SEC Answers Form CRS Frequently Asked Questions

The four parts of the SEC’s standards of care package, adopted this past June by the SEC and met with some concern and confusion by those affected by them in the asset management community, can be expected to result in the agency issuing guidance to help advisers and others comply. In that regard, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management’s new set of answers to FAQs, released December 3, might provide some help.

Ensure Advisory Contracts are Up to Date with Current Compliance Concerns

Advisory contracts with clients are, in many ways, not that different than they have always been. They outline the scope of services a firm provides to clients, contain non-exclusivity clauses allowing firms to do business with other clients, and generally set forth the advisers and the clients responsibilities - but are they keeping up with the times in ways that affect a firms compliance, not to mention protection?

2019 Report Shows Growth in Number of Advisory Firms, Assets Under Management and More

Its good news for those in the advisory firm business. The number of SEC-registered advisers is at an all-time high, the number of clients is up nine million from last year, and the amount of registered assets under management that registered advisers manage is almost four times what is was in 2001. Thats according to […]

SEC Staff Urges Market Participants to Begin Transition from LIBOR

The end of 2021 may still seem some far off, but in terms of advisers and other market participants that will need to transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), it may be getting uncomfortably close. The SEC staff in July issued a statement urging all market participants using LIBOR to begin the process of moving away.

Clayton Rebuts Critics of SEC Standards of Conduct Package

The SEC is standing its ground on Regulation Best Interest, the investment adviser fiduciary interpretation, Form CRS and the agencys interpretation of the "solely incidental" prong under the Advisers Act. Much of the criticism, agency Chairman Jay Clayton said in a strongly-worded July 8 Boston speech, is "false, misleading, and, unfortunately, in some cases, is simply policy preferences disguised as legal critiques."

House Amendment Prohibits SEC from Acting on Standards of Conduct

Every day is different. Less than a month ago, the SEC adopted the components of its Standards of Conduct Package - Regulation Best Interest, Form CRS, an interpretation of an advisers fiduciary duty, and an interpretation of what constitutes "solely incidental" advice provided by broker-dealers. On June 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would prevent the SEC from using its funds to "implement, administer, enforce or publicize" those same rules and interpretations.

Form CRS Challenge: Prescriptive Instructions Leave Room for Flexibility

Sometimes completing a two-page or four-page form may be just as challenging as completing a much longer one. The SECs new Form CRS, while not overly daunting in what it requires of advisers and broker-dealers, will require a certain degree of attention to the information the agency wants shared and perhaps some imagination in just how registrants choose to share it.

SEC Adviser Fiduciary Interpretation: Review Disclosures, Contracts and More

Now that the dust is settling following the SECs adoption of its Standards of Care Package, advisers and broker-dealers are looking over the parts that affect them the most. For advisers, the Commissions interpretation and clarification of their fiduciary duty may be the first thing they look at. While the interpretation does not appear to contain any earthshaking changes, it does make some, while clarifying what it sees as important. Advisers would be wise to review the interpretation to get a better handle on what the agency wants to see.

SEC Adopts Form CRS, Regulation Best Interest, Adviser Fiduciary and Solely Incidental Interpretations

The SEC on June 5, with one commissioner dissenting, adopted the much-discussed Standards of Care package, including Form CRS, Regulation Best Interest, a new Commission interpretation of adviser fiduciary duty, and an interpretation relating to when a broker-dealer may give advice to a client without being considered an adviser.

SEC Expected to Vote on Standards of Conduct Package Wednesday

The long wait may finally be over. The SEC on June 5 will conduct an open public meeting to consider whether it will adopt new and amended rules and interpretations that have been a source of contention within the asset management community for years: the standards of conduct package.

Audio Interviews

How to Read an SEC Enforcement Action

Stern Tannenbaum law firm partner Aegis Frumento on how to get the most from reading an SEC administrative order or court complaint.

Most Important Supreme Court Decisions for Advisers and Funds

Find out the high court decisions from recent years that are likely to affect how advisers and investment companies work from Debevoise partner Robert Kaplan. 

Top 10 Cybersecurity Steps to Take Now

Sutherland law firm partner Brian Rubin shares the most urgent cybersecurity steps for investment advisers.

Top Marketing Problems … and Solutions

Get solutions for the top marketing challenges that advisers face from ACA Compliance Group managing director Kimberly Daly

Watch Out for 5 Cybersecurity Myths

ACA Aponix Director Pascal Busnel on the most common cybersecurity myths that may cause firms to spend resources where they may not be needed.

The Hidden Costs of Non-Compliance

Proskauer law firm partner and former SEC Division of Investment Management deputy director Robert Plaze on why the costs of non-compliance go way beyond an SEC penalty.

CCO Liability: How to Protect Yourself

Find out from Blue Edge Capital CCO Margaret Fretz what chief compliance officers may be liable for and best practices to make sure you are protected.

Ethics or Compliance: Making the Choice

Find out the difference an ethics, rather than a compliance, perspective makes at an advisory firm from former Ethics and Compliance Officer Association COO Timothy Mazur.