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Must Private Equity Firms Register as Broker Dealers?
Does your firm routinely solicit investors and/or co-investors? Does it market its funds to endowments, pension funds and high net worth individuals? Does your firm advise companies on mergers and acquisitions and debt offerings? If your firm receives compensation for any of these services, then you could be engaging in broker-dealer activities for which registration as a broker-dealer is required.
Exclusively for NAIC Members: ICS Group Offers Complimentary Mock Exams
The SEC expects to increase the number of investment adviser examinations in 2016. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) is also increasing the number of examiners by almost 20% this year...
Form ADV Danger Zones
March 8, 2016 - March 30 is the deadline for registered investment advisory (“RIA”) firms to file Form ADV annual updating amendments. Executives, including CCOs, who have intentionally or inadvertently misstated or failed to disclose material information on their Form ADV have been personally fined and/or barred from the financial industry. As NAIC’s Compliance Partner we’re here to help you avoid regulatory blemishes.
Don’t Get Charged with Misallocating Fees and Expenses
February 9, 2016 - Over the past several years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been increasingly focused on the fee and expense practices of private equity firms. In 2016, the SEC will continue its focus on whether fee arrangements are in the best interest of the investor and if adequate disclosures are made to investors about fees and expenses.
Compliance Hot Topics for 2016
January 12, 2016 - For our Compliance Corner inaugural issue, we are highlighting some of the compliance hot topics that will be front and center for the SEC. We believe this list, while not exhaustive, addresses the high-risk practice areas and major initiatives that can help you build an effective compliance program.