In today’s press release, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the adoption of rules and amendments to require certain documents, including Form ADV-NR, filed by investment advisers, institutional investment managers, and certain other entities to be filed or submitted electronically. Form ADV-NR is the appointment of agent for service of process by a non-resident general partner or a non-resident managing agent of any investment adviser (domestic or non-resident), including exempt reporting advisers. The amendments also make technical amendments to modernize Form 13F and enhance the information provided. The new rules and form amendments will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The amendments to Form 13F will be effective on January 3, 2023.
The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to propose amendments to Form PF, the confidential reporting form for certain SEC-registered investment advisers to private funds. The proposed amendments are designed to enhance the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) ability to assess systemic risk as well as to bolster the Commission’s regulatory oversight of private fund advisers and its investor protection efforts in light of the growth of the private fund industry.
Most 3(c)(1) private equity and hedge funds are impacted; exempt venture capital funds are not impacted.
Effective August 16, 2021, the dollar thresholds specified in the definition of “qualified client” under Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (“Advisers Act”) will increase (i) from $2.1 million to $2.2 million (net worth test) and (ii) from $1 million to $1.1 million (assets under management (AUM) test). Clients that enter into investment advisory agreements (and existing fund investors that make additional fund investments) in reliance on the net worth test prior to the effective date will be “grandfathered” in under the prior net worth threshold. The increases are made pursuant to a five-year inflation adjustment required by section 205(e) of the Advisers Act (section 419 of the Dodd-Frank Act). (The most recent prior change was effective August 15, 2016.)
Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced it had finalized reforms under the Investment Advisers Act to modernize rules that govern investment adviser advertisements and payments to solicitors. The amendments create a single rule that replaces the current advertising and cash solicitation rules. The final rule is designed to comprehensively and efficiently regulate investment advisers’ marketing communications.
We urge our clients to consult Pillsbury’s comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Center for information regarding Responding to a Global Crisis, Business Interruption, Cybersecurity, Employer Concerns and other general matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recommend the following specific measures to mitigate risks of business interruption and regulatory noncompliance resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Registered and Exempt Reporting Firms:
The deadline for the annual update of Form ADV is approaching. We have previously notified you regarding filing obligations that were due between January 1 and March 1. Below is a recommended compliance and filing deadline table addressing registered firms’ obligations for the remainder of the calendar year. Let us know if you need any assistance.
This is a reminder about the upcoming annual compliance deadlines that may or may not apply to you.
Please click HERE to open a summary chart of the filing deadlines.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need assistance with any of these filings.
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In a press release issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 20, 2018, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its 2019 Examination Priorities.
This year’s examination priorities, although not exhaustive, are divided into 6 categories:
- Compliance and risk at registrants responsible for critical market infrastructure;
- Matters of importance to retail investors, including seniors and those saving for retirement;
- FINRA and MSRB;
- Digital assets;
- Cybersecurity; and
- Anti-money laundering programs.
Read the OCIE 2019 Examination Priorities in full HERE.
This is a reminder that the 2019 IARD account renewal obligation for investment advisers (including exempt reporting advisers) starts this November. An investment adviser must ensure that its IARD account is adequately funded to cover payment of all applicable registration renewal fees and notice filing fees.
Key Dates in the Renewal Process:
November 12, 2018 – Preliminary Renewal Statements which list advisers’ renewal fee amount are available for printing through the IARD system.
December 17, 2018 – Deadline for full payment of Preliminary Renewal Statements. In order for the payment to be posted to its IARD Renewal account by the December 17 deadline, an investment adviser should submit its preliminary renewal fee to FINRA through the IARD system by December 14, 2018.
December 28, 2018 – January 1, 2019 – IARD system shut down. The system is generally unavailable during this period.
January 2, 2019 – Final Renewal Statements are available for printing. Any additional fees that were not included in the Preliminary Renewal Statements will show in the Final Renewal Statements.
January 21, 2019 – Deadline for full payment of Final Renewal Statements.
Please contact us if you have questions.