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SEC Reinforces Ban on Testimonial Marketing for Investment Advisers

In March 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued guidance on the use by investment advisers and investment advisory representatives (together, “IAs”) in their marketing of testimonials (but not objective third-party articles) posted on social media.  Under Section 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act (prohibiting fraudulent, deceptive or manipulative acts) and Rule 206(4)-1(a)(1) (finding testimonials... Read more »

U.K. Exit from E.U. Taking Shape Amid Political Confusion

On June 26, 2018, the United Kingdom adopted the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 providing for a framework for “Brexit” under which E.U. law adopted in the U.K. would continue to apply during an implementation period and government minsters would have the power to adopt implementing rules.  The United Kingdom is currently to leave the European... Read more »

SEC Proposes Standards for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

On April 16, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted three new proposals for standards that would apply to broker-dealers and investment advisers in dealing with retail customers.  Regulation “Best Interest” would apply to broker dealers.  Another release would interpret and enhance the “fiduciary” standard applicable to investment advisors.  Finally, the third release... Read more »

FinCEN Guidance on AML Customer Due Diligence Rules to Become Fully Effective May 11, 2018

The Finance Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) of the U.S. Treasury Department, which oversees most of the federal anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations, issued Customer Due Diligence (“CDD”) rules on May 11, 2016, that are to become fully effective on May 11, 2018.  These rules apply to AML diligence to be done by covered U.S. financial institutions,... Read more »

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