More On Legal & Compliancefrom The Advisor's Professional Library
- Using Solicitors to Attract Clients Rule 206(4)-3 under the Investment Advisors Act establishes requirements governing cash payments to solicitors. The rule permits payment of cash referral fees to individuals and companies recommending clients to an RIA, but requires four conditions are first satisfied.
- Preventing and Dealing with Client Complaints Although the SEC has not provided specific guidance on how client complaints should be handled, a firms policies and procedures should provide clear direction how to do so, as neglecting complaints can exacerbate a bad situation.
Securities and Exchange Commissioner Annette L. Nazareth announced her intention to leave the Commission to return to the private sector October 2. In her nine years at the Commission, as a Commissioner and previously as Director of the SEC's Division of Market Regulation, the SEC noted in a release that, Nazareth "has applied her financial markets expertise to a broad range of issues affecting investors and the securities markets." Nazareth has not set a date for her departure from the Commission, but has notified President Bush that she does not wish to be re-nominated, the SEC said in the release. Her term ended on June 5, 2007, but Commissioners may remain in their positions for up to 18 months beyond a term's end, unless a successor is appointed sooner.
With Nazareth's departure, the SEC will now have to replace two of its Commissioners, as Roel Campos left the Commission in September to join the law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish.