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- Trading Practices and Errors When SEC-registered investment advisors conduct annual audits of firm policies and procedures, they should pay close attention to trading practices. Though usually not required to, state-registered advisors should look at their trading practices and revise policies that do not fully protect clients.
- Dealings With Qualified Clients and Accredited Investors Depending upon an RIAs business model and investment strategies, it may be important to identify “qualified clients” and “accredited investors.” The Dodd-Frank Act authorized the SEC to change which clients are defined by those terms.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has appointed Carlo V. di Florio as director of the agency's embattled Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE). OCIE, formerly headed by Lori Richards, received a lot of scrutiny from Congress and the industry for failing to detect the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Di Florio comes to the SEC from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he was a partner in the Financial Services Regulatory Practice and one of PwC's national leaders in corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and regulatory compliance and ethics, the SEC says. As head of OCIE, di Florio will oversee the SEC's nationwide examination programs for investment advisors, broker/dealers, mutual funds, credit rating agencies, and self-regulatory organizations among other entities.
"A strong inspections and examinations unit is instrumental to the SEC's investor protection efforts. Investors rely on our examiners to ensure that their financial professionals comply with the law," said SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro, in a statement. "Carlo brings the energy, insight, and experience necessary to ensure that we keep pace with the rapid changes in the industry and continue to build upon the reforms of the past year."
In the same statement di Florio said that he's "excited to collaborate with an outstanding team of talented and dedicated professionals across the country as we work together to strengthen our examination strategy, structure, training programs, processes and systems, while also recruiting colleagues with valuable new skill sets, including trading strategies, risk management and quantitative analytics."