SEC to Issue Proposals on Switching of Advisors, Hedge Fund Registration

Nov. 19 open meeting will be last one for Andrew 'Buddy' Donohue

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  • Risk-Based Oversight of Investment Advisors Even if the SEC had a larger budget and more resources, it is doubtful that the Commission would have the resources to regularly examine all RIAs. Therefore, the SEC is likely to continue relying on risk-based oversight to fulfill its mission of protecting investors.
  • Client Communication and Miscommunication RIA policies and procedures must specify what type of communications should be retained. The safest course of action is for RIAs to retain all communications—to clients, from clients, and about client accounts.  To comply with fiduciary obligations, communications must be thorough and not mislead.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will meet on Friday to vote on implementing several proposed rules under Dodd-Frank—to require hedge funds and other private funds to register with the commission; increasing the threshold for the SEC’s oversight of advisors to $100 million in assets from $25 million (resulting in the switching of nearly 4,000 advisors to state oversight); and proposed rules on new data warehouses.

The Commission will also consider whether to propose rules that would implement new exemptions from the registration requirements of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 for advisors to venture capital funds and advisors with less than $150 million in private fund assets under management in the United States. A loophole currently exists in Dodd-Frank which exempts private fund firms with from $100 million to $150 million from registering with the SEC.

The SEC meeting will be the last one for Andrew “Buddy” Donohue, director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, as his last day is reportedly Nov. 19. A successor has not been named for Donohue.

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