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- The Custody Rule and its Ramifications When an RIA takes custody of a clients funds or securities, risk to that individual increases dramatically. Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act (better known as the Custody Rule), was passed to protect clients from unscrupulous investors.
- Disaster Recovery Plans and Succession Planning RIAs owe a fiduciary duty to clients to prepare for disasters and other contingencies. If an RIA does not have a disaster recovery plan, clients financial well-being may be jeopardized. RIAs should also engage in succession planning, ensuring a smooth transaction if an owner or principal leaves.
FrontPoint Partners, the beleaguered hedge fund operation that completed a spinoff from Morgan Stanley in March, will reportedly “be winding down select strategies,” according to a report in The News York Times' Dealbook blog on Friday.
Redemptions are the cause, according to the Dealbook report. The fund’s assets had declined to an estimated $3.1 billion at the end of March from $7.5 billion as of last November, according to an article in Pension & Investments on March 1 announcing the completion of the spinoff.
A FrontPoint Partners portfolio manager, Dr. Joseph "Chip" Skowron, was accused by the SEC of “insider trading.”
Skowron was also criminally charged with securities fraud as well as conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney on April 13, and surrendered to the FBI according to a Bloomberg report.
In another insider trading case, Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for Manhattan, recently won a conviction against Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire founder of the hedge fund Galleon Group.
FrontPoint Partners was bought by Morgan Stanley in 2006 when the fund had $5.5 billion in assets under management.