Hedge Funds

GDPR: Impacts on American Firms without EU Clients

Confirmation that your firm does not hold any EU resident’s (“data subjects”) data is the first step in complying with the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), effective May 25, 2018.  There will still be some decisions and changes awaiting you.  Firms without any EU residents’ data will be impacted in three main ways: deciding if the… READ MORE

Budget Season is Nearing an End – Are You Ready for What’s Ahead?

Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “You may delay, but time will not.” With only a few weeks left in the year, there is no time to put off completing certain Compliance tasks. Many firms are scrambling to complete their branch exams, mock audits, AML testing, continuing education requirements, looking at tax strategies and compensation… READ MORE

Fiduciary Status Under The New DOL Rule — Frequently Asked Questions

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulation (DOL Rule) defining fiduciary, which expands the circumstances under which financial professionals become fiduciaries for purposes of ERISA and the prohibited transaction provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, as a result of providing investment advice. The DOL also issued two new… READ MORE

Operational Efficiency – Software and Outsourcing Can Help

To remain competitive, firms must boost operational efficiency to cut costs and deliver consistent quality customer service. For financial services firms, this includes developing and refining procedures to help mitigate risk to protect you and your clients.  For CCOs, efficient and effective procedures create consistency and reduce risk. What You Should Do: Conduct a review… READ MORE

Political Contributions – Managing the Pay to Play Rule

If you live in the United States, it is impossible to avoid the constant chatter about the upcoming Presidential elections. And as the weather warms, the local and state elections are starting to heat up too. It is also a good time for advisors to remind employees of their obligations under MSRB Rule G-37 and… READ MORE

Your CCO Must Be A Strong Leader

Investment advisors, investment companies and broker-dealers must have a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) to design a compliance program that complies with the rules and regulations that govern your firm. To fulfill their obligation, the CCO needs to be knowledgeable, competent and empowered to do the job. It is vital that your CCO be a leader… READ MORE

Filing Deadline Approaches for Form BE-10 for Foreign Investments for Funds and Managers

What’s Happening: In 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reinstated mandatory reporting of U.S. investment s abroad through Form BE-10 (2014 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad). While the information the BEA collects is used to analyze the performance of the U.S. economy, the information submitted is confidential. The… READ MORE