Lessons from Regulatory Notice 20-16: Transition to Remote Work and Remote Supervision

FINRA recently released a regulatory notice to help firms understand how their peers are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.  In this Regulatory Notice (Notice), the FINRA staff shared certain observations based on discussions with member firms about steps taken to transition personnel to a remote work environment.  The observations were not offered as recommended practices… READ MORE

New Podcast: Conducting Remote Supervision in Your Transitioning Workplace

Regulators expect both offsite and onsite monitoring of offices and employees due to the heightened risk inherent in remote arrangements.  The work-at-home orders issued by the States in response to the pandemic have created supervision challenges for firms.  While some consider the present state the “new normal,” no one really knows how and when this… READ MORE

Remote Supervision in the Pandemic World

The SEC and FINRA have long held that broker-dealers and investment advisers are required to supervise their employees’ conduct in order to prevent and detect violations of the securities laws.  Moreover, the regulators have emphasized that remote or offsite offices and employees require particularly vigilant supervision. Regulators expect both offsite and onsite monitoring of offices… READ MORE

Form ADV and Form PF Relief: Understanding the SEC’s Exemptive Order

The SEC provided an exemptive order this week in response to the COVID-19 event.  In limited circumstances, Investment Advisors and Exempt Reporting Advisors will have an additional 45 days from the original deadline to complete and submit their annual filings or material changes. Procrastinators need to understand that there are specific circumstances requirements to meet… READ MORE