SEC Issues Risk Alert on ESG Investments

In January 2021 the SEC began taking an enhanced approach to Environmental Social and Governance (“ESG”) investing. Since then, the SEC has issued no less than five announcements addressing a range of issues including reviews of public company disclosure of ESG issues, adding ESG reviews to their 2021 Examination Priorities and the creation of a… READ MORE

SEC Addresses Climate Change Issues Affecting Financial Markets

Although still in the first quarter of 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has issued four press releases/public statements on climate change appointments and initiatives: On February 1, 2021 the SEC announced the appointment of Satyam Khanna as a Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG (“Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance”). ESG refers… READ MORE

Highlights from the SEC’s 2021 Exam Priorities

SEC’s Division of Examinations (formerly OCIE) has released their Examination Priorities Report for 2021. While the release is not much of a departure from recent years, some of the older topics have been re-framed to include newer risks and practices. Among “relatively new” topics, the Division will be focusing on Fintech and Innovation, including Digital… READ MORE

3 Things to Do Now About the New Investment Adviser Marketing Rule

On December 22, 2020 the SEC released its new Investment Adviser Marketing Rule, intended to modernize the regulatory framework. Most Investment Adviser firms will find a little bit of good news and a little bit of bad news within the 430 pages.  The rule restructures frameworks, repeals as-yet-unspecified No-Action Letters and has new definitions for… READ MORE

New Podcast: Preparing for Modern Regulatory Exams

The pandemic has changed how firms operate as offices close and staff work from home. Regulators have also had to change their examination practices to accommodate these changes.  In this episode, Oyster Managing Director Ed Wegener, a former SVP and Midwest Regional Director of FINRA, shares his insider views on: the changes in the regulator’s… READ MORE

SEC Examinations that Focus on Compliance with Regulation Best Interest

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert to provide broker-dealers with information about the scope and content of its initial examinations for compliance with Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI).  For additional information about the requirements of Reg BI, please see our blog entitled SEC Adopts Reg BI. After… READ MORE