November 2022 SEC Updates

1. On November 23, 2022, the SEC released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2022 to 2026, outlining agency objectives to fight against fraud, maintain a robust and relevant regulatory framework, and sustain a skilled and diverse workforce to serve America’s investors and capital-raising entrepreneurs alike. The SEC’s new Strategic Plan establishes three primary goals: Protect … Read More

October 2022 SEC Updates

1. On October 26, 2022, the SEC proposed a new rule and rule amendments to prohibit registered investment advisers from outsourcing certain services and functions without conducting due diligence and monitoring of the service providers. The proposal would require advisers to satisfy specific due diligence elements before retaining a service provider that will perform certain … Read More

September 2022 SEC Updates

1. On September 27, 2022, the SEC announced charges against 15 broker-dealers and one affiliated investment adviser for widespread and longstanding failures by the firms and their employees to maintain and preserve electronic communications. The firms admitted the facts set forth in their respective SEC orders, acknowledged that their conduct violated recordkeeping provisions of the … Read More

August 2022 SEC Updates

On August 29, 2022, the SEC charged Gregory Lindberg, Christopher Herwig and Standard Advisory Services Limited, a registered investment adviser, for defrauding clients out of more than $75 million through undisclosed transactions that benefited themselves and their companies. Lindberg and Herwig through Standard Advisory, breached their fiduciary duties to their advisory clients by fraudulently causing … Read More

July 2022 SEC Updates

1. On July 27, 2022, the SEC charged J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, UBS Financial Services Inc., and TradeStation Securities, Inc. for deficiencies in their programs to prevent customer identity theft, in violation of the SEC’s Identity Theft Red Flags Rule, or Regulation S-ID.  According to the SEC’s orders, from at least January 2017 to October … Read More

June 2022 SEC Updates

1. On June 27, 2022, the SEC instituted administrative proceedings against German Nino for  misappropriating $5.8 million from one of his long-standing advisory clients. Nino represented that he would invest all of the client’s funds in securities but instead used some of the funds for personal expenses, namely for gifts and travel and living expenses … Read More

May 2022 SEC Updates

1. On May 25, 2022, the SEC filed charges against Cornerstone Acquisition & Management Company LLC, Derren Lee Geiger and She Hwea Ngo for making false and misleading statements, committing other deceptive acts, and committing recordkeeping and compliance violations. Cornerstone, Geiger, and Ngo engaged in a scheme to deceive investors in Cornerstone’s private funds. Their … Read More

April 2022 SEC Updates

1. On April 28, 2022, the SEC charged publicly-traded asset manager Medley Management and its former co-CEOs, Brook Taube and Seth Taube, with making misrepresentations to investors and clients that created the illusion of Medley’s likely future growth. The respondents have agreed to settle the SEC’s charges and will collectively pay $10 million in civil … Read More

March 2022 SEC Updates

1. On March 31, 2022, the SEC obtained a final judgement against Gregory Lemelson, Lemelson Capital Management, LLC, and The Amvona Fund. Gregory Lemelson and Lemelson Capital Management, LLC were charged with making false statements to drive down the price of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. and profit from a short position in Ligand’s stock. Lemelson and … Read More

February 2022 SEC Updates

1. On February 28, 2022, the SEC filed an amended complaint (which is highly unusual) bringing additional charges against Ofer Abarbanel and Victor Chilelli in the scheme resulting in more than $77 million being returned to harmed investors. Abarbanel and Chilelli engaged in a scheme to defraud investors in an offshore fund. After promising to … Read More