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OCIE targets branch offices of advisors

Regulatory team, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, New York, 15 November 2020


The US Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has observed bad compliance at investment advisors with branch offices and geographically dispersed operations.

In a risk alert, OCIE questions the performance of these advisory firms with regard to IAA Rule 206(4)-7 (entitled "Compliance Procedures and Practices"). It quibbles with:

  • policies to limit a supervised person's ability to process client withdrawals, deposits or changes of address;
  • disclosures of fees and other material information in advertisements and client communications; and
  • portfolio management, including the way the firms oversee investment recommendations and trade allocations.

OCIE also praises:

  • consistent and uniform policies and procedures for overseeing things in branch offices regarding (i) the approval of advertisements, (ii) client fee billing and (iii) trading activities;
  • periodic (at least yearly) compliance testing or reviews at branch offices;
  • policies for examining the disciplinary histories of supervised persons during the hiring process; and
  • required compliance training, for the employees of a branch office, that is specific to the branch's areas for improvement.

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