Companies that face non-public government investigations frequently confront challenging questions regarding whether and when to disclose the existence of the investigation, how much to disclose, and any duty to update the disclosure as the investigation proceeds. On the one hand, regulatory investigations are generally confidential and it is axiomatic that the existence of an investigation does not reflect a conclusion of wrongdoing. The premature disclosure of what may turn out to be a baseless investigation (perhaps instigated by a person with a grudge or self-interest) can needlessly cause internal disruption, complicate an internal investigation, unnecessarily alarm current shareholders, and – … Read more
On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) Division of Enforcement (the “Division”) issued two Enforcement Advisories setting forth the factors that the Division may consider in assessing cooperation by companies and individuals in the context of CFTC enforcement proceedings.
The Enforcement Advisories provide greater guidance on the Division’s view as to what constitutes effective cooperation by a company and/or an individual in a CFTC investigation and enforcement action. They also continue a broader trend of authorities, both in the U.S. and abroad, articulating demanding standards that a company must meet to … Read more
On August 25, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to Form ADV to modernize and enhance information reported by investment advisers (the “Amendments” or the “Form ADV Amendments”). Among other changes, advisers will be required to use a new Schedule R for each relying adviser when using umbrella registration for multiple entities in a single advisory business and will be required to provide additional information about separately managed accounts. The adopting release also amends Rule 204-2 (the “Books and Records Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of … Read more