Statement of Concerned Securities Law Professors Regarding Investment Advisers and Fiduciary Obligations

We circulate this statement as law professors specializing in the field of securities regulation who are concerned that the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) has moved in a new direction that is both contrary to its past practice and harmful to the interests of investors. In Release No. IA-5248 (“Commission Interpretation Regarding Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers”) (June 5, 2019) (“Release 5248”), the Commission has turned its back on its history and reinterpreted the case law in a surprising manner that reverses what it said only a year ago. This month, in its very first sentence discussing the … Read more