The Shape of Things to Come: OCIE Announces Examination Priorities for 2016

13 January 2016
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Key takeaways

  • The recently published 2016 examination priorities of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations generally focus on the same themes as the 2015 priorities: (i) protecting retail investors, (ii) assessing market-wide risks and (iii) using data analytics to identify signals of potential illegal activity.
  • Of particular interest to private equity fund sponsors, the 2016 priorities include: (i) a continued focus on fees and expenses; (ii) controls and disclosures associated with side-by-side management of clients with different fee structures; (iii) cybersecurity; (iv) private placements relying on Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933; and (v) investment advisers who have not yet been examined.