What Spooked Compliance Officers this year

2020 has been a scary year and there have been a few things that have spooked the most experienced compliance officer. Covid-19 compliance, regulatory updates and deadlines,  and a few large fines and sanctions haunted firms throughout the year. In this blog, we share our thoughts about recent events that unnerved normal compliance operations and should be considered as we move towards 2021.

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SEC Will Focus on Good Faith Efforts in Reg BI Enforcement

On April 7 the SEC published two Risk Alerts providing broker-dealers and investment advisors with information on the expected scope of initial Regulation Best Interest enforcement. The guidance indicated that initial exams will focus on evidence that firms have made “good faith” efforts to comply.

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SEC Holds Firm to the Reg BI Deadline of June 30, 2020

On April 2 the SEC issued a statement indicating that despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 30, 2020 deadline for Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) would not be deferred.

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