The SEC has announced its schedule for the upcoming Compliance Outreach Program regional seminars to be held in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and San Francisco. Investment adviser and investment company senior officers, including chief compliance officers (CCOs) are invited to register and attend. The first meeting will occur in Chicago on August 28.
This years’ Compliance Outreach Program, which started off in Boston in May, will likely include panel discussions with SEC staff from the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), Division of Investment Management, and Division of Enforcement’s Asset Management Unit. Topics will vary depending on location. For example, the Chicago seminar will address traded and non-traded real estate investment trusts, investment companies with special emphasis on alternative investment funds and money market funds, and current enforcement actions in the investment management industry. The New York seminar will focus more on newly registered investment advisers, dual registrants and to investment advisers affiliated broker-dealers, and will topics like the SEC’s examination process, priorities, risk surveillance, and examination selection process.
As we’ve alerted our audience in previous blogs, investment advisers should attend these meetings because “[t]he seminars highlight areas of focus for compliance professionals. They provide an opportunity for the SEC staff to identify common issues found in related examinations or investigations and discuss industry practices, including how compliance professionals have addressed such matters.”
Registration information about the regional seminars is available at: