Impact of New SEC Regulation Best Interest and Other Standards of Conduct Rules on Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

In addition to yesterday’s preliminary analysis and next week’s deep-dive, on July 31 @ 1:00 pm EDT, Larry Stadulis, Sara Crovitz and John Baker will host an on-demand webinar to discuss yesterday’s adoption of Regulation Best Interest, Form CRS and other rules and interpretations, and their effect on registered investment advisers, registered broker-dealers and investment companies. They will explain the practical implications for broker-dealers, investment advisers and investment companies on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new standard of conduct rules and guidance. Specifically, they will discuss:

  • Regulation Best Interest: How and why the SEC adopted, and the implications for firms of, a standard of conduct for broker-dealers and their associated natural persons when making a recommendation to a retail customer of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities.
  • Form CRS: How and why the SEC adopted, and the implications for firms of, a requirement for registered investment advisers and registered broker-dealers to provide a Form CRS relationship summary to retail investors.
  • Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers: How and why the SEC adopted, and the implications for firms of, an interpretation of the standard of conduct for investment advisers.
  • “Solely Incidental”: How and why the SEC adopted, and the implications for firms of, an interpretation of the “solely incidental” prong of section 202(a)(11)(C) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, which provides that the term “investment adviser” does not include any broker or dealer whose performance of investment advisory services is solely incidental to the conduct of his business as a broker or dealer and who receives no special compensation therefor.

Registration for the webinar can be found here. The webinar will supplement yesterday’s Risk & Reward analysis and our upcoming more detailed analysis, currently slated for next week or soon thereafter.