Form ADV Part 2: Identifying and Disclosing Conflicts
January 31, 2013
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
In 2010, the SEC approved the new Form ADV Part 2, a "plain English" narrative approach to client disclosure, which was put into effect in 2011. The adopted rule changes require investment advisers to file their brochures electronically and the public has access to these brochures via the IAPD. This course will examine the form’s 19 specific potential disclosure topics, including advisory business, fees and compensation, disciplinary events and brokerage practices. In addition, the panel will delve into the mechanics of the "brochure supplement" requirement, which is a résumé-like disclosure for each individual providing advice to a client.
Both SEC commissioners and staff emphasized the importance of meaningful, clear and useful disclosure, as well as the need for advisers to avoid legalese and boilerplate disclosures. Lessons learned from the past year’s filings of Form ADV Part 2 will be reviewed to gain further clarity into how to complete the narrative in ways that will withstand SEC scrutiny. Disclosure on the adviser's actual practices and conflicts, as well as on practices and conflicts reasonably likely to exist will be reviewed to highlight material facts concerning conflicts and address the requirement of how the adviser deals with them.
The session will also address:
- How to identify conflicts of interest within the framework of Part 2
- Guidance for disclosing conflicts of interest, compensation arrangements, fee structures and soft dollars arrangements, among other conflicts
- The implications of public access to your firm’s brochure on the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (IAPD) website
After attending this course, attendees should be able to:
- Identify the 19 specific disclosure topics of Form ADV Part 2
- Further identify conflicts of interest within your firm
- Apply “plain English” drafting techniques to the firm’s Form ADV Part 2
For whom: Chief Compliance Officers, Management, Compliance Staff at all levels, Auditors and Legal Counsel
Suggested Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate
Instructional Method: Group-Internet-Based and Group-Live
Prerequisites for participation: No prerequisites are required. However, attendees can benefit by reviewing the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to become familiar with the structure and terms, and the SEC adopting release IA-3060 Amendments to Form ADV (July 28, 2010).
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