SEC Exams Division Announces 2024 Priorities

Regulatory Compliance
October 24, 2023

On October 16, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) Division of Examinations (the “Division”) announced its 2024 examination priorities. For Investment Advisers (“Advisers”), the significant focus will be reminiscent of years past, but with a deeper focus on crypto assets and information security and operational resiliency.

The Division will concentrate its examination efforts on Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) in several key areas. These examinations will encompass an evaluation of the RIA's operational processes, compliance protocols, and disclosures, focusing on one or more of the following areas: the safekeeping of client assets, asset valuation, portfolio management, and brokerage and execution. Additionally, these examinations will typically assess potential conflicts of interest, compliance-related matters, and the overall oversight and approval procedures concerning RIA fees and expenses, including fee calculations. Furthermore, the review will extend to the RIA's policies and procedures related to the retention and monitoring of electronic communications, as well as the selection and utilization of third-party service providers.

Additional focus areas included in the 2024 examination priorities are:

RIAs to Private Funds

RIAs overseeing private funds continue to represent a substantial segment of the SEC-registered investment adviser landscape. The Division will maintain its focus on advisers to private funds and prioritize specific areas, including:

Information Security and Operational Resiliency

Cybersecurity has evolved into a pervasive concern and has become a recurring point of emphasis for Advisers overseen by the SEC. The Division will continue to evaluate an Adviser's policies and procedures to mitigate operational disruptions and protect investor data. Examinations will focus on: 

Crypto Assets and Emerging Financial Technology

The Division will continue its focus on crypto assets and their associated products and services, as well as emerging financial technology. The Division will conduct examinations of Advisers offering new products and services, such as robo-advisers and digital assets. Examination focus areas are expected to review an Adviser’s practices and policies around:

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