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IA Act Unwrapped

IA ACT Unwrapped™ is designed specifically to address the daily needs of Investment Adviser Compliance Officers and Securities Attorneys. This subscription-based regulatory library contains information related to the Advisers Act since its inception in 1940. No other company provides a complete, concise directory of information related to the Advisers Act spanning over 70 years! All of our information is housed within the IA Act Unwrapped™ Databases – and our information is updated daily so you will always have access to the most current information available anywhere!

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A subscription to IA ACT Unwrapped™ offers you access to the following databases

Regulatory Database Advisers Act Rules Advisers Act Releases
Advisers Act No-Action Letters Enforcement Cases
Examination Tools Glossary & Definitions Search

The IA Act Unwrapped™ REGULATORY DATABASE is designed for daily use by Investment Adviser Compliance Officers and Legal Staff. The Regulatory Database offers matrix-based navigation to all current and proposed rules promulgated under the Advisers Act.

As shown above, in the Regulatory Database every Rule under the Advisers Act is setup with tabs of the following information:

In addition to the matrix-format of the Regulatory Database, IA Act UnwrappedTM contains the following Databases with specific resources.

The IA Act Unwrapped™ ADVISERS ACT RULES Database reflects the current-to-the-day version of the Rules, with historical links to adopting, amending and interpretative Releases. Any pending proposed amendments to the Rules are clearly marked.

The IA ACT Unwrapped™ RELEASES Database contains every Release promulgated under the Investment Advisers Act – from Release IA-1 issued in 1940 through all current Releases, shown in both full and summary format, categorized by type. No other resource offers access to a summary and full text of every Release every issued. This database of almost 4,000 Releases is maintained current-to-the day. These Releases are all full-text searchable.

The IA ACT Unwrapped™ ADVISERS ACT Database contains the complete text of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, including all recent amendments as mandated under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  It is interesting to note that the SEC’s website does not contain the content of the Advisers Act, but rather links to the Act at another outside source.

The extensive IA ACT Unwrapped™ NO-ACTION LETTER Database contains recent and significant letters issued by the SEC's Division of Investment Management for requests for relief under the Advisers Act. In this Database, you may sort the letters by name, date, or by reference to the rule under which relief was sought.

The IA ACT Unwrapped™ ENFORCEMENT CASE Database contains litigation releases, initial decisions and cases that played a significant role in the history of investment adviser compliance, such as Capital Gains, Arlene Hughes, Steadman, Goldstein, etc.

The IA ACT Unwrapped™ EXAMINATION TOOLS Database contains sample SEC Document Request Lists, Examination Brochures, Sample Sweep Letters, Speeches, Guidance and information from the Division of Investment Management, OCIE, the SEC’s National Exam Program (NEP) and the SEC's Compliance Outreach Program. Our database also lists current Examination Focus areas.

Our IA ACT Unwrapped™ GLOSSARY & DEFINITIONS Database provides wide-ranging information on a multitude of topics relevant to the investment adviser world, and beyond. The Database shows where a term is used, e.g. in Form ADV or Form PF, and also links to significant Cases and Releases that give further information on the importance of the term in specific context.

IA ACT Unwrapped™ contains a very sophisticated SEARCH capability. The Release Database, No-Action Letter Database and Enforcement Database are all full-text (not just “keyword”) searchable. Search by any word and find what you need – instantly!


Unwrap the mystery of compliance under the Advisers Act. A Subscription to IA Act UnwrappedTM gives you access to all the information you need – any time – any day.

Headline News

Lapse in Appropriations Forces Stays in All Pending Administrative Proceedings

In the Midst of Gov't Shutdown SEC Brings Charges in EDGAR Hacking Case

Custody Violations – Auditors Failed to Have Relevant Knowledge, Training & Experience

OCIE Status during Government Shutdown
Limited staff on hand only for emergency situations

Division of Investment Management Unavailable during Government Shutdown
Limited Staff Available to Answer Questions Relating to Fee Calculations for Filings


Brightline Solutions updates IA Act UnwrappedTM on a daily basis. Recent updates are listed below. Click HERE for a more detailed summary of the information.

IA-5101 In re: Pending Administrative Proceedings
Lapse in appropriations forces stays in all pending administrative proceedings

IA-5100 In the Matter of Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP, and Scott C. Price, CPA
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and to Risks/Significant Cases under Regulatory Database Custody Rule 206(4)-2

IA-5099 In the Matter of Stephen T. Carbonella

IA-5098 In the Matter of John Sherman Jumper

IA-5097 In the Matter of Walter John Dubiel

IA-5096 In the Matter of Lightyear Capital LLC

IA-5095 In the Matter of Alexander C. Burns

IA-5094 In the Matter of Warren D. Nadel

IA-5093 In the Matter of Timbervest, LLC

IA-5092 In the Matter of Patric Ken Baccam

IA-5091 In the Matter of Mohammed Riad and Kevin Timothy Swanson

IA-5090 In the Matter of Thoroughbred Financial Services, LLC, Thomas Jenkins Parker, and Lawrence Randall “Randy” Hartley

IA-5089 In the Matter of Paul Edward "Ed" Lloyd, Jr. CPA

IA-5088 In the Matter of Black Diamond Asset Management, LLC and Robert Wilson

IA-5085 In the Matter of Sterling Global Strategies, LLC
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and linked to the term "back-testing" in the Glossary & Definitions Database

IA-5084 In the Matter of PPS Advisors, Inc., and Lawrence Nicholas Passaretti

IA-5083 In the Matter of American Portfolios Advisors, Inc.

Two Robo-Advisers Charged with False Disclosures:
IA-5086 In the Matter of Wealthfront Advisers, LLC
IA-5087 In the Matter of Hedgeable, Inc.

Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and linked to the term "robo-advisers" in the Glossary & Definitions Database
Also refer to the following related information which has been reposted in the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database under 2018 Information: Robo-Advisers IM Guidance Update 2017-02 (originally published 02/23/17); Investor Bulletin: Robo-Advisers SEC (originally published 02/23/17)

OCIE 2019 Examination Priorities
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2018 Information

Madison Capital Funding LLC - No-Action
No-Action Letter under Rule 206(4)-2

Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM No-Action Letter Database and to Regulatory Database Custody Rule 206(4)-2 No-Action Tab

IA-5082 In the Matter of James S. Polese

IA-5081 In the Matter of Mark J. Moskowitz

IA-5080 In the Matter of Walter F. Grenda, Jr.

IA-5079 In the Matter of NB Alternatives Advisers LLC

IA-5078 In the Matter of Central States Capital Markets, LLC

IA-5077 In the Matter of Ancora Advisors, LLC
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-5 Risks/Significant Cases Tab

Observations from Investment Adviser Examinations Relating to Electronic Messaging
National Exam Program/OCIE Risk Alert reminds advisers of their obligations when their personnel use electronic messaging and to help advisers improve their systems, policies, and procedures by sharing the staff’s observations from these examinations.
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2018 Information and to Regulatory Database Rules 204-2 & 206(4)-7

IA-5076 In the Matter of Chris D. Rosenthal
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database; the terms "flipping" and "parking" added to the Glossary & Definitions Database and linked to the Release

IA-5075 In the Matter of UBS Financial Services Inc.

IA-5074 In the Matter of Yucaipa Master Manager, LLC

IA-5073 In the Matter of Richard W. Kessler

IA-5072 In the Matter of Landaas & Company and Robert W. Landaas

LR-24367 SEC v. Michael B. Rothenberg

IA-5071 In the Matter of John C. Maccoll

IA-5070 In the Matter of Fifth Street Management, LLC

IA-5069 In the Matter of Ronald Wayne Nabors

IA-5068 Apollo Management, L.P.
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and to the No-Action/Exemptive Request Tab under Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-5

IA-5067 List of Rules to be Reviewed Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act

2019 Investment Adviser Renewal Bulletin
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Regulatory Database Rule 204-1 Plain English Description and Disclosure & Record Tabs

IA-5066 In the Matter of Mark Hotton

LR-24359 SEC v. Kimberly Pine Kitts

IA-5065 In the Matter of Retirement Capital Strategies, Inc.

LR-24356 SEC v. James S. Polese, et al

Costumes, Candy, and Compliance
SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce - Remarks at the NSCP 2018 National Membership Conference
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2018 Information and to the Risks Tab under Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-7