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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.

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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-5045 In the Matter of Todd Wortman

IA-5044 In the Matter of Dawn Roberts

IA-5043 In the Matter of MAry A. Faher

IA-5042 In the Matter of Cory Ryan Williams

LR-24285 SEC v. Hope Advisors, LLC, et al.

LR-24283 SEC v. Jason W. Galanis, et al.

IA-5041 In the Matter of Ophrys, LLC

IA-5040 In the Matter of Joel N. Burstein

Sixth action arising out of enforcement initiative to combat cherry-picking led by the SEC's Los Angeles Regional Office:
LR-24278 SEC v. World Tree Financial, LLC, et al.

IA-5039 In the Matter of Travis A. Branch

IA-5038 In the Matter of Karen Bruton, CPA and Hope Advisors, LLC

Orders vacating bars:
IA-5032 In the Matter of Wing F. Chau
IA-5031 In the Matter of Terry M. Deru
IA-5030 In the Matter of Evan Andrew Zarefsky
IA-5029 In the Matter of Anthony Scolaro
IA-5028 In the Matter of James R. Holdman
IA-5027 In the Matter of Matthew G. Teeple
IA-5026 In the Matter of James E. Putman
IA-5025 In the Matter of Walter J. Clarke
IA-5024 In the Matter of Enrica Cotellessa-Pitz
IA-5023 In the Matter of Paul T. Mannion, Jr. and Andrew S. Reckles
IA-5022 In the Matter of Phillip Dennis Murphy
IA-5021 In the Matter of Karl Motey
IA-5020 In the Matter of Daniel Moshe Naeh
IA-5016 In the Matter of Frank R. Peperno
IA-5015 In the Matter of Matthew Crisp
IA-5014 In the Matter of John J. Bravata and Antonio M. Bravata

IA-5037 In the Matter of Susan E. Walker

IA-5036 In the Matter of Jennifer R. Johnson

IA-5035 In the Matter of Creative Planning, Inc. and Peter A. Mallouk
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and to Significant Cases under Regulatory Database Rule 204A-1 Code of Ethics & Rule 206(4)-1 Advertisements

LR-24270 SEC v. Thomas J. Caufield

IA-5034 In the Matter of Heidi Wivolin

IA-5033 In the Matter of John L. Gathright, Jr.

Orders vacating bars from association:
IA-5019 In the Matter of Douglas F. Whitman
IA-5018 In the Matter of I. Joseph Massoud
IA-5017 In the Matter of Brian Scott Zwerner
IA-5013 In the Matter of Matthew Adam Rothman
IA-5012 In the Matter of Frances M. Guggino
IA-5011 In the Matter of Edward L. Maggiacomo, Jr.