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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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Encourages Self-Reporting and the Prompt Return of Funds to Investors

OCIE 2018 National Exam Program Priorities


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.

LR-24050 SEC v. Commonwealth Advisors, Inc. and Walter A. Morales

LR-24049 SEC v. Southridge Capital Management LLC, et al

2018 Compliance Outreach Program National Seminar for IA & IC CCOs
Registration for the Seminar is open but in-person attendance is limited to 500; the April 12th Program will also be webcast live on the SEC's website
The Agenda has been posted in the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2018 Information

Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2018 Information

IA-4856 In the Matter of Thomas J. Buck

IA-4855 In the Matter of Victor M. Dandridge, III

OCIE 2018 National Exam Program Priorities
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database - 2018 Information

IA-4854 In the Matter of Banc One Investment Advisors Corporation and Mark A. Beeson

IA-4853 In the Matter of Michael S. Moses

IA-4852 In the Matter of Wedbush Securities, Inc.

LR-24038 SEC  v. Nicholas J. Genovese, Willow Creek Investments, LP, and Willow Creek Advisors, LLC

LR-24037 SEC v. James S. Polese, et al

IA-4851 In the Matter of Mohlman Asset Management, LLC and Louis G. Mohlman, Jr.

IA-4850 Janney Montgomery Scott LLC; Notice of Application for Exemptive Order
Release added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database, and the term "Discretion" added to the Glossary & Definitions Database

IA-4849 Notice of Intent to Cancel Certain IA Registrations
IAs listed have not filed Form ADV amendments as required by Rule 204-1, or have indicated that they are no longer eligible to remain SEC-registered but have not filed Form ADV-W.

Private Funds Statistics (2017 Q2)  
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database - 2018 Information, and to the Plain English Description Tab under Regulatory Database Rule 204(b)-1

IA-4848 In the Matter of AmericaFirst Capital Management, LLC, Rick A. Gonsalves, and Robert L. Clark

LR-24029 SEC v. Daniel H. Glick, et al

IA-4847 In the Matter of Gemini Fund Services, LLC