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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-5358 In the Matter of Marcos Tamayo and Bored at Work Retirement Services, LLC

IA-5357 In the Matter of David R. Gibson

IA-5356 In the Matter of Sigma Planning Corp.

IA-5355 In the Matter of Jay Daniel Seinfeld

IA-5351 In the Matter of Tyler T. Tysdal, et al

IA-5350 In the Matter of Michael A. DeJager

IA-5349 In the Matter of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

IA-5348 In the Matter of BMO Capital Markets Corp.

IA-5347 In the Matter of Prudential Financial, Inc.

IA-5346 In the Matter of AST Investment Services, Inc. and PGIM Investments LLC

IA-5344 In the Matter of ED Capital Management and Elliot Daniloff

IA-5343 In the Matter of Mitchell T. Yanow

IA-5342 In the Matter of Daniel T. Levine

IA-5354 In the Matter of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC

IA-5353 In the Matter of Raymond James Financial, Inc.  

IA-5352 In the Matter of Raymond James & Associates, Inc., et al

IA-5345 In the Matter of Garrison Investment Group, LP and Garrison Capital Advisers, LLC

LR-24595 SEC v. Dean Patrick McDermott, McDermott Investment Advisors, LLC, et al

IA-5341 In the Matter of William M. Apostelos

IA-5340 In the Matter of Carol Ann Pedersen

LR-24589 SEC v. Strategic Capital Management, LLC and Michael J. Breton

Form CRS Relationship Summary - Amendments to Form ADV
A Small Entity Compliance Guide

Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2019 Information and to the Plain English Description Tab under Regulatory Database Rule 204-5

LR-24586 SEC v. E. Herbert Hafen

Investment Adviser Principal and Agency Cross Trading Compliance Issues
OCIE Risk Alert added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database and to Regulatory Database Rule 206(3)-2 Risks Tab

IA-5339 In the Matter of Eric Larson Sampson

IA-5338 In the Matter of Mitchell J. Friedman

IA-5337 In the Matter of Karen McKinley

IA-5336 In the Matter of  Lefavi Wealth Management, Inc.
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and linked to the term "best execution" in the Glossary & Definitions Database

IA-5335 In the Matter of Thomas C. Muldoon

IA-5334 In the Matter of Charles Myrick Winstead

LR-24581 SEC  v. Cetera Advisors, LLC

LR-24580 SEC v. Cambridge Capital Group Advisors, LLC, et al

IA-5333 In the Matter of EMS Capital LP

IA-5332 In the Matter of Stephen C. Browere

IA-5331 In the Matter of RSM US LLP (f/k/a McGladrey LLP)

IA-5330 In the Matter of Laurel Wealth Advisors, Inc.

IA-5329 In the Matter of Joseph C. Buchanan

LR-24574 SEC v. Motty Misrahi et al

IA-5328 Regulatory Flexibility Agenda

IA-5327 In the Matter of Patrick L. O’Connor

IA-5326 In the Matter of Yehuda Belsky, AKA "Jay Bell"

IA-5325 Commission Guidance Regarding Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment Advisers
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and to Interpretive Releases under Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-6

34-86721 Commission Interpretation and Guidance Regarding the Applicability of the Proxy Rules to Proxy Voting Advice
Exchange Act Release linked to IA Act UnwrappedTM Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-6 Proxy Voting Description Tab

SEC Clarifies IA’s Proxy Voting Responsibilities and Application of Proxy Rules to Voting Advice 
Information added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-2 Plain English Description Tab

IA-5324 In the Matter of Financial Sherpa, Inc. and James L. Beyersdorf

IA-5323 In the Matter of Thomas Gillons

Request for amendment to Form ADV, Part 1A, Item 5, Section E
Public Petition for Rulemaking linked to IA Act UnwrappedTM Regulatory Database Rule 204-1 Plain English Description Tab

IA-5322 In the Matter of Christopher D. Dougherty

LR-24563 SEC v. Craig Rumbaugh, Rumbaugh Financial Inc., and Desert Strategic Equity, LLC

IA-5321 In the Matter of Chris Kubiak

IA-5320 In the Matter of Michael J. Frew

IA-5319 In the Matter of MVP Manager LLC

IA-5318 In the Matter of Jeremy Joseph Drake

IA-5317 Notice of Intention to Cancel Registrations of Certain Investment Advisers

IA-5316 In the Matter of Sean Kelly

IA-5315 In the Matter of JDC-JSC LP

IA-5313 In the Matter of Kendall J. Groom, CPA

IA-5314 In the Matter of The Robare Group, Ltd., Mark L. Robare, and Jack L. Jones, Jr.

LR-24550 SEC v. Commonwealth Equity Services, LLC

IA-5312 In the Matter of Jonathan Brosk

IA-5311 In the Matter of Christopher Plaford
LR-24548 SEC v. Christopher Plaford

IA-5310 In the Matter of Timothy M. Rooney, Sr.

IA-5309 In the Matter of John Sherman Jumper

IA-5308 In the Matter of William Harper Minor, Jr.

IA-5307 In the Matter of N. Gary Price

IA-5306 In the Matter of Foundations Asset Management, LLC, Michael W. Shamburger, and Rob E. Wedel

Observations from Examinations of Investment Advisers - Compliance, Supervision, and Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
OCIE Risk Alert
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2019 Information

IA-5305 In the Matter of Account Management, LLC, Christopher de Roetth and Peter de Rotth

IA-5304 In the Matter of Henry J. Wieniewitz, III

IA-5303 In the Matter of Swapnil Rege

IA-5296 Release Intentionally Omitted by SEC

LR-24539 SEC v. Paul Alar and West Mountain, LLC

IA-5302 In the Matter of Salus, LP et al.

LR-24533 SEC  v. Richard Vu Nguyen, et al.

Staff Statement on Opportunity Zones: Federal and State Securities Laws Considerations  
SEC and NASAA Explain Application of Securities Laws to Opportunity Zone Investments 
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2019 Information