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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

SEC Proposes to Modernize Regulation of the Use of Derivatives by Registered Funds and Business Development Companies

Proposal Includes New Advisers Act Rule 211(h)-1


New Frequently Asked Questions on Form CRS



SEC Revokes Registration of Adviser Engaged in $60 Million Fraud



2020 Renewal Program
Calendar now available - note fee increases


Enforcement Publishes Annual Report for FY2019


SEC Proposes to Modernize the Advertising and Cash Solicitation Rules for Investment Advisers



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-24681 SEC v. Lester Burroughs

IA-5413 Use of Derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies; Required Due Diligence by Broker-Dealers and Registered Investment Advisers Regarding Retail Customers’ Transactions in Certain Leveraged/Inverse Investment Vehicles
Proposing Release - Added to the  IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database

Frequently Asked Questions on Form CRS
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Regulatory Database, Rule 204-5: Delivery of Form CRS

IA-5415 In the Matter of Ronald J. Roach

LR-24677 SEC v. The Nutmeg Group LLC and Randall Goulding

IA-5414 In the Matter of International Investment Group, LLC

IA-5412 In the Matter of Channing Capital Management, LLC

IA-5411 In the Matter of Lawrence Allen Deshetler

LR-24670 SEC v. Ruless Pierre a/k/a Rules Pierre

IA-5410 In the Matter of William Harper Minor, Jr.

LR-24664 SEC v. Gregory M. Bercowy

IA-5409 In the Matter of Daniel Sholom Frishberg

IA-5408 In the Matter of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC

IA-5406 In the Matter of James T. Booth

IA-5405 In the Matter of Cameron G. High

IA-5404 In the Matter of Thomas D. Conrad, Jr.

Enforcement Division Annual Report - FY19
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2019 Information

LR-24660 SEC v. Bolton Securities Corporation d/b/a Bolton Global Asset Management

IA-5407 Investment Adviser Advertisements; Compensation for Solicitations
Proposing Release

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Extention of Temporary No-Action Letter - Advisers Act Sec. 202(a)(11)

FAQs Regarding Disclosure of Certain Financial Conflicts Related to Investment Adviser Compensation
Division of Investment Management

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

Joint Statement on Activities Involving Digital Assets
Statement issued by the Leaders of CFTC, FinCEN, and SEC
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2019 Information

LR-24643 SEC v. Cetera Advisors, LLC and Cetera Advisor Networks LLC

IA-5403 In the Matter of Albert K. Hu

IA-5402 In the Matter of Saving2Retire, LLC, and Marian P. Young

LR-24640 SEC v. Thomas Conrad, Jr. et al.

IA-5401 In the Matter of Michael Siva
LR-24638 SEC v. Daniel Rivas, et al.

IA-5400 In the Matter of Mark Megalli

IA-5399 In the Matter of Daniel Sholom Frishberg

LR-24633 SEC v. Westport Capital Markets, LLC and Christopher E. McClure

LR-24632 SEC v. Bluepoint Investment Counsel, et al

LR-24829 SEC v. James T. Booth

LR-24828 SEC v. Marcus Beam

LR-24617 SEC v. William M. Apostelos, et al.

LR-24626 SEC  v. Yellowstone Partners, LLC, David H. Hansen, and Cameron G. High

IA-5369 In the Matter of Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.

IA-5368 In the Matter of Joseph B. Bronson

IA-5367 In the Matter of Nicholas Lattanzio

IA-5366 In the Matter of Leonardo Cornide and Jorge Falcon

Unlawful Proxy Voting of Client Securities:
IA-5375 In the Matter of Three Bridge Wealth Advisors, LLC
IA-5374 In the Matter of Amadeus Wealth Advisors, LLC
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and to the Risks/Significant Cases Tab under Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-6

IA-5371 In the Matter of Cetera Investment Advisers LLC
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Releases Database and to Risks/Significant Cases under Regulatory Database Rule 206(4)-2 Cash Payments for Client Solicitations

Oversight of the SEC: Wall Street’s Cop on the Beat
Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services
Added to the IA Act UnwrappedTM Examination Tools Database/2019 Information