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SEC 2018 examination priorities

Janet M. Angstadt (Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
David Dickstein (Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, New York, USA)
Mark Goldstein (Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, New York, USA)
Richard Marshall (Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, New York, USA)

Journal of Investment Compliance

ISSN: 1528-5812

Article publication date: 19 July 2018

Issue publication date: 14 August 2018




To analyze SEC Staff’s announced 2018 OCIE Examination priorities to provide insight to investment advisers and other regulated entities regarding areas of focus during SEC examinations.


This article discusses the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its examination priorities for 2018 (the “2018 Priorities Report”).


Given that OCIE’s examination priorities for 2017 were published before the beginning of the Trump administration, differences between the 2017 and the 2018 priorities provide important insights into the focus of examinations under SEC Chair Clayton. Investment advisers and other regulated entities should allocate resources towards their preparedness for the areas of focus identified in the 2018 Priorities Report.


This article contains valuable insight regarding the SEC’s 2018 OCIE examination priorities and practical guidance from industry experts.



Editor’s note: The authors recognize and thank the following colleagues for their help in writing this article: Wendy E. Cohen, Allison C. Yacker and Lance A. Zinman, partners, and Michael T. Foley, special counsel, at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.


Angstadt, J.M., Dickstein, D., Goldstein, M. and Marshall, R. (2018), "SEC 2018 examination priorities", Journal of Investment Compliance, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 1-4.



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Copyright © 2018, Janet M. Angstadt, David Y. Dickstein, Mark D. Goldstein and Richard D. Marshall/Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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