Politics & Regulation

SEC placement agent rule takes affect


After the pay to play allegations at a number of US public pension plans, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s new rule regulating placement agent relationships became effective on 13 September.

The new rule prohibits an investment adviser from providing advisory services for compensation to a government client for two years after the adviser or its executives or employees make a contribution to certain elected officials or candidates.

The SEC is also prohibiting an adviser from providing or agreeing to provide, directly or indirectly, payment to any third party, unless such third parties are registered broker-dealers or registered investment