The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE” or the “Staff”) released its 2016 Exam Priorities recently, as applicable to examined registrants other than national securities exchanges.  

Exam Priorities are always a reflection of current trends and news and, in recent years, also reflected the SEC’s expanded capabilities for monitoring market activity through data analytics.  

The three key themes and many of the individual focus items for 2016 are much the same as last year.  For highlights of the differences in the 2016 Exam Priorities, please read our Client Alert on reedsmith.com.