The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations announced that it will increase their examinations of newly registered private fund advisers starting this summer. 

These examinations are being done in conjunction with those hedge fund and private equity advisers previously registered with the Commission as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The SEC Staff made it abundantly clear that these newly registered advisers will be examined, pursuant to a set of risk factors and not by the traditional OCIE exam cycle.  The OCIE Staff will also look at the level of risk and determine the number of times new registrants will be examined in the future.  For this determination, the SEC Staff will look at past regulatory or legal violations; aberrational performance; the size of the fund determines the risk; the advisors complexity; problems internally; when the last exam occurred; and significant changes and assets for business.  Nonetheless, the SEC Staff cautioned that they will look at both quality and quantity factors, and that these risk factors are very similar to those already in place for previous registrants. 

In short, OCIE intends to utilize risk based assessment examinations in the future.