SEC Conducts Sweep Examinations of Private Fund Advisers Using AI

SEC Conducts Sweep Examinations of Private Fund Advisers Using AI

My final word touched on a current SEC rule proposal concerning Predictive Data Analytics, and a speech by Chair Gary Gensler highlighting a quantity of AI-related considerations. The SEC’s curiosity within the use of AI doesn’t seem restricted to rule proposals and speeches, nevertheless. According to numerous sources, the SEC employees is at present conducting sweep examinations of non-public fund advisers utilizing AI (the “AI sweep”). Questions posed by SEC examiners within the AI sweep embody requests for:

An outline of the AI fashions and methods utilized by the advisers.
A listing of algorithmic buying and selling alerts and related fashions.
The sources and suppliers of their information.
Internal studies of any incidents the place AI use raised regulatory, moral, or authorized points.
Copies of any AI compliance written supervisory insurance policies and procedures.
Contingency plans in case of AI system failures or inaccuracies.
Client profile paperwork utilized by the AI system to grasp a consumer’s threat tolerance and funding goals.
AI-related safety measures.
A listing and outline of all information acquisition errors and/or changes to algorithmic modifications as a result of information acquisition errors.
Samples of any studies detailing the validation course of and efficiency of robo-advisory algorithms.
A listing of those that develop, implement, function, handle, or supervise AI software program methods.
A listing of all board, administration, or employees committees with particular AI-related tasks, the frequency of any conferences, a listing of the members of every committee, and whether or not minutes are saved.
All disclosure and advertising and marketing paperwork to purchasers the place the use of AI by the adviser is said or referred to particularly within the disclosure, together with audio and video advertising and marketing during which the adviser’s use of AI is talked about.
A listing of all media used to promote, market or promote services and products, together with social media, chat boards, web sites, due diligence questionnaire responses, PPMs, pitch books, shows, newsletters, annual studies, and podcasts and/or different video or audio advertising and marketing, and two current examples of every type of advert.

These questions go far past the conflict-of-interest points central to the PDA Conflicts Rules. Some sweep questions seem targeted on AI-related buying and selling practices and will tie into AI-related monetary stability and interconnectedness considerations. Others lengthen past buying and selling, together with questions on advertising and marketing practices and AI-related disclosures, safety and contingency planning, and particular people and governing our bodies with AI-related tasks. All advisers and broker-dealers ought to take note of these broader questions, as they seem related to any use of AI by a broker-dealer or adviser.

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