Register September 2010 No. 657
Chapter DFI-Sec 5
REGISTRATION AND NOTICE FILING PROCEDURES FOR INVESTMENT ADVISERS, FEDERAL COVERED INVESTMENT ADVISERS, AND INVESTMENT ADVISER REPRESENTATIVES
DFI-Sec 5.01   Registration procedure.
DFI-Sec 5.02   Net worth requirement.
DFI-Sec 5.03   Investment advisers' records.
DFI-Sec 5.035   Investment advisors with custody.
DFI-Sec 5.04   Reporting requirements.
DFI-Sec 5.05   Practice and advisory contract rules.
DFI-Sec 5.06   Prohibited conduct.
DFI-Sec 5.07   Registration and notice filing period.
DFI-Sec 5.08   Withdrawal of registration.
DFI-Sec 5.09   Denial, suspension, revocation and censure.
DFI-Sec 5.10   Electronic filing.
DFI-Sec 5.11   Federal covered investment adviser notice filing procedure.
DFI-Sec 5.12   Transition filing.
DFI-Sec 5.13   Registration exemptions.
Ch. DFI-Sec 5 History History: Chapter SEC 5 was renumbered chapter DFI-Sec 5 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, December, 1996, No. 492.
DFI-Sec 5.01 DFI-Sec 5.01 Registration procedure.
DFI-Sec 5.01(1) (1) Applications for initial and renewal registration of investment adviser and investment adviser representatives, as well as amendments, reports, notices, related filings and fees, shall be filed with:
DFI-Sec 5.01(1)(a) (a) The division on forms prescribed by the division in s. DFI-Sec 9.01 (1); or
DFI-Sec 5.01(1)(b) (b) The investment adviser registration depository on forms established for the investment adviser registration depository.
DFI-Sec 5.01(2)(a)(a) A registration application for purposes of s. 551.406, Stats., consists of all information required by the form prescribed under sub. (1), any additional information required by the division and all required fees. Any documents or fees required to be filed with the division that are not permitted to be filed with or cannot be accepted by the investment adviser registration depository or the central registration depository shall be filed directly with the division.
DFI-Sec 5.01(2)(b) (b) An application for initial registration as an investment adviser under this paragraph shall be deemed filed under s. 551.406 (1), Stats., on the date the application is transferred from "NO STATUS" to "PENDING" on the records of the investment adviser registration depository. An application for renewal of a registration as an investment adviser under this paragraph shall be deemed filed under s. 551.406 (4), Stats., when the fee on deposit with the investment adviser registration depository has been allocated to the division.
DFI-Sec 5.01(2)(c) (c) An "application" for initial registration or for renewal of a registration as an investment adviser representative for an investment adviser registered under this chapter or a federal covered investment adviser notice filed under this chapter consists of the payment of Wisconsin investment adviser representative registration or renewal fees to the central registration depository. An application for initial registration as an investment adviser representative under this paragraph shall be deemed "filed" under s. 551.406 (1), Stats., on the date when the application is designated ready for approval on the records of the central registration depository. An application for renewal of a registration as an agent under this paragraph shall be deemed "filed" under s. 551.406 (1), Stats., when the fee on deposit with the central registration depository has been allocated to the division.
DFI-Sec 5.01(2)(e) (e) An electronic signature affixed to any filing made in compliance with the requirements of the investment adviser registration depository or the central registration depository shall constitute irrefutable evidence of legal signature by any individual whose name is typed on the filing.
DFI-Sec 5.01(2)(f)1.1. Pursuant to s. 551.406 (3) (b), Stats., the effective date of a registration application is deferred until noon on the 45th day after the filing of any amendment completing the application, unless the application otherwise becomes effective under s. 551.406 (3) (a), Stats.
DFI-Sec 5.01(2)(f)2. 2. For purposes of s. 551.406 (3) (b), Stats., a written request for additional information is not limited to the applicant or the applicant's employing investment adviser, but may include other requests of third-party sources relevant to the application.
DFI-Sec 5.01(2)(f)3. 3. Before action on an application, the division may designate an employee to make an examination of the books, records and affairs of the applicant at the applicant's expense.
DFI-Sec 5.01(3)(a)(a) Unless waived under sub. (4), each applicant for an initial registration as an investment adviser or as an investment adviser representative shall take and pass within the two year period immediately preceding the "FILING DATE" of the application reflected on the records of the central registration depository, the post-1999 version of the examination specified in subd. 1., or the post-1999 version of the Series 66 examination specified in subd. 2.
DFI-Sec 5.01(3)(a)1. 1. The Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination.
DFI-Sec 5.01(3)(a)2. 2. The Series 7 General Securities Representative Examination as well as the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination.
DFI-Sec 5.01(3)(b) (b) If the investment adviser is an entity, then a supervisory or control individual shall take and pass the examination required in par. (a).
DFI-Sec 5.01(4) (4) The examination requirement in sub. (3) shall be waived for any applicant who meets any of the following criteria:
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(a)1.1. The applicant has taken and passed either the post-1999 version of the Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser State Law Examination, or both the post-1999 version of the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination and the Series 7 General Securities Representative Examination within 2 years prior to the date the application is filed with the division; or
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(a)2. 2. The applicant has been registered as an agent of a broker-dealer within two years prior to the date the application is filed, based on having passed the post-1999 version of the Series 66 examination and the Series 7 examination.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(b) (b) The applicant has been registered as an investment adviser or registered as an investment adviser representative in any jurisdiction in the United States within 2 years prior to the date the application is filed if that jurisdiction required the examinations specified in sub. (3) (a).
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(c) (c) The applicant has received an order of the division, issued under such conditions as the division may prescribe, waiving the requirement to take and pass the examination in sub. (3).
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(d) (d) The applicant provides the division with proof that he or she currently holds one of the following professional designations and at the time of filing an application is current and in good standing with the granting authority:
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(d)1. 1. Certified Financial Planner (CFP) issued by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(d)2. 2. Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) awarded by the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(d)3. 3. Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(d)4. 4. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) granted by the Association for Investment Management and Research.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(d)5. 5. Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) granted by the Investment Adviser Association.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(e) (e) The applicant is registered as an agent of a broker-dealer that conducts investment advisory services under its broker-dealer registration who is not required by the agent's home state to make a separate filing on the central registration depository as an investment adviser representative, but who has previously met the examination requirement in sub. (3) or received a waiver from that requirement under pars. (a) through (d) and (f) and has provided proof that the home state permits transacting business as an investment adviser representative under the agent's registration.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(f)1.1. The applicant was registered as an investment adviser or registered as an investment adviser representative in this state on December 31, 2008, except that the administrator may require additional examinations for any individual found to have violated any state or federal securities law.
DFI-Sec 5.01(4)(f)2. 2. The applicant was registered in this state on December 31, 2008 as an agent for a registered broker-dealer that was also approved to act as an investment adviser in this state and who also met the examination requirement in sub. (3), except that the administrator may require additional examinations for any individual found to have violated any state or federal securities law.
DFI-Sec 5.01(5) (5) Prior to issuance of a registration as an investment adviser, at least one employee located at the principal office of the investment adviser must be designated in the registration application on the form prescribed in s. DFI-Sec 9.01 (1) (b) and filed with the division to act in a supervisory capacity and be registered as an investment adviser representative for the investment adviser, and must satisfy the examination requirement in sub. (3) unless the examination is waived under sub. (4).
DFI-Sec 5.01(6) (6) Any application for registration which is not completed or withdrawn within 6 months from the date it is initially received may be deemed materially incomplete under s. 551.412 (4) (a), Stats., and the division may issue an order denying effectiveness to the application.
DFI-Sec 5.01(7) (7) Every investment adviser whose principal office is located in this state shall have at least one person registered as an investment adviser representative employed on a full-time basis at its principal office.
DFI-Sec 5.01 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1977, No. 264, eff. 1-1-78; am. (1), Register, December, 1979, No. 288, eff. 1-1-80; am. (1) and (6), renum. (4) (b) and (c) to be (4) (c) and (d), cr. (4) (b), r. and recr. (5), Register, December, 1980, No. 300, eff. 1-1-81; am. (3) to (5), Register, December, 1982, No. 324, eff. 1-1-83; am. (1) and (2), r. and recr. (3) and (4), Register, December, 1983, No. 336, eff. 1-1-84; am. (3), renum. (4) (g) to be (4) (h), cr. (4) (g), Register, December, 1986, No. 372, eff. 1-1-87; renum. (3) to be (3) (a) and am., renum. (4) (b) to (h) to be (4) (c) to (i), r. (4) (intro.) and (a), cr. (3) (b), (4) (a) and (b), Register, December, 1987, No. 384, eff. 1-1-88; renum. (4) (c) to (i) to be (4) (c) 1. to 4., (4) (b) 3. and 4. and (c) 5. and; am. (3), r. and recr. (4), Register, December, 1992, No. 444, eff. 1-1-93. am. (4) (b) 3. and 4., cr. (4) (c) (intro.), Register, December, 1988, No. 396, eff. 1-1-89; renum. (4) (a), (c) 1. to 5. to be (4) (a) (intro.) and 2. to 6. and am. (intro.), cr. (4) (a) 1., am. (4) (b) (intro.), r. (4) (c) (intro.), Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; am. (3), r. and recr. (4), Register, December, 1992, No. 444, eff. 1-1-93; renum. (3) (a) to (3), r. (3) (b), Register, December, 1994, No. 468, eff. 1-1-95; r. and recr. (3), am. (4) (a) and (5), Register, December, 1995, No. 480, eff. 1-1-96; am. (1), (3) (intro.), (4) (b), (5) and (7), Register, December, 1998, No. 516, eff. 1-1-99; r. and recr. (3), am. (4) (a), cr. (4) (d), Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 1-1-00; emerg. am. (4) (b), cr. (4) (e), eff. 1-1-00; am. (4) (b), cr. (4) (e), Register, May, 2000, No. 533, eff. 6-1-00; emergency r. and recr. (1) and (2), cr. (8), eff. 1-1-01; CR 01-025: r. and recr. (1) and (2), cr. (8), Register July 2001, No. 547 eff. 8-1-01; correction in (1) (b) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2001 No. 552; CR 02-102: renum. (1) (a) to be (1) (a) 1. and am., renum. (1) (b) to be (1) (b) 1. and am., cr. (1) (a) 2., (1) (b) 2., am. (2) (a), (c) (d) 3. and (e), Register December 2002 No. 564, eff. 1-1-03; CR 08-077: am. (title), (2) (a) to (c), (4) (b), (d) (intro.), 5., (5) and (6), r. and recr. (1), (4) (a) and (e), r. (2) (d) 1. and (8), renum. (2) (d) 2. and 3. to be DFI-Sec 5.04 (3) (b) and (c), renum. (3) to be (3) (a) and am. (3) (a) (intro.), cr. (2) (f), (3) (b) and (4) (f) Register December 2008 No. 636, eff. 1-1-09; corrections in (2) (c), (3) (a) (intro.) and (4) (e) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register December 2008 No. 636; CR 09-056: am. (4) (a) and (b) Register December 2009 No. 648, eff. 1-1-10; CR 10-062: cr. (2) (f) 3., r. and recr. (4) (a) Register September 2010 No. 657, eff. 10-1-10.
DFI-Sec 5.02 DFI-Sec 5.02 Net worth requirement.
DFI-Sec 5.02(1) (1) Each investment adviser registered or required to be registered under ch. 551, Stats., whose principal office is in this state and who accepts prepayment of fees exceeding $1,200 per client that are collected six or more months in advance, shall maintain at all times a positive net worth. The division may require that a current appraisal be submitted in order to establish the worth of any asset.
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