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Let’s say that five years ago, you developed an investment strategy and built an algorithm to execute it. Since then, your robo-adviser has managed several client accounts using that algorithm. Much to your delight, the strategy weathered the ups and downs of the market and to date, has produced very favorable returns. Now, you want

Even though your firm may be registered with the SEC, a state can impose licensing requirements on individuals associated with your firm who (i) have a “place of business” within the state and (ii) fall within the state’s definition of “investment adviser representative” (or “IA Rep”). These requirements should be met before any individuals begin

Before your robo-adviser can accept its first client, it must be registered. Like other investment advisers, robo-advisers have two possible initial registration pathways. They either register with the SEC or they register with the state(s) where they maintain a place of business. Due to the additional complexity associated with state registration, most robo-advisers seek to

Thanks for taking the time to check out our first of many blog posts designed to help robo-advisers operate more efficiently, reduce business risk, and comply with applicable law.

To start, when we say “robo-advisers” or “you,” we mean registered investment advisers that use technology to provide discretionary asset management services to their clients through