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Jeffrey Lang is an Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Investment Management & Securities Group in the Lawrenceville, New Jersey office. Mr. Lang concentrates his practice on Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer compliance, managed accounts, oversight of business practices and supervision, and risk assessments. He also has extensive experience with SEC and FINRA rules and regulations.

President Trump issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) on November 12, 2020 prohibiting “U.S. persons” from trading in securities, both in the U.S. and abroad, that finance Communist Chinese military companies (generally defined as companies owned or controlled by Chinese military or government services and supporting military services, manufacturing or production). There were about 30 companies initially identified by the U.S. government, but the list is fluid and is likely to expand over time. “U.S. person” is broadly defined as “any United Citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.” Thus, the Order impacts both RIAs and individual investors.

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Many investment adviser representatives (“IARs”) employed by or associated with state-registered and SEC-registered/“federal covered” investment advisers have been required to conduct business from their home or other temporary office location in the face of COVID-19. If those displaced IARs are not currently licensed by the states where they are temporarily providing advisory services, firms should quickly analyze whether they must license these individuals under the respective and applicable state law.

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