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Federal Court Issues Trial Ruling in Section 36(b) “Manager of Managers” Lawsuit: Second Consecutive Opinion Finding Plaintiffs...

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently issued its post-trial ruling in Kasilag et al. v. Hartford Investment Financial Services, LLC et al. The Hartford ruling is the second post-trial Section 36(b)...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Fund Fee Structure Disclosures

In a Guidance Update published on December 15, 2016, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) articulated its views as to certain disclosure issues and...more

SEC Adopts New Rules and Rule Amendments to Require Registered Open-End Investment Companies to Establish Liquidity Risk...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has unanimously adopted new rules and rule amendments to require registered open-end investment companies (including exchange traded funds and exchange-traded...more

Mutual Fund Sales by Intermediaries – Fall-Out from DOL Fiduciary Rule and FINRA Enforcement

Mutual fund sales and distribution arrangements are once again under review. It has been reported that fund intermediaries are re-examining their practices relating to sales charges, share class structures and product...more

SEC Adopts New Rules and Rule Amendments to: (1) Require Liquidity Risk Management Programs for Registered Open-End Investment...

Earlier today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously adopted a new rule and amendments to certain rules and forms that will require registered open-end investment companies, including mutual funds and...more

CFTC Guidance on FCM and DCO Investments in Money Market Funds

Divisions of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on August 8, 2016 issued letters restricting futures commission merchants (FCMs) and derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) from investing in money market...more

The New DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Mutual Fund Distribution

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the final version of its “investment advice” regulation (Final Rule), which is widely expected to impact significantly the financial services industry, including registered investment...more

FSB Issues Proposed Activities-Based Financial Stability Recommendations for the Global Asset Management Industry

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body established by the G-20 in response to the 2008 financial crisis, on June 22, 2016 released its third Consultative Document relating to the regulation and oversight...more

Financial Stability Board Issues Proposed Recommendations to Address Perceived Structural Vulnerabilities in the Asset Management...

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), which was established by the G-20 in response to the 2008 financial crisis, on June 22, 2016 issued proposed specific recommendations to address certain perceived threats that the asset...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again – FINRA Takes Another Look at Mutual Fund Sales Charge Waivers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is once again taking a close look at member firm mutual fund sales practices and sales charge waivers (Mutual Fund Waiver Sweep) in the U.S. FINRA’s target exam letter seeks...more

The Brave New Fiduciary World Has Arrived – The DOL Tries to Find a More Ideal Balance in the Final “Investment Advice” Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) on April 6, 2016 released the final version of its “investment advice” regulation and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions, a highly-anticipated milestone that is the...more

U.S. Money Market Fund Reform: Diversification, Stress Testing and Disclosure Compliance Deadline Quickly Approaching; SEC Staff...

The April 14, 2016 compliance date for certain new money market fund (money funds) requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is quickly approaching. In particular, money funds will be required...more

SEC Staff Publishes its Views on Oversight of Certain Payments to Financial Intermediaries

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) published a Guidance Update on January 6, 2016 related to mutual fund distribution and sub-accounting fees. In the...more

SEC Amends Rule 2a-7 to Eliminate References to NRSRO Ratings and to Revise Issuer Diversification Requirements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted amendments (Amendments) to remove references to credit ratings in Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (1940 Act), the primary rule...more

SEC Issues Settled Enforcement Action Against Investment Adviser, its President and Senior Officers for Compliance Program...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order (Order) on June 23, 2015, against Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management Inc. (Adviser), an investment adviser registered under...more

SEC Staff Issues Money Market Fund Reform Frequently Asked Questions

The Staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has published responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the SEC’s 2014 amendments...more

U.S. Money Market Fund Reform: Form N-CR and Related Website Disclosure Compliance Deadline Quickly Approaching

The July 14, 2015 compliance date for certain new money market fund reporting and disclosure requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is quickly approaching. In particular, money market funds...more

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Approves Amendments to Rules Governing Money Market Funds: Implications for Boards

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved sweeping amendments to Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and other rules governing the operations of money market funds (money funds)...more

Money Market Funds - Focus Shifts to Europe

Following the adoption by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of amendments to the rules governing U.S. money market funds (“MMFs”), the focus is shifting to Europe. In fact, the prospects for sensible MMF...more

U.S. SEC Approves Sweeping Amendments to Rules Governing Money Market Funds

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) on July 23, 2014 approved, by a vote of 3- 2, sweeping amendments to Rule 2a - 7 and other rules that govern money market funds (money funds) under the...more

SEC Approves Amendments to Rules Governing Money Market Funds

Yesterday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), by a vote of 3 to 2, approved amendments to Rule 2a-7 and other rules that govern money market funds under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Amendments”)....more

The U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections to Employees of Mutual Fund Investment Advisers and Other...

The Supreme Court of the United States on March 4, 2014 held that employees of a privately-held mutual fund investment adviser are protected under a whistleblower provision enacted as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Recommendations for Funds and Fund Advisers in Light of Reduced Market-Making...

The Division of Investment Management (“Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently published guidance (“Guidance”) addressing steps that funds and fund advisers should consider in light of...more

FSB and IOSCO to Consider Standards for Treating Investment Funds and Asset Managers as Global Systemically Important Financial...

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), in consultation with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), issued “Assessment Methodologies for Identifying Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global Systemically Important...more

SEC Charges an Investment Adviser and a Portfolio Manager with Fraud and Causing a Money Market Fund to Violate Rule 2a-7

This OnPoint describes the role of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (Division) in uncovering the alleged fraud through an analytical review of the Fund’s performance data and portfolio information. It then...more

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