Jay G. Baris

Jay G. Baris

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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No-Action Relief Granted for Three-Tier Fund Structure

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management on April 3, 2015, said that it will not recommend enforcement proceedings against an investment adviser that structures a three-tier fund allowing certain funds to invest in a...more

4/20/2015 - Fund of Funds Investment Adviser Investment Funds No-Action Relief SEC

SEC Division of Investment Management Cautions Advisers on Acceptance of Gifts and Entertainment

Fund compliance policies and procedures should address the receipt of gifts or entertainment by fund advisory personnel, according to guidance published by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management....more

4/20/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Conditional Gifts Investment Adviser Investment Company Act of 1940 New Guidance Policies and Procedures SEC

Coming Soon: Regulations for Uniform Fiduciary Standard

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services on March 24, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White said that she supports a uniform fiduciary standard of conduct for broker-dealers and investment advisers that provide...more

3/27/2015 - Asset Management Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Mary Jo White Proposed Standards SEC

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedging Disclosure - SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers - House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and Other...more

2/27/2015 - Background Checks Broker-Dealer CFTC Compliance Cybersecurity Data Protection Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions Equity Swaps FINRA Hedging Investment Adviser Investment Management OCIE SEC

SEC Charges Alt Fund Adviser with Custody Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2015, entered findings against an investment adviser to several alternative mutual funds for maintaining $247 million in cash collateral at broker-dealer counterparties...more

2/18/2015 - Alternative Investment Funds Broker-Dealer Custody Rule Enforcement Actions Investment Adviser SEC

SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

An SEC cybersecurity sweep examination by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) found that 88 percent of the broker-dealers (BDs) and 74 percent of the registered investment advisers (RIAs) they...more

2/13/2015 - Broker-Dealer Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Protection Investment Adviser OCIE SEC

House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and other Regulatory Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015, voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” If enacted, the bill, among other things, would extend the Volcker...more

1/19/2015 - Collateralized Loan Obligations Investment Adviser JOBS Act Pending Legislation SBIC Venture Capital Volcker Rule

SEC to Require Living Wills and Stress-Testing for Investment Advisers

In a speech on December 11, 2014, SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced three broad “proactive initiatives” to address the risks of “increasingly complex portfolio composition and operations” in the asset management industry. ...more

12/15/2014 - Asset Management Fund Managers Investment Adviser Living Will SEC Stress Tests

SEC Chair’s Agenda Provides Glimpse of New Rules to Come

The SEC offered a peek into what new rule proposals we can expect in the coming months. The sneak preview includes some eye openers, like proposed rules to require funds to adopt liquidity management programs and...more

12/8/2014 - Asset Management ETFs Exchange-Traded Products Investment Adviser Liquidity Risk Management Rule OMB Proposed Regulation Rulemaking Process SEC Stress Tests

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- September 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation: Long-Awaited Money Market Fund Rules Adopted - SEC Staff Offers Guidance Regarding Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms - SEC Staff Closes Loophole on BDC Asset...more

9/17/2014 - Banks CFTC Conflicts of Interest CPO Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions FINRA Hedge Funds Investment Adviser Liquidity Fees Money Market Funds Municipal Advisers NAV Pay-To-Play Proxy Advisors Redemption Gates SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan Whistleblowers

SEC Staff Offers Guidance Regarding Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management and Division of Corporation Finance published joint guidance on June 30, 2014 regarding investment advisers’ responsibilities in voting client proxies, and two exemptions from the...more

7/3/2014 - Investment Adviser Proxies Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation ..SEC Begins to Scrutinize Registrants’ Cybersecurity Practices ..SEC Staff Sets Boundaries for Adviser Testimonials in Social Media ..Chair White: SEC to Tackle High-Frequency...more

6/16/2014 - Broker-Dealer Cybersecurity Dark Pool FINRA High Frequency Trading Investment Adviser Issuers JOBS Act Legislative Agendas Marijuana New Legislation Private Equity Funds SEC SEC Commissioner SIFIs Transaction Fees

Best Practices for Independent Directors of Business Development Companies

As business development companies (BDCs) grow in popularity, the role of their independent directors grows in importance. Here we look at the increasingly important role that BDC independent directors play and how their...more

6/6/2014 - Best Management Practices Business Development Companies Capital Markets Conflicts of Interest Corporate Governance Directors Funding Investment Adviser Investment Portfolios Private Equity Funds Small Business

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 3 - May 2014

In This Issue: - Jerked Around? Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms Into Federal Law? - Which Way Is Aereo Pointing? The Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Public Performance Copyright Case - The...more

5/22/2014 - Aereo APIs Copyright FTC Internet Internet of Things Internet Service Providers Internet Streaming Investment Adviser Jerk Public Performance Rights SCOTUS Social Media VPPA

Division of Investment Management: References by Advisers to Public Commentary on Social Media Sites Don’t Invoke “Testimonial...

Acknowledging the growing demand by consumers for information through social media, the Division of Investment Management set some ground rules on how investment advisers can use social media and publish advertisements that...more

4/7/2014 - Investment Adviser Social Media

New Regulatory Guidance on Use of Social Media by Investment Advisers

Acknowledging the growing demand by consumers for information through social media, the Division of Investment Management set some ground rules on how investment advisers can use social media and publish advertisements...more

4/7/2014 - Compliance Investment Adviser Social Media

SEC Sanctions Non-U.S. Firm for Failing to Register as Broker-Dealer/Adviser

The SEC charged a non-U.S. multi-national financial institution with a large U.S. presence with violating federal securities laws by providing brokerage and investment advisory services to U.S. clients without registering...more

4/2/2014 - Broker-Dealer Investment Adviser Registration SEC

SEC Staff Urges Bond Fund Advisers to Reassess Risk Management in Light of Market Volatility

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management recommends that fixed income fund advisers take steps to assess portfolio risk in light of “potential market volatility” and review the adequacy of related prospectus disclosures....more

1/29/2014 - Bonds Investment Adviser Risk Management SEC

House Passes Bill to Restore Registration Exemption for Private Equity Fund Advisers

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on December 4, 2013, that would restore an exemption from registration to advisers of certain private equity funds that limit leverage, an attempt to undo another...more

12/5/2013 - Dodd-Frank Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Private Equity Proposed Legislation Registration Reporting Requirements SEC

How Directors Can Handle Adviser’s Exit From Fund Biz

An investment adviser’s decision to exit the fund business can present multiple challenges for the fund board. These challenges can be particularly difficult when the interests of the adviser and those of the fund and its...more

11/1/2013 - Advisory Contracts Assignments Conflicts of Interest Due Diligence Hedge Funds Investment Adviser Investment Company Act of 1940 Safe Harbors

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

10/24/2013 - Audits Bad Actors Broker-Dealer CFTC Commodity Pool Compliance Continuity of Enterprises Dodd-Frank Enforcement FINRA General Solicitation Investment Adviser JOBS Act PCAOB Private Funds Rule 506 Offerings SEC

Division of Investment Management Closes Loophole for Fund Advisers Providing Interim Services “At Cost”

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management has closed a potential loophole in the federal securities laws through which some fund advisers may have attempted to squeeze to avoid registration....more

10/18/2013 - Investment Adviser Investment Management Registration SEC Tax Loopholes

SEC Sanctions Investment Adviser for Pushing Class A Shares When Investors Qualified to Buy Institutional Class Shares

The Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned an investment adviser and its owner for failing to seek best execution and breaching their fiduciary duty in selecting mutual fund share classes for three advisory...more

10/3/2013 - Broker Commissions Broker-Dealer Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Mutual Funds Sanctions SEC

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

REGULATION FD - Beginning in 1999 and continuing into 2000, media reports about selective disclosure of material nonpublic information by issuers raised concerns that select market professionals who were privy to this...more

9/9/2013 - Accredited Investors Broker-Dealer Crowdfunding Disclosure Requirements Filing Requirements FINRA GAAP Investment Adviser Issuers JOBS Act Material Nonpublic Information Private Offerings Proxy Solicitations Public Offerings Recordkeeping Requirements Regulation FD SEC Social Media Third-Party Liability

SEC Staff: Private Stock Certificates May Not Be Subject to Custody Rule

In a recent IM Guidance Update, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that it would not object if registered investment advisers (RIAs) to certain private funds do not maintain “private stock certificates” with a...more

8/23/2013 - Custody Rule Investment Adviser SEC Stocks

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