John Adams

John Adams

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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SEC Issues Investment Company ‘Reporting Modernization’ Rules

In May 2015, we reported on proposals by the US Securities and Exchange Commission designed to enhance reporting for mutual funds, ETFs and other registered investment companies. On October 13, 2016, the SEC voted to adopt...more

11/10/2016 - ETFs Form N-PORT Mutual Funds Proposed Regulation Registered Investment Companies (RICs) Required Forms SEC

New Liquidity and Swing Pricing Rules for US Mutual Funds

On October 13, 2016, a unanimous US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted far-reaching rules intended to address mutual fund liquidity risks. On the same day and by a divided (two to one) vote, the SEC adopted new mutual...more

11/8/2016 - Investment Company Act of 1940 Liquidity Mutual Funds Reporting Requirements SEC

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

10/17/2016 - Block Trades BSA/AML Commodities Cross-Border Transactions EU FinTech Foreign Investment MiFID II Securitization SEFs Shadow Banking Stress Tests UK Underwriting Whistleblower Protection Policies

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

9/30/2016 - Asset Management Banking Regulators Banking Sector Banks Broker-Dealer EU Financial Crimes Financial Sector Financial Services Industry FinTech Global Market Investment Firms MiFID

SEC Adopts New Disclosure and Recordkeeping Requirements for Investment Advisers

In May 2015, we reported on proposals by the Securities and Exchange Commission to expand public disclosures by registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) of various aspects of their separately managed accounts (“SMA”)...more

9/6/2016 - Disclosure Requirements Form ADV Investment Adviser Recordkeeping Requirements SEC Separately Managed Accounts (SMA)

Brexit and Equivalence: Review of the Financial Services Framework Across All Sectors

Since the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, there has been much speculation about the form of the future access arrangements between the UK and the EU for financial institutions. In a scenario where no new deal is...more

8/10/2016 - Corporate Counsel Cross-Border Transactions EU Financial Institutions Popular Third Country Entities UK UK Brexit

SEC Proposes New Rule Requiring Investment Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans Issues Guidance on Business...

A rule proposed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 would require SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans...more

7/8/2016 - Business Continuity Plans Investment Adviser Proposed Regulation SEC

Brexit for Fund Managers: Time for Cool Heads

The UK electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the “Brexit” referendum held on 23 June 2016. This note looks at the practical impact of a Brexit for fund managers, including possible solutions in the event that...more

7/6/2016 - AIFMD EEA EU MiFID II UCITS UK UK Brexit

Brexit Q&A: Business Implications

On Thursday 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. While this vote was advisory in nature, we expect that ultimately the UK Government and Parliament will respect the outcome and serve notice to...more

6/29/2016 - Acquisition Agreements Article 50 Treaty of the EU Cross-Border Transactions EEA EU EU Directive Financial Markets Foreign Judgments Grandfathered Status Member State Merger Agreements Popular Scotland Trade Relations UK UK Brexit VAT WTO

SEC Increases Qualified Client Net Worth Threshold

Every five years, the US Securities and Exchange Commission is required to adjust for inflation the agency’s dollar-based qualification tests for when an SEC-registered investment adviser can receive compensation based on...more

6/28/2016 - High Net-Worth Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Qualified Purchaser Registered Investment Advisors SEC

UK Votes to Leave the European Union: What Does it Mean for Fund Managers?

Following the so-called “Brexit” referendum held on 23 June 2016, the UK has narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU). This note briefly discusses the consequences of the vote to leave, with a particular focus on fund...more

6/24/2016 - EEA EFTA EU Fund Managers Investment Funds Member State Referendums UK UK Brexit

Brexit: What Does the Vote Mean for Business?

Today, it was announced that the UK public has voted to leave the European Union. There will now be a negotiation of a new relationship between the UK and Europe. The fact of the vote itself has no legal effect on the laws of...more

6/24/2016 - EEA EU Member State MiFID II Referendums Trade Agreements UK UK Brexit

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

6/23/2016 - Annual Reports Bank Holding Company Capital Markets Union Capital Requirements Cybersecurity Dodd-Frank EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) Long-Term Investment Funds No-Action Relief UK

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

6/9/2016 - EU Benchmark Regulation Form 10-K G-SII MiFID II Payday Loans Position Limits Prudential Standards Shadow Banking Stress Tests

SEC To Increase Qualified Client Net Worth Threshold

Every five years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is required to adjust for inflation the agency’s dollar-based qualification tests for when an SEC-registered investment adviser can receive compensation based on...more

6/6/2016 - High Net-Worth Investment Adviser SEC

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

6/1/2016 - Basel III Beneficial Owner Capital Requirements Cross-Border Transactions Customer Due Diligence (CDD) EU Leverage Ratio Leveraged Lending Margin Requirements Recordkeeping Requirements Regulation Technical Standards (RTS) UCITS UK

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

5/18/2016 - Benchmarking Distributed Ledger Insider Trading Liquidity Coverage Ratio Regulatory Standards Senior Managers Yates Memorandum

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

5/6/2016 - AML-CTF Annuities Asset Management Capital Markets Union Capital Requirements Cross-Border Transactions EU Incentive Compensation Leverage Ratio MiFID II SIFIs UK

US Financial Stability Oversight Council Focuses on Asset Management Products and Activities

On April 18, 2016, the US Financial Stability Oversight Council issued an update on its multi-year review of potential financial stability risks in the asset management industry. This note highlights takeaways from that...more

4/27/2016 - Asset Management Capital Markets Union EU FSOC Popular Risk Assessment UK

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

4/15/2016 - Anti-Inversion Regulations EU FBOs Fiduciary Duty Financial Adviser FinTech FSOC Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI) Leverage Ratio MetLife Terrorism Funding UK

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

4/11/2016 - Asset Management Blockchain CFTC Corporate Governance Cybersecurity Economic Sanctions EU Federal Reserve Industry Consolidation Maxwellisation Municipal Securities Issuers Natural Gas Remuneration Stress Tests UK

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2016 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

4/1/2016 - Capital Markets Union EU Eurozone GAAP Interchange Fees MiFID II Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD) Prudential Standards Ring-Fencing SIFIs SMEs UCITS V UK UK Payment Systems Regulator

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

3/25/2016 - BRRD Central Counterparties Cuba Deposit Insurance Derivatives Clearing Organizations Dodd-Frank EU Foreign Exchanges Goldman Sachs Insider Trading Payment Systems Sanctions UK Volcker Rule

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