John M. Ford

John M. Ford

Pepper Hamilton LLP

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SEC Releases First Cybersecurity Enforcement Action for Failure to Protect Client Data

The SEC’s focus in the action was not on the manner of the firm’s responses to the breach or whether there was any actual harm, but predominantly on the adequacy of the firm’s written policies for safeguarding customer...more

9/24/2015 - Client Data Compliance Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Security Enforcement Actions Hackers Investment Adviser OCIE Popular Privacy Policy SEC

The SEC Releases the First Distribution-In-Guise Enforcement Action Concerning Fund Assets Used to Pay For Marketing and...

The SEC’s order provides significant guidance on how the SEC staff will scrutinize the propriety of payments made pursuant to commonly occurring agreements between mutual funds and their service providers and with respect to...more

9/23/2015 - Dealers Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions Financial Markets Intermediaries Investment Adviser Investment Companies Investment Company Act of 1940 Mutual Funds SEC Shareholders

CFTC Adopts Final Harmonization Rules For Registered Investment Companies Dually Registered As Commodity Pool Operators

Eighteen months after amending CFTC Regulation 4.5 to narrow the registered investment company (RIC) exclusion from the definition of commodity pool operator (CPO) and issuing a companion release proposing to amend certain...more

8/14/2013 - CFTC CPO NFA Registration RICs SEC

U.S. District Court Rebuffs ICI Challenge To CFTC Rule 4.5 Amendments

On December 12, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released its decision in Investment Company Institute v. U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, rebuffing the Investment Company Institute (ICI)’s...more

12/14/2012 - CEA CFTC CPO CTA Investment Adviser

FSOC Recommends and Seeks Comment on Money Market Mutual Fund Reform

On November 13, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) voted unanimously to advance its report entitled “Proposed Recommendations Regarding Money Market Mutual Fund Reform.” FSOC was established by the Dodd-Frank...more


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