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MiFID II for Non-EU Fund Managers

The revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments package—known as MiFID II—takes effect on January 3, 2018. New rules on trading inducements, research, best execution, market transparency and the regulation of algorithmic...more

Private Fund Limited Partnership: The UK’s New Fund Vehicle

With effect from 6 April 2017, the United Kingdom has overhauled its limited partnership legislation to create a new form of limited partnership: the Private Fund Limited Partnership (“PFLP”). The PFLP is designed solely for...more

FINRA Proposes to Permit Use of Predictions/Projections of Investment Strategy Performance

In February, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposed amendments to its rule regarding communications with the public, Rule 2210, that would allow broker-dealers to distribute a customized...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2017

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

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2017

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

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2017

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

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 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

The Changing Fiduciary Duty Landscape in a Trump Presidency

The fiduciary standards for institutions and individuals providing investment advice throughout the retail investment and municipal securities markets are currently undergoing significant change. Following on the heels of the...more

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

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

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

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

FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Proposal Approved - Broker-Dealers Conducting Only Certain Private Fund Placement Services or...

In August 2016, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposal to permit firms conducting only enumerated corporate financing activities (“capital acquisition brokers” or “CABs”) to operate under a more limited FINRA rule set, a move...more

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

FINRA Proposes Revisions to Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation Rules

On August 5, 2016, FINRA in Regulatory-Notice 16–29 proposed revisions to its regulation of broker-dealer gifts, entertainment and non-cash compensation (the “proposal”) and requested comment to the same. The comment period...more

Securities Enforcement: 2016 Mid-Year Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) brought over 400 enforcement actions in the first half of 2016 and is on pace to surpass its record of 807 enforcements actions in a single fiscal year, which...more

ValueAct Settles for Record HSR Fine

Activist investor ValueAct Capital agreed to pay an $11 million fine and also agreed to injunctive relief to settle the DOJ’s allegations that it violated the HSR Act in connection with its acquisition of over $2.5 billion of...more

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

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

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

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

FinCEN Issues Final Beneficial Owner Identification Rules

In May 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued final rules regarding beneficial owner identification obligations for legal entity customers (the “Rule”). Under the Rule, covered...more

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

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

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