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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

Extraordinary Turnout and Discussions at ULC Unclaimed Property Drafting Meeting

Failing to attend last week’s Uniform Law Commission’s (ULC’s) Drafting Committee meeting to revise the 1995 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (the Act) was worse than missing the 2012 Extravakranza. On November 7 and 8, 2014,...more

Why infect the law of trusts with good faith doctrine?

The law’s good faith principle has traditionally regulated legal relationships, such as the contractual relationship. Equity’s more intense fiduciary principle has generally regulated equitable relationships, such as the...more

Uniform Acts, Modern Portfolio Theory, and An Unintended Consequence

Uniform Acts, Modern Portfolio Theory, and An Unintended Consequence by James F. McDonough, Jr. on August 8, 2013 Trustees had been governed by the Reasonable Man standard for investing trust assets that were designed...more

Beware: Active Participation of Trustee S-Corporation Shareholder is Required – Technical Advice Memorandum 201317010

Differing points of view have arisen regarding determining the active participation of S-Corporation shareholdings held in Trust....more

CSL Takes Pity On Inter Vivos Trusts

Section 25019 of the Corporations Code defines “security” broadly by listing a broad range of items that is substantially, but not exactly, the same found in Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933. See “Security”...more

New York State Court Allows Trustee Lawsuit Against DB Structured Products to Proceed

On May 13, Justice Kornreich of the Supreme Court of the State of New York denied DB Structured Products, Inc.’s (DBSP) motion to dismiss an RMBS putback action brought against it by the trustee for the relevant RMBS trust. ...more

SEC Settles Suit for Misleading Advisory Contract Approval Disclosure

Settlement with mutual fund directors and service providers serves as a reminder of responsibilities for disclosures relating to the approval of investment advisory contracts and provides insight into SEC enforcement...more

SEC Settles with Service Providers and Trustees of two Mutual Fund Trusts for Inaccurate Disclosures Regarding Section 15(c)...

On May 2, 2013, the SEC filed an order instituting settled administrative proceedings against the trustees (“Trustees”) and certain service providers of two “turnkey” open-end series investment companies, Northern Lights Fund...more

SEC Sanctions Fund Trustees for Inadequate Disclosures and Failure to Follow Compliance Policies

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the trustees of two “turnkey” mutual fund trusts with causing untrue or misleading disclosures about their review of the funds’ advisory contracts. The Commission also...more

The Owner’s Manual - Winter 2013

In This Issue: Introduction; Partnering with Private Equity Firms; Beyond Bank Borrowing: Mezzanine Funds & Growth Captial; The Auction Block: Finding the Right Buyer for Your Company; First Steps: “Don’t Let Your Exit...more

BLG Monthly Update for June 2012

Bad prison food, compensation for sex on the job and neat contracts cases: all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for June 2012!...more

Unpaid Federal Taxes, Lead to Federal Tax Liens

Proving that celebrities are not above the law, the IRS recently served rapper Lil’ Kim with a tax lien for allegedly dodging more than $1 million in taxes. While it is celebrity tax stories that most often make the...more

The Academics Are Just Plain Wrong: The Trust Is Not a Contract

Since the 1960s, the trust has been under attack on two fronts in the American law school. First, the traditional Trusts course has been down-graded to elective status, a misguided curricular “reform” that Charles E. Rounds,...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 6, No. 2

In This Issue: Table of Contents: California Enacts Legislation Requiring Out-of-State Retailers to Collect Use Tax; SEC Finalizes Rules Exempting Family Offices from Requirement to Register as Investment Adviser;...more

Family Office Exemption Narrowly Defined by S.E.C.

Following the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression which followed, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 democratic campaign platform called for regulation of the securities exchanges “to the full extent of federal...more

New York State Amends Power of Attorney Law

On August 13, 2010, New York State Governor David Paterson signed into law amendments to New York's Power of Attorney Law (A.8392-C/S.7288-A) (the "2010 Amendments"). The 2010 Amendments become effective September 12, 2010...more

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