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SEC Approves New Rules Enabling Financial Advisors to Defend Vulnerable Clients from Exploitation

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Financial exploitation of aging and mentally diminished investors by family members and third parties is on the rise. With America's senior population growing rapidly, this problem may only get worse. More than half of all...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management - While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Klaus Kleinfeld is out as CEO of Alcoa-subsidiary Arconic. Kleinfeld’s two-year tenure was marked by problems, and Kleinfeld did himself no favor with an un-Board-authorized letter that he sent to activist-investor Elliott...more

When Independent Commentary Isn’t

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC has recently issued an Investor Alert regarding commentary provided about investors from what appear to be independent sources. It turns out, many of those independent sources are not independent at all. Instead, they...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Limitations under 1940 Act to Permit Certain Global “Master-Feeder” Arrangements, Although Obstacles Remain

by Dechert LLP on

The Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 8, 2017 issued a no-action letter (Staff Letter) in response to a request from Dechert LLP for assurance under Section 12(d)(1) of the Investment Company...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

Corwin Stops Litigation Where Deal Protection Measures are not Preclusive

In Re Paramount Gold And Silver Corp. Stockholders Litigation examines the interaction of Corwin, Unocal and deal protection measures. At issue was a Merger Agreement which provided for Coeur Mining, Inc. to acquire all of...more

Technical Amendments Under the JOBS Act Result in Changes to Cover Pages of Many Securities Act and Exchange Act Forms

by White & Case LLP on

On March 31, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") made a number of technical amendments to existing rules and certain Securities Act of 1933 ("Securities Act") and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange...more

Claims Dismissed Against Successor Transfer Agent Where There Was No Showing Of A Duty Owed To The Investors

In Magna Equities II, LLC et al., v. Writ Media Group Inc., et al., No. 653808/2016, 2017 BL 115243 (N.Y. Sup. Ct March 30, 2017), Justice Peter Sherwood dismissed for lack of jurisdiction and failure to state a claim all...more

Withdraw a Dissolution Claim? Not So Fast

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Article 11 of the Business Corporation Law governs dissolution of closely held New York business corporations. Article 11 has existed, more or less in its current form, for decades. Some of its provisions have been heavily...more

Don’t Forget to Update the Covers of Your SEC Forms

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, a final rule became effective that added two new “check box” items to the covers of Securities Act and Exchange Act forms relating to an issuer’s status as an emerging growth company (EGC)...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

EMIR - European Securities Agencies Issue Statement on EMIR Variation Margin Rules, More Entities Exempt from EMIR and ESMA Re-Affirms Commitment to Co-Operate with Non-EU Regulators on CCPs - On 23 February, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

Ruling & Enforcement: Conflict Minerals’ Disclosure - On April 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered a final judgment in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, declaring that...more

Blog: Senate Hearing On Conflict Minerals Law Reveals Common Theme

by Cooley LLP on

On April 5, just prior to the release of Corp Fin’s Updated Statement on conflict minerals, the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy held a hearing on the effects on the Democratic Republic of the Congo of...more

Investment Funds Updatea: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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FCA Publishes Dealing Commission Review Findings - The FCA have published their findings from a review that analysed dealing commission expenditure across 31 investment managers. The policy statement on the use of...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The election of President Trump contained some positive signs for Private Equity (PE) fund managers. These included potential lower corporate taxes, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 3

SEC Rolls Out “POSITIER” - The SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate used a recent March 9, 2017 open meeting and related “Evidence Summit” to announce its new investor research initiative, “POSITIER.”1 This new acronym...more

Court Applies “Fiduciary Exception” to Mutual Fund Trustees’ Attorney-Client Privilege

by Carlton Fields on

In Kenny v. Pacific Inv. Mgm’t Co. LLC (W.D. Wash.), a federal judge recently ruled that a mutual fund’s independent trustees must produce certain documents that the trustees had redacted or withheld based on attorney-client...more

Circuits Split Over Constitutionality of SEC’s Administrative Law Judges

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Bandimere v. SEC, recently held that the SEC’s administrative law judges (ALJs) are “inferior officers” whose appointments violate the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Adopts Jobs Act Amendments - On April 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that it has adopted amendments to increase the amount of money companies can...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One of the interesting features accompanying the rise of automation and tech in the US workplace is the lack of any comprehensive means of tracking its pervasiveness. One panel of economists and consumer experts is...more

SEC Staff Allows Brokers to Set Commissions for Mutual Fund “Clean Shares”

by Carlton Fields on

On January 11, the SEC staff issued an interpretive letter to the Capital Group (CG Letter) stating that Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act does not prevent brokers from charging commissions for effecting...more

SEC Facilitates Product Charge Variations

by Carlton Fields on

SEC staff in December issued a Guidance Update that provides significant flexibility regarding how mutual funds and variable annuities (VAs) reflect multiple charge structures in their SEC registration statements....more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

CSSF Press Release 17/06 Dated 13 February 2017 - The CSSF confirmed that it follows ESMA on its opinion in relation to the requirements for UCITS share classes....more

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