Morrison & Foerster LLP - Broker-Dealer Compliance + Regulation

House Bill Would Ease Regulatory Restrictions to Private Fund Advisers

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to modernize certain disclosure requirements and lessen regulatory burdens on private fund advisers. …more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Capital Acquisition Brokers: New Category of Broker-Dealers Provides Limited Relief for Some Investment Banking Boutiques

The SEC recently approved a set of FINRA rules which creates a new category of broker-dealers known as Capital Acquisition Brokers or CABs. The rules were originally proposed in 2014 and will go into effect on the date set…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

FINRA to Conduct Targeted Exams of Unit Investment Trust Rollovers

FINRA recently announced that it will be conducting an inquiry into unit investment trust (“UIT”) rollovers. UITs generally are unmanaged registered investment companies that are comprised of a fixed portfolio of securities and…more
| Franchise Law, Securities Law

OCIE Announces Adviser Supervision Practices Initiative

On September 12, 2016, OCIE published a National Exam Program Risk Alert announcing an initiative to examine the supervision practices of registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) that employ individuals with a history of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Double-Check the Math: Advisers Should Not Provide Clients With Performance Data Created by Other Investment Managers Without Verifying the Information

In a series of enforcement actions this week, the SEC made it clear that investment advisers need to substantiate the performance records of investment management firms they recommend to their clients. In these cases, failure…more
| Administrative Law, Business Torts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFTC Proposal to Amend CPO Reporting Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on August 5, 2016, issued a proposal to amend its rules governing commodity pool annual reports, which, if adopted, would permit commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) of a pool…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FINRA Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers that Sell Non-Traded BDCs

In a notice published on its website on August 4, 2016, FINRA announced that it is conducting an inquiry with respect to non-traded business development companies (BDCs). FINRA asked that the member broker-dealers send the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFTC Proposed Registration Relief for Non-U.S. Futures Commission Merchants, Commodity Pool Operators, Commodity Trading Advisors and Introducing Brokers

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed amendments to its rules (“Proposed Rules”) that loosen the conditions for exemption from registration as a futures commission merchant (“FCM”),…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Eases Regulatory Burden for Listing Actively Managed ETFs

The Securities and Exchange Commission took a step toward streamlining the approval process for actively managed ETFs last week by approving rule proposals from two securities exchanges…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

OCIE Gives Advisers a Heads-Up About Its Latest Sweep Examination Initiative

Last week, OCIE published a National Exam Program Risk Alert highlighting the staff’s focus on advisers’ responsibility to act consistently with their clients’ best interests. According to OCIE, its latest sweep examination, the…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FINRA Study of Financial Literacy: Many Investors May Not Have It

In July 2016, FINRA’s Investor Education Foundation released the findings from its National Financial Capability Study. The study suggests that, while in some ways Americans have increased their financial literacy, too…more
| Finance & Banking

Proposed Financial Disclosure Changes Could Impact Funds and BDCs

At an open meeting this week, the SEC voted to propose changes to certain disclosure rules affecting public issuers including, among others, investment companies and business development companies (BDCs)…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Business Continuity and Transition Rules for Advisers While Staff Publishes Similar Guidance for Funds

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management published regulatory guidance on June 28, 2016, highlighting the need for registered investment company complexes to review their business continuity plans to ensure they are…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with “Gatekeeper Failures”

Add fund administrators to the list of service providers the SEC expects to act as “gatekeepers.” In two separate settled actions last week, the SEC found that a private fund administrator “caused” the managers’ unregistered…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Staff Throws Funds a Lifeline on Auditor Independence (For Now)

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided temporary relief from the headache created for funds when the failure to meet the provisions of the so-called “loan rule” may disqualify fund auditors from being independent…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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