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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

Single-Investor Products Assume Leading Role in Private Equity Capital Raising

Since 2010, asset managers using private, single-investor structures have raised around $128 billion, according to Bain & Co.’s Global Private Equity Report 2015. This figure rivals — and for some asset managers, may exceed —...more

GPs Operating in Japan: Follow-Up Information Disclosures for Article 63 Filers Is Required

GPs that operate limited partnerships based on the exemption under Article 63 of the FIEA and have recently completed a renewal filing around the end of the grace period (August 31, 2016) are required to prepare Form 20-2...more

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

AMF Doctrine – Authorisation of “Pre-Marketing” Activities - The AMF updated its Position n° 2014-04, which is a guide to the marketing regime of UCITS and AIFs in France. These changes have been implemented following...more

NFA Proposal Would Require CFTC-Registered Asset Managers to Report on Financial Condition

The National Futures Association’s (NFA’s) latest proposal would require registered commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors to provide new information about their financial condition in quarterly reports to...more

Expanded Licensing Regime for Asset Managers Managing OTC Derivatives Transactions

Key Points - - Amended Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance expands existing type 9 Regulated Activity (Asset Management) to cover management of OTC derivative products. - A Type 9 licenseholder managing...more

Putting a Premium on Illiquidity: Some Reflections on the SEC’s Scrutiny of Valuation Practices and Disclosures

Valuation is typically near the top of the list when the SEC’s enforcement division and exam staff disclose their priority topics for private funds.  We expect that trend to continue and, if anything, the focus on valuation...more

SEC Halts Scheme By IM Who Bilked Off-Shore Investment Manager

It can happen to anybody. The SEC has brought what seems like an almost endless string of investment fund and offering fraud actions. Typically small, unsophisticated investors, often known to the fraudster, are targeted with...more

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

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

CFTC Proposes Permanent Registration Relief to Certain Non-US Asset Managers

The amendments to the CFTC’s registration rules will codify no-action relief that permits non-US asset managers to rely on an exemption from the requirement to register with the CFTC by virtue of trading uncleared swaps in...more

SEC Proposes Business Continuity and Transition Plan Requirements for Investment Advisers; Staff Issues Guidance for Registered...

On June 28, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new Rule 206(4)-4 (Proposed Rule) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (Advisers Act) and also proposed amendments to certain...more

The PRIIPs Regulation – A view from Germany: Why Asset Managers should be ready as of January 2017 and not rely on Grandfathering

The Regulation (EU) 1286/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council of 26 November 2014 on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (“PRIIPs Regulation”) will introduce a new...more

A Baker's Dozen of Blue Chip CEO's and Leading Investors Speak Out on Corporate Governance: What Else Can be Offered to the...

A most curious press release sprouted up amidst summer's hot growing season: 13 leaders of public companies and investing firms have put forth self-professed governance principles for public companies. (See...more

A Call to Action: Leading Executives Issue “Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance”

Citing the importance of publicly owned companies to the U.S. economy, a group of thirteen leading executives issued a set of principles, on July 21, 2016, outlining their vision for the critical elements of good corporate...more

The FCA Peers Into Dark Pools

On July 21, 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom (UK) published a thematic review: UK equity market dark pools - Role, promotion and oversight in wholesale markets. Background - The...more

Brexit: How will it impact asset and fund managers?

Following the result of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty about the impact of the decision on the financial services industry, including asset and fund...more

The Luxembourg Reserved Alternative Investment Funds Law Has Arrived

The entry into force of AIFMD in Europe has resulted in a double layer of regulation, as we now have regulation and supervision at the level of the product (regulated investment funds) and supervision at the level of the...more

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

AIFMD – ESMA Updates Q&A on the Application of the AIFMD - ESMA updated its questions and answers on the application of the AIFMD on 3 June 2016. The new content includes a new question and answer on requirements...more

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

Brexit: UK Votes to Leave EU - The 23 June 2016 referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU resulted in a vote to leave the EU. Under the EU Treaty, the exit process should take at least two years. During...more

CIRC strengthens regulation of portfolio-type products

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) released on 22 June 2016 the Circular on Strengthening the Business Regulation of Portfolio-type Insurance Asset Management (CIRC [2016] No. 104) (the 2016 Circular), which...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: The Société de Libre Partenariat: A New French Fund Alternative

The implementation of the AIFM Directive has afforded the French legislature the opportunity to simplify its range of regulated investment vehicles, with the aim of making France’s financial markets more attractive – both to...more

FCA Guidance on Fund Suspensions

Three things you need to know - - The UK Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") issued guidance (the “Guidance”) on the suspension of fund redemptions. - The Guidance applies to all FCA-authorised managers...more

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

Updated CSSF AIFM FAQ - The Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) issued an updated version (number 10) of the Frequently Asked Questions in relation to the law of 12 July 2013 on Alternative Investment...more

Casting the Net Wider to Address "Too Big to Fail" - The ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol

21 major global banks signed the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol at launch. Pursuant to the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol, these banks have agreed to suspend their termination rights in relation to...more

Brexit for asset managers and fund managers - don’t panic, it may not be as bad as it at first appears!

UK regulated fund managers and asset managers should bear in mind that, while the Brexit vote has occurred, this does not bind the UK Parliament. As of the date of writing (6 July 2016), the process of withdrawal under...more

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