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Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

MoFo Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - We held up Tax Talk this quarter in order to bring you the latest on the Trump administration’s tax reform plans. Unfortunately, the one-page plan and transcript of the press conference released on April 26...more

U.S. Department of Labor Defers Implementation of the Investor Fiduciary Rule to June 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On April 4, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor issued an order effective April 9, 2017, stating that implementation of the so-called investor Fiduciary Rule applicable to Individual Retirement Accounts will be delayed until...more

You Better Watch Your Suitability Determinations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC recently announced that it charged a former broker with knowingly or recklessly trading unsuitable investment products for five customers and taking $170,000 for one of those customers. These charges follow a prior...more

SEC Approves FINRA’s Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

On March 30, 2017, the SEC approved the adoption of new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults). Among other things, Rule 2165 permits brokers to place holds on disbursements of funds or securities from...more

SEC Issues Guidance to Ease Fund Implementation of “Clean Shares”

In January, we authored a post discussing an SEC no-action letter, dated January 11, 2017, to Capital Group (the “Capital Group Letter”), the parent company of American Funds. In the Capital Group Letter, the SEC agreed that...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Application of 1940 Act Section 22(d) to Brokers Selling Clean Shares of Mutual Funds

by Dechert LLP on

In response to a request for interpretative guidance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff (staff) advised on January 11, 2017 that Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 does not prevent a broker...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update – February 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

REGULATION - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become...more

Mutual Funds Come Clean: Brokers Can Set Fund Share Sales Charges

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management effectively allowed brokers to determine the commissions they will charge their customers who buy “Clean Shares” of mutual funds. In a “no-action” letter...more

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

by Perkins Coie on

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a no-action letter on January 11, 2017 explicitly permitting brokers to set their own commission rates for sales of so-called “clean shares” of mutual funds. Previously, as...more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

SEC Takes Issue with Employee Confidentiality Obligations and Waivers of Monetary Awards

by White & Case LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or "Commission") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a risk alert on October 24, 2016, announcing that it will be reviewing registrants'...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

by Jackson Walker on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo is well past the rain, the pouring, and even the flooding. So why not possible liability for its RMBS practices? As part of an SEC disclosure, the bank acknowledge that it’s “in discussion” with the RMBS Working...more

FINRA Proposes Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

In October 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed rules designed to help brokers protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The proposal would amend existing customer account information rules...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The weekend’s business news was dominated by the word that AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion in the biggest yet in a series of telecomm mergers....more

Do you really want to hire that broker with a checkered past

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

That is the question that the SEC has essentially posed for registered investment advisers in a National Exam Program Risk Alert. In doing so, the SEC has stated that it will be “examining compliance oversight and controls of...more

Bloomberg Chat Is No Idle Chatter

by Conduent on

Gone are the days when brokers or buy-side professionals picked up the phone to make bids and close deals. Instead, they “chat” through their Bloomberg Terminals. The more than 320,000 traders, investors, and other market...more

ERISA Fiduciary Rules: Court Challenges and Considerations for Employers

by Polsinelli on

Employers and their financial advisors should consider enacting a multi-step plan amid anticipation that the proposed ERISA Fiduciary Rules turn effective. Last month, several business groups filed a complaint in the...more

New Appointment Underscores SEC’s Focus on Cybersecurity Threats

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced the appointment of Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. Hetner, who was formerly the Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the...more

Equity For The Crowd

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On May 16, 2016 the long awaited Crowdfunding rules became final. In some 680 pages of regulations, not to mention the length of the text of the enabling law, Congress and securities regulators have sought to balance the...more

SEC sanctions private equity fund adviser for acting as an unregistered broker

by DLA Piper on

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing that a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner have agreed to pay more than $3.1 million to settle charges that included...more

Finding Some Additional Issues While Fundraising

So, your start-up had some difficulties raising money from venture capital funds and you think now it is time to gain access to a broader group of potential investors. Hiring a finder is a great way to tap into a larger...more

SEC Expands Cybersecurity Compliance Requirements For 2016

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On January 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the 2016 examination priorities list. For the third year in a row, cybersecurity is a top concern, especially with regard to internal security program...more

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