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Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 8

Brexit and Structured Products: A Framework for Considering Disclosures - The U.K.’s recent referendum to withdraw from the European Union has affected virtually all segments of the financial industry. The structured...more

It's Time To Loosen The Limitations On BDC Investors

Business development companies, which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much mutual...more

SEC Approves Generic Listing Standards for Active ETFs

New standards are expected to simplify and expedite the process of launching an actively managed ETF. On July 22, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued orders approving proposals by Bats BZX Exchange,...more

Section 12(d)(1) and Business Development Companies

Business development companies (BDCs), which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much...more

SEC Streamlines Exchange Listings for Actively Managed ETFs

On July 22, 2016, the SEC approved proposed listing rule amendments by NYSE Arca, Inc. (available here) and Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (available here) to provide “generic” listing standards for actively managed ETFs. These...more

NYSE Arca and BATS Adopt Generic Listing Standards for Active Exchange-Traded Funds, Which May Expedite Fund Launches

NYSE Arca, Inc. and BATS BZX Exchange, Inc. (each, an Exchange) separately received U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval on July 22, 2016 to adopt generic listing standards for exchange-traded funds (ETFs)...more

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

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: MiFID II: Key Considerations for Asset Managers

The Council of the European Union on 13 May 2014 formally endorsed a new regulatory regime that will replace the current Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which has been in force since 2007. The new...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.30.16

US banks made a strong showing in part 2 of the latest round of the Fed’s stress tests. Only Morgan Stanley didn’t pass unconditionally (concerns over the company’s “internal controls and processes” tripped it up), while the...more

FINRA Sanctions Investment Firm Following Unsuitable Sales of Nontraditional ETFs

On June 7, 2016, FINRA settled proceedings against a New York-based investment firm for alleged violations of its suitability and related rules, namely NASD Rule 2310 and FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010. According to FINRA,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.14.16

The big story of week so far came just a few minutes after the Brief went to [digital] print yesterday, so apologies for the second hand news: Microsoft has agreed to acquire LinkedIn for a staggering $26.2 billion in a move...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.7.16

In a gift to Wall Street today, Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled that May’s weak job numbers were low enough to prompt reconsideration of a June rate hike out of fears of pushing a fragile economy too far too fast....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.6.16

Some thoughts about why the relatively dismal May employment numbers (just 38k jobs added) isn’t really as bad as it would seem on first glance...more

Recent Investment Management Developments - May 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management...more

Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 Passes Muster in U.S. House of Representatives

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representative passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 5019) by a vote of 411 to 6. This bill directs the SEC to amend its regulations under the Securities Act of...more

SEC Proposes New Limits on Funds’ Use of Derivatives

The SEC recently proposed a new rule (Rule 18f-4) to govern the use of derivatives by mutual funds, ETFs, and closed-end funds (including BDCs). The proposed rule would subject funds that use derivatives to new leverage...more

Investment Management Update - March 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. SEC, FINRA...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.8.16

Health-care focused hedge fund Visium Asset Management disclosed to investors yesterday that it’s the subject of an ongoing SEC and DOJ investigation—reportedly over Visium’s “valuation of certain securities” in a fund it...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 4 - February 2016 (Global)

A recent federal district court decision and a proposed New York State Department of Financial Services regulation have further expanded the risk of liability for chief compliance officers, this time in the context of...more

Bridging the Week - February 2016 #5

CFTC Advisory Committee Says There Is No Evidence Justifying Proposed New Position Limits: A report issued by the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission roundly...more

"Potential Regulatory and Litigation Risks Relating to Recent Fixed-Income Market Concerns"

Recent events relating to the fixed-income markets — including volatility in the high-yield markets and the high-profile closings of a number of funds invested in high-yield and distressed assets — have raised concerns among...more

SEC 2016 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Market-wide Risks and Data Analytics

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 11, 2016 announced its examination priorities for this year, which “address issues across a variety...more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 priorities. New areas of focus include liquidity controls, public pension advisers, product promotion, and two popular...more

SEC Proposes Rule Related to Use of Derivatives and Financial Commitment Transactions by Regulated Funds

In December 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) proposed a new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) that would, if adopted, affect the ability of mutual funds, exchange-traded...more

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