Exchange Traded Funds

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SEC Proposes Rules to Require Liquidity Risk Management Programs for Funds and to Permit Swing Pricing of Fund Shares

In a September 22, 2015 Release (the “Release”), the SEC published the following proposals: - Proposed Rule 22e-4, which would require open-end funds (including ETFs but not money market funds) to adopt liquidity...more

SEC Reconsiders Exchange-Traded Products

The SEC recently published myriad questions about the listing, trading, and marketing (especially to retail investors) of "new, novel, or complex" exchange-traded products (ETPs). Such ETPs include exchange-traded funds...more

Significant SEC Rulemaking to Address Liquidity of Mutual Fund Portfolios

On September 22, 2015, a unanimous U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed far-reaching rule reforms intended to address liquidity risks in the mutual fund industry. The agency’s preamble indicates it was prompted by...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Management Rules for Mutual Funds and ETFs

On September 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a comprehensive package of rule reforms designed to enhance effective liquidity risk management by open-end funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Updates Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations for Legacy Deals - On September 16, the SEC released its updated compliance and disclosure interpretations for the rules adopted under Regulation AB, the Securities...more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Management Rules for Mutual Funds and ETFs

On September 22, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a comprehensive package of rules that would require open-end funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, to implement liquidity risk...more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Risk Management Rules for Open-End Funds

In the second step of its five-part plan to enhance registered funds regulations, the SEC has proposed new requirements on portfolio liquidity, risk monitoring, and board oversight. At an open meeting held on September...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission responded to critics of its administrative proceedings this week, proposing changes to the Rules of Practice which govern them. If adopted the new rules would modify the time period within which the actions...more

SEC Proposes New Liquidity Management Rules for Mutual Funds and ETFs

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously approved proposals that would require open-end funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, to comply with new liquidity management rules. The...more

Third Time’s a Charm: Governor Bentley and Legislature Reach Budget/Tax Compromise

Summary - Governor Robert Bentley called a second special session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. to address the FY 2016 General Fund budget and associated revenue measures. After meeting for...more

SEC Expected to Propose Liquidity Risk Management Programs for Funds

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will consider proposals for liquidity risk management programs and related disclosures for open-end management investment companies. The Commission will consider the...more

Update on Proposed Listing Standards for Active ETFs

The SEC needs more time to consider generic listing standards for active ETFs. On September 2, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a notice (Notice) designating a longer period of time to consider...more

Federal Regulation of Fixed Equity Indexed Annuities Redux?

When SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar recently cited "the need for the Commission and state regulators to focus on combatting fraud involving complex securities" including "equity-indexed annuities," he did not discuss...more

SEC Solicits Comments on Exchange-Traded Products

Citing significant growth in the size and scope of exchange-traded products (ETPs), on June 12, 2015, the SEC focused its attention on ETPs, including exchange-traded funds (ETFs), non-1940 Act pooled investment vehicles, and...more

Update on Proposed Listing Standards for Active ETFs

The SEC is considering an amended proposal by NYSE Arca to adopt generic listing standards for actively managed ETFs. On June 5, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order (the Order) instituting...more

SEC Proposes Heightened Data and Reporting Rules for Funds and Advisers, Ponders New Rules on Derivatives and Leverage

At an open meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Chair Mary Jo White announced to enhance SEC reporting by investment companies and investment advisers. Data collection. The SEC proposed rules that...more

The CSRC and the SFC Announces Launch of the Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds Scheme

Introduction - On May 22, 2015, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) issued a joint announcement on the decision to implement the Mainland-Hong...more

SEC Considers Active ETF Listing Standards, Approves Paired Class ETP

Although the proposed listing standards could significantly reduce regulatory barriers, commissioner dissent in exchange-traded product order underscores regulatory concerns about novel products....more

SEC Requests Comment on NYSE Proposed Rule Changes that Would Allow Most Actively Managed ETFs to Forego the 19b-4 Application...

On March 10, 2015, the SEC published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on a proposed rule change from NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”) that, if approved, would make it easier for actively managed...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

EU Passes New Council Directive to Implement “EU-FATCA" - The Council Directive passed by the EU on 1 December 2014 implements the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in Europe. The Directive has to be implemented...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: China Through-Train Investment Scheme

The eagerly anticipated Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (Stock Connect), or the so-called “through-train,” was launched on November 17, 2014, allowing foreign investors for the first time to directly buy and sell stocks...more

Precidian Re-Files Application for Exemptive Relief to Permit Nontransparent Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Funds

On December 22, 2014, Precidian ETFs Trust (the “Trust”), Precidian Funds LLC (the “Adviser”) and Foreside Fund Services, LLC (the “Distributor” and, together with the Trust and the Adviser, the “Applicants”) filed an...more

FINRA Sanctions Member Firm for Failure to Deliver ETF Prospectuses

FINRA recently sanctioned a broker-dealer (the “Firm”) for failure to deliver prospectuses in connection with its sale of ETFs. FINRA also found that the Firm failed to implement a supervisory system reasonably designed to...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #3

Amendment to Swaps Push-out Provision of Dodd-Frank: Section 630 of the recently passed Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (“Omnibus Spending Bill” – see p. 249) amends Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank...more

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