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Judge Forrest rejects Leveraged Innovations’ second bite at the apple in seeking to enforce its patented technology because of its...

Direxion Shares, ETF Trust v. Leveraged Innovations L.L.C. Case Number: 1:14-cv-01777-KBF - On March 14, 2014, Direxion Shares, ETF Trust (“Direxion”) filed a declaratory judgment action against Leveraged...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- December 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation ..SEC Chair’s Agenda Provides Glimpse of New Rules to Come ..The Results Are In: Investors Favor Additional Regulatory Protection ..SEC Declines to Approve Non-Transparent...more

SEC Chair’s Agenda Provides Glimpse of New Rules to Come

The SEC offered a peek into what new rule proposals we can expect in the coming months. The sneak preview includes some eye openers, like proposed rules to require funds to adopt liquidity management programs and...more

Bridging the Week - November 2014 #4

Broker-Dealer and Two Senior Officers Fined US $2.5 Million for Market Access Violations - Wedbush Securities Inc. and two senior officers resolved an enforcement action previously filed against them during June 2014...more

SEC Issues Preliminary Denial Notices for Two Nontransparent Actively Managed ETF Applications

In 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) approved the first actively managed exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”). The exemptive orders for those ETFs—and all active ETF exemptive orders since—have...more

SEC: Non-Transparent ETFs Not Ready for Prime Time

The SEC has given a preliminary thumbs-down to non-transparent exchange traded funds (ETFs). In two separate notices issued on October 21, 2014, the Commission stated that applications to allow actively managed ETFs to...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #5

In this issue: - In preliminarily denying two exemption requests, the SEC takes a stand for market transparency in ETFs and upholds the arbitrage mechanism that allows market prices to closely track NAVs. -...more

SEC Denies Two Proposed Applications for Non-Transparent Active ETFs

The Division of Investment Management (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission took an unprecedented action on Wednesday in issuing a preliminary denial to two exemptive relief applications under the Investment...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 42

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Controlling Stockholder Claims and Applies Business Judgment Rule to Merger Suits - FINRA Remarks at the National Society of Compliance Professionals...more

SEC Issues Notice of Intention to Deny Application for Non-Transparent Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Funds

On October 21, 2014, the SEC issued a notice of intention to deny an application for exemptive relief (the “Application”) under the Investment Company Act, as amended (the “1940 Act”), filed on behalf of Precidian ETFs Trust...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #2

Spotlight on the MSRB: In the Industry Developments section we report that the SEC, FINRA and the MSRB will be conducting a compliance outreach program for municipal advisors. The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board was...more

CLO Market Update: S&P Recovery Ratings, More’s the Merrier

While leveraged loan ETF and money market funds face an unsteady near-term future amidst ongoing retail investor outflow, the CLO market is rolling towards its busiest year ever. With year-to-date global issuance at...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Private Action Under ’40 Act § 36(A)

Ruling in a case of first impression, the Sixth Circuit rejected an implied cause of action under Section 36(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. § 80a-1 et seq. Although the Circuits remain split, recent...more

Investment Management Firm Discloses Wells Notice Over Performance Claims

F-Squared Investments, Inc. (F-Squared), a registered investment manager that provides portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), recently disclosed that it received a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC Staff Grants No-Action Relief for Advisory Fee Rebate

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) granted no-action relief with respect to the rebate of advisory fees by Amerivest Investment Management, LLC (the “Adviser”) to eligible clients for which...more

FINRA Simplifies Corporate Financing and Conflict of Interest Rules

FINRA, the securities self-regulatory organization whose members are broker-dealers, recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process....more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 11 • June 5, 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - FINRA recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process. FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule generally regulates underwriting compensation and prohibits unfair...more

SEC Approves Amendments to FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule

Broader Availability of Termination Fees and Rights of First Refusal - Elimination of Filing for Certain ETFs: In May 2014, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed amendments to Rule 5110, commonly called the...more

NYSE Files Proposed Rules for Listing of “Managed Portfolio Shares”

On January 23, 2014, NYSE Arca Equities filed a proposal with the SEC to permit the listing of “Managed Portfolio Shares,” which are shares of actively managed exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) for which portfolio holdings are...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, January 2014

In this issue: - EU Developments - Italian Developments - UK Developments - US Developments - Asian Developments - International Financial Markets Regulation Developments -...more

FINRA Reiterates Its Concern about Unsuitable Sales of Non-Traditional ETFs

FINRA recently announced a disciplinary proceeding that underscores its continuing concerns about unsuitable retail sales of structured products. In a recently settled formal disciplinary proceeding, FINRA censured a...more

ESMA Publishes Speech on AIFMD and ETF Initiatives

On November 5, ESMA published a speech given by the Chair of ESMA, Steven Maijoor, at the European Fund and Asset Management Association investment management forum. The speech states that...more

SEC Sanctions Adviser, Affiliated Broker-Dealer and Their Owner Over Class A Share Purchases and Commissions Paid on ETF Trades

The SEC settled claims against a registered investment adviser (the “Adviser”), its affiliated broker-dealer (the “Broker-Dealer”), and the founder, owner, and president of each (the “CEO”) that related to (1) investments in...more

ETF Mergers Possible Under Rule 17a-8

Can two affiliated ETFs merge in reliance on Rule 17a-8 under the Investment Company Act despite representations they made to obtain exemptive relief from the Commission? That’s the question addressed in a recent Guidance...more

Court Tosses ETF Securities Lending Fee Case

A federal district court in Tennessee dismissed a case brought by two union pension funds claiming that securities lending fees paid by an ETF to its adviser’s affiliate violated the adviser’s fiduciary duty under Section...more

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