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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

CFTC’s Final 'Harmonization' Rules: Shifting Sands in the ETF Competitive Landscape

Background - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) caused quite a stir in 2012 when it changed its rules to require investment advisers to mutual funds that invest to any significant degree in derivatives, to...more

Please Mr. Postman: FINRA Cracks Down on Late Prospectus Delivery

FINRA has been engaged in a “stealth sweep” of firms’ untimely deliveries of mutual fund and ETF prospectuses that has resulted in formal disciplinary proceedings against twelve firms since 2011, and a total of over $5...more

Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Case Alleging Disclosure Violations by Leveraged ETFs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the dismissal by a lower court of investors’ claims that certain ETF prospectuses failed to adequately disclose the risk of significant losses over an extended period of...more

SEC Issues New Relief for Self-Indexing ETFs

Newly issued exemptive orders loosen requirements for ETFs based on affiliated indexes. ...more

SEC Warns About Exemptive Order Compliance

Division of Investment Management's guidance reminds firms to comply with conditions and representations in exemptive orders and notes that consequences for noncompliance may be "severe."...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- May 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Allows Limited Use of Social Media for Public Disclosure; Federal Reserve Board Publishes a Final Rule Specifying when Nonbank Firms are “Predominantly Engaged in...more

Exemptive Relief filed for New “Exchange-Traded Managed Fund”

On March 27, 2013, Eaton Vance applied to the SEC for exemptive relief for a new type of exchange-traded fund, which it calls an exchange-traded managed fund (“ETMF”). Exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), particularly actively...more

Sale of U.S. ETFs in Latin America

U.S. sponsors should be aware of local restrictions before offering shares. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and similar vehicles organized in the United States have become increasingly popular investment choices for Latin...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - February 28, 2013

In This Issue: Non-Enforcement Matters - Registered Investment Advisers’ Annual Review of Compliance Policies and Procedures - Mutual Fund Boards and Oversight of Fair Valuation - Mutual Funds and...more

Head of SEC Investment Management Division Announces Top Regulatory Priorities

At the Practicing Law Institute’s conference, “The SEC Speaks in 2013,” held on February 22 in Washington, DC, Norm Champ, Director of the Division of Investment Management at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),...more

Hedge Funds And Private Equity Groups On SEC Examination Priority List

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, administers the SEC’s nationwide examination and inspection program. The National Examination Program, or NEP, has published its examination priorities to...more

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 1 -- January 16, 2013

In This Issue: Additional SEC Guidance on Estimated Value Disclosures; FINRA to Continue Its Focus on Structured Products; FINRA’s Ketchum Discusses Structured Products; FINRA Issues Q&A Guidance on New Communications...more

2012 Payments Systems Year-in-Review

The interchange fee and the potential of mobile payments were the dominant payment system issues in 2012. From a landmark antitrust settlement to seemingly daily announcements of a new prepaid or mobile payment product, there...more

SEC Lifts Moratorium on Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Funds' Use of Derivatives

On December 6, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") announced that it will no longer defer consideration of exemptive requests relating to actively managed exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") seeking to...more

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 3, Issue 14 -- December 18, 2012

In This Issue: Dividend Adjustments on the Way; Federal Court Decision Supports Use of “Big-Boy Letters”; FINRA Updates Its Suitability Questions and Answers; FINRA Rule 5123 Excludes Some, But Not All, Options;...more

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