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Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

Is a Bitcoin ETF Destined For Failure?

For the last three and a half years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been considering whether to approve placement of the Winklevoss bitcoin ETF (“COIN”) on the Bats exchange. However, the SEC’s inaction...more

Federal District Court Rebuffs Attempt by Navy Sailors to Satisfy Judgment Against Republic of Sudan by Attaching Assets Held by...

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a victory to banks seeking to prevent judgment creditors from attaching assets “blocked” pursuant to Office of Foreign...more

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RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

Efficiency at What Cost? Advantages of a Separate Board for ETFs

Exchange-traded fund (ETF) products and sales have proliferated dramatically in the past five years and the trend promises to continue. It is no surprise then that established mutual fund companies have been eager to enter...more

Funds Talk: February 2017

Private Fund Advisers, Robo-Advisers, ETFs Among SEC, FINRA Exam Priorities for 2017 - As the new year begins, U.S. regulators highlighted the areas – some new and some familiar – which will be the focus of their...more

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Sets Top Examination Priorities for 2017

Action Item: On January 12, 2017, SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) revealed where it plans to focus its attention throughout this year. By broadening its scope, OCIE will address a wide array...more

The Commencement of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect – a New and Direct Way to Access China's Capital Market

Following the official launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect ("Shanghai Connect") on 17 November 2014, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission ("SFC") and the China Securities Regulatory Commission ("CSRC")...more

New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus

On January 12, 2017 the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year, including areas of focus for Retail Investors, Senior Investors and Retirement Investments,...more

OCIE 2017 Exam Priorities: Focus on Retail, Elderly and Retirement Investors; Market Risks

The SEC’s National Examination Program (NEA) of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that its examination priorities in 2017 will focus on three general areas: retail investors, risks...more

FINRA’s Most Significant 2016 Enforcement Actions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization for broker-dealers, brings about 1,500 enforcement actions a year. Often lost in the volume of actions, however, are the ones that merit...more

SEC’s 2017 Exam Priorities

OCIE released its 2017 exam priorities on January 12. The priorities list was most notable for being shorter than prior years. But that likely means only more focus, rather than less vigor....more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

FINRA Bar Results from Assertion of Fifth Amendment Right against Self-Incrimination in Criminal Action - On October 5, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) barred an indicted investment adviser,...more

SEC Adopts Liquidity Risk Programs for Funds

On October 13, the SEC adopted rule reforms designed to improve liquidity risk management by open-end funds. Liquidity Risk Management Programs - Under the reforms, mutual funds (excluding money market funds) and...more

Big Regulatory Changes in Store for Funds and Advisers? No One Knows for Certain, but Here’s Our Best Guess

While no one knows for sure what the future holds for investment management regulation, the tea leaves indicate that we may expect a slowdown on new regulations, some pullback on parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

The Shenzhen–Hong Kong Stock Connect

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued a joint announcement on 25 November 2016 approving the launch of the long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock...more

U.S. Treasury’s Benchmark TIC SHC Survey and Implications for Investment Managers

TIC SHC is a mandatory benchmark study commissioned by the Treasury and administered by the FRBNY every five years.3 The survey reviews holdings of foreign portfolio securities – including short- and long-term securities and...more

Exchanges Adopt Generic Listing Standards for Actively Managed ETFs

Introduction - Earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved new rules proposed by Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“Bats”) and NYSE Arca, Inc. (“Arca”) that establish generic listing standards (“Active...more

SEC Adopts Liquidity Risk Management Rules for Mutual Funds and Other Open-End Investment Companies 

On October 13, 2016, the SEC approved new Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the 1940 Act), which will require certain open-end investment companies other than money market funds, to adopt and...more

Time to Get With the (Liquidity Risk) Program: SEC Issues Liquidity Risk Management Rule for Open-End Funds

On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new Rule 22e-4 (“Liquidity Rule”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”), which requires registered open-end funds, including open-end...more

CFTC Proposes New Rule Allowing it to Obtain Trading Firm’s Trade Secrets Without Due Process

As the Obama administration winds down, its regulators are showing no signs of letting up. Last week the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) decided that it should no longer be constrained by its subpoena power...more

SEC Issues Investment Company ‘Reporting Modernization’ Rules

In May 2015, we reported on proposals by the US Securities and Exchange Commission designed to enhance reporting for mutual funds, ETFs and other registered investment companies. On October 13, 2016, the SEC voted to adopt...more

SEC Adopts New Rules and Rule Amendments to Require Registered Open-End Investment Companies to Establish Liquidity Risk...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has unanimously adopted new rules and rule amendments to require registered open-end investment companies (including exchange traded funds and exchange-traded...more

"SEC Adopts Liquidity Risk Management Rules for Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds"

On October 13, 2016, the SEC voted to adopt new and amended rules and forms intended to enhance and standardize liquidity risk management by mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, which will likely have a broad impact on...more

Liquidity Management and Reporting Modernization Rulemaking

On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved three new rules under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (Investment Company Act). The new rules will impose liquidity requirements, authorize the use...more

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