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The Impact of the DOL's Fiduciary Proposal on Independent Registered Investment Advisers

The DOL’s “package” consists of (i) a proposed regulation that re-defines fiduciary investment advice for plans subject to ERISA and for IRAs and (ii) six proposed prohibited transaction exemptions. The sweep of this...more

Deadline Looming for BE-10 Filing

- Mandatory reporting required by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Form BE-10 – 2014 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad - Investment managers, general partners, hedge funds and private equity funds are...more

ERISA Plan Sponsors – Are You Monitoring Investments and Fees?

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Tibble v. Edison International and remanded for determination of the scope of an ERISA plan fiduciary’s duty to monitor plan investments...more

California’s Other Investment Adviser Law

California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 defines and provides for the comprehensive regulation of most, but not all, investment advisers.  Some investment advisers are subject to an entirely different law found in the...more

SEC Approves Proposals to Modernize and Enhance Reporting Regime for Registered Funds and Investment Advisers

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) unanimously approved two recommendations by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management to modernize and enhance the reporting regime for registered investment funds...more

Department of Labor proposes to expand the definition of fiduciary: top points

The US Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations that may have a significant effect on those who recommend or market investment products and services to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts. ...more

DOL’s Proposal To Expand Fiduciary Definition Would Bring Many Service Providers Into Scope

As we previously reported, the US Department of Labor (DOL) released its reproposed rule “Definition of the Term ‘Fiduciary’; Conflict of Interest Rule—Investment Advice” on April 14. The initial deadline for comments on the...more

FINRA Allows Use of Related Performance Information in Communications Regarding Mutual Funds with Financial Intermediaries and...

Overview and Background - On May 12, 2015, the staff of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA staff) issued an interpretive letter to Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (Hartford Funds) that conditionally...more

U.S. SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Cybersecurity Guidance

The Division of Investment Management (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Guidance Update on April 28, 2015 (Guidance) relating to the cybersecurity of registered investment companies and...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 2: The “Best Interest Contract” Exemption

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and the...more

CFTC Reauthorization Bill Includes JOBS Act Fix

The House Agricultural Committee passed the CFTC authorization bill late last week, HR 2289. HR 2289 incorporates in Section 312 a provision that was part of a bill introduced by Congressman Fincher to harmonize the...more

Privacy Monday – May 18, 2015

It’s Monday morning — do you know your privacy/security status? Here are a few bits and bytes to start your week. SEC to Registered Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers: It’s Your Turn to Pay Attention to...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Funds and Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management (“Division”) recently released a Guidance Update (“Guidance”) highlighting the importance of cybersecurity for registered investment...more

Investment Professional Charged with Fraud, Self-Dealing by SEC

The SEC charged another investment professional with fraud and self-dealing. SEC v. Ahmed, Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-00675 (D. Conn. Filed May 5, 2015). Defendant Iftikar Ahmed is an investment professional who was a partner...more

Proposed Fiduciary Definition Regulations Will Impact Investment Adviser Practices

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released long-awaited, re-proposed regulations that would broaden the “fiduciary” definition under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

DOL’s Proposed Prohibited Transaction Exemption: Best Interest Contracts

This is the second in a series of client advisories regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s re-proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA and the Code as a result of providing investment...more

Cybersecurity Risks and the SEC – You'll Need "Guidance"

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") is becoming increasingly concerned with cybersecurity risks to which investment advisers may be exposed. Consequently, it has recently issued guidance ("Guidance") as to actions...more

SEC Releases New Guidance Related to Investment Funds and Cybersecurity Risks

On April 28, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update titled Cybersecurity Guidance (the “Guidance”). The Guidance represents the latest evidence of the SEC’s continued focus on...more

"SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Companies and Advisers"

In April 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (the “Update”) identifying cybersecurity of registered investment companies and registered...more

Insurance Recovery Law - May 2015

California Appellate Court: All Claims “Arising From” Ponzi Scheme Are Precluded - Why it matters: Concluding that any claims related to a Ponzi scheme—even if they involved different investors, investments, or...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015

In This Issue – More on the SEC Whistleblower Program. In the April 8 issue of the Roundup we reported on the SEC’s administrative proceedings based on findings that restrictive language in a form confidentiality...more

Cybersecurity Guidance for Registered Investment Advisers

On April 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a Guidance Update addressing the importance of cybersecurity and the steps registered investment advisers (and registered investment companies) may wish to...more

ASIC announces proposed regulatory guide for review and remediation in the industry

After several high profile remediation programs by financial advice organisations, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has decided to prepare guidance for industry participants in how to develop and...more

Settlement with Large Firm Audit Partner Reaffirms SEC’s Emphasis on Related Party Disclosures

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement has made a concerted effort in recent months to warn auditors and other corporate “gatekeepers” that it intends to scrutinize the adequacy of related party disclosures in financial filings. ...more

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