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The Year In Review: SEC Enforcement Actions Against Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement program is highly focused on investment advisers for an obvious reason: they manage more than $67 trillion in assets for approximately 30 million clients. In addition,...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

SEC Takes Issue with Employee Confidentiality Obligations and Waivers of Monetary Awards

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or "Commission") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a risk alert on October 24, 2016, announcing that it will be reviewing registrants'...more

U.S. District Court: Fund Trustees Cannot Rely on Attorney-Client Privilege in Section 36(b) Case

A federal district court has ordered mutual fund trustees to produce privileged documents to a plaintiff who sued an investment adviser accused of charging excessive investment advisory fees. The November 21, 2016 order may...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2016

This month we review a recent Second Circuit decision addressing ERISA plan status as a class member in a securities shareholder class action. As discussed in the article, the decision exposes a potential conflict among the...more

Experts say Trump won’t delay or kill Fiduciary Rule

Experts claim that a President Donald Trump is likely to let the new Fiduciary Rule go into effect in April without trying to delay it or kill it. If I’m a betting man, I think they’re right....more

Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Trends

At a recent Practicing Law Institute panel, several of the regulators, including the Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), spoke about the general priorities and trends in...more

Rollovers are going to be a rough business

I have been saying all along that rollovers are going to be a very rough and difficult business after the new Fiduciary Rule gets final. You can just tell by the Department of Labor’s (DOL) stance in their Fiduciary Rule Q&A....more

SEC Holds Forum to Discuss Fintech in the Financial Services Industry

On November 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its first public forum to discuss financial technology (“Fintech”) innovation in the financial services industry. The Fintech Forum was divided into four...more

SEC Approves New FINRA and MSRB Mark-Up Disclosure Requirements for Corporate, Agency and Municipal Fixed Income Principal Trades

On November 17, 2016, some 40 years after having first proposed mark-up disclosure requirements for riskless principal securities transactions, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved rule changes by the...more

The Battle Over the New Fiduciary Rule

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rule expanding the definition of the “investment advice fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and modifying the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AMF Doctrine – Management Fees - The AMF, within the framework of the FROG Working Group (French Routes and Opportunities Garden, whose role is to develop the French asset management industry), updated on 8 November 2016...more

FCA to Impose Remedies in Asset Management Sector including Further Investigation into Investment Consulting

On 18 November 2016 the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published its highly anticipated interim report into competition in the asset management industry. The report finds that price competition is weak in a number of...more

"Plaintiffs Facing Headwinds in Pending Mutual Fund Fee Litigation"

With the first-filed cases at or near completion, the results are not looking good for the plaintiffs in the latest wave of mutual fund fee litigation. Defendants prevailed after trial in one of those cases and achieved...more

SEC Principal Trading Rule Exemption Set to Expire at Year’s End

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stated in August that it intends to permit the expiration of rule 206(3)-3T (Rule) under the Investment Adviser Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The SEC originally...more

Are HR employees ‘investment advisors’ under the DOL’s fiduciary rule?

In April 2016, the Department of Labor promulgated final regulations that fundamentally changed the ERISA fiduciary rules governing advisors to retirement income investors. Though the rule is final, the new provisions...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The Financial Stability Board—that Swiss-based grand collection of central bankers and regulators from the world’s biggest economies—has upped the systemic importance ranking for three of America’s biggest banks, including...more

DOL Issues (Some) Additional Guidance on the Fiduciary Investment Advice Rule and Best Interest Contract Exemption

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its first set of FAQs under the fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Rule”) and related prohibited transaction exemptions. In general, the Rule provides that parties providing...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

DOL “Investment Advice” FAQs: Considerations for Investment Advisers, Broker-Dealers and Insurance Companies

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued in April 2016 the final version of its controversial “investment advice” regulation and various related exemptions (collectively, Final Rules), which are widely expected to have a...more

DOL Prevails In First Challenge to the Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

On November 4, 2016, Judge Moss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the U.S. Department of Labor’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed claims brought by the National Association for Fixed...more

It’s time to look at your books of business

Broker-dealers are certainly in a bind to comply with the new Fiduciary Rule and one aspect is sending disclosures to IRAs and qualified plans. This may be a good time for all type of plan providers such as brokers,...more

The Fiduciary Rule isn’t the 11th Plague, you can predict that

I’ve heard so many negative things about the impact that the fiduciary rule will have on the retirement plan business, you’d think Irwin Allen made a disaster movie of it. You’d think it was the 11th plague to free the...more

'Fiduciary Rule' Update: Financial Services Industry Should Prepare for Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) scored an initial victory in what is sure to be a long legal battle over the so-called "fiduciary rule." Judge Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued...more

The Changing Fiduciary Duty Landscape in a Trump Presidency

The fiduciary standards for institutions and individuals providing investment advice throughout the retail investment and municipal securities markets are currently undergoing significant change. Following on the heels of the...more

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