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The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert Summarizing Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations

by Bryan Cave on

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert summarizing its observations from cybersecurity preparedness examinations conducted of 75 broker-dealers, investment...more

SEC Staff Issues FAQs on the Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and Forms

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) on July 18, 2017, released answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the rules and forms relating to...more

House Passes Regulatory Reform That Would Loosen Restrictions on BDCs and Other Funds

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote mostly along party lines, approved a bill that would repeal many of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) requirements and...more

Italy Addresses "Carried Interest" Tax Treatment

by Jones Day on

The Italian government has enacted Law Decree no. 50 ("Decree 50"), providing a set of new tax measures aimed at, among other things, attracting investments in Italy. Decree 50 was finally approved by the Italian Parliament...more

SEC Approves U.S. Master Fund/Foreign Feeder Fund Arrangement – Section 12(d)(1)(E)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the SEC staff issued a no-action letter (the “Letter”) providing assurance with respect to a plan for foreign-regulated investment companies (“Foreign Feeder Fund”) to invest exclusively in corresponding...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Holding Companies and the Transient Investment Company Rule Under the...

Earlier this month, the SEC Division of Investment Management issued guidance with respect to situations in which an operating company may find that, upon the occurrence of an extraordinary event, it meets the definition of...more

SEC Modernization in Plain English: Decoding the Regulation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Practical points on managing SEC Modernization. INTRODUCTION - On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final Investment Company Reporting Modernization rules and forms for the...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on “Robo-Advisers”

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Guidance Update (Guidance) on February 23, 2017, on the subject of automated investment advisers...more

SEC Staff Discusses Investment Company Reporting Modernization and Asset Management Industry Trends at SEC Speaks in 2017...

On February 24, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) participated in a panel at the Practising Law Institute’s SEC Speaks in 2017 conference. As part of the...more

2016 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

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Executive Summary - The Morgan Lewis Year in Review highlights key US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement developments and...more

The Future of Investment Management Regulation: What to Expect in 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In this fast-changing regulatory environment, the long-term consequences – both intended and unintended – of recent White House actions remain uncertain, but looking into our crystal ball, we see certain trends emerging....more

Court Dismisses Claims Against Investment Firm For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

by Winstead PC on

In Happy vs. Tanner, Tanner sued Retire Happy for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, conversion, negligence, promissory estoppel, quantum meruit, and violation of the Texas Securities Act arising...more

UK Regulator Proposals to Amend Client Money Distribution Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The FCA published a consultation paper on proposed changes to the client money distribution rules in the Client Assets Sourcebook of the FCA Handbook - CASS 7A - as a result of the special administration regime review. The...more

Loans Between Related Entities

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other...more

SEC Announces 2017 Exam Priorities

Each year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) releases its priorities for the upcoming year. For regulated entities such as investment companies and investment advisers, the release of...more

When Investing In A Partnership May Be A Tax Problem

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A business entity that is treated as a “flow-through” for income tax purposes enjoys the benefit of a single level of tax – the entity itself is typically not subject to tax on its net income; rather, that income “flows...more

The IRS's Stricter(?) Stance on Regulated Investment Company Investments in Commodities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 1

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While the IRS's Proposed Regulations Are Not Yet Effective, RICs Should Carefully Consider Whether Their Portfolios or Policies Run Afoul of the New Rules. In order for a corporation to qualify as a regulated investment...more

Investor’s Relocation to New York after Structuring a Financing Deal in Hong Kong Does Not Provide a Basis for Suit Against Swiss...

In Ace Decade Holdings Ltd. v. UBS AG, No. 653316/2015, 2016 BL 413780 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Dec. 7, 2016), Justice Eileen Bransten of the Commercial Division dismissed a $500 million fraud suit brought by an investment holding...more

Unfinished Business: SEC Chair Details Rules Ready to Go

In a letter dated December 12, 2016, to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, SEC Chair Mary Jo White took issue with a request to defer consideration of new rulemaking during the...more

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

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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 Adopts New Rules to Modernize and Enhance Information Reported by Registered Investment Companies

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On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules and forms and amended current rules and forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) to significantly expand the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016

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Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Standards Applied to Pro Se Litigants

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case revealing that while less stringent standards are often applied to pro se litigants, courts still should require them to adhere to the procedural rules....more

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