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2016 BDCs & Small Business Capital Formation Forum

On June 28, 2016, Morrison & Foerster LLP, along with the Milken Institute, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Investment Alliance (SBIA), will be hosting the 2016 BDCs & Small Business...more

FINRA Proposes Initial Round of Amendments to Communications Rules

In May 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed revisions to its communications rules that include a few substantive revisions to existing rules, ease some burdensome filing requirements, and leave the door open for future...more

MJW to FSOC:  We’re On It

In a keynote address before the Investment Company Institute on May 20, 2016, SEC Chair Mary Jo White signaled to the Financial Stability Oversight Counsel (FSOC) that the SEC is “working hard” to finalize rules that address...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #4

Breaking News - Solicitor General Files Brief in Madden v. Midland Funding - On May 24, the U.S Solicitor General (SG) filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) in the matter of Madden v. Midland...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Revising Fund Disclosure in Light of Changing Market Conditions

On March 2, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued new guidance (the “Guidance”) to registered investment companies and their investment advisers regarding the dynamic...more

Thirteen Observations About the SEC’s Enforcement Program

Over the last two months, the SEC issued two reports that provide useful perspectives on its enforcement program. In February, it issued the combined 136-page “FY 2017 Congressional Justification & FY 2015 Annual Performance...more

Three Bills Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Concerning Access to Capital Markets

On March 23, 2016, three bills affecting access to capital markets were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 4850: Micro Offering Safe Harbor - Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota introduced this...more

Understanding The SEC’s Proposal on Funds’ Use of Derivatives and Other Financial Transactions

On December 11, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3–1 in favor of proposing a new rule—Rule 18f-4 (Proposed Rule) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act). If adopted, the rule will have a...more

March 2016 Pooling Results in Lower SBIC Debenture Rate

The March 2016 pooling of Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) debentures was priced at 2.507%, which is near the all-time record low rate. This is reduced from the previous semi-annual pricing of 2.829% for SBIC...more

2015 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

This Outline highlights key US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement developments and cases regarding broker-dealers, investment...more

2015 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

The SEC brought a record number of cases in 2015, many of which the Commission touted as “high impact” and “first-of-their-kind,” and FINRA increased its enforcement total, tripling the amount of restitution to be paid to...more

Italy implements the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive

On January 1, 2016, two Italian legislative decrees that implement the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive No. 2014/59/EU ("BRRD") in Italy came into force in full. Executive Summary - The Bank Recovery and...more

No Stay of Execution or of Proceedings pending Appeal – insufficient evidence provided regarding funds available to judgment...

In Catalyst Managerial Services v Libya Africa Investment Portfolio [2015] EWHC 3639 (Comm) the Commercial Court has refused to vary an order requiring the Defendant to make a payment into court of the judgment debt sum or...more

SEC Proposed Rule 18f-4 Would Severely Restrict Use of Derivatives by Investment Companies

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new rule, Rule 18f-4, under the Investment Company Act (ICA), to regulate certain types of financial commitments made by investment companies, including...more

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

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

German Federal Government Passes Draft Bill to Amend Financial Market - The German federal government passed the draft bill to amend financial market laws on 6 January 2016 (“Erstes Finanzmarktnovellisierungsgesetz”,...more

"FINRA Submits Pay-to-Play Rule 2030 to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Draft Rules) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval. The Draft Rules set forth pay-to-play...more

Federal Tax Advisory: Investment Company Rules

Sections 351 and 362 contain investment company rules that have nothing to do with mutual funds. They define certain corporations as investment companies in counterintuitive ways and then deny the usual nonrecognition...more

ESMA reports on investment firms

ESMA and EBA have published a report on the prudential requirements for investment firms. The report looks at the purpose of prudential requirements and the interplay between the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Investment Management Division Director Address to Investment Company Institute - Division Director David Grim addressed the ICI on December 16, 2015. In his remarks, Grim noted 2015 was the 75th...more

SEC Proposes Derivatives Regulation Affecting Liquid Alternative Mutual Funds

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed a new rule that would regulate the use of derivatives by investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended...more

"SEC Proposes Rule Regarding the Use of Derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies"

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose a new rule (the Proposed Rule) that significantly modifies the regulation of the use of derivatives by registered investment companies,...more

Common Reporting Standard and FATCA

2016 Compliance Update - For the past few years, FATCA has dominated the international tax compliance landscape. As that regime continues to be phased-in, a new regime – the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) – will begin...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes New Derivatives Rules for Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies - On Dec. 11, the SEC proposed new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act,...more

Derivatives Rule Proposal: More Work for Overburdened Fund Directors

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposals to modernize its regulation of fund use of derivatives and leverage again increase the scope and complexity of the responsibilities of investment company fund directors. If...more

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