Investment Company Act of 1940

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The Investment Company Act And Roy M. Cohn

Last week, UFCW Local 1500 Pension Fund filed a class action and derivative lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc., its board of directors and some of its current and former officers.  (N.D. Cal. Case No. 3:16-cv-00478-RS).  According...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Distribution Arrangements

Recently issued SEC staff guidance reminds mutual fund directors of their obligations to evaluate fund payments to financial intermediaries and emphasizes investment advisers’ and other service providers’ obligation to...more

SEC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees

Guidance Update No. 2016-01, published this month by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, provides extensive guidance concerning the possibility that payments from mutual funds are being used to promote sales of the...more

SEC Proposes Rule Related to Use of Derivatives and Financial Commitment Transactions by Regulated Funds

In December 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) proposed a new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) that would, if adopted, affect the ability of mutual funds, exchange-traded...more

SEC 2016 Examination Priorities Focus on ETFs, Cybersecurity and Liquidity Controls for Fixed-Income Funds

On January 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2016 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

California’s Bizarre Voting Record Disclosure Requirements

Section 711 of the California Corporations Code is so poorly drafted that it almost defies explanation. According to the legislature’s findings, the ostensible purpose of the statute is to facilitate the informed and active...more

SEC Proposes New Limits on Funds’ Use of Derivatives

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”) to reduce leverage risks associated with derivatives and to...more

SEC Proposes New Framework for Regulating Funds’ Use of Derivatives and Leverage

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) proposed a rule that, if adopted, would rescind nearly 30 years of Commission and staff guidance that is currently relied upon by most mutual funds,...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 New Rule Governing Funds' Use of Derivatives

The proposed rule would establish the exclusive means through which funds could enter into certain leveraged transactions, including swaps, futures, reverse repurchase agreements and short sales. At an open meeting of...more

SEC Proposes Limits on Fund Use of Derivatives and Leverage

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) today voted, by a three-to-one margin, to propose rules that would limit the amount of leverage that mutual funds may obtain through derivatives. The proposals also...more

SEC Issues Report on Increasing Use of Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

In November 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Outsourced CCO Initiative Report. The report addressed the increased trend of outsourcing compliance activities to third-party consultants within the...more

SEC Amends Rule 2a-7 to Eliminate References to NRSRO Ratings and to Revise Issuer Diversification Requirements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted amendments (Amendments) to remove references to credit ratings in Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (1940 Act), the primary rule...more

SEC Finalizes Regulation Crowdfunding

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has issued final rules on Regulation Crowdfunding. Our summary is set forth below. The final rules and forms are effective 180 days after publication in the Federal...more

Following the Wisdom of the Crowd? A Look at the SEC’s Final Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the final rules, Regulation Crowdfunding, which will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

U.S. SEC Proposes Liquidity Risk Management Programs, Optional “Swing Pricing,” and Liquidity Reporting for Mutual Funds and...

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a new rule and amendments to rules and reporting forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”), designed to standardize...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

SEC Enforcement Actions Against Investment Advisers

According to the SEC’s most recent financial report, as of August 2014, SEC-registered investment advisers managed $62.3 trillion in assets. Not surprisingly, investment advisers attract a great deal of attention from the...more

Observation 3.0: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the Volcker Rule and the Implications for Foreign Banks Investing in...

1. Question: What is the Volcker Rule, and when does it take effect? Answer: The Volcker Rule was enacted into law as section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of '40 Act Section 36(b) Excessive Fee Action Against Davis

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of an amended complaint asserted by a shareholder of the Davis New York Venture Fund (the “Fund”) under section 36(b) of the Investment Company...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Developing and Maintaining a Modern U.S. Compliance Program

When the SEC adopted Rules 38a-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (Investment Company Act) and 206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) in 2003 – which required registered funds and registered...more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Management Rules for Open-End and Exchange-Traded Funds

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose a new Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act), as well as amendments to its rules and forms designed to promote...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Recent Developments in U.S. “Excessive Fee” Litigation

The U.S. mutual fund industry is poised to see significant developments in the ongoing wave of Section 36(b) “excessive fee” litigation. Days apart in August, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary...more

SEC Reconsiders Exchange-Traded Products

The SEC recently published myriad questions about the listing, trading, and marketing (especially to retail investors) of "new, novel, or complex" exchange-traded products (ETPs). Such ETPs include exchange-traded funds...more

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