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Federal Court Issues Trial Ruling in Section 36(b) “Manager of Managers” Lawsuit: AXA Advisory and Administrative Fees Held Not to...

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its post-trial ruling on August 25, 2016 in Sivolella v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company—the first Section 36(b) trial decision since 2009. The Court...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016

Editor's Note - The OCC Takes Another Step Toward a Limited Purpose FinTech Charter. On September 13, in a speech at the Marketplace Lending Policy Summit 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed the...more

CFTC Guidance on FCM and DCO Investments in Money Market Funds

Divisions of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on August 8, 2016 issued letters restricting futures commission merchants (FCMs) and derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) from investing in money market...more

In Eagerly Awaited Ruling, AXA Beats Excessive Fee Claim

The fund manager was victorious in the first court decision to come from a group of complaints filed over the last several years against manager-of-manager models. Introduction - Following a 25-day bench trial, the...more

What Can Mutual Fund Boards and Advisers Learn From the AXA Trial Ruling?

In the first trial of a recent wave of cases under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act, Judge Peter G. Sheridan of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of the defendant-adviser,...more

Mutual Funds Should Consider Accelerating Filings in Advance of Substantial Increase in SEC Registration Fee Rate

As a result of upcoming increases in securities registration fee rates applicable to mutual funds, funds with fiscal year ends of July or August and net sales should consider accelerating their annual Rule 24f-2 filings. ...more

Better Late Than Never: The LSTA’s New Delayed Compensation Standard for Assignments of Par/Near Par Loans

In a long-awaited development, the delayed compensation standard for late settlement of par/near par loans is changing in important ways starting on September 1, 2016. On that date, the no-fault system for delayed...more

Federal Court Issues Trial Ruling in Section 36(b) "Manager of Managers" Lawsuit

AXA Investor Fees Held Not To Constitute a Breach of Fiduciary Duty - The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its trial ruling on August 25, 2016 in Sivolella v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance...more

The Role of BDCs in the Middle Market

Business development companies (“BDCs”) provide an important and growing alternative source of capital to small and middle market companies that may not otherwise have access to bank financing....more

SEC Increases Net-Worth Test of the Qualified Client Standard

Effective August 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is increasing the net-worth test of the “qualified client” standard from $2 million to $2.1 million. Registered investment advisers that charge...more

It's Time To Loosen The Limitations On BDC Investors

Business development companies, which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much mutual...more

The Increasing Gatekeeper Liabilities of Fund Administrators

There is a noticeable trend in the fund services industry that is creating increased exposure and legal liability for fund administrators. More and more, fund administrators are now being looked to as gatekeepers in order to...more

Section 12(d)(1) and Business Development Companies

Business development companies (BDCs), which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much...more

Final US Treasury Regulations Provide Additional Flexibility in Determining the Tax Implications of Money Market Fund Share...

Final U.S. Treasury regulations under Section 446 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code’), providing for the use of the net asset value (“NAV”) accounting method for transactions in money market fund...more

SEC Eases Regulatory Burden for Listing Actively Managed ETFs

The Securities and Exchange Commission took a step toward streamlining the approval process for actively managed ETFs last week by approving rule proposals from two securities exchanges....more

Congress Poised to Extend Investment Company Act to U.S. Territories

Congress is poised to eliminate the exemption in the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) for investment companies located in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other U.S. possessions. The 1940 Act governs...more

SEC Proposes New Requirement for Business Continuity Plans for Investment Advisers

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a rule that would require all SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement a business continuity and transition plan (“BCP”). The BCP...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act and Venture Capital Bill Pass House

The Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 394 to 4. It doesn’t look much like the original bill we reported on here. As passed by the House, the bill allows special purpose...more

Practice Pointers on Shelf Offerings by Business Development Companies

Overview - Business development companies (“BDCs”) are U.S. publicly held investment funds that invest primarily in private and thinly traded public U.S. businesses. BDCs have generally faced capital raising challenges...more

SEC Adopts Higher Net Worth Threshold for Qualified Clients under the Advisers Act

In an order dated June 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted its prior proposal to increase the net worth threshold for "qualified clients" under Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the...more

Financial Services Committee Approves Bills Relating to Capital Formation

The House Financial Services Committee held a markup session on June 15, 2016 to discuss a number of bills, including many relating to capital formation and the lessening of regulatory burdens for smaller reporting companies....more

SEC Proposes Higher Net Worth Threshold for Qualified Clients under the Advisers Act

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed to increase the net worth threshold for qualified clients from $2 million to $2.1 million. This proposed adjustment is being made...more

Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 Passes Muster in U.S. House of Representatives

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representative passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 5019) by a vote of 411 to 6. This bill directs the SEC to amend its regulations under the Securities Act of...more

Sutherland Submits Comment Letters on Two SEC Rulemaking Projects Pertinent to Business Development Companies

In response to requests for comment from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP recently submitted comment letters on two SEC rulemaking projects pertinent to business development...more

The Grisly Death of Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last year that it would end its staggered five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed retirement plans under the determination letter program due to...more

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