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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

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letter on Index Fund Investments in Insurance Companies and Securities Related Businesses

SEC staff expands upon prior no-action positions to permit funds that track a third-party index to invest in insurance companies and securities related businesses beyond the limitations set forth in Sections 12(d)(2) and...more

Life and Annuity Series: Significant Litigation Risks

WilmerHale Partner Charles Platt, a leading commercial litigator who is recognized nationally for his work defending financial services and insurance companies, periodically drafts legal news alerts for clients about the life...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

U.S. Money Market Fund Reform: Diversification, Stress Testing and Disclosure Compliance Deadline Quickly Approaching; SEC Staff...

The April 14, 2016 compliance date for certain new money market fund (money funds) requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is quickly approaching. In particular, money funds will be required...more

Credit Risk Transfer: Making a Successful Program Even Better

On February 10, Howard Altarescu participated in the Urban Institute / CoreLogic Sunset Seminar, “Credit Risk Transfer: Making a Successful Program Even Better.” The presentation outlined the importance of credit risk...more

SEC Staff Publishes its Views on Oversight of Certain Payments to Financial Intermediaries

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) published a Guidance Update on January 6, 2016 related to mutual fund distribution and sub-accounting fees. In the...more

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

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