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Currency Hedging Survives ESMA UCITS Share Class Cull

For the past two years, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), Europe’s main securities regulator, has had UCITS share classes in their sights. It has issued two discussion papers on the topic and has now...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Regarding Open-End Fund Investments in Closed-End Funds

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) recently issued guidance regarding open-end fund investments in closed-end funds....more

The CSSF's position in respect of ESMA's Opinion on UCITS' Share Classes

On 13 February, 2017 the Luxembourg Financial Regulator (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier –CSSF) announced its position in respect of ESMA’s opinion by issuing press release n°17/06. The CSSF expects UCITS...more

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Japan’s SoftBank hasn’t been shy about bold moves, but its most recent one—the decision to buy American PE giant Fortress Investment Group—is an especially big one. The deal is seen as bolstering SoftBank’s recently announced...more

Let’s Finally Fix Crowdfunding!

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the landmark Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), for the purpose of encouraging the funding of startups and small businesses throughout the United States. Title...more

Department of Labor Moves to Delay Fiduciary Rule

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay the effective date of the final Conflict of Interest Rule that re-defines who is a fiduciary...more

MEasure - Winter 2017

Amendments to Foreign Fund Private Placement Exemptions in the UAE - In August 2016, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the federal securities regulator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), adopted...more

Prohibition on 'right of first refusal' clauses in financing transactions

In May 2015 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched a market study to assess, among other matters, the effects of cross-selling and cross-subsidising of investment and corporate banking services in the UK by investment...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance—SEC Says Brokers Can Impose Their Own Commissions on Sales of “Clean” Fund Shares

On January 11, 2017, the SEC staff issued a no-action letter (the “Letter”) to Capital Research and Management Company in which the staff confirmed that the restrictions of Section 22(d) of the 1940 Act do not apply to a...more

Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form

With miners staging a recovery on equity markets in 2016 and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties....more

Credit funds in the Italian framework - regulatory considerations

This note is aimed at presenting certain significant changes recently intervened in the Italian regulatory framework, that are intended to have a deep impact on the credit market, also as regards foreign operators. As...more

Kazakhstan Ordered to Pay $506 Million for Crude Expropriation of Oil and Gas Investments

In a case that highlights both that governments are not above the rule of law and that it is difficult to swiftly enforce arbitral awards, a Swedish appeals court, on December 12, 2016, upheld a $506 million award against...more

The Next Big Thing After The Fiduciary Rule? I have some guesses

With the fiduciary rule coming down the pike in April, people ask me what the next big thing to shake up the retirement plan industry will be. I’m no soothsayer, but I think there will be a couple of areas that the Department...more

Sovereign Green Bonds: Poland sets a precedent

Demand in the Green Bond market has historically been driven largely by environmentally and socially responsible investors. As the market becomes more mainstream, the investor base has expanded to include pension funds,...more

SEC Staff Announces 2017 OCIE Examination Priorities

On January 12, 2017, the staff of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its annual announcement on examination priorities in the coming calendar...more

Expect the Unexpected: The Year Ahead for the Financial Institutions Sector

With contributors across the sector and the globe, we've compiled a review of some of the developments that will affect financial institutions in 2017 and beyond. The one thing that 2016 taught us was to expect the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Some early signs of the focus of SoftBank’s “hugely ambitious” $100 billion investment fund are beginning to emerge, and at first blush, it appears a majority of the cash will land in private and public markets rather than...more

Loss of Foreign Fund Private Placement Exemptions in the UAE

In August 2016, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the federal securities regulator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), adopted new investment funds regulations (the 2016 Fund Regulations), which repealed...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Use by Private Equity Funds of Subscription Credit Facilities as a Form of...

Subscription credit facilities, or subscription lines, are typically revolving credit facilities secured on the capital commitments of investors. Interest rates on subscription lines are often similar to those for first lien...more

When Investing In A Partnership May Be A Tax Problem

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 Only Color in Gambling is Green—Why Staking is a Security

The Securities Act of 1933’s catchall for defining a security is the “investment contract.” The landmark case, SEC v Howey, explained that “an investment contract for the purposes of the Securities Act means a contract,...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Requirements in FRCP Rule 23 for Class Certification

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a putative class action case that posed whether common questions of law or fact predominate on the reliance element of Plaintiffs' Section 10(b) claims. The court concluded...more

Luxembourg legal alert: CSSF Circular 02/77 - new reporting template for UCIs, UCITS, and SIFs

On 3 January, 2017, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) introduced under Circular 02/77 a mandatory template to be used by undertakings for collective investment subject to the Law of 17 December, 2010...more

Tax Reform in the New Administration

The upcoming change in administration, combined with retained Republican control of both houses of Congress, is expected to result in significant changes in the federal income tax system, on both the domestic and...more

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