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This Week In Securities Litigation

An investment banker who repeatedly tipped his father on about pending mergers was found guilty of insider trading by a jury this week. The Commission brought another action based on the whistleblower protections where the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.6.16

How often are we going to be hearing about Brexit aftershocks? I’d expect you better get used to it. Today’s edition: two other real estate funds (these run by Aviva ad M&G) have joined Standard Life in freezing withdrawals...more

SEC Proposes Business Continuity and Transition Rules for Advisers While Staff Publishes Similar Guidance for Funds

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management published regulatory guidance on June 28, 2016, highlighting the need for registered investment company complexes to review their business continuity plans to ensure they are...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

Cease and Desist Proceedings Against an Asset Manager for Acting as an Unlicensed Broker-Dealer

Industry participants are well-advised to review their practices to ensure compliance with the Advisers Act, and the SEC’s and SEC’s Staff’s interpretations of when registration as a broker-dealer is required....more

Key Data Privacy and Security Concerns for Investment Firms

Privacy and data security concerns are among the most critical issues facing investment funds, advisors and managers (collectively, “investment firms”). This article outlines the privacy and data security challenges...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

Junk Bond Fund Failure Challenges Industry

The December failure and ongoing liquidation of the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund (TAFCF) provides potential ammunition to significant financial services industry players who believe mutual funds and investment managers...more

The HSR Act’s “Investment” Exemption – Strategic Considerations in Light of Recent Enforcement

On April 4, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued ValueAct Capital (ValueAct), an “activist” investment fund, for violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act), seeking civil...more

"The Resurgence of SPACs in a Quiet IPO Market"

More than 20 years old, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) — publicly listed companies established with the goal of acquiring unspecified targets — have recently experienced a surge in popularity. Ten SPACs for...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

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

SEC Staff Publishes Guidance on Fund Disclosure of Current Market Conditions

The Guidance emphasizes the importance of reviewing market conditions and the related effect on fund investments on an ongoing basis and ensuring that fund disclosure is appropriately up-to-date....more

SEC - Registered Investment Advisers – Annual Compliance Requirements

As a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), most private equity and hedge fund managers are required to register as investment advisers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Crowdfunding: Disclosing Both Pros and Cons?

Crowdfunding has grown tremendously in the past few years, and with the recent finalization by the Securities and Exchange Commission of its rulemaking under a 2012 law, there may be an even greater expansion of investor...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has Provided a Breeding Ground for Securities Fraud - Back in 1990, Congress created the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) EB-5...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

SEC Proposes Rules on the Use of Derivatives by Funds

The proposal would place restrictions on certain investment funds to limit their use of derivatives and require certain risk management procedures. On December 11, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

SEC Settles With Adviser That Allegedly Overcharged Management Fees and Misled Investors

On January 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had settled with Equinox Fund Management LLC (Equinox). The SEC order found that Equinox, with respect to its managed futures fund (the Fund), had...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Newman personal benefit test in insider trading tipping cases is front and center this week as the Supreme Court agreed to consider the issue. The Court passed on the opportunity to consider the question when first...more

More Maladroit Drafting From The SEC

Last December, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new exemptive rule under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The proposed rule would allow mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), closed-end funds, and...more

Variable Annuities Are Retirement Investment Product of Interest in SEC’s 2016 Examination Priorities

As we discussed yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its examination priorities for 2016 on January 11 (the “Examination Priorities”)....more

SEC Proposes New Derivatives Rules for Registered Funds

A rule proposed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission would provide for new limits on the use of derivatives—together with new risk management measures—for SEC registered investment companies. All funds registered...more

SEC Staff Guidance on Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees: Emphasis on Process and Fully Informed Directors

In regulatory guidance published on January 6, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management tackled the knotty issue of how mutual funds, their investment advisers and independent fund directors should evaluate...more

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