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Effect of the MIFID II Research Regime on US Investment Managers

by Morgan Lewis on

The MiFID II regime will have significant ramifications for US investment managers and their use of client commissions to obtain research—especially as cross-border impacts have yet to be addressed by global regulators....more

SEC Staff Relaxes Limitations under 1940 Act to Permit Certain Global “Master-Feeder” Arrangements, Although Obstacles Remain

by Dechert LLP on

The Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 8, 2017 issued a no-action letter (Staff Letter) in response to a request from Dechert LLP for assurance under Section 12(d)(1) of the Investment Company...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

Will New Administration Speed VA Summary Prospectus?

by Carlton Fields on

President Trump’s nominee for SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, could speed authorization of the variable annuity (VA) summary prospectus and related layered disclosure and shortened underlying fund report to shareholders. Doing so...more

Cross Border Master-Feeder Arrangements: SEC Staff Slightly Expands Utility of Offshore Feeders for Global Investment Management...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) granted no-action relief that potentially will permit global investment management firms to offer U.S. registered open-end management investment...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Holding Companies and the Transient Investment Company Rule Under the...

Earlier this month, the SEC Division of Investment Management issued guidance with respect to situations in which an operating company may find that, upon the occurrence of an extraordinary event, it meets the definition of...more

Regulation Round Up - March 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Key developments in March 2017: 1 March - The FCA published its Consultation Paper on "Reforming the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process" (CP17/5). The CP proposes a package of policy measures...more

SEC Issues New Sources of Custody Rule Guidance

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On February 21, 2017, the SEC's Division of Investment Management provided additional guidance with respect to Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Custody Rule). The guidance addressed the...more

China opens up the securities investment fund management industry: the first in a journey of ten thousand steps?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 30 June 2016, the industry self-regulating body, the Asset Management Association of China published what, on the face of it, appeared to be a fairly innocuous document entitled Questions and Answers regarding the...more

Market Solutions, Volume 26, No. 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Sanctions: Will the Trump Administration Stay the Course? President Trump made many statements during the campaign regarding actions he plans to take to reverse Obama administration sanctions policies. These included...more

Delaware Paves the Way for the Use of Blockchain Technology

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Following last May’s announcement of the “Delaware Blockchain Initiative” by former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on March 13, 2017, the Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association...more

Delaware Paves the Way for the Use of Blockchain Technology

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Following last May’s announcement of the “Delaware Blockchain Initiative” by former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on March 13, 2017, the Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association...more

Use of Dealing Commission Remains a Top Priority for UK Financial Conduct Authority

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority published a statement on the use of dealing commission by investment management firms, including asset managers and wealth managers. The FCA conducted a review of firms' practices from 2012 and...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on “Robo-Advisers”

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Guidance Update (Guidance) on February 23, 2017, on the subject of automated investment advisers...more

A Quiet UK Budget for Asset Managers, But Other Recent Tax Changes Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

After numerous UK tax changes affecting asset managers over the past few years – not least the wholesale re-vamping of the tax treatment of carried interest and other fund participations for investment fund managers – the UK...more

SEC Weighs In on Robo-Advisers: Disclosure, Suitability, and Compliance Obligations

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s Guidance recognizes that robo-advisers are fiduciaries, and provides suggestions on how they can meet the substantive requirements of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. ...more

"Key Takeaways: Recent Investment Management Litigation and Regulatory Developments"

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Recent Investment Management Litigation and Regulatory Developments.” The Skadden panelists were litigation partners Eben Colby and Seth Schwartz, securities enforcement...more

Another Court Rejects Excessive Fee Claims Following Trial on Mutual Fund “Manager of Managers” Theory

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 28, 2017, Judge Renée Bumb of the New Jersey federal district court entered judgment in favor of Hartford Funds Management Group, Inc. (“Hartford”) following last November’s four-day bench trial relating to...more

Court Rules for Fund Adviser in Excessive Fee Case Against Hartford

by Goodwin on

On February 28, the court in the mutual fund excessive fee case against Hartford (Kasilag v. Hartford Inv. Fin. Servs., LLC, No. 1:11-cv-01083 (D.N.J.)) issued a 70-page opinion ruling in favor of the fund adviser and against...more

Alberta Law Clarified on Scope of Good Faith in Contract and Incentive Pay Eligibility

by Field Law on

Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation, 2017 ABCA 1 (Styles) was the first decision rendered by the Court of Appeal of Alberta in 2017, and contains some noteworthy ramifications for employers. This case dealt...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Indicates Willingness to Help Incubate Fintech - On February 21, 2017, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), has diverged from other U.S. federal...more

Regime for Marketing Foreign Funds in the UAE

by Morgan Lewis on

Exploring the rules governing marketing in the UAE of interests in foreign (non-UAE) funds, and in particular the various exemptions from the general requirement that such foreign funds be registered with the Securities and...more

SEC Staff Discusses Investment Company Reporting Modernization and Asset Management Industry Trends at SEC Speaks in 2017...

On February 24, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) participated in a panel at the Practising Law Institute’s SEC Speaks in 2017 conference. As part of the...more

SEC Staff Provide New Custody Rule Guidance

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 21, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) released new guidance concerning when a registered investment adviser is deemed to have “custody” for purposes of Adviser’s Act Rule 206(4) (the Custody...more

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