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Does Your Custody Agreement Comply?

All custody agreements will need to comply with new content requirements from 1 November 2015 as set out by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in Regulatory Guide 133: Managed investments and custodial...more

SEC Enforcement Continues to Pursue Hedge Fund Advisers

The SEC continues to pursue enforcement actions against hedge fund managers for alleged self-dealing, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and valuation issues. As we’ve previously reported (here and here), the SEC has stepped...more

Prepare Your Brewery or Distillery to Raise Money

Raising capital can be very exciting, but it can also create a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety. Before you approach a bank, an individual investor, or a more institutional equity investor, be aware that these people...more

SEC Proposes Major Disclosure Changes for Funds and Advisers

The SEC recently published two rule proposals to address concerns over the Commission’s ability to gauge and monitor any risks that the asset management industry poses to the financial system and investors. This includes the...more

SEC Announces First “Distribution in Guise” Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on September 21, 2015, brought the first of its long-awaited “distribution in guise” cases against a mutual fund adviser and distributor. The case follows a number of warnings...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Venture Capital Fund Advisers Exemption

Investment advisers to venture capital funds are exempt from registration under the Investment Advisors Act if certain requirements are met. Amongst those requirements is that certain investments be made in qualifying...more

Japan Joins Asia Region Funds Passport

On Friday 11 September 2015, Finance Ministers from Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand signed the Passport Statement of Understanding, signaling their commitment to join the Asia Region Funds...more

Cybersecurity Update: National Futures Association Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance Setting Forth General Requirements for Member...

The National Futures Association (“NFA”) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on August 28, 2015 a proposed Interpretive Notice (“Proposed Guidance”) for CFTC’s approval, which provides guidance to...more

The Bespoke Solution—Advantages and Challenges in Tailoring Single Investor Funds

The world of private investment funds has been evolving to address the specific goals and expectations of investors, including pension plan sponsors and other investors with specific regulatory and economic needs. As a...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Pension Investment Management Services - with or without VAT?

A significant cost of running a defined benefit pension scheme historically has been the VAT on investment management services. However, HMRC has recently confirmed that a European court case means employers may now recover...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms District Court on Remand in Jones v. Harris Associates

In Jones v. Harris Associates L.P., the Supreme Court adopted the Gartenberg standard for cases brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940: “[T]o face liability... an investment adviser must charge a...more

SEC Files Another Settled Market Crisis Case

The market crisis may have ended years ago, but not the SEC’s supply of cases from that time period. The agency filed a settled action in which those soliciting sophisticated investors misrepresented the risks of two funds,...more

The Time to Transfer Entity Interests Is Now - Trust and Estates Update Vol. 2015, Issue 1

Upcoming IRS regulations may significantly limit and reduce planning opportunities to transfer minority interests in closely held entities to family members and increase the transfer tax cost associated with moving such...more

"Wake up, England!"* - The UK’s 2015 Productivity Plan

*The title usually given to a speech by the Prince of Wales (later King George V) on 5 December 1901, when just back from a tour of the British Empire, as the Empire’s clarion call to England, the "mother country". In July,...more

SEC Explains How to Form a Pre-Existing Relationship Using the Internet; New CDI’s Issued

The SEC granted no-action relief to Citizen VC, Inc. which appears to state, although subject to facts and circumstances, a pre-existing relation can be formed with a person that first contacts a seller of securities over the...more

ESMA Consultation on New Remuneration Rules for EU UCITS Managers and EU AIFMs

On July 23, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper assessing new guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the UCITS V Directive and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

SEC Commissioner Gallagher On Dodd-Frank and Staff Divisions

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher provided something of a score card for activities over the past five years he has served on the agency prior to his impending departure. To the surprise of few he panned the Dodd-Frank and...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 29

SEC to Consider Adoption of Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules at August 5 Opening Meeting - On July 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission, pursuant to a “Sunshine Act” notice, stated that it will hold an open meeting on...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2015

Second Circuit Holds That Posthumous QDROs Are Valid. Yale-New Haven Hospital brought an action in federal court to resolve competing claims by a former spouse of a deceased participant and the deceased participant’s...more

Proposed Regulations Target Management Fee Waivers

In the Federal Register for July 23, 2015, the Treasury Department published proposed regulations regarding the circumstances under which partnership allocations and distributions will be treated as disguised payments for...more

Client Alert on Azerbaijani Securities Regulations - Client Alert on Latest Developments in Azerbaijani Securities Regulation...

Securities Markets Law - New categories of professional participants in securities markets - Professional participants in securities markets are defined to include investment companies, stock exchanges, clearing...more

UCITS Remuneration Guidelines—Impact On US Managers

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a consultation paper on 23 July 2015 in respect of the proposed guidelines on remuneration (UCITS Remuneration Guidelines) regarding the remuneration principles...more

ESMA Updates Q&A on the AIFMD

On July 21, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated questions and answers (“Updated Q&A”) on the application on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The Updated Q&A...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #5

In this week’s newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

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