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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

"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

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

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

Bill Introduced To Delay Effective Date of DOL Fiduciary Rule

On January 6, 2017 Rep. Joe Wilson introduced a house bill that would delay for two years the effective date of the DOL Fiduciary Rule set to take effect on April 1, 2017. http://src.bna.com/ldB. This legislation follows...more

Big Regulatory Changes in Store for Funds and Advisers? No One Knows for Certain, but Here’s Our Best Guess

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

While no one knows for sure what the future holds for investment management regulation, the tea leaves indicate that we may expect a slowdown on new regulations, some pullback on parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

"Plaintiffs Facing Headwinds in Pending Mutual Fund Fee Litigation"

With the first-filed cases at or near completion, the results are not looking good for the plaintiffs in the latest wave of mutual fund fee litigation. Defendants prevailed after trial in one of those cases and achieved...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In a closely watched battle over the DOL’s new fiduciary rule for retirement account investment advisers, the Labor Department has scored an early first victory. A DC federal judge ruled late last week that the rule at issue...more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Investment Adviser AXA Wins Excessive Fee Trial - A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled in favor of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (AXA Equitable) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AXA Equitable Funds Management...more

Choosing an Investment Adviser for a Special Needs Trust

Trustees of special needs trusts have a duty to properly manage the funds in their care. However, most trustees, especially non-professional ones, are not sophisticated investors and they should not be directly managing the...more

Double-Check the Math: Advisers Should Not Provide Clients With Performance Data Created by Other Investment Managers Without...

In a series of enforcement actions this week, the SEC made it clear that investment advisers need to substantiate the performance records of investment management firms they recommend to their clients. In these cases,...more

SEC Updates Form ADV

The SEC has adopted final rules requiring investment advisers to provide additional information on Form ADV and other matters. The final rules: - require information about an investment adviser’s separately managed...more

FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture

by Carlton Fields on

Speaking at the Brookings Institution this April, FINRA head Richard Ketchum emphasized the importance of a broker-dealer having a "culture" that favors the firm’s customers when their interests conflict with those of the...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

SEC Raises ‘Qualified Client' Net Worth Threshold from $2 Million to $2.1 Million

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 permits investment advisers to charge performance- based compensation (including performance and incentive fees by private funds) only to “qualified clients.” On June 14,...more

New Appointment Underscores SEC’s Focus on Cybersecurity Threats

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced the appointment of Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. Hetner, who was formerly the Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

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Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries Face an Alarming Number of Stable Value Fund and Other Class Action Lawsuits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the last several months, plaintiffs have filed multiple class action lawsuits against plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries and stable value fund providers. These lawsuits, which have involved 401(k) plans sponsored by large...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Issues Order Modifying and Extending the Pilot Period for the National Market System Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility - On April 21, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an order...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Revising Fund Disclosure in Light of Changing Market Conditions

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

2015 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

by Morgan Lewis on

This Outline highlights key US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement developments and cases regarding broker-dealers, investment...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 3

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Final and Temporary Dividend Equivalent Regulations Issued – Some Good, Some Bad, And Some Ugly: On September 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final and temporary regulations under Section 871(m),...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

UK 2015 Summer Finance Bill Update: Proposed Taxation Changes for Carried Interest and DIMF

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Further to our client alert in July this year, the UK Government recently proposed further changes to the UK taxation of carried interest and disguised investment management fees (DIMF). The UK Government proposed...more

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