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Does the Impact of Climate Change on Financial Markets Have Anything In Common with Same-Sex Marriage?

A few months ago, I asked whether climate change nuisance and public trust litigation might have something in common with litigation challenging bans on same-sex marriage. The idea was that both types of litigation seemed...more

SEC Discusses Criteria for Charging Chief Compliance Officers

In remarks before the 2015 National Society of Compliance Professionals, National Conference, Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, outlined the type of criteria used to charge Chief Compliance Officers with...more

IRS Encourages Private Foundations to Consider Charitable Purposes in Investing Its Assets

As we previously reported, the IRS has updated its guidance with helpful examples concerning program-related investments for private foundations. In its recently issued Notice 2015-62, the IRS provides further assurance that...more

U.S. SEC Proposes Liquidity Risk Management Programs, Optional “Swing Pricing,” and Liquidity Reporting for Mutual Funds and...

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a new rule and amendments to rules and reporting forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”), designed to standardize...more

SEC Chair White Complains of Poor Hedge Fund and Private Equity Practices

SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently delivered pointed remarks to a conference attended by hedge fund and private equity advisors. One portion of her remarks was directed at operational risks of private funds, such as...more

Observation 3.0: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the Volcker Rule and the Implications for Foreign Banks Investing in...

1. Question: What is the Volcker Rule, and when does it take effect? Answer: The Volcker Rule was enacted into law as section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank...more

SEC Begins Publishing Statistics on Hedge Funds and Private Equity Advisors

The SEC published a report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends, reflecting aggregated data reported by private fund advisers on Form ADV and Form PF. Most of the data in the more than 50 separate tables...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Wynne’s First Casualty: First Marblehead Corp. v. Commissioner

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in First Marblehead Corp. v. Commissioner of Revenue (First Marblehead) and remanded the case back to the court for...more

Portfolio Monitoring and Legal Fees Subject to SEC Enforcement Action Against Private Equity Group

The SEC announced that three private equity fund advisers within The Blackstone Group have agreed to pay nearly $39 million to settle charges that they failed to fully inform investors about benefits that the advisers...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 brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Mission-Related Investments by Private Foundations

New guidance permits private foundations to consider charitable purposes when making investments with a substantial purpose of capital appreciation or the production of income....more

SEC Removes Credit-Rating References and Amends Issuer Diversification Requirements in Money Fund Rules

In a September 16, 2015 Release (the “Release”), the SEC completed its obligations under Section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Act by removing references to credit ratings from Rule 2a-7. Most notably, the Release removes credit...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

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Funds to Adopt Liquidity Risk Management Programs; Allow “Swing Pricing”

At an open meeting on September 22, 2015, the SEC proposed new rules and amendments to existing rules to require open-end investment companies to adopt comprehensive liquidity risk management programs. The rules would also...more

CFTC Announces Proposal to Amend the Definition of “Material Terms”

On September 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division announced that it will publish in the Federal Register a proposed amendment to the definition of “material terms” for purposes of swap portfolio...more

Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me a… 506(b) Private Placement Investment

The SEC has given the go-ahead to a venture capital firm’s plan to conduct 506(b) private placements online. On August 5, 2015, the Commission issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc., saying the firm’s proposed online...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Regulation Round-Up

The FCA, in its September Regulation Round-up, outlined recent changes to its supervisory model. The new strategy aims to take a more holistic approach to the classification of firms, focusing increasingly on how markets work...more

Pay to Play: Appellate Division Upholds Ruling that Payment is Required to Qualify for Champerty Safe Harbor Provision

In Justinian Capital SPC v. WestLB AG, etc. et al., 2015 N.Y. Slip Op. 04381 (1st Dep’t May 21, 2015), the Appellate Division affirmed the February 25, 2014 decision of the New York County Supreme Court, Commercial Division...more

Alert: HSR "Investment-Only" Exemption: Lessons from Third Point's Yahoo! Investment

While acquisitions of up to 10% of the voting interest in a target that are made "solely for the purpose of investment" are in many circumstances exempt from Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements, even when the value...more

German Investment Taxation – Reform Ahead

The German Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium) circulated a discussion draft bill on the reform of fund taxation (‘Draft Bill’) on 22 July 2015. The Draft Bill contains significant changes to the German tax...more

The SEC Proposes Expanding Reporting Requirements for Investment Companies

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved new proposed rules, forms and amendments that would expand the information that registered investment companies1 are required to report. The SEC’s...more

EBA Publishes RWA Assessment as the Next Step in Improving Consistency of Internal Model Outcomes

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published two reports on the consistency of Risk-Weighted Assets (RWAs) across large EU institutions for large corporate, sovereign and institutions’ Internal Ratings-Based (IRB)...more

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