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For the Second Time, Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date is Pushed Back

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In an unsurprising move, the Department of Labor (DOL) postponed the applicability date of the fiduciary rule on April 4 for an additional 60 days. The new applicability date for the rule is June 9, 2017, although the DOL...more

SEC Issues New Material Event Notices Under Proposed Rule 15c2-12 Amendments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 1, 2017, proposed adding two additional triggers – in new subparagraphs (15) and (16) – for the material events notice requirements under Rule 15c2-12 (the Proposed...more

Investors in Southern African Development Community Stripped of International Treaty Protections

by Jones Day on

In January 2014, Jones Day reported on the protection offered to foreign investors in Sub-Saharan Africa pursuant to the Southern African Development Community ("SADC") enacted on April 16, 2010. As noted in that Commentary,...more

DOL Announces Temporary No Enforcement Policy of Fiduciary Rule

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 effective date of its (much debated) fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule – a vestige of the Obama Administration – was thought to...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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AIFMD - ESMA Updates Q&As on the Application of the AIFMD - ESMA updated its Q&As on 16 December on the application of the AIFMD. The revised Q&As include one updated question and answer on reporting obligations by...more

In Chinese Investment Treaties, Questions Arise on Who Qualifies for Protection

Despite recent criticism from some quarters concerning the use of investment treaties and free trade agreements, the Chinese investment treaty system remains firmly in place. Since 1982, the People's Republic of China (PRC)...more

SEC 2017 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Seniors and Retiring Investors, and Market-Wide Risk Assessment

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 12, 2017 announced its examination priorities for the current year. The priorities extend to nearly...more

SEC's New Rule Requires Additional Disclosures on Form ADV

by Bracewell LLP on

On January 12, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its 2017 examination priorities.1 OCIE’s 2017 priorities, which largely mirror its 2016 priorities, cover three areas: (1)...more

Expanding Horizons for Startup and Small Companies Raising Capital

by Roetzel & Andress on

If you are a startup or small company looking to raise funds from investors, newly amended Rule 504 should catch your eye. Effective January 20, 2017, Rule 504 of Regulation D will allow startups and small companies to sell...more

SEC Principal Trading Rule Exemption Set to Expire at Year’s End

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stated in August that it intends to permit the expiration of rule 206(3)-3T (Rule) under the Investment Adviser Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The SEC originally...more

SEC Adopts Rules and Forms to Modernize Reporting Requirements for Registered Investment Companies

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has adopted, by a 2-to-1 vote, new rules and forms, as well as amendments to certain rules and forms (Final Rule), to modernize the reporting of information by...more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Issuers

by Morgan Lewis on

Companies trading on either the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market or AIM should ensure that their systems and procedures reflect changes to their disclosure and other obligations arising from the implementation of the new...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Never Satisfied. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that, in its just completed fiscal year 2016, it filed a record 868 enforcement actions reprimanding misconduct by companies...more

SEC Continues to Closely Monitor the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs). The C&DIs provide added guidance on the use of non-GAAP financial measures in public disclosures...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Fines Aviva for Client Asset and Money Failings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority published the final notice issued to Aviva Pension Trustees UK Limited and Aviva Wrap UK Limited, fining the firms £8,246,800 for failing to have adequate controls and oversight arrangements to...more

Developments in SEC Private Company Enforcement: Sophisticated VC’s in the Role of Victim

The announcement that San Francisco private company Hampton Creek faces an SEC inquiry related to their alleged “buyback” program of vegan mayo comes as no shock... As soon as the facts were initially reported it seemed only...more

“Risk Retentionizing” Your CLO: A Post-Effective Date Guide to Risk Retention Compliance

by Dechert LLP on

Over the last year and a half, asset managers of collateralized loan obligations (“CLO Managers”) have been focused on developing various strategies to enable them to comply with the retention requirements of the final U.S....more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

Open-ended property funds: a fund-amental mismatch?

by Reed Smith on

On 4 July 2016, Standard Life Investments suspended trading as a result of investors flooding the gates for redemptions. Several other funds such as M&G and Aviva Investments followed suit throughout the same week. The...more

ESMA Advice Extending the AIFMD Passport: Including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

by Reed Smith on

On 18 July 2016 the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive...more

ESMA Publishes Further Advice on the Application of the AIFMD Passport for Non-EU Jurisdictions

by Dechert LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published further advice to the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the extension of the AIFMD passport for non-EU jurisdictions on 18 July 2016. Key...more

Argentina: From International Market Isolation to Promising Opportunities for Investors

by WilmerHale on

Argentina is keen to attract foreign investment. Not only has it recently implemented a series of economic measures, but it has also made changes to its legal framework including the enactment of a new arbitration regulation,...more

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Series A Financing (Q2 2016)

by McCarter & English, LLP on

A key milestone in the lifecycle of many successful companies (and, admittedly, many unsuccessful companies) is obtaining financing from angel or venture capital investors, but in negotiating with experienced investors...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: MiFID II: Key Considerations for Asset Managers

by Dechert LLP on

The Council of the European Union on 13 May 2014 formally endorsed a new regulatory regime that will replace the current Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which has been in force since 2007. The new...more

Simpler or simplistic? The Prospectus Regulation

by Bryan Cave on

The European Commission has continued in its drive towards a European Capital Markets Union by proposing measures in the Prospectus Regulation which it hopes will revamp the current prospectus regime. We are told that...more

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