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"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

FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Rule and Increased AML Burden

Compliance officers at financial institutions have made great strides in improving Know Your Customer (KYC) programs to focus on knowing their customers as a critical function in combating money laundering. As regulators...more

Summary of New SEC Requirements for Open-End Fund Liquidity Risk Management and Amendments to Permit Use of “Swing Pricing”

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) unanimously adopted regulatory changes that require open-end funds, including traditional mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, to establish...more

A Window into Trump’s SEC?

Insights into an SEC composed of Trump appointees can be gleaned from Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) opening statements at a committee hearing on SEC oversight, with testimony by outgoing SEC...more

SEC Adopts Liquidity Risk Management Rules for Mutual Funds and Other Open-End Investment Companies 

On October 13, 2016, the SEC approved new Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the 1940 Act), which will require certain open-end investment companies other than money market funds, to adopt and...more

SEC Issues Investment Company ‘Reporting Modernization’ Rules

In May 2015, we reported on proposals by the US Securities and Exchange Commission designed to enhance reporting for mutual funds, ETFs and other registered investment companies. On October 13, 2016, the SEC voted to adopt...more

New Liquidity and Swing Pricing Rules for US Mutual Funds

On October 13, 2016, a unanimous US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted far-reaching rules intended to address mutual fund liquidity risks. On the same day and by a divided (two to one) vote, the SEC adopted new mutual...more

"SEC Adopts Liquidity Risk Management Rules for Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds"

On October 13, 2016, the SEC voted to adopt new and amended rules and forms intended to enhance and standardize liquidity risk management by mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, which will likely have a broad impact on...more

Further Guidance on the HSR Act Investment-Only Exemption for Seemingly “Passive” Investors Engaging with Management

Investors considering engaging with management should take note of a recent informal interpretation received from the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) advising that certain seemingly “passive” behavior is...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Merrill Lynch has already staked out the position in response to the DOL’s retirement account fiduciary duty rule that it would no longer offer commission-based IRAs to retirement savers. Yesterday, it effectively doubled...more

What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global...more

SEC Curious About Mutual Fund Unicorns

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff has reportedly been asking mutual funds how they value their investments in “unicorns” – i.e., dynamic pre-IPO companies with market capitalization exceeding $1 billion, and...more

SEC Probes Share Class Recommendations

In July, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced an initiative to identify instances where registered investment advisers may be improperly influenced by...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Business Continuity Planning for Registered Investment Companies

The Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) staff published Guidance Update 2016-04, concerning business continuity plans regarding companies within a “fund complex.” By “fund complex” the staff means an affiliated group of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #3

Editor's Note - Another Cybersecurity Proposal. On the heels of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issuing its proposed regulation that would require banks and insurance companies to institute...more

OCIE By the Numbers and the Use of Big Data

On October 17, 2016, Marc Wyatt, the Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspection and Examinations, gave a keynote address to the National Society of Compliance Professionals titled: Inside the National Exam Program...more

Investment Management Update - October 2016

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

Mutual Fund Sales by Intermediaries – Fall-Out from DOL Fiduciary Rule and FINRA Enforcement

Mutual fund sales and distribution arrangements are once again under review. It has been reported that fund intermediaries are re-examining their practices relating to sales charges, share class structures and product...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: The Evolving DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Mutual Fund Distribution and...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its “fiduciary investment advice” regulation (Final Rule) on April 6, 2016, following a lengthy proposal and re-proposal process. Although the Final Rule reflects...more

AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial

In its 2010 opinion in Jones v. Harris, L.P., the United States Supreme Court embraced the so-called Gartenberg standard for assessing an investment adviser’s fiduciary liability for excessive mutual fund fees under Section...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

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

New UAE Mutual Funds Regulations Herald Critical Changes for Foreign Managers

The United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) federal securities regulator, the Emirates Securities and Commodity Authority (the “SCA”), has issued extensive revisions to the UAE Mutual Funds Regulations 2012 (the “2012 Regulations”)...more

Regulatory Update: SEC Adopts New Requirements for Fund Liquidity Risk Management and Amendments to Permit the Use of “Swing...

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously adopted regulatory changes that require open-end funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), to establish liquidity risk...more

SEC Approves Liquidity Risk Management Rules for Mutual Funds and ETFs

On October 13, 2016, at an open meeting, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve three rules designed to enhance effective liquidity risk management by open-end funds, including mutual funds and...more

SEC Approves New Liquidity Risk Management Rules; Swing Pricing Rules

The SEC today unanimously approved “transformational” new rules requiring liquidity risk management programs. The SEC also approved a swing pricing rule by a vote of 2-1, with Commissioner Piwowar voting against...more

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