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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

Stating the obvious about Mutual Fund Company TPAs

David Letterman once joked that there was a graph in USA Today that showed that 3 out of 4 Americans made up 75% of the population. Stating the obvious can be a waste of time. Speaking of stating the obvious, a study in the...more

DOL Hearings Debate “Fiduciary Duty” not “Suitability” Standard for Retirement Accounts

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL“) recently heard public comment to its proposed regulatory changes implementing a fiduciary duty on any individual receiving compensation for advice tailored to a plan sponsor, participant...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 Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 14 • July 2015 (Global)

US lawmakers seek push out details. US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the country’s banking regulators asking for information concerning the effect of an amendment to the Dodd-Frank act...more

SEC Sanctions Adviser For Not Fully Disclosing Fee Arrangements

The Commission has brought a series of cases focused on undisclosed conflicts of regulated entities. A number of those cases centered on undisclosed fee and compensation arrangements. In its most recent case the agency went...more

Are Mutual Index Funds Anti-Competitive?

They may be, according to a thought-provoking article by Harvard Law School Professor Einer Elhauge entitled “Horizontal Shareholding as an Antitrust Violation” (July 21, 2015).... In a nutshell, Professor Elhauge’s...more

Court Dismisses in Part a Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Action Against SEI

Introduction - Over the past few years, we’ve seen a resurgence in the number of shareholder suits against mutual fund investment advisers for excessive fees under section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act. Currently,...more

SEC's Warning — Fund Trustees Are Fair Game

In a cease-and-desist order entered on June 17, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission found that a fund adviser, two independent trustees and an inside trustee willfully violated Section 15(c) of the Investment...more

Fund Managers, Welcome to the Hotel California - When It Comes to Certain Taxes, It's Possible You Can Never Leave - Tax Update...

Fund Managers May Be Taxable in California, Even if the Manager Has No Property or Payroll in California and All of the Management Services Are Performed Outside of the State. Several recent law changes in California,...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - July 2015

In This Issue: - Things in a 401(k) Plan That Don't Look Right. - Employer's Excuses About Their Retirement Plan And Why They're Wrong. - Small 401(k) Plans Have More Problems Than Larger Ones. - The One...more

"The New Mutual Fund Exception: Ninth Circuit Allows Direct Claims to Redress Derivative Injury"

Courts have sought to simplify their approach to determining whether an action is derivative or direct — a determination that the Delaware Supreme Court has acknowledged “is sometimes difficult.” Tooley v. Donaldson, Lufkin &...more

"Mutual Fund Recognition Scheme Further Opens China’s Financial Markets"

The liberalization of China’s financial markets continues at a rapid pace. For April and May 2015, the combined average daily value of trade on China's stock exchanges1 was around US$150 billion, compared to around US$40...more

SEC Sanctions Independent Trustees for Approving Mutual Fund Advisory Contract without Sufficient Information

Underscoring the need for independent trustees to act vigilantly, a recent SEC consent order issued in an enforcement action imposed discipline on a mutual fund's independent trustees, its investment advisor, and the...more

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

SEC Puts Janus in its Place

Interpretive positions adopted in a recent SEC opinion will, if accepted by the courts, greatly undermine the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 opinion in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First...more

SEC Staff Ready to Recommend Variable Annuity Summary Prospectus

William Kotapish, an Assistant Director in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, recently stated that the SEC staff is prepared to recommend that the Commission adopt rules and forms authorizing a variable annuity...more

SCOTUS Reinforces ERISA Fiduciaries' Continuing Duty To Monitor Plan Investments

Recently, in Tibble v Edison International, 575 U.S.(2015), the United States Supreme Court addressed the application of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) statute of limitations for violations of fiduciary...more

Launch of Mutual Recognition of Funds Between Mainland China and Hong Kong

On 22 May 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) signed a Memorandum of Regulatory Cooperation on Mainland-Hong Kong Recognition of Funds, which...more

Tibble and the Fiduciary Duty to Monitor (or The Only Foolish Question is the One You Didn't Ask)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent unanimous decision in Tibble v. Edison International sounds a reminder that fiduciary responsibility includes the duty to monitor. Tibble involved a challenge by 401(k) plan participants to the...more

SEC Sanctions Insurance Company for Variable Contract Pricing Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently charged a life insurance company with violating the pricing requirements under Rule 22c-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 in respect of purchase and redemption...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Fiduciary Liability

In Tibble v. Edison International, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the scope of the duty of prudence owed by ERISA fiduciaries. Although ostensibly a case about the statute of limitations, the Court ruled that trustees of...more

FINRA Approves Use of Related Performance in Mutual Fund Marketing Materials to Institutional Investors

On May 12, 2015, the FINRA staff published an interpretive letter (the “Letter”) permitting FINRA members to include Related Performance Information in mutual fund marketing materials directed at institutional investors...more

Northstar v. Schwab: The Ninth Circuit’s End Run Around Derivative Lawsuits in the Mutual Fund Context

It is well recognized that only investors have standing to sue a mutual fund on behalf of a class of investors and that a fiduciary duty claim accusing fund trustees of mismanagement is the property of the fund, and not of...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the...more

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