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Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: The Great Valuation Divide and Its Implications

The 1940 Act’s requirements for valuing portfolio securities may be summarized as follows: the board of directors must determine, in good faith, the fair value of every portfolio security for which a market quotation is not...more

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Discusses Alternative Mutual Funds

In a speech presented to the Practicing Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum on June 30, 2014, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Division”), discussed the rise of open-end mutual funds...more

Mutual Funds Get Congressional Help Against FSOC

Some members of Congress have come to the aid of the investment management industry in its battle to avoid determinations by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) that any mutual funds or investment advisers...more

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Provides Insights into Agency’s View of Alternative Mutual Funds and Focus of...

On June 30, 2014, in remarks to the Practising Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, addressed the increase in the number of mutual funds that use...more

Beer Distribution and the Bundled Provider TPA

In England, many of the top pubs are owned by British breweries because watering holes are an effective means of beer distribution. If a business can control the method of distribution of their own products, they can expand...more

Investment Management Update

In July 2014, the SEC settled the previously reported proceeding involving Chariot Advisors, and its former owner, Elliott Shifman, concerning charges of violating and aiding and abetting the violation of Section 15(c) of the...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Summary Section of Mutual Fund Prospectuses

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-8 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance based on comments the Division has provided on the information required to be presented...more

Cœur Défense: the Chronicle of a Foretold Reform of the French Safeguard Proceedings

The end of a legal saga - On April 7, 2014, the Commercial Court of Paris put an end to the Coeur Défense’s legal saga by acknowledging the implementation of the two safeguard plans adopted for Heart La Défense (HoLD),...more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding Enhanced Mutual Fund Disclosure

On June 26, 2014, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued guidance related to mutual fund disclosure enhancements adopted in 2009. The guidance is based on comments the staff has provided to a number...more

Banking Regulators: Exit Fees for Bond Mutual Funds?

Should federal regulators impose exit fees on bond funds? Officials at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve may think so....more

Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: Alternative Approaches to Valuation

Directors’ legal responsibilities for valuing portfolio securities is a logical place to start an examination of why misvalued securities pose a risk to independent directors. This Client Alert therefore considers the...more

Will the IPO Market Keep Its Momentum?

We’ve had a very active IPO market during the past year. A couple of reasons explain this phenomenon. First, institutional investors pulled back from the more risky initial public offerings after the crash of 2008. As the...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Concerns Noted During Private Equity Adviser Exams - Routine examinations by the SEC at advisory firms who manage the assets of private equity funds have uncovered some serious concerns about the way such advisers...more

OSFI Issues Guidance on When a Limited Partnership Meets Definition of “Pooled Fund” or “Mutual Fund”

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has posted guidance (the Guideline) on the question of whether a fund established as a limited partnership by a corporation meets the definition of “pooled fund” or...more

Final Volcker Regulations Ease Mutual Fund Concerns

Adopted in December 2013, the final interagency rulemaking to implement the Volcker Rule resolves a number of concerns raised by the mutual fund industry. Under the Volcker Rule, banking entities are generally prohibited from...more

Closed End Funds

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has, in recent months, increased its regulatory focus on investor awareness regarding closed-end funds (“CEFs”). In October of last year, FINRA issued an Investor Alert...more

Thomson Reuters Session 2: Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Registered Mutual Funds: What's Happening Now?  [Video]

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak has regularly hosted a roundtable in Pepper’s New York office for private funds and their managers to discuss issues in the investment management world. He has recently started to give a...more

Mutual Fund Directors Forum Issues Report on Director Oversight of Mutual Funds Focused on Non-Traditional Assets and Strategies

The Mutual Fund Directors Forum issued a report designed to provide practical guidance to mutual fund directors about overseeing “alternative funds.” The report treats as an “alternative fund” any registered open-end fund...more

Future Threats That a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Should Be Aware Of

What was good yesterday might not be a good today. Asbestos was a great fireproof building material until it was found to cause asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma Thalidomide was a great drug for morning sickness until it...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2013: Widening Distribution Channels for Mutual Funds in China

Prior to 2013, the door to the People’s Republic of China’s domestic mutual fund market was closed to outsiders. Foreign fund managers had only one choice: to team up with local Chinese managers in joint ventures, controlled...more

Things They Never Tell You as a 401(k) Plan Sponsor

When my wife and I bought our house, there were quite a few things that the previous owner forgot to tell us such as the fact they never bothered to pull the pipes from the dental office run by a previous owner 20 years...more

Regulatory Proceedings and Class Actions: The Supreme Court of Canada Speaks on Preferable Procedure

On December 12, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its fourth major class action decision in two months: AIC Limited et al v Dennis Fischer et al (Fischer). This case concerns whether a class action is the...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2013: Estate Planning Pitfall: Your estate plan leaves specific assets to specific heirs

Planning an estate around specific assets is risky and, in most cases, should be avoided. If specific assets — such as homes, cars or stock — are left to specific people, they may end up being disinherited. This article...more

Possible PFIC, Possible Relief

Many a US taxpayer who holds shares in a Canco may be subject to the onerous US passive foreign investment company (PFIC) tax regime. Although the PFIC rules are designed to eliminate the benefit of a US tax deferral on...more

Second Circuit Rules for Mutual Fund Trustees in Suit Alleging Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Approving Successor Advisory Contracts...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal on a motion for summary judgment of a derivative suit against the independent trustees of a mutual fund group in which the plaintiff shareholder alleged...more

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