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Investment Management Update - April 2016

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...more

SEC 2016 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Market-wide Risks and Data Analytics

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 11, 2016 announced its examination priorities for this year, which “address issues across a variety...more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 priorities. New areas of focus include liquidity controls, public pension advisers, product promotion, and two popular...more

New Year, New Priorities for the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

On January 11, 2016, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year . The announcement included several new areas of focus, including liquidity controls, public...more

SEC Announces 2016 Exam Priorities

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE” or the “Staff”) released its 2016 Exam Priorities recently, as applicable to examined registrants other than national securities exchanges...more

Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?

Annuities can be valuable retirement and longevity planning tools, but they are complex financial products that can be misused. There are two kinds of annuities: variable and immediate. Variable annuities have gotten a bad...more

Variable Annuities Are Retirement Investment Product of Interest in SEC’s 2016 Examination Priorities

As we discussed yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its examination priorities for 2016 on January 11 (the “Examination Priorities”)....more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

Earlier this week, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its 2016 examination priorities. These priorities are of particular...more

eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable...more

Florida's OIR Provides Guidance on Annuity Maturity Date Extensions

On December 15, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) issued an Informational Memorandum, OIR-15-08M (Memorandum) regarding the extension of annuity contracts maturity dates beyond their original date. The...more

NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable Annuity Captives, Price Optimization, and Big Data

At the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Fall National Meeting, regulators and consumer representatives continued to seek transparency on insurers’ use of annuity captive reinsurance transactions (VA...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 2015

Howard Bogard, Chair of Burr's Health Care Practice Group, outlines his top ten 2015 health care developments for Alabama providers in his annual "Health Care Year In Review” article for the Birmingham Medical News....more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2015

In an article published by Financial Advisor on December 8, 2015, Burr & Forman Associate Rhett Owens discusses a proposed rule change from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding variable annuities (VAs) that’s set to...more

NAIC Panel Approval May Pave Way Towards Elimination of Variable Annuity Captives

A panel of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) recently approved a preliminary framework that may pave the way towards eliminating variable annuities captive reinsurance transactions. The framework,...more

“Promptly Transmit” Redefined for Some Customer Checks

The SEC and FINRA recently extended relief originally granted to accommodate suitability reviews of deferred variable annuities, so that the relief is now also available for mutual funds, Section 529 plans, and other...more

Variable Annuity with a No-lose Death Benefit Is Not Subject to the Statutory and Common Law Insurable Interest Requirement -...

Western Reserve Life Assurance Co. of Ohio v. ADM Associates, LLC, 116 A.3d 794 (R.I. 2015) - Case at a Glance - In a case of first impression, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that a particular variable annuity...more

NAIC Report: 2015 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2015 Summer National Meeting from August 13 through August 18 in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting was notable for the number of new insurance commissioners...more

NAIC Summer 2015 National Meeting (A)XXX Developments and Key Takeaways

A number of important developments in the regulation of (A)XXX reserve financing transactions ((A)XXX transactions) emerged during the NAIC Summer 2015 National Meeting (Summer Meeting). Our roadmap through the NAIC’s...more

Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly...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

NAIC Panel Approves Draft Captive Accreditation Standards

The NAIC Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee recently approved revisions that will impact some captives reinsuring XXX/AXXX reserves, variable annuities and long-term care products. The approval comes...more

No Investor Harm, No Ill-gotten Gains But SEC Fines Insurer $8 Million

Last week the Commission resolved a proceeding involving a life insurance company centered on the pricing of its variable annuity and variable life insurance products. Specifically, the Order alleged violations of Rule 22c-1...more

Recent Developments on Variable Annuity Captive Reinsurance and Hedging Risk Evaluation; and Impacts on VA Issuers

In the midst of the broader discussion within the insurance regulatory community regarding the financial risks potentially posed by captive reinsurers, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recently...more

Georgia Provides Guidance on Variable Annuity Sales Disclosures

On March 19, the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner (the "Department") issued Bulletin 15-EX-1 (the "Bulletin") to clarify Georgia's required variable annuity sales disclosures. This guidance follows the...more

FINRA Issues Regulatory and Examination Priorities for 2015

On January 6, 2015, FINRA set forth its regulatory and examination priorities (the “Priorities Letter”) for 2015, providing insight into FINRA’s concerns about the operation of the securities industry and markets. The...more

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