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ISS Introduces Equity Plan Data Verification Web Site for U.S. Companies

As a supplement to its existing QuickScore data verification portal, ISS has announced a new Equity Plan Data Verification portal. Equity Plan Data Verification will provide eligible companies with an opportunity to preview,...more

9/12/2014  /  Equity Plans , ISS , Proxy Materials , Websites

SEC Staff Grants No-Action Relief for Advisory Fee Rebate

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) granted no-action relief with respect to the rebate of advisory fees by Amerivest Investment Management, LLC (the “Adviser”) to eligible clients for which...more

SEC Settles With Hedge Fund Adviser Over Trade Allocations and Disclosures Regarding Trading and Investment Strategies

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against Structured Portfolio Management, L.L.C., a hedge fund adviser (the “Adviser”), and two of its affiliated advisers, SPM Jr., L.L.C. (“Adviser A”) and SPM IV, L.L.C. (“Adviser...more

OCC Issues Final Guidelines Calling for Heightened Standards for Governance and Risk Management of Large Financial Institutions

The OCC issued final guidelines (the “Final Guidelines”) that call for strengthened governance and risk management practices at the following categories of large financial institutions with $50 billion or more in average...more

SEC Staff Grants Relief for Adjustment to Mutual Fund Subadvisory Fee Without Shareholder Approval

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) granted no-action relief for the implementation of an adjustment in the fee paid by a mutual fund’s adviser to the fund’s subadviser, without shareholder...more

SEC Adopts Final Credit Rating Agency Rules

The SEC adopted new rules and rule amendments (collectively, the “Final Rules”) that impose a range of additional requirements on credit rating agencies registered as nationally recognized statistical rating organizations...more

SEC Adopts Revisions to Asset-Backed Securities Regime

The SEC announced that it adopted new rules and rule amendments (collectively, the “Final Rules”) that revise the offering process, disclosure and reporting requirements for publicly-offered asset-backed securities (“ABS”). ...more

Bank Settles With OFAC Regarding Civil Action for Apparent Violation of Sudanese Sanctions Regulations

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) posted a summary of a settlement with a bank (the “Bank”) relating to a transaction that OFAC alleged was processed by the Bank in violation of OFAC’s Sudanese Sanctions...more

OCC Releases Interpretive Letter Regarding National Bank’s Authority to Engage in Railcar Leasing and Meet the OCC’s ‘Net Lease’...

The OCC released an interpretive letter (“Letter #1142”) in which it concluded that a national bank’s proposal to arrange for third-party repair and maintenance service providers to service on-lease railcars and act as an...more

Mutual Funds Should Consider Deferring Form 24F-2 Filings in Light of Substantial Decrease in SEC Registration Fee Rate

Securities registration fee rates for mutual funds registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”) will be decreasing nearly 10%, effective October 1, 2014. ...more

DOL Requests Information Regarding Use of Brokerage Windows and Similar Arrangements in Participant-Directed Defined Contribution...

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a request for information (the “RFI”) regarding the use of brokerage windows, self-directed brokerage accounts, and similar arrangements (collectively referred to in this article...more

SEC Announces Exam Initiative Targeting Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC announced an initiative in which its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) plans to examine a significant percentage of newly registered municipal advisors over the next two years using an approach...more

IRS Amends Revenue Ruling 81-100 to Permit Participation in Group Trusts by Puerto Rico Plans and Insurance Company Separate...

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Revenue Ruling 2014-24 (the “Ruling”). The Ruling amends Revenue Ruling 81-100, the ruling that established the requirements applicable to a tax-qualified group trust. The...more

8/28/2014  /  ERISA , International Tax Issues , IRS , Trusts

NYDFS Enters Settlement Agreement With PwC Under Which PwC Pays $25 Million Fine, Accepts 24-Month Consulting Suspension and Will...

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) entered into a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) related to consulting services performed by PwC for the...more

FRB Interpretive Letter Grants Individual an Exemption from the Major Assets Prohibition of the Interlocks Act

The FRB recently issued an interpretive letter (the “FRB Letter”) in which the FRB granted an individual director (the “Director”) an exemption from the prohibition of the Depository Institution Management Interlocks Act (the...more

8/13/2014  /  Banks , FDIC , Federal Reserve , OCC

OCC Issues Bulletin That Discusses the Characteristics of and Supervisory Considerations Concerning Mutual Federal Savings...

On July 22, 2014, the OCC issued a bulletin (OCC Bulletin 2014-35, the “Bulletin”) in which the OCC describes the special characteristics of mutual federal savings associations (“Mutual FSAs,” and, collectively with...more

8/13/2014  /  Banks , Federal Savings Associations , FSA , OCC

SEC Adopts Money Market Fund Reforms

At a meeting held on July 23, 2014, the SEC voted 3-2 to adopt amendments (the “Amendments”) to various regulatory requirements affecting money market funds (“MMFs”). The Amendments, which are set forth in SEC Release No....more

SIFMA Provides Guidance on Verification of Accredited Investor Status by Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) issued a memorandum (the “Memorandum”) with guidance for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers on various non-exclusive means of verifying an...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Tests and Verification of Accredited Investors for Rule 506(c) Offerings

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance added to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations posted on the SEC website new Questions 255.48-255.49 and 260.35-260.38 which address (1) elements of the...more

AIFMD Goes Live

After a one-year transitional period, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) officially went into effect on July 22, 2014. ...more

FDIC Issues Guidance on Requests by Banks That Are S-Corporations for Dividend Exceptions to Capital Conservation Buffer

The FDIC issued guidance (the “Guidance”; FIL-40-2014) to banks and savings associations that have elected S-corporation tax treatment (collectively, “S-corporation Banks” and each an “S-corporation Bank”) concerning the...more

Secretary of the Treasury Lew Urges Financial Institutions to Enhance Their Cybersecurity Defenses

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew presented remarks at a conference hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor in which he urged financial institutions to increase their cybersecurity defense efforts because cyber...more

7/23/2014  /  Cybersecurity , Data Protection

SEC Staff Legal Bulletin Addresses Use of Proxy Advisory Firms by Advisers and Reliance by Proxy Advisory Firms on Proxy Rules...

The SEC’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (the “Guidance”) which provides guidance from the Division of Investment Management to investment advisers on their...more

FDIC Proposes Rule to Revise Deposit Insurance Assessments to Reflect the Basel III Capital Rule

The FDIC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “Proposed Rule”) that would revise the FDIC’s risk-based deposit insurance assessment system to reflect the final Basel III capital rule (the “Final Capital Rule”) adopted...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance When Private Funds Use SPVs and Escrow Accounts

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-7 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance on how Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”)...more

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