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Financial Services Report – Winter 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - The holidays came early for the financial services industry. First, the Senate voted to repeal the CFPB’s rule banning class waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. Then,...more

Treasury Department Urges Principles-Based Regulation of Money Managers; Delay of Implementation of Liquidity Risk Management and...

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s report on asset management and insurance recommends, among other things, a delay in implementation of the SEC’s liquidity risk management rule and the Department of Labor’s fiduciary...more

SEC Staff Solves Section 28(e)-MiFID II Compliance Conundrum—For Now

In a series of three “no-action” letters, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published guidance to address concerns by U.S. broker-dealers and investment advisers about how to comply with Markets in...more

10/29/2017  /  Broker-Dealer , EU , Investment Adviser , MiFID II , SEC

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities, Capital Markets” (the “Report”). The...more

California Court Applies “Tracing” Requirement to ETF Shareholders Who Sue under Section 11

A California state court held that shareholders of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have standing to sue under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 (“1933 Act”) for an alleged prospectus misstatement only if they can trace...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,”...more

House Passes Regulatory Reform That Would Loosen Restrictions on BDCs and Other Funds

On June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote mostly along party lines, approved a bill that would repeal many of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) requirements and...more

Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

A March 13, 2017 presidential order requiring a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch could be the first step toward streamlining the financial regulatory structure. The Executive Order requires the...more

Personal Advice for Robo-Advisers: Beef Up Disclosure and Compliance

Robo-advisers, those automated bots that offer up personalized investment advice with little, if any, human contact, face increased regulatory scrutiny as they grow more popular. After monitoring and engaging them for...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

SEC 2017 Exam Priorities: Key Takeaways

Amid the extensive list of exam priorities for this year, there are several highlights that will require attention from operations personnel - Far from the White House and the halls of Congress, compliance officers are...more

The Future of Investment Management Regulation: What to Expect in 2017

In this fast-changing regulatory environment, the long-term consequences – both intended and unintended – of recent White House actions remain uncertain, but looking into our crystal ball, we see certain trends emerging....more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update – February 2017

REGULATION - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 1

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds SEC’s Backtesting Finding - In a 2016 case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a former investment adviser lost a petition to review and vacate the decision of an SEC...more

Mutual Funds Come Clean: Brokers Can Set Fund Share Sales Charges

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management effectively allowed brokers to determine the commissions they will charge their customers who buy “Clean Shares” of mutual funds. In a “no-action” letter...more

OCIE 2017 Exam Priorities: Focus on Retail, Elderly and Retirement Investors; Market Risks

The SEC’s National Examination Program (NEA) of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that its examination priorities in 2017 will focus on three general areas: retail investors, risks...more

A Case of Appendicitis: SEC Staff Guidance on Sales Load Variation Disclosures Sends Funds Scrambling

A Guidance Update published in December 2016 by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management has sent funds scrambling to beef up prospectus disclosures to accommodate changes to fees charged by financial intermediaries before...more

FINRA Issues 2017 Examination Priorities Letter

Introduction - Consistent with prior practice, with the arrival of the new year, FINRA has published its key examination priorities. As in prior years, the letter covers a broad array of topics. This year’s topics...more

Unfinished Business: SEC Chair Details Rules Ready to Go

In a letter dated December 12, 2016, to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, SEC Chair Mary Jo White took issue with a request to defer consideration of new rulemaking during the...more

Big Regulatory Changes in Store for Funds and Advisers? No One Knows for Certain, but Here’s Our Best Guess

While no one knows for sure what the future holds for investment management regulation, the tea leaves indicate that we may expect a slowdown on new regulations, some pullback on parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

U.S. District Court: Fund Trustees Cannot Rely on Attorney-Client Privilege in Section 36(b) Case

A federal district court has ordered mutual fund trustees to produce privileged documents to a plaintiff who sued an investment adviser accused of charging excessive investment advisory fees. The November 21, 2016 order may...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

10/14/2016  /  EFTs , Liquidity , Mutual Funds , Risk Management , SEC

SEC Adopts New Reporting Rules for Mutual Funds

A split SEC today approved new rules addressing mutual fund disclosures and liquidity. Chair White and Commissioner Stein voted yes; Commissioner Piwowar voted no. Here are the highlights of the new reporting...more

SEC FY 2016: A Record Year for Enforcement Cases Against Funds and Advisers

On October 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it prosecuted a record number of enforcement cases against investment advisers and investment companies in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016....more

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