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SEC Investor Advisory Committee Discusses Blockchain’s Effect on Markets

The effect of Bitcoin on securities markets and enhanced measures related to retail investors were the focus at the October meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (Committee)....more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Issues Risk Alert Regarding Advertising Rule Compliance Based on Recent OCIE Examinations

On Sept. 14, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a risk alert outlining certain compliance issues identified by the regulator’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) related to...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - SEC Investigation Warns Digital Assets May Be Subject to Securities Laws

On July 25, the SEC released an investigative report warning that “virtual” organizations’ offers and sales of digital assets may be subject to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Buyer and Seller Considerations in Asset Management M&A Transactions

By many measures, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the investment management space for 2017 is on track to meet or exceed the brisk pace of activity seen in 2016. Whether the desire that drives them is securing...more

SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On August 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. The...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - SEC Settles With Investment Adviser in Connection With a Conflict of Interest in a Client Transaction

On July 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reached a settlement with respondent Paramount Group Real Estate Advisor LLC (Respondent) regarding certain alleged violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - ILPA Offers LPs and GPs Guidance on the Use of Subscription Lines of Credit and Alignment of Interests

The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) recently released “Subscription Lines of Credit and Alignment of Interests,” a report designed to provide private equity fund limited partners (LPs) guidance regarding...more

Funds Talk: July 2017 - Structuring Considerations for Direct Lending Funds

Kramer Levin’s Alternative Investment Management practice recently hosted “Structuring Considerations for Direct Lending Funds,” a seminar designed to assist those fund managers who form investment vehicles to lend to small...more

Funds Talk: July 2017 - SEC Updates Form ADV FAQs to Offer Guidance on Complying With Recent Rule Changes

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently modified its “Frequently Asked Questions on Form ADV and IARD,” adding several new topics and updating one existing item....more

Funds Talk: June 2017 - SEC Proposes Changes to Investment Advisers Act in Response to FAST Act

On May 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed amendments to certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act) to reflect the impact of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Funds Talk: April 2017

SEC Offers Guidance on ‘Fast-Growing Trend’ of Robo-Advisers - As technology and robo-advisers become increasingly common options for asset managers and investors alike, the SEC is taking a closer look at some of the...more

Funds Talk: March 2017

OCIE Highlights Frequent Topics for Compliance Deficiencies for Investment Advisers - On Feb. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published...more

Funds Talk: February 2017

Private Fund Advisers, Robo-Advisers, ETFs Among SEC, FINRA Exam Priorities for 2017 - As the new year begins, U.S. regulators highlighted the areas – some new and some familiar – which will be the focus of their...more

Dodd-Frank and Other Laws Facing Indefinite Future in 2017

As 2017 begins, financial markets and the regulators that oversee them are facing significant uncertainty. When President-elect Donald Trump assumes the Oval Office on Jan. 20, all indications suggest that it will mark a...more

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