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SEC Releases Liquidity Rule FAQs

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management released this week a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding new Rule 22e-4 (the “Liquidity Rule”). The Liquidity Rule requires non-money market mutual...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

by Blank Rome LLP on

Funds and Investment Management - REGULATORY UPDATES - Novel Exchange Traded Fund (“ETF”) to be Powered by IBM’s Watson - On October 17, 2017, San Francisco-based “EquBot” announced that it is launching an ETF...more

SEC’s Regulatory Agenda Revealed

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published an update to its regulatory agenda for the year on December 14, 2017, as part of a broad rulemaking agenda published by the Office of Management and Budget, which lists...more

The FAIR Act: Providing a Safe Harbor for ETF Research Reports

by K&L Gates LLP on

Investor demand for transparent, diversified, low-cost, passive investment products has accelerated over the last decade, and exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have been among the primary beneficiaries of this demand. Assets...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

Treasury Report Addresses Regulatory Approaches Affecting Investment Companies and Their Advisers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As required by President Trump’s Executive Order 13772, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a report, “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities, Asset Management and Insurance,” addressing the regulatory...more

President Trump Signs Bill Directing SEC to Expand Safe Harbor for Certain Investment Fund Research Reports

by Dechert LLP on

President Trump signed into law on October 6, 2017 the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017. The Act directs the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Rule 139 under the Securities Act of 1933 (1933...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Propsed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Extends No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision” - On September 22, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission prevailed at the trial of Howard Present, a co-founder of F-Squared centered on the marketing claims for its AlphaSector product. That product was also the focus of a series of actions involving investment...more

SEC Stays Approval of Quadruple-Leveraged ETF

by Carlton Fields on

On May 25, 2017, the SEC stayed a May 2 order issued by the Division of Trading and Markets, acting for the SEC pursuant to delegated authority, that would have permitted the listing and trading of shares of the first...more

SEC Prevails at Trial of F-Squared Co-Founder

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission prevailed at trial last week, with the jury returning a verdict in its favor just hours after closing argument. SEC v. Present, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-14692 (D. Mass. Filed Dec. 22, 2014)....more

At the End of the Rainbow: A Custom Basket?

by K&L Gates LLP on

For several years now, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has placed strict limitations on the composition of exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) creation and redemption “baskets.” Creation and redemption baskets are,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The ‘book is backing off of a 2016-proposed stock reclassification that “would have solidified Mark Zuckerberg’s control over the social network” after a shareholder suit that would have seen Zuck on the stand in a Delaware...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - August 2017

by Vedder Price on

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert providing a summary of the staff’s observations from sweep exams of broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds...more

ETF Operational and Regulatory Environment Drives ETF Overisght Issues

by K&L Gates LLP on

Exchange-traded funds share many governance oversight characteristics with traditional mutual funds. While some ETFs have been structured as unit investment trusts that lack a board structure, most ETFs are classi¬ ed as...more

Fund Liquidity Risk Management Task Force

by Dechert LLP on

Implementing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) fund liquidity risk management rules presents distinct challenges for open-end mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and compliance with the rules will...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An EU high court opinion yesterday about a trade deal with Singapore could throw yet another stumbling block in the way of Britain’s exit of the union. Read on for more on the intricacies of the EU division of competencies....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 17

SEC/CORPORATE - On May 4, Jay Clayton was sworn into office as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As discussed in the January 6 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, Mr. Clayton was a...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #3

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

SEC Guidance Signals Approval for “Unbundled” Pricing for Mutual Funds

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates approval for mutual funds to be sold without servicing costs already built into the cost of the fund. In other words, the SEC ruling states that...more

Future Uncertain After SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETFs

by Goodwin on

On March 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rejected the highly anticipated Winklevoss twins’ COIN bitcoin exchange traded fund (“ETF”), causing the digital currency to plummet 18% in value, to $978.76,...more

What Do the SEC’s Recent Bitcoin Disapproval Orders Really Mean for Investors?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Regulators responded to a narrow question about trading bitcoin-based securities, with orders that should not limit innovation in bitcoin technologies. On March 10, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

WSGR Fintech Update - April 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the April 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition includes an article addressing guidance recently published by the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

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