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Federal District Court Dismisses Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Lawsuit

by Goodwin on

On February 14, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan issued a decision dismissing a complaint brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, that...more

WSGR Fintech Update - February 2018

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the February 2018 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing a letter recently issued by the SEC’s Division of Investment...more

Advisors Advantage - February 2018

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A Call For A New Standard For Financial Advisors. A higher standrad for today. Over the last 10 years, there has certainly been a revolution among 401(k) financial advisors about the need and concern of good fiduciary...more

[Webinar] Issues and Recent Developments in Art Law, Part 1: Lending Issues - Wealth Management - February 21st, 11:00am CT

by Locke Lord LLP on

Please join Christie’s and the Locke Lord LLP Art Law Group for an informative discussion on current lending issues affecting art. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Central. Program will promptly begin...more

Be careful about giving referrals

by Ary Rosenbaum on

“When I introduce you, I’m gonna say, “This is a friend of mine.” That means you’re a connected guy. Now if I said instead, this is a friend of ours that would mean you a made guy. A Capiche?” – Al Pacino in Donnie...more

Failure to Supervise Selling Away Arbitrable as “Connected with Business”

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed that failure-to-supervise claims against a brokerage firm over outside business activities it knew nothing about nevertheless were arbitrable under FINRA Rule 12200(2) as “arising in...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Measures to Improve the UK Financial Advice Market

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a Policy Statement setting out new Handbook rules and guidance to implement some of the recommendations arising from the Financial Advice Market Review launched by the FCA jointly...more

Travel Warning for TN Nonimmigrants in Economist Classification

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In a policy memorandum dated November 20, 2017, but actually made available to the public on December 18, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) "clarified" that "an applicant to qualify for TN status...more

Discovery Rule Supersedes Tolling of Certain Limitations Periods Due to Fiduciary Relationship Between Client and Professional...

In Choi v. Sagemark Consulting, et al. (No. H041569, filed 11/16/17, certified for publication 12/11/17), the Sixth Appellate District affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of financial advisor...more

Another TPA joins Alliance Benefits Group

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the great supermarkets in my area is ShopRite and it’s one of the unique successes in the supermarket business. ShopRite is a co-operative consisting of individual supermarket owners who band together for purchasing...more

Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...more

SLGS Window Closing; Tax Reform Continues to Threaten Public Finance

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the suspension of sales of United States Treasury Obligations – State and Local Government Series (i.e., SLGS), effective 12:00 noon Eastern Time, Friday,...more

Stealing plan assets is easier than you think

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A third party administrator (TPA) and/or plan fiduciary stealing plans assets is easier than you think. The rumor that TPA Vantage Benefits stole $14 million from 6-7 of their clients shouldn’t be surprising to me because I...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

Specific Issues for Consideration by Banks, Financial Advisors and 501(c)(3) Organizations arising from the Proposed Tax Cuts and...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Some of the potential impacts of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), as currently drafted and described in our prior alert are summarized below for consideration. Draw-down bonds with an outstanding amount to...more

Initial Coin Offerings—A Singapore Perspective

by Jones Day on

As interest continues to grow in virtual currencies, blockchain technology and initial coin offerings, governments are evaluating the benefits and potential risks of these innovations, while considering numerous regulatory...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause By Financial Advisor

by Winstead PC on

In Steer Wealth Mgmt., LLC v. Denson, Denson, in her individual capacity and as executor of her husband’s estate, sued Steer Wealth Management, LLC, for causes of action including breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract...more

Well here is where an advisory firm gets in trouble

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A good chunk of my work as an ERISA attorney is working with financial advisory firms in managing their retirement plan practice especially with 401(k) plans. I have many registered investment advisory clients around the...more

TN Trust Code Authorizes Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreement: Not Per Se Breach of Duty, but May Not Bind Non-Signatory Beneficiary

by Burr & Forman on

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently held that Tennessee’s Trust Code and broad trust-instruments authorize a Trustee’s execution of a pre-dispute arbitration clause. That isn’t a per se breach of fiduciary duty, but the...more

SEC Staff Issues New C&DIs Regarding Non-GAAP Measures in Business Combination Context

On October 17, 2017, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new Non-GAAP Financial Measures Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DI) that clarify when financial forecasts used in connection...more

Blog: Corp Fin Posts Two New CDIs Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures In Connection With M&A Transactions

by Cooley LLP on

Corp Fin has posted two new CDIs regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures in connection with business combinations, summarized below: - Section 101. Business Combination Transactions - Question 101.01 Financial...more

Avoid the headache: Stick to what you know

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Over the past 7 years as a solo ERISA practitioner, I always get asked if that’s all I do. It’s not some kind of insult, but a question on whether I also do financial advisory work and/or third party administration work. The...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Fiduciary Duty Exists Only Where Consumer Cedes Decision-Making Control to the Fiduciary

by Carlton Fields on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Yenchi v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. that a financial adviser owed no fiduciary duty to a couple who purchased a life insurance policy based on the adviser’s advice where they...more

Grow your client’s plan assets

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you’re a financial advisor, more assets under management equal more money. It’s pretty simple to me. So that means a financial advisor working in the 401(k) plan space should do their best to making sure that their Plans...more

Obama’s DOL Fiduciary Rule Fades into the Distance

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have an account in a retirement plan where you work or you own an Individual Retirement Account, you may get financial advice about the assets in your account from an investment advisor, broker, planner, or insurance...more

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