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SEC Proposes Rules to Modernize Regulation S-K Disclosure Requirements

by Alston & Bird on

During an open meeting on October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose amendments to modernize and streamline the disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers, and...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Considers Blockchain Technology and Securities Markets

by Reed Smith on

On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) held an Investor Advisory Committee (“IAC”) meeting to consider, among other things, blockchain technology and the implications for securities markets....more

What a CEO Needs to Hear to Invest More in Compliance – Strategy

by NAVEX Global on

Does your organization invest in compliance, or just pay for it? This is not a rhetorical question. There’s a big difference between merely covering the expense of a program and investing in it. Investment decisions are...more

Modernizing and Simplifying Disclosure with the FAST Act Mandate

Under the FAST Act mandate, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted on October 11, 2017 to propose amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms aimed at modernizing and simplifying the current...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

by Blank Rome LLP on

Investment Firm VanEck Launches Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (“ETF”) One Week after Calling Bitcoin a “Fad” - On August 10, 2017, Joe Foster, portfolio manager and strategist for the money management firm VanEck, expressed...more

Certified Financial Planner Board Proposes Fiduciary Obligations for All CFP Financial Advice

by Carlton Fields on

In June, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board released proposed revisions to its standards of professional conduct that would require CFPs to adhere to a fiduciary standard at all times when providing any "financial...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

Blog: SEC proposes FAST Act Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K

by Cooley LLP on

The SEC has now posted its release regarding FAST Act Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K, which proposes amendments to rules and forms based primarily on the staff’s recommendations in its Report to Congress...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

SEC to Streamline Disclosures for Public Companies, Investment Companies and Investment Advisers

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted in open meeting on October 11, 2017 to propose amendments to its regulations to modernize, streamline and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies,...more

Don’t get out of your level of comfort

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I started this law firm about 17 years ago as a side project. It is where I could offer legal services on the side while I did my normal day job. It was an experiment on whether I could go out on my own and I learned during...more

Investment Management Special Report - 2017-18 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Despite an anticipated de-regulatory push, there are significant new regulatory concerns for investment advisers to address in connection with their annual review of their compliance manuals....more

SEC Scrutinizes Multi-Manager Arrangements

by Carlton Fields on

Many mutual funds implement their investment strategies through "multi-manager" (also called "manager of manager") arrangements, particularly funds used to support variable life insurance and annuity products. Among other...more

SEC Investor Advocate’s 2018 Objectives Target Key Issues for Life Insurers

by Carlton Fields on

On June 29, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate released a report that prioritizes addressing the inconsistency in the standard of care applicable to broker-dealers (a suitability standard) versus investment advisers (a...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

Chris Lazarini Comments on Court's Remand for Clarification of Arbitration Award

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a court took the unusual step of remanding a case to the arbitration panel to explain the rationale behind its award. The Court made the decision because...more

SEC and States Are Upping Their Cyber Game, Are You Doing the Same?

September 2017 saw no respite from the relentless pace of cyber developments, not only from the perspective of rapidly evolving attacks, but also from the perspective of dynamic federal and state regulatory moves. In...more

Attention Investment Advisers: Rules Are Not Statutes

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, I cautioned the students in my Securities Regulation class that while it can be helpful to review the SEC filings of other registrants, one should never assume that they are correct. A few days later, I noticed...more

OCIE Lessons From Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

by Carlton Fields on

On August 7, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert containing observations from its Cybersecurity 2 Exam Initiative. As a follow-up to the 2014 Cybersecurity 1 initiative, the...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2017 Edition: The DOL's Fiduciary Rule and Sales/Marketing Activities

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor on April 6, 2016 released the final version of its “investment advice” regulation and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions (collectively, the “Final Rule”), a highly-anticipated...more

Bridging the Week - September 2017 #2

SEC Begins Proactively Suggesting Some Promoters Halt ICOs; the UK Financial Conduct Authority Joins Worldwide Regulators Saying that Digital Tokens Issued as Part of ICOs May Be Securities: Following the release of the...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On Aug. 7, 2017, 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. ...more

Dealing with 'Broken-Deal' Expenses: SEC Recent Action Shows Its Continued Focus on Fee and Expense Practices of Fund Managers

by Reed Smith on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has been scrutinizing transparency of fees and expense allocations by fund managers for several years. Such transparency is required of any fund manager in the United States,...more

OCIE Releases Risk Alert Regarding Advertisements of Investment Advisers

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 14, 2017, OCIE published a Risk Alert identifying issues associated with Rule 206(4)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advertising Rule”). The Risk Alert was based on observations of the OCIE staff...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

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