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Presentation and Portability of Investment Adviser Performance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

An investment adviser’s investment track record is an important resource when raising capital from prospective investors. However, investment advisers, particularly registered investment advisers or emerging fund managers,...more

Emerging Private Fund Manager Guide for Raising Institutional Investor Capital

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Public and private pension plans, endowments, hedge funds and other institutional investors are investing trillions of dollars annually with alternative asset managers. Many of these fund managers are well-established with a...more

Private Funds and Managers – Navigating Broker-Dealer Requirements

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When looking to raise capital, broker-dealer compliance may not be at the forefront of a private fund manager’s mind. However, engaging individuals (including the fund manager’s employees) or firms to identify, introduce or...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

SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

SEC Releases FY 2017 Enforcement Results: Maintaining Focus on Individual Accountability and Investment Advisers

Last night, the SEC announced its enforcement results for the Fiscal Year 2017, accompanied by a report from the Co-Directors of its Division of Enforcement. While the total number of actions was down slightly from 2016, the...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Results, Sets New Priorities

On November 15, 2017, the SEC announced the results of its enforcement actions for fiscal year 2017 and stated its enforcement priorities for fiscal year 2018. During fiscal year 2017, the SEC brought 754 enforcement...more

Blog: Biotech Files Rulemaking Petition For Pilot Program Mandating Public Disclosure Of Short-Sale Positions

by Cooley LLP on

A rulemaking petition has been submitted to the SEC by a biopharmaceutical company that is “developing and marketing regenerative and therapeutic biologics.” The petition requests that the SEC promulgate rules to establish a...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

MiFID II, Research and Extraterritoriality: The SEC, European Commission and FCA Solution

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, European Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority released, in a coordinated manner, a series of significant orders and guidance to address some of the...more

Bill to Make Private Offerings Easier Has Momentum

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill directed at making private offerings easier. The bill – the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act – now moves to the U.S. Senate Committee on...more

Four Key Takeaways for Investment Advisers from Chairman Clayton’s PLI Address

On November 8, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton gave the keynote address at the Practicing Law Institute’s 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation. Chairman Clayton’s remarks shed considerable light on the SEC’s...more

SEC Risk Alert Highlights Most Frequent Investment Adviser Advertising Rule Violations

The SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert summarizing the compliance issues most frequently identified in SEC-registered investment advisers' deficiency letters with respect to...more

Legislative Update: New Vulnerable Persons and POA Statutes

by Winstead PC on

On October 26, 2017, David F. Johnson presented “Legislative Update Impacting Fiduciaries,” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Advanced Trust & Portfolio Management Forum in San Antonio, Texas. This presentation discussed new...more

Morgan Stanley’s Withdrawal from the Broker Protocol Shocks the Industry

In 2004, the Protocol for Broker Recruiting (the “Protocol”) was established with the goal of furthering “client interest of privacy and freedom of choice in connection with the movement of their Registered Representatives...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

So The SEC Is Now Focused On Retail Investors

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC recently announced an enforcement initiative that will target retail investor harm. The agency’s task force will use data analytics to find widespread problems regarding fee disclosures and unsuitable investment...more

Initial Coin Offerings: Key Considerations You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Before Launching an ICO

by K&L Gates LLP on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have rapidly emerged as the hottest trend in FinTech financing, albeit one that is not without controversy. Put simply, an ICO is a method of fundraising somewhat akin to an initial public...more

Advisers Trading in Europe or Advising E.U. Clients Must Prepare for MiFID II

On January 3, 2018, the European Commission’s sweeping reform, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (“MiFID II”), will become effective. MiFID II applies to firms providing investment services or performing...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

The SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On October 11, 2017, the Commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously in an open meeting to propose amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. ...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

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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

Advisors Need To Offer Education

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans and it’s an important question. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors...more

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

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