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DOL Again Delays Implementation of ERISA Fiduciary Rule

The department extends non-enforcement policy until July 1, 2019 and plans to propose a new streamlined class exemption under the Fiduciary rule. The DOL finalized its delay of certain portions of the Fiduciary rule until...more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Unbundling research and execution costs for money managers subject to MiFID II means that US broker-dealers can expect to receive hard dollars or other separately identified payments for research, at least from EU managers....more

SEC Provides Relief For Global Investment Advisers To Comply With EU Markets In Financial Instruments Directive II

In three no-action letters, the SEC has provided some relief for investment advisers in complying with the European Union's overhaul of its securities regulations. Commonly referred to as MiFID II, which is set to take effect...more

Chair Clayton's Impact at the SEC

by BakerHostetler on

On October 25, 2017, the Hedge Fund Industry Practice Team hosted an event at the New York Yacht Club titled "Chair Clayton's Impact at the SEC." Hedge fund professionals, including general counsels, hedge fund principals and...more

The SEC Enforcement Division 2017 Annual Report: Continued Focus On Individual Wrongdoers And Enhanced Protections For The “Main...

Almost a year into the new administration, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement released its annual report last week, providing a recap of the SEC’s enforcement results over the past 12...more

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

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

by Barley Snyder on

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

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

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

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

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

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