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Tax Court Rules Family Office Is Engaged in a Trade or Business

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 13, 2017, in Lender Management, LLC v. Commissioner, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that a family office, Lender Management, LLC (“Lender Management”), was “carrying on a trade or business” as an investment manager...more

Did Santa Give the Insurance Industry a Lump of Coal or a Diamond in the Rough? The Proposed Suitability and Best Interest...

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in our November 28 client alert, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group (Suitability WG) circulated the proposed Suitability and Best Interest Standard of...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. ...more

The Impact of the EU Requirement to ‘Unbundle’ Research Costs

by Carlton Fields on

A recent European Union (EU) directive prohibits certain investment managers from receiving securities research whose cost is "bundled" together with broker-dealers’ costs of effecting securities transactions directed by the...more

MiFID II and commissions: Implications for technology costs

New MiFID II rules around which services buy-side firms may pay for through commission payments with brokers makes an important distinction....more

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

by Nossaman LLP on

Based on how 2017 ended, entities and individuals in the crypto-currency markets should expect increased scrutiny from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2018. The SEC’s Cyber Unit commenced its...more

Tax Reform and Investment Management: Certain International Provisions

by K&L Gates LLP on

In addition to the very significant changes to the domestic provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Act”) made very significant changes to the taxation of foreign income of U.S....more

Bridging the Week - January 2018

CFTC Issues Explanation of Its Oversight and Approach to Virtual Currency Markets; Texas Securities Board Enjoins Initial Coin Offering: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a “Backgrounder” last week, summarizing...more

New Rule Regarding Financial Exploitation of Seniors To Become Effective February 5, 2018

by Bryan Cave on

New FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults) and related amendments to existing Rule 4512 (Customer Account Information) become effective February 5, 2018. In connection with the approaching effective...more

ERISA Fiduciary Rule Facing Precarious Future

Since its original release as a proposed rule in April 2015 and as a final rule a year later, the Department of Labor’s (DOL's) so-called fiduciary rule — which expands the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under the...more

New York Department of Financial Services Rings in the New Year with New Suitability Requirements for Insurance Companies

by Carlton Fields on

New York’s Department of Financial Services decided to bid farewell to 2017 and ring-in the new year by proposing to amend Suitability in Annuity Transactions, 11 NYCR 224 (the Annuity Suitability Rule). On December 27, 2017,...more

Tax Reform and Investment Management: Initial Observations

by K&L Gates LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). While the Act will impact many types of taxpayers, some of the more significant changes are relevant to private funds, investment advisers,...more

Tax Reform Impact on Carried Interest for Investment Managers

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The federal tax reform legislation that became law on December 22, 2017 contains a provision that will impose a new limitation on investment managers with respect to capital gains derived through carried interests in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Issues Proposed Interpretation on Virtual Currency "Actual Delivery" in Retail Transactions - On December 15, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") announced a Proposed Interpretation concerning its...more

Joint DB and DC trustee agenda update: current legal issues for January meetings

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees of DB and hybrid pension schemes, designed to help you stay up-to-date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal update item on...more

Early Adopter—Vanguard Announces Plan to Utilize Blockchain Technology

Top mutual fund firm The Vanguard Group, Inc. unveiled a plan last week to incorporate blockchain smart contract technology into some of its indexing operations beginning early next year. Vanguard’s initiative will be carried...more

New FINRA Rules Address Elderly Abuse

by Burr & Forman on

On February 5, 2018, FINRA will enact two rules to assist brokers with addressing financial exploitation of the elderly. Statistically, the elderly have a 1 in 20 chance of being a victim of financial exploitation. ...more

MIFID II: Performing Investment Services and Activities by Institutions Based in Third Countries in Italy

The performance of investment services and activities by entities established in third countries in Italy is becoming an increasing concern among specialized operators for the obvious reason, which will be discussed...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - December 2017 - Issue 12

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory and tax developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of the FCA’s stance on the reporting of cyber attacks; the Government’s opinion on...more

HMT Unveils Strategy for Future of UK's Asset Management Industry

by Dechert LLP on

HM Treasury recently published its Investment Management Strategy II Report. Building on its 2013 strategy report ? which mainly focused on how to improve the UK as a fund domicile ? this report sets out the UK government’s...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

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting A Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. Recall...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: An Update And Practical Advice

by Carlton Fields on

This updates our August 15 blog entry, which targeted employers who sponsor retirement or welfare plans and are concerned about their fiduciary liabilities for properly selecting service providers....more

Plan Sponsors Should Take Action during the New Fiduciary Rule Transition Relief Period

On November 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an extension to July 1, 2019, of the previously established deadline for transition relief from many provisions of the new fiduciary rule applicable to investment...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

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