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Labor Secretary Discusses DOL Priorities During House Committee Hearing

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta fielded a range of questions on the DOL's priorities during a November 15 hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Although members of the Committee inquired about...more

401K Not OK: ERISA Class Certified Under Rule 23(b)(1)(B)

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A New York district court granted certification in an ERISA class action brought by employees of Deutsche Bank alleging the individual fiduciaries of the company’s retirement plan engaged in self-dealing and mismanagement of...more

SEC Enforcement Division Priorities Pertaining to Retail Investors and Cybersecurity

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In a keynote speech to the Securities Enforcement Forum on October 26, 2017, U.S. SEC Division of Enforcement (Division) Co-Director Stephanie Avakian emphasized the protection of retail investors and cybersecurity as...more

Effects of House Tax Reform Bill on Securitizations and Funds

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives released their long-anticipated tax reform bill (the “Bill”). The Bill, which is entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” includes significant changes to the...more

Interval Alts and Insurance-Linked Securities

We are seeing Interval Alts (registered investment funds featuring hedge fund-like liquidity) being used for dedicated insurance-linked securities (ILS) strategies. ILS, such as catastrophe, or "cat," bonds, provide...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

Tax Reform: Hedge Funds/Commodity Funds/Fund Managers

House Republicans released their draft tax bill on November 2, representing their opening bid in the drive to reach agreement on a comprehensive tax reform bill that can be presented to the House for a vote before the...more

Changing status of EU local authorities under MiFID II

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Asset managers located inside and outside the European Union (“EU”) should be aware of the changing regulatory status of EU local authorities, and their pension funds, under the next iteration of the Markets in Financial...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews is raising an eyebrow at the news from yesterday about Broadcom’s unsolicited $105 billion offer for Qualcomm [the largest-ever proposed tech deal], especially in light of the “mountain of debt” Broadcom would...more

SEC provides relief to US firms attempting to comply with EU MiFID II's research "unbundling" provisions

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission provided welcome relief for US broker-dealers engaging in securities business with European investment managers when it issued three no-action letters designed to balance the...more

SEC Issues Important Interpretive Guidance on Implications of "Unbundling" the Costs of Investment Research from the Costs of...

On October 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued three long-awaited letters clarifying how regulatory requirements in the European Union (EU), which go into effect on January 3, 2018, will impact US money...more

Treasury Report Addresses Regulatory Approaches Affecting Investment Companies and Their Advisers

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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

SEC Charges Former Private Equity Firm Partner with Defrauding Clients

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In an offshoot of its enforcement action against Apollo Management L.P. (Apollo) last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on October 25 charged a former senior partner at Apollo with defrauding his fund clients...more

MiFID II – Svolgimento in Italia di servizi ed attività di investimento da parte di enti insediati in paesi terzi – obbligo di...

La prestazione in Italia di servizi ed attività di investimento da parte di soggetti insediati in paesi terzi sembra stia diventando sempre più di maggior interesse tra gli operatori specializzati, per le ovvie ragioni di cui...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

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

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EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Highlights Potential Issues in Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Following a market investigation reference from the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority has published the issues statement for the market investigation it is carrying out into the supply of...more

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

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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

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

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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 Fiduciary Rule Status Update

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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

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

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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

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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 Staff Extends Effectiveness of No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision”

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (SEC Staff) on September 22, 2017 extended indefinitely the effectiveness of no-action relief granted a year earlier with respect to the...more

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