October 9, 2020

SEC Reaches Settlement with Investment Adviser Regarding Recapture of Waived Fees and Reimbursed Expenses from Money Market Funds

The SEC reached a settlement with a registered investment adviser (Adviser) for making material misrepresentations regarding the expenses paid by four money market funds (Funds) that the Adviser managed, in connection with fund reimbursement of fees and expenses that the Adviser had waived or reimbursed during the period from January…

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October 5, 2020

SEC Settles Charges Against Investment Adviser for Unlawful Cross Trades

The SEC recently settled charges against a registered investment adviser that engaged in hundreds of impermissible cross trades, including principal transactions, between its client accounts. The SEC Order found that the investment adviser violated Sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the 1940 Act, and Rule 38a-1 thereunder, and Sections 206(3) and…

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September 23, 2020

NYSE Arca, Inc. Files Proposed Rule Change to Adopt a Generic Listing Rule for Certain Semi-Transparent ETFs

On September 15, 2020, the SEC issued a notice (Notice) regarding the NYSE Arca, Inc.’s (Exchange) filing of a proposed generic listing rule for certain semi-transparent ETFs (ST ETFs). An ST ETF is an exchange-traded fund that discloses alternative forms of information about its underlying portfolio each day, such as…

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August 7, 2020

SEC Proposes Modernizations to Fund Shareholder Reports and Disclosures

On August 5, 2020, the SEC proposed rule and form amendments to modernize the disclosure framework for open-end funds (including mutual funds and ETFs) with respect to shareholder reports and ongoing prospectus updates (Amendments).  The Amendments would streamline shareholder reports for open-end funds to require these reports to highlight and…

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August 7, 2020

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Discusses Easing Restrictions on Certain Registered Fund Investments in Private Funds

At a recent speech at PLI’s Investment Management Institute, Dalia Blass, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (Division), announced that the Division’s staff (Staff) was re-examining a Staff position that historically limited certain registered fund’s investments in underlying hedge funds and private equity funds (private funds). The Staff’s…

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July 8, 2020

Registered Fund Adviser and Affiliate Censured and Fined for Violations of Section 12(d)(1)(A) (Fund of Funds Limitations) and Compliance Rules

On July 2, 2020, the SEC entered into a settlement order with an adviser and its foreign affiliate (Order) involving violations of the fund-of-funds ownership restrictions in Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the 1940 Act and the compliance rules contained in Rule 38a-1 under the 1940 Act and Rule 206(4)-7 under the Advisers…

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June 26, 2020

Department of Labor Proposes Rule Affecting ESG Plan Investments

On June 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule intended to clarify ERISA plan fiduciaries’ responsibilities with respect to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. The proposal is designed in part to make clear that ERISA plan fiduciaries may not invest in ESG vehicles when they…

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June 23, 2020

SEC Extends In-Person Meeting Relief for Fund Boards

On June 19, 2020, the SEC issued an exemptive order that superseded a prior order issued on March 25, 2020 (Prior Order) that provided funds and business development companies (BDCs) relief from the in-person board meeting requirements of the 1940 Act and certain rules thereunder as a result of the…

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June 16, 2020

Federal Reserve Announces Updates to Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility

Federal Reserve Announces Updates to Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility On June 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced updates and released an updated term sheet relating to the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF). The Federal Reserve Bank of New York will begin buying eligible corporate bonds issued…

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June 4, 2020

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letter for Funds Participating in TALF 2020

On May 27, 2020, in a letter addressed to the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the SEC staff (Staff) provided no-action relief (ICI/SIFMA Letter) to address 1940 Act considerations for funds seeking to participate in the Federal Reserve Board’s (Fed) Term Asset-Backed…

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