November 24, 2020

SEC Settles Charges Against Investment Advisory Firms and Dually-Registered Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Firms Related to Sales of Complex Exchange-Traded Products

The SEC recently announced that it has entered into settlement agreements with three investment advisory firms and two dually-registered broker-dealer and advisory firms (the firms) related to the firms’ recommendations to retail investors of certain complex exchange-traded products (ETPs) linked to volatility benchmarks, including exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and exchange-traded funds…

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November 20, 2020

Compliance and Effective Dates Set for Final Rule and Related Amendments for Fund-of-Funds Arrangements

On November 19, 2020, the release reflecting the SEC’s adoption of Rule 12d1-4 (FoF Rule) under the 1940 Act and related amendments designed to implement a regulatory framework for investments by registered investment companies and business development companies (BDCs) (collectively, funds) in underlying funds was published in the Federal Register,…

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November 18, 2020

SEC Adopts Modernized Regulatory Framework for Derivatives Use by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies

The SEC recently adopted Rule 18f-4 (Rule), and rule and form amendments under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (1940 Act), designed to provide a modernized and comprehensive approach to the regulation of the use of derivatives and other financial instruments by registered investment companies and business development…

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October 29, 2020

SEC Staff’s Latest Dear CFO Letters Rescind or Modify Certain Existing Staff Positions and Express New Staff Positions

On October 23, 2020, the staff of the SEC Chief Accountant’s Office of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) issued its latest industry comment letters (Dear CFO Letters) directed to chief financial officers and independent public accountants of funds and business development companies (BDCs) regarding accounting- and auditing-related disclosure matters.

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October 22, 2020

SEC Adopts Final Rule and Related Amendments for Fund-of-Funds Arrangements

The SEC recently adopted a new rule, Rule 12d1-4 (FoF Rule), and related amendments designed to implement a regulatory framework for investments by registered investment companies and business development companies (BDCs) (collectively, funds) in underlying funds. The release adopting the amendments (Adopting Release) also rescinds Rule 12d1-2 (which applies to…

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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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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 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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May 4, 2020

SEC Fines Fund Adviser for Overvaluing its Securities and Misleading Performance Disclosures

On April 28, 2020, the SEC fined a fund’s adviser in a consent order (Order) for the adviser’s conduct involving the fund’s overvaluation of its securities and the adviser’s misleading statements about the fund’s performance in shareholder communications. The fund primarily invested in non-agency mortgage-backed securities (NA MBS) and, during…

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