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On June 19, 2020, the SEC issued an exemptive order that superseded a prior order issued on March 25, 2020 (Prior Order) that provided funds and business development companies (BDCs) relief from the in-person board meeting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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April 16, 2020

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Statement on Importance of Delivering Timely and Material Information to Investment Company Investors

On April 14, 2020, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (Division) issued a statement to underscore the importance of delivering required information to investment company investors on a timely basis (Statement).  The Statement emphasizes that investment companies are subject to Section 10(a)(3) of the 1933 Act, which requires any prospectus used…

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April 16, 2020

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Information Update on Exemptive Application Hearing Requests

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management (Division) recently issued an Information Update (Update) regarding changes to the SEC’s procedures for granting exemptive applications filed under the 1940 Act or the Advisers Act.  Before issuing an exemptive order, the SEC provides a public notice summarizing the exemptive relief that will be…

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April 9, 2020

SEC Provides Temporary Relief to Business Development Companies Related to COVID-19

On April 8, 2020, the SEC issued a temporary exemptive order that provides specific, technical relief to BDCs with respect to certain senior securities and joint transaction restrictions and prohibitions under the 1940 Act (Order).  The Order permits BDCs to issue senior securities subject to a modified asset coverage calculation…

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April 1, 2020

SEC Staff Grants Temporary Relief to Support Open-End Funds

On March 26, 2020, the SEC staff (Staff) issued a no-action letter to the Investment Company Institute (ICI Letter) that provides temporary relief to registered open-end investment companies, other than exchange-traded funds and money market funds (open-end funds), and affiliated persons of such open-end funds (and affiliated persons of such affiliated persons) (Affiliates) from certain restrictions in Section 17(a) of the 1940 Act. Subject to conditions that are specified in the ICI Letter, the Staff will permit Affiliates to rely on Rule 17a-9 to purchase an affiliated open-end fund’s debt securities to enhance such fund’s liquidity or to fund shareholder redemptions in light of the short-term dislocation in the fixed income markets caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.

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March 26, 2020

SEC Provides Temporary Additional Borrowing Flexibility to Registered Investment Companies Affected by Coronavirus

On March 23, 2020, the SEC issued an order (1940 Act Borrowing Order) providing for temporary additional borrowing flexibility to certain registered investment companies (funds) affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  The 1940 Act Borrowing Order provides exemptions from certain requirements of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940…

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March 26, 2020

SEC Provides Revised Relief to Assist Registered Funds Affected by the Coronavirus

On March 25, 2020, the SEC issued a revised order superseding a prior order from March 13, 2020 providing relief from certain provisions of the 1940 Act for registered investment companies (funds) whose operations may be affected by the coronavirus (1940 Act Order). The 1940 Act Order addresses: (i) the in-person…

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March 25, 2020

SEC Staff Grants Temporary Relief to Support Money Market Funds

On March 19, 2020, the SEC staff (Staff) issued a no-action letter to the Investment Company Institute (ICI Letter) that provides relief to money market funds (MMFs).  In the ICI Letter, the Staff will permit an affiliated person of an MMF (or an affiliated person of such person) that is…

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