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On June 19, 2020, the SEC issued an exemptive order that superseded a prior order issued on March 25, 2020 (Prior Order) that provided funds and business development companies (BDCs) relief from the in-person board meeting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 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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June 2, 2020

CFTC Issues Customer Advisory Regarding Commodity ETPs and Funds

Recently, the CFTC issued a customer advisory (Advisory) in response to increased investor interest in exchange-traded products (ETPs) and funds that invest in futures or other types of commodity interests (collectively, Pools). The Advisory highlights the distinctions between ETPs and funds that invest in securities and Pools, which include the…

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June 2, 2020

SEC Staff Withdraws Prior No-Action Guidance on State Control Share Acquisition Statutes

On May 27, 2020, the SEC staff (Staff) issued a statement (Statement) withdrawing a prior no-action letter (Boulder Total Return Fund, SEC No-Action Letter (Nov. 15, 2010) (Boulder)) addressing certain aspects of the intersection of the voting requirements of Section 18(i) of the 1940 Act and state control share acquisition…

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May 15, 2020

ETF Sponsors Submit Letters to Major Exchanges Regarding ETP Categorization

On May 13, 2020, a group of six ETF sponsors submitted letters to Cboe Global Markets, Inc., NASDAQ, and Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (the parent of NYSE Arca) urging that each exchange adopt exchange listing rules or other means to categorize exchange-traded products (ETPs) differently (ETP Letter).  The ETP Letter proposes…

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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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