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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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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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 21, 2020

SEC Charges Three Former Audit Firm Partners for Exam Sharing Misconduct

On May 18, 2020, the SEC entered into settlement agreements with three former partners of an independent public accounting firm (Firm) in connection with the partners’ conduct involving improperly receiving and sharing information about internal continuing professional education exams conducted by the Firm. The former partners participated in soliciting or…

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