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Mutual Fund Securities Lending Programs - Who earns the Revenue?

February 05, 2013

Bloomberg News and Reuters reported on Sunday, February 3 about a lawsuit filed by two U.S. pension funds on January 18, 2013 against an ETF Manager alleging that the manager had “looted” securities-lending revenues from ETF investors and breached its fiduciary duties.

Read more: Mutual Fund Securities Lending Programs - Who earns the Revenue?

 

US Supreme Court - Marc Gabelli and Bruce Alpert vs SEC

January 25, 2013

In a rare acceptance of a case collaterally involving the U.S. Securities Laws, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted an appeal by Marc Gabelli and Bruce Alpert (the “petitioners’) from a U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision that reversed the U.S. District Court. The case stems from a 2008 case brought by the SEC against the petitioners for allegedly allowing a market timer to time one of their funds to the exclusion of any other market timers.

Read more: US Supreme Court - Marc Gabelli and Bruce Alpert vs SEC

 

SEC Enforcement Focus Areas for Private Equity Fund Managers

January 25, 2013

In a speech before the Private Equity International Conference yesterday, Bruce Karpati, the chief of the Asset Management Unit of the SEC Enforcement Division reiterated the focus of the Division on private equity and other fund managers. This speech is a sequel to the one delivered by Mr. Karpati last month before the Regulatory Compliance Association which we discussed in our previous communiqué. After reiterating the Division’s increased attention on fund managers and the fact that Enforcement Staff is participating in exams along with OCIE, Mr. Karpati explained the unique characteristics of private equity funds that make them more susceptible to fraud.

Read more: SEC Enforcement Focus Areas for Private Equity Fund Managers

 

SEC Enforcement Examinations?

January 15, 2013

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) staff has suggested greater involvement and concern by Division of Enforcement staff with respect to examinations of registered investment advisers, including private fund and private equity managers. In a speech before the Regulatory Compliance Association on December 18, 2012, Bruce Karpati, Chief of the Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit, indicated that the SEC has established areas within the Division of Enforcement to “work with staff outside the Units on investigations and exams.”

Read more: SEC Enforcement Examinations?

 

Important November Regulatory Developments

November 26, 2012

There were a number of important regulatory developments in November, which we will cover in detail over the coming weeks. Here are the top three you need to know about.

Read more: Important November Regulatory Developments

 

Record Year of Enforcement Actions against Investment Advisers

November 16, 2012

Another Record Year of Enforcement Actions against Investment Advisers

The SEC has just released its most recent statistics on its enforcement program.  Numerous actions were filed against investment advisers in 2012.  Specifically, according to the release, the SEC filed 147 enforcement actions against investment advisers and investment companies, one more than the previous year’s record number.  Several of those actions resulted from the Enforcement Division’s investment adviser compliance initiative, which looks for registered investment advisers lacking effective compliance programs designed to prevent securities laws violations.

Read more: Record Year of Enforcement Actions against Investment Advisers

 

The SEC's Continuing Trend of Identifying Aberrational Performance

October 26, 2012

On October 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged New Jersey-based Yorkville Advisors LLC (“Yorkville”), its founder Mark Angelo (“Angelo”), and its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Edward Schinik, (“Schinik”) with intentionally overvaluing Yorkville’s assets under management and exaggerating Yorkville’s performance. The allegations state Angelo and Schinik made false statements to Yorkville’s investors and auditors concerning the value of certain investments in Yorkville’s funds; Yorkville’s valuation policies and use of third party valuation services; the value of the collateral underlying Yorkville’s investments, and the liquidity of Yorkville’s funds.1

Read more: The SEC's Continuing Trend of Identifying Aberrational Performance

 

Who Does Not Have to Take the Series 3?

October 11, 2012

After the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") rescinded certain exemptions, numerous advisers must now evaluate their registration requirements (please see our previous communique here on the rescission of Rule 4.13(a)(4) by the CFTC). For those that are required to register with the CFTC and become members of the National Futures Association ("NFA"), one of the most cumbersome elements of registration involves taking the Series 3 by the firm’s principals and associated persons.

Read more: Who Does Not Have to Take the Series 3?

 

SEC "Presence" Exams - Four Focus Areas

September 27, 2012

Andrew Bowden, Deputy Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) and in charge of OCIE’s national examination program recently provided some new details[1] regarding OCIE’s examination program with respect to the over 1,400 newly-registered advisers to private funds.[2]

Mr. Bowden described the three phases of the current program as it relates to the SEC's approach towards these newly-registered managers as follows:

Read more: SEC "Presence" Exams - Four Focus Areas

 

New NFA Rules Affecting "Swap Firms" and New CFTC Guidance on CPOs/CTAs Compliance Obligations

September 04, 2012

New NFA Rules effective September 1, 2012 mandate the registration of “Swaps Firms” and “Swaps APs” and provide an exemption from Series 3 for Swap APs

New rules adopted by the National Futures Association (“NFA”) became effective on September 1, 2012 after being submitted for approval to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”). The rules require that CFTC-registered firms trading swaps become approved as “Swaps Firms” by the NFA.  All Associated Persons (“APs”) of such “Swaps Firms” must also be approved as “Swaps APs”. Swap Firms are required to have at least one of their principals registered as an AP and approved by the NFA as a Swaps AP.  Swap APs are not, however, required to take the Series 3 (see our previous communiqué on the registration of APs and the Series 3 requirement here).  This exemption from the Series 3 requirement available to Swaps APs also applies to Swaps APs of other firms that would meet the de minimis trading test under Rule 4.13(a)(3) but for the inclusion of swaps in the calculation of the applicable thresholds (for an explanation of the de minimis test, see our previous communiqué here - the test is also explained below).  The new NFA rules can be found here

Read more: New NFA Rules Affecting "Swap Firms" and New CFTC Guidance on CPOs/CTAs Compliance Obligations

 

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