On April 21, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rule 2a-5 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”), which is intended to address valuation practices and the role of the board of directors with respect to the fair value of the investments of an investment company

On April 7, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued two companion risk alerts on compliance with Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS. In the press release accompanying these risk alerts, OCIE stated that these alerts are intended to provide broker-dealers and investment advisers with

Business Continuity Plans (“BCPs”) continue to be a key component of an investment adviser’s risk management and compliance program, but have traditionally focused on emergency planning for certain external and internal disruptions (such as natural disasters, blackouts and occasional short-term market disruptions to normal operations).  The recent impact of COVID-19 however, has reminded the industry

As COVID-19 continues to impact global markets, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have recently provided certain guidance and targeted relief in recognition of the potential disruption that COVID-19 may have on market participants regulated by the Commission.  The following Mayer Brown client alerts describe and take a closer look at certain COVID-19 related

On January 7, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2020 examination priorities.  While a number of the 2020 priorities are continuations from the prior year, OCIE made certain enhancements and/or additions to these exam priorities that are similar to themes highlighted in its risk

On August 21, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission published two separate releases related to proxy voting issues.  One release provided guidance regarding proxy voting responsibilities of investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and Rule 206(4)-6 thereunder (the “Investment Adviser Proxy Guidance”), while the other provided an interpretation and related guidance regarding

Privacy and the safeguarding of customer information continues to be an important compliance topic from the SEC’s perspective, including its examination staff.  The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently released a Risk Alert highlighting common examination deficiencies from registered advisers and broker-dealers related to Regulation S-P, a rule requiring that such registrants

On March 11, 2019, the SEC announced that it settled charges against 79 investment advisers who self-reported violations in connection with the SEC’s Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative (the “Initiative”).  Please see the link below for a Legal Update on this enforcement action, which discusses the Initiative in greater detail as well as the eligibility

On February 28, 2019, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management granted no-action relief in connection with the 1940 Act’s in-person meeting requirements under Section 15 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”).[1]  This relief would apply to the boards of directors of a registered investment companies (each a “fund”) and would permit them to, under certain delineated circumstances, approve certain investment advisory and principal underwriting contracts of a fund, the 12b-1 plan of a fund and the selection of a fund’s independent public accountant telephonically, either by video conference or by other means by which all participating directors may participate and communicate with each other simultaneously during a meeting.
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In late 2018, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2019 examination priorities, which cover not only investment advisers and registered funds, but also broker-dealers and transfer agents.  To help you digest and better understand these 2019 exam priorities, our Washington, DC-based Investment Management practice has prepared a legal update (see