On April 21, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new Rule 2a-5 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 to address valuation practices of registered investment companies. According to the SEC, the Proposed Rule is necessary due to major technological and regulatory changes since the last time the SEC proposed comprehensive valuation

Despite the disruptive effect of COVID-19, the SEC does not intend to extend the effective dates for compliance with Reg. BI and Form CRS. In addition, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations recently announced its intention to begin examinations of registrants’ implementation of these new regulations. Such examinations are expected to occur during

On March 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter stating that the staff of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets would not recommend enforcement actions against broker-dealers that treat unsecured receivables related to bank sweep accounts as an allowable asset that is not deducted from net worth

On March 25, 2020, the SEC issued exemptive orders replacing prior orders granting temporary relief from certain provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) and the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”). The SEC said that it has been monitoring developments related to the effect that COVID-19 and related

On March 23, 2020, in response to business disruptions caused by the spread of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an exemptive order (the “Order”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”) granting registered investment companies and insurance company separate accounts registered as

On March 23, 2020, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that it will conduct its examinations of SEC registrants through correspondence, unless it is absolutely necessary to be on-site. On the same day, the co-directors of the Division of Enforcement issued a statement underscoring the importance of maintaining and following corporate

Like all of us, the SEC and its staff are moving rapidly to address changes to normal procedures required in the face of COVID-19. In response to questions recently raised by the Investment Advisers Association (IAA) on behalf of its members, the SEC staff clarified its expectations with respect to certain aspects of the Custody