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SEC Adopted a New Rule Allowing Registered Funds to Enter Into Derivative Transactions

 

On October 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a new rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 allowing registered funds to enter into derivative transactions, provided they comply with certain conditions intended to protect investors. The rule will become effective 60 days after publication with an 18-month transition period for compliance with the provisions and related reporting requirements. Release.

SEC Adopts Amendments to Modernize Shareholder Proposal Rule

 

On September 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to modernize the process for a shareholder to have its proposal included in a company’s proxy statement for consideration by all of the company’s shareholders. The amendments aim to ensure that shareholder-proponents demonstrate a sufficient economic stake or investment interest in a company before they are able to submit proposals to be included in a company proxy’s statement, paid for by all shareholders. Release.

SEC Updates and Expands Disclosures for Banking Registrants

 

On September 11, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it has adopted rules to update and expand the statistical disclosures that bank and savings and loan registrants provide to investors. The rules also eliminate certain disclosure items that are duplicative of other Commission rules and requirements of U.S. GAPP or IFRS. Release.

SEC Modernizes the Accredited Investor Definition

 

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended the definition of “accredited investor” to more effectively identify institutional and individual investors that have the knowledge and expertise to participate in private capital markets. The amendments allow individuals to qualify as accredited investors based on measures of financial sophistication, including professional knowledge, experience or certification, as well as existing tests for income or net worth. The updates to the definition also expand the entities that may qualify as accredited investors. Release.

Regulatory Agencies Finalize Changes to Covered Fund Provisions of the Volcker Rule

 

On July 31, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the U.S. CFTC, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a final rule amending the regulations that implement Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (the “BHC Act”), commonly known as the Volcker Rule. The final rule, which goes into effect on October 1, is intended to improve and streamline the covered fund provisions of Section 13 of the BHC Act. The final rule aims to accomplish this by, among other things, permitting the following activities: qualifying foreign excluded funds; revising the exclusions from the definition of “covered fund” for foreign public funds, loan securitizations, public welfare investments, and small business investment companies; creating new exclusions from the definition of covered fund for credit funds, qualifying venture capital funds, family wealth management vehicles, and customer facilitation vehicles; modifying the definition of “ownership interest”; and providing that certain investments made in parallel with a covered fund, as well as certain restricted profit interests held by an employee or director, need not be included in a banking entity’s calculation of its ownership interest in the covered fund. OCC Bulletin. Federal Register Final Rule.

SEC Adopts Rule Amendments to Applications for Exemption Under the Investment Company Act

 

On July 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had voted to adopt rule amendments to establish an expedited review process for applications for exemption for funds under the Investment Company Act. The new process is intended to make the process of applying for more routine exemptions quicker and less expensive for applicants. Release.

SEC Adopts Final Rule Amending Required Financial Disclosures Regarding Acquisition and Disposal of Businesses

 

On May 20, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a final rule amending the existing rules for registrants that determine whether a subsidiary or an acquired or disposed business is significant and the relevant disclosure requirements for the related financial statements. The changes will become effective on January 1. Rule.

SEC Announces Temporary Relief and Assistance to Market Participants

 

On March 26, the SEC announced temporary measures to assist market participants in response to COVID-19. The actions include i) temporary relief from Form ID notarization requirements through July 1, ii) extended filing deadlines for certain reports and forms required under Regulation A and Regulation Crowdfunding issuers, and iii) a temporary exemption, subject to certain conditions, for required filings for municipal advisors through June 30. Release

SEC Announces Relief for Public Company Disclosure Report Filing Deadlines and Filing and Meeting Requirements under Investment Advisers Act

 

On March 25, the SEC announced a 45-day filing extension for certain public company disclosure reports due between March 1 and July 1. The SEC also announced certain filing and delivery requirement exemptions under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 as well as additional time to hold in-person board meetings. Release.

Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes to Modernize Key Market Infrastructure Responsible for Collecting, Consolidating, and Disseminating Securities Market Data

 

On February 14, the SEC proposed to modernize the infrastructure for the collection, consolidation, and dissemination of market data for exchange-listed national market system (NMS) stocks. Comments on the proposed SEC Rule are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Release.