On July 1, 2024, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rule and form amendments that require issuers of registered index-linked annuities (“RILAs”) to exclusively register their offerings on Form N-4.  The final amendments (“RILA Amendments”) are focused on increasing and simplifying disclosure to RILA investors.  Under the RILA Amendments, Forms S-1 and S-3 under the

During his remarks at a meeting of the International Bar Association’s Asset Management Industry Conference on Global Challenges and Opportunities in Boston, Commissioner Uyeda commented on investment research and the research rules.

Commissioner Uyeda commented favorably on the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority’s consultation on modifying certain research unbundling rules required by the UK Markets

Earlier this week, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gensler issued a statement regarding the move to a T+1 settlement cycle, which will occur just after the Memorial Day weekend, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 in the United States.  The transition in Canada will take place on Monday, May 27, 2024.

Chair Gensler reiterated his view

On 14 May 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published its final report on “Guidelines on funds’ names using ESG or sustainability-related terms” (the “Guidelines“). The Guidelines aim to provide fund managers with clear and measurable criteria to assess their ability to use ESG and/or sustainability-related terms

On May 1, 2024, the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Committee submitted its accredited investor definition recommendations to the SEC.  Currently, an investor may qualify as an accredited investor by meeting certain professional criteria (i.e., FINRA Series 7, 65, or 82 licenses), or by meeting certain financial thresholds, including (1) a net worth of over

Answering a precise question increasingly raised by securities fraud plaintiffs, the United States Supreme Court held that a failure to disclose information cannot support a private action under Rule 10b–5(b) if the failure did not render any statements made misleading. Though the Court framed the case around the narrow issue of whether the failure to

The SEC paused implementation of the climate-related disclosure rules in the face of significant legal challenges.  The rules would impose substantial disclosure mandates on companies, including concerning the costs of extreme weather events, corporate strategies for addressing climate change, corporate governance procedures and, for certain companies, greenhouse gas emissions.

The SEC had proposed the rules