Global Investment Law Watch

Exploring the legal and regulatory issues affecting the worldwide asset management community.

 

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Australia: Federal Court Rules on Greenwashing Civil Penalty Action
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SEC Fines Adviser for Off-Channel Communications
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Australia: Inquiry into the Wholesale Investor and Wholesale Client Tests
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Europe: Modernisation of the PRIIPs KID Considered by European Parliament
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Out of the Shadows: SEC Shines a Light on Insider Trading
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The SEC Narrows the Internet Adviser Exemption
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Update to the Naming Convention for Exchange Traded Products
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Not That FAR Away
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SEC’s Increased Focus on “AI Washing:” Charges Announced Against Two Investment Advisers for Violations of the Marketing Rule
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Australia: Labelling Responsible Investment Products

Australia: Federal Court Rules on Greenwashing Civil Penalty Action

By: Lisa Lautier and Dhivya Kalyanakumar

On 28 March 2024, the Federal Court handed down its verdict on the greenwashing civil penalty action brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

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SEC Fines Adviser for Off-Channel Communications

By: Lance C. Dial and Pablo J. Man

On 3 April 2024 the SEC announced the first off-channel communications settlement with a registered investment adviser who was not otherwise affiliated with a broker-dealer. This settlement provides new insight into how the SEC views adviser’s recordkeeping obligations, which are narrower than broker-dealer regulatory requirements.

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Australia: Inquiry into the Wholesale Investor and Wholesale Client Tests

By: Kane Barnett and Prudence Birchall

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Committee) has commenced an inquiry into the wholesale investor test for offers of securities, and the wholesale client test for financial products and services (together, wholesale investor/client tests) in the Corporations Act 2001 (link here) (Inquiry).

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Europe: Modernisation of the PRIIPs KID Considered by European Parliament

By: Áine Ní Riain and Shane Geraghty

On 20 March 2024, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) voted in favour of draft modernisation measures for the PRIIPs Key Information Document (KID).

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Out of the Shadows: SEC Shines a Light on Insider Trading

By: Neil T. Smith, Hayley Trahan-Liptak, and Sophia A. Khan

The traditional understanding of how the government charges insider trading is evolving, as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pushes to expand the scope of what constitutes misappropriation of material non-public information (MNPI) under Rule 10b-5.

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The SEC Narrows the Internet Adviser Exemption

By: Jennifer L. Klass, Matthew J. Rogers, and Bradley D. Bostwick

On 27 March 2024, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments (the Amendments) to Rule 203A-2(e) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, known as the “Internet Adviser Exemption.” The Internet Adviser Exemption allows certain advisers that provide investment advice through an interactive website (Internet Advisers) to register with the SEC, even if they do not have enough assets under management to otherwise qualify for federal registration.

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Update to the Naming Convention for Exchange Traded Products

By: Matthew Watts, Lisa Lautier and Dhivya Kalyanakumar

Since 2017, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has provided guidance to licensed exchanges on exchange traded products (ETP) naming conventions under Information Sheet 230 (INFO 230). This policy is designed to help ensure that admission and monitoring standards for ETP’s support fair, orderly and transparent markets.

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Not That FAR Away

By: Claudine Salameh and Tamsyn Sharpe

On 15 March 2024 the Financial Accountability Regime (FAR) came into effect for authorised-deposit taking institutions (ADIs). Application of the FAR will be extended to insurers and registrable superannuation entities from 15 March 2025.

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SEC’s Increased Focus on “AI Washing:” Charges Announced Against Two Investment Advisers for Violations of the Marketing Rule

By: Matthew Rogers and Annabelle North

Following up on its previously-issued Investor Alert warning investors on the use of so-called “AI washing” by advisers in their marketing materials, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on 18 March 2024 the settlements of charges against two investment advisers for “making false and misleading statements about their purported use of artificial intelligence (AI).”

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