On November 2, by a vote of 3 to 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted, largely as proposed, amendments to Form N-PX under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and new Rule 14Ad-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendments). The Amendments expand the proxy voting information that registered investment companies (Funds) report on Form N-PX, and require, for the first time, Form 13F filers (Managers) to report annually on Form N-PX how they voted proxies concerning certain shareholder advisory votes on executive compensation (“say-on-pay” votes).Read More
By Kane Barnett
The Australian Government has delivered the 2022-23 Federal Budget. One of the announcements relevant to the investment funds industry was that the Government “has reviewed and will not proceed with … the 2016–17 Budget measure that proposed introducing a new tax and regulatory framework for limited partnership collective investment vehicles”.Read More
On October 7, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that, due to a technological error, it was reopening the public comment periods for 11 pending rulemaking releases (“Rulemaking Releases”) and one request for comment. The comment periods will be reopened as of October 7th and will end 14 days after the publication of the release in Federal Register (if, for example, this release were to be published on October 15, then the comment periods would close on October 29, 2022). The SEC encouraged commenters that submitted a public comment through the internet comment process to check the SEC’s website, SEC.gov, to determine whether their comment was received and posted.
The SEC’s release did not elaborate on nature of the technological error but stated that a number of public comments submitted through the SEC’s internet comment form were not received. The SEC noted the majority of the affected comments were submitted in August 2022, but that the technological error is known to have occurred as early as June 2021.
The impact of the reopening of the public comment periods is not yet known, but will likely result in delaying the release of a number of highly anticipated SEC rules. The Rulemaking Releases include the following proposals and request for comment:
• Reporting of Securities Loans
• Prohibition Against Fraud, Manipulation, or Deception in Connection with Security-Based Swaps; Prohibition against Undue Influence over Chief Compliance Officers; Position Reporting of Large Security-Based Swap Positions
• Money Market Fund Reforms
• Share Repurchase Disclosure Modernization
• Short Position and Short Activity Reporting by Institutional Investment Managers; see also Notice of the Text of the Proposed Amendments to the National Market System Plan Governing the Consolidated Audit Trail for Purposes of Short Sale-Related Data Collection,
• Cybersecurity Risk Management, Strategy, Governance, and Incident Disclosure
• Private Fund Advisers; Documentation of Registered Investment Adviser Compliance Reviews
• The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors
• Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, Shell Companies, and Projections
• Investment Company Names
• Enhanced Disclosures by Certain Investment Advisers and Investment Companies About Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment Practices
• Request for Comment on Certain Information Providers Acting as Investment Advisers
(Certain SRO rules, not covered here, also have comment periods that have been reopened.)
 SEC Release, Resubmission of Comments and Reopening of Comment Periods for Several Rulemaking Releases Due to a Technological Error in Receiving Certain Comments, October 7, 2022 (https://www.sec.gov/rules/proposed/2022/33-11117.pdf)
On Thursday, Grayscale Investments, LLC (Grayscale) filed suit against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in the D.C. Circuit asking the court to reconsider the agency’s rejection of listing a spot Bitcoin ETP on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In its appeal, Grayscale argued that the SEC’s ruling regarding its spot Bitcoin ETP was “arbitrary and capricious,” because it disregarded facts about the ETP and erroneously determined that listing the ETP would be in contravention of NYSE’s duties under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.Read More
By Kane Barnett and Bernard Sia
ASIC has published Information Sheet 272 (INFO 272) and Report 728 (REP 728) on the eve of the corporate collective investment vehicle’s (CCIV) commencement.
With the commencement date for CCIVs being 1 July 2022, today ASIC released 7 regulatory guides relating to the registration and licensing requirements for CCIVs. We outline the key features of CCIVs in our previous update. INFO 272 provides much needed clarity on how both the CCIV itself and its initial sub-funds are to be registered.Read More