Investment Management

Massachusetts Advances Regulations Imposing Fiduciary Duty on Broker-Dealers

In November 2019, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued revised regulations imposing a fiduciary standard upon broker-dealers, although the regulations would not apply to a broker-dealer who is a fiduciary under ERISA, a status currently in limbo since the invalidation by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit of the Department of Labor’s conflict of interest/fiduciary rule.  In issuing ...

Follow-up on SEC Guidance Regarding Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisors

On June 5th, the SEC issued a four-part package of guidance with respect to the activities of broker-dealers and investment advisors. We prepared an Investment Management Law Alert focusing on one of those components, Regulation Best Interest ("Reg BI"). On July 12th, the SEC guidance was published in the Federal Register. Printing the June 5th release in the Federal Register does not change ...

SEC Issues Final Regulation BI

The SEC, by a 3-1 party line vote, issued in a timely fashion its final regulations with respect to broker-dealer conduct, referred to as Regulation Best Interest ("Regulation BI"). The SEC's related press release can be found by clicking here. Regulation BI is separate and distinct from the fiduciary duty that has been developed under the Advisers Act. It is not intended to establish a private ...

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Non-"Makers" Can Violate Rule 10b-5

On March 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lorenzo v. SEC, No. 17-1077 (U.S. Mar. 27, 2019) that a party who is not a “maker” under Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-5(b) can nevertheless be found to have violated Rule 10b-5(a) and (c) and other securities laws including §17(a)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933. Rule 10b-5 makes it unlawful: