Seminar  Program

Basics of Mutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies 2018


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Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

New York City Seminar Location

PLI New York Center
, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, (2nd floor), entrance on 45th Street, New York, New York 10036. (800) 260-4754.

New York City Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway (48th Street), New York, NY 10019 (212) 977-4000. When calling, mention Practising Law Institute. You can also make reservations online to access PLI's rates.

The Muse, 130 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036. Please call reservations at 1-800-546-7866. When calling, please mention Practising Law Institute and Corporate Rate ID 786839408. In addition, you can book online at PLI Muse Hotel

Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Please call reservations at 1-800-622-5569. When calling, please mention Practising Law Institute. In addition, you can book online at PLI Millennium Hotel .

 Hyatt Times Square, 135 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036. For reservations, please call (646) 364-1234. When calling mention rate code CR56218 or Practising Law Institute.

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama: PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

California:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Illinois: All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Iowa:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Kansas:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Maine:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Missouri:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Montana:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nevada:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live seminars can be used to fulfill the requirements for newly admitted attorneys. All credit categories may be earned via transitional live seminars.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars

North Dakota:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Ohio:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania: PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Vermont:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC): PLI’s live seminars can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live seminars.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live seminars can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit in all Australian jurisdictions. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA): PLI’s live seminars qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE): PLI’s live seminars may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live programs.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.

PLI’s live and on-demand webcasts are single-user license products intended for an individual registrant only. Credit will be issued only to the individual registered. If two or more individuals wish to participate in a webcast and receive credit, PLI would be happy to provide a Groupcast – group viewing of a webcast. To schedule a Groupcast, please contact PLI at groupcasts@pli.edu.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

California:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “eCLE” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of eCLE per reporting period.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “in-house” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 in-house credits per reporting period.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance education” credit. Attorneys are limited to 9 credits of distance education per reporting period.

Iowa:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Kansas:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 4 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Maine:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Missouri:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Montana:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “computer-based learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 5 credits of computer-based learning per reporting period.

Nevada:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live webcasts can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live webcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live webcasts.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Ohio:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “non-traditional” credit. Attorneys are limited to 8 credits of non-traditional programs per reporting period.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “alternatively delivered” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of alternatively delivered programs per reporting period.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 8 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Vermont:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “online” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of online instruction per reporting period.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live webcasts can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 15 points of distance learning programs per reporting period.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live webcasts can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live webcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.

Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “Group-Internet-Based” (GIB) credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live programs.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

Mechanicsburg Groupcast Location

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 5080 Ritter Rd., Mechanicsburg PA 17055, (800) 932-4637. Click here for directions.

Mechanicsburg Groupcast Hotel Accommodations

Below is a list of hotel accommodations suggested by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute:

Hampton Inn Harrisburg-West, 4950 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA 17055. Tel: 717-691-1300. Fax: 717-691-9692.

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Harrisburg-West Hershey Area, 5001 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States 17055. Tel: 1-717-697-4900. Fax: 1-717-697-9101.

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

California:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Iowa:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Kansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Maine:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Missouri:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Montana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nevada:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live groupcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live groupcasts.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Ohio:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Vermont:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live groupcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live groupcasts.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
Ice Miller LLP, One American Square, Suite 2900, Indianapolis, IN 46282

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

California:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Iowa:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Kansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Maine:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Missouri:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Montana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nevada:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live groupcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live groupcasts.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Ohio:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Vermont:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live groupcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live groupcasts.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
New Jersey Groupcast Location

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1520. 732-249-5100.

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

California:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Iowa:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Kansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Maine:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Missouri:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Montana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nevada:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live groupcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live groupcasts.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Ohio:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Vermont:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live groupcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live groupcasts.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
Atlanta Groupcast Location

Atlanta Bar Association, 400 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1601. (404) 521-0781.

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

California:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Iowa:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Kansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Maine:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Missouri:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Montana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nevada:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live groupcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live groupcasts.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Ohio:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Vermont:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live groupcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live groupcasts.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

Pittsburgh Groupcast Location

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Professional Development Conference Center, 339 Sixth Avenue, Suite 760, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2517. (412) 802-2300. Click Here for Directions

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

California:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Iowa:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Kansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Maine:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Missouri:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Montana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nevada:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live groupcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live groupcasts.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Ohio:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Vermont:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live groupcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live groupcasts.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

Why You Should Attend

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” – the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment funds as well as hot topics and developments affecting this $13 trillion industry.  A distinguished faculty of practitioners will offer insights into regulatory and enforcement developments – including the new administration and SEC -- that could significantly change the landscape of the retail investment management industry.

What You Will Learn

  • The history of registered fund regulation
  • How funds are created, managed and sold
  • How Fintech is impacting the fund business
  • The extensive variety of publicly-offered funds, including money market funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and variable insurance products
  • New requirements relating to mutual fund liquidity and investments in derivatives
  • The SEC’s 2018 regulatory and exam priorities
  • Fund valuation issues
  • Litigation and enforcement hot topics
  • SEC focus on “alternative” investment companies
  • Inherent conflicts of interest—and how they are addressed

Who Should Attend

Anyone entering the investment management industry will benefit from this fundamental overview of the regulation and operation of registered investment companies, as will anyone already working in the industry who would like a refresher.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

9:00 Opening Remarks

Clifford E. Kirsch



9:15 The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting
  • The fund industry prior to regulation and Congress’s response to abuses
  • The Investment Company Act framework: focus on conflicts of interest, disclosure and investor protection
  • What are “registered investment companies?” Mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and how do they differ from “private funds?”
  • What’s on the horizon

Francis J. Facciolo (Jay), Clifford E. Kirsch



10:30 Networking Break

10:45 Fund Anatomy
  • “Independent Watchdogs”:  the critical role of the fund board
  • The difference between open-end and closed-end funds, and why it matters
  • Sponsoring and Managing the Portfolio:  the investment adviser
  • The Supporting Cast:  other key service providers
  • How the regulations seek to protect investors
  • How liquidity and leverage proposals will change mutual fund structure and operation
  • Practical tips on forming and registering a fund

Gregory N. Bressler, Carol A. Gehl, Bibb L. Strench



12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.



1:00 Fund Marketing and Sale of Fund Shares
  • How are fund shares distributed?
  • “Funds are sold, not bought”:  the role of sales charges and no-load funds, and the future of Rule 12b-1 (or 2)
  • How funds are priced:  the critical importance of fund valuation
  • Fund advertising
  • FINRA’s focus on mutual fund share class suitability

Cynthia R. Beyea, Rajib Chanda, Gregory N. Bressler, Clifford E. Kirsch



2:00 Fund Regulation
  • Policy and Protocol:  the SEC’s Division of Investment Management
  • Policies and Procedures:  the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • The “New” SEC
  • Other Important Regulators:  the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and others
  • FSOC focus on the asset management industry

Shannon Behara



3:00 Networking Break

3:15 Fund Litigation
  • Private rights of action:  who can – and can’t – sue
  • Disclosure cases
  • Excessive fees – how the courts have interpreted the “reasonable” requirement
  • Recent developments and the future of fund litigation

Lori A. Martin



4:15 Current Trends and Developments Related to Funds
  • What are the major trends in the design and distribution of mutual funds?
  • How is Fintech changing the landscape?
  • Will ETFs ever overtake mutual funds as the dominant pooled investment vehicle for the retail investor?
  • Where do hedge funds fit in the investment fund landscape? 
  • Will new SEC rules drive managers out of the mutual fund business?
  • Does the new SEC signal a new era of fund deregulation?

Edward Baer, James C. Munsell, Matthew Thornton



5:15 Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Speaker(s)
Edward Baer ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
Shannon Behara ~ Partner, ACA Compliance Group
Cynthia R. Beyea ~ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Gregory N. Bressler ~ General Counsel, SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
Rajib Chanda ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Francis J. (Jay) Facciolo ~ Assistant Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing, St John's University Law School
Carol A. Gehl ~ Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Lori A. Martin ~ WilmerHale LLP
James C. Munsell ~ Sidley Austin LLP
Bibb L. Strench ~ Thompson Hine LLP
Matthew Thornton ~ Assistant General Counsel, Investment Company Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Lauren E. Nochta ~ Senior Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

Philadelphia Groupcast Location

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th floor, Suite 1010, Center City Philadelphia (Juniper St. entrance, between 13th & Broad Sts., opposite City Hall). (800) 932-4637. Click here for directions.

Philadelphia Groupcast Hotel Accommodations

Below is a list of hotel accommodations suggested by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute:

Marriott Residence Inn

Ritz Carlton

Loews Philadelphia

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

California:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Iowa:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Kansas:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Maine:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

Missouri:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Montana:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Nevada:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New Hampshire:  All PLI products can fulfill New Hampshire’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live groupcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live groupcasts.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Ohio:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

Vermont:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live groupcasts.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live groupcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill HR credit requirements.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live groupcasts.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill ABA credit requirements.

Certified Financial Planners (CFP):  PLI’s live groupcasts (i.e. live webcasts available for group viewing at co-sponsored locations) may fulfill CFP credit requirements.

 

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