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SEC Proposes Amendments to Regulate Proxy Voting Advice and Modernize the Shareholder Proposal Rule

Reform of proxy advisory firms and the shareholder proposal process has been on the business community’s agenda for some time.

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Converting Traditional Open-End Funds into ETFs

Practices: Asset Management, Investment Management

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently published a notice relating to an application for exemptive relief filed by Precidian ETFs Trust (“Precidian”) that would permit an actively managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) to operate without being subject to the current daily portfolio transparency condition included in past active ETF orders. We anticipate that this structure may be attractive to many active managers who may seek to offer their strategies as ETFs, including potentially through the conversion of an existing open-end fund into an ETF.

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