Insights Past Issues
- Client AlertDecember 2, 2019
This Client Alert covers the new rules that apply to beneficiary representation. It is the fourth installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code.
- Client AlertOctober 1, 2019
This Alert covers the new rules that apply to the modification or termination of irrevocable trusts. It is the third installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code.
- Client AlertAugust 19, 2019
This Alert covers the newly created powers granted to a trustee under the ITC, a well as the previously existing, but now codified, powers. This Alert is the second installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code, a version of the Uniform Trust Code.
- Client AlertJuly 15, 2019
Last week, Governor Pritzker signed HB 1471, giving Illinois new trust laws as of January 1, 2020. This Alert is the first installment in a six-part series on the new Illinois Trust Code, a version of the Uniform Trust Code.
- Client AlertDecember 22, 2017
Overlooked in the many discussions about the new tax laws are the consequences on trusts and estates and the high likelihood trusts and their beneficiaries will see larger income tax bills for the next seven years. This Client Alert focuses on how the tax changes will impact trusts and estates, identify some of the significant uncertainties and provide recommendations for fiduciaries.
- Client AlertAugust 31, 2017
The Department of Labor published its proposal to delay for 18‑months the more onerous provisions of the exemptions that were issued in connection with the DOL’s fiduciary rule. The exemptions were supposed to be fully effective January 1, 2018. Instead, the DOL has proposed that they become fully effective July 1, 2019.
- Client AlertAugust 10, 2017
The Department of Labor recently issued another set of FAQs, focusing on advisors to 401(k) plans. The FAQs generally address two issues.
- Client AlertAugust 9, 2017
In a court filing on August 9, the Department of Labor notified the court that it recently submitted proposed amendments to the three exemptions to its fiduciary rule to the Office of Management and Budget.
- Client AlertJune 2, 2017
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is requesting comments from retail investors and other interested parties on the standards of conduct applicable for broker-dealers and investment advisers.
- Client AlertDOL Confirms the Fiduciary Rule’s June 9 Applicability Date—What to Expect from the Transition PeriodMay 24, 2017
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta confirmed in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal that the Department of Labor fiduciary rule will become applicable on June 9. Along with the Op-Ed, the DOL issued new Conflict of Interest FAQs related to the June 9, 2017 to January 1, 2018 transition period and Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2017-2.
- Client AlertApril 5, 2017
Yesterday the Department of Labor released the final rule delaying the applicability of the DOL fiduciary rule and the related prohibited transaction exemptions to June 9, 2017. The rule was originally set to become applicable on April 10, 2017.
- Client AlertMarch 1, 2017
The Department of Labor announced a proposed 60-day delay of the applicability date of the DOL fiduciary rule and related exemptions. The DOL has allowed a 15-day comment period providing all interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed delay.
- Client AlertTrump Directs DOL to Review and Potentially Rescind or Revise Its Fiduciary Rule; No Specific Order to Delay Applicability DateFebruary 3, 2017
President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor to conduct an analysis of the fiduciary rule’s potential impact. Depending on the results of its examination, the memorandum instructs the DOL to publish for notice and comment a proposed rule to rescind or revise the rule.
- Client AlertJanuary 30, 2017
The Department of Labor released on January 13 two sets of frequently asked questions to provide additional guidance on its new fiduciary rule. One set of FAQs is directed at consumers to better help them understand the Rule. The other set of FAQs is directed at financial service providers to address the regulation defining “investment advice.”
- Client AlertDecember 20, 2016
The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management has released guidance focused on disclosure issues and certain procedural requirements associated with mutual funds implementing intermediary‑specific variations to sales loads and adding new share classes.
- Client AlertOctober 31, 2016
On October 27, the Department of Labor issued its first wave of FAQs to address certain questions that have arisen with respect to the DOL’s previously issued fiduciary rule. Generally, the Rule broadly defines who is a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code.
- Client AlertCourt Finds Plaintiffs Failed to Demonstrate Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Excessive Fee Litigation for “Manager-of-Managers” Mutual Fund ComplexSeptember 7, 2016
On August 25, after approximately five years of litigation concluding with a 25-day bench trial, Judge Peter G. Sheridan issued the opinion of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in the first trial of a “manager-of-managers” theory of liability for breach of fiduciary duty.
- ArticlePractical Compliance & Risk Management for the Securities IndustryJuly/August 2016
Following the implementation of Dodd-Frank's rules and regulations and the initial wave of SEC examinations of municipal advisors, management and compliance personnel are navigating through the rules while continuing to run their business and service clients.
- Client AlertJuly 14, 2016
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations recently issued a Risk Alert announcing that they will be undertaking an examination initiative focused on the risk that registered advisers may be making conflicted recommendations to their clients.
- Client AlertApril 7, 2016
This alert addresses several frequently asked questions related to sales of unit investment trusts registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 by those persons deemed fiduciaries under the U.S. Department of Labor's recently released fiduciary rule.
- Client AlertApril 6, 2016
Today the U.S. Department of Labor released its highly anticipated final rule to define the term “fiduciary” and address conflicts of interest in providing investment advice to retirement accounts.
- Client AlertClient AlertJanuary 15, 2014
On January 9, 2014, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board proposed Rule G-42, defining the fiduciary duties of municipal advisors to municipal entity clients and the duties and responsibilities owed to all municipal advisory clients.
- Client AlertClient AlertJanuary 9, 2014
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has released its proposed rule on the duties of municipal advisors.
- Client AlertClient AlertAugust 15, 2012
On August 10th, the Governor signed Public Act 97-0921 (former HB 4662 and 4663) making Illinois one of a growing number of states with statutes that address directed trusts and trust decanting. These new statutes will go into effect January 1, 2013. This client alert covers the directed trust statute.
- Client AlertClient AlertJanuary 30, 2012
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to conduct a study of legal and regulatory requirements applicable to broker-dealers, investment advisers, and associated persons who provide personalized investment advice and recommendations about securities to retail customers.