SEC Updates and Extends Its Targeted Actions to Assist Funds and Advisers in Light of COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic  

March 26, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued two orders updating and extending relief previously provided to registered funds and investment advisers whose operations may be affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The Updated Orders supersede the corresponding prior SEC orders issued on March 13, 2020. In addition to extending the periods for relief, the Updated Orders eliminate certain conditions in the prior SEC orders that required funds and advisers to provide a reason for reliance on the relevant prior order and an estimated date by which the relevant filing, transmittal or delivery obligation would be satisfied.

In the Updated Orders, the SEC again acknowledged that COVID-19 coronavirus-related disruptions may pose challenges to satisfying certain requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and rules thereunder, as well as the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and rules thereunder. In light of these challenges, the SEC updated and extended the previously-granted temporary, conditional relief, which includes:

  • For registered investment companies, unit investment trusts and business development companies, as applicable, relief from certain requirements relating to:
    • In-person board votes;
    • Form N-CEN and Form N-PORT filings;
    • Shareholder report transmittal; and
    • 30-day advance notice filings of intention to call or redeem securities

  • For registered investment advisers (RIAs) and exempt reporting advisers (ERAs), as applicable, relief from certain requirements relating to:
    • Form ADV amendments and filings;
    • Form ADV, Part 2 delivery; and
    • Form PF filings.

The SEC also reiterated its statement regarding SEC enforcement action related to certain prospectus delivery obligations, similarly extending the period for, and eliminating certain conditions of, this relief.

The updated and extended exemptive relief and SEC statement are summarized in the tables here.

This update was authored by Thomas Bogle, Corey Rose, Michael Sherman, Aaron Withrow, and Monica Patel.

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