Advisories September 25, 2023

Investment Funds Advisory: SEC Amendments to Investment Company Act “Names Rule”

Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to rule 35d-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, commonly known as the “Names Rule.” Our Investment Funds Team outlines these amendments and related implications for the funds industry.

  • The SEC stated that the amendments “modernize and enhance” names-related regulation
  • The amendments expand the current 80% investment policy requirement to include any fund name suggesting a fund has “particular characteristics,” including fund names suggesting an investment theme or an ESG focus
  • The Names Rule amendments become effective 60 days after publication
  • Funds with assets over $1 billion or more have 24 months to comply; funds with assets less than $1 billion have 30 months to comply

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Alex Wolfe
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