Curriculum Guide · Courses
Regulated Money Management: Mutual Funds and Investment Advisers
Professors Barbash and Berman
LL.M Course 896 | 2 credit hours
This course is an introduction to the law and practice relating to two of the best known forms of money management in the United States: mutual funds registered with, and regulated by, the Securities and Exchange Commission; and investment advisers. The course focuses on the regulation of mutual funds and other investment companies under the Investment Company Act of 1940, and investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The course begins by addressing important threshold questions of who or what is an investment company or investment adviser. The course then moves to an examination of the laws and policies applicable to: registration with, and regulation by, the SEC; disclosure to investors and clients; conflicts of interest faced by money managers; governance of funds and their managers; marketing practices of funds and money managers; fees, charged by funds and advisers; and other aspects of fund and adviser operations. Among the types of investment companies and advisory services that are discussed in the course are: closed-end funds, money market funds, exchange traded funds, private funds, asset allocation programs, and services to retirement plans. Throughout the semester, hot topics of the day including the asset management, business and investment management law are considered such as new legislation, (e.g., the Dodd-Frank Act,) important initiatives in fund disclosure, and potential misuse of material, non-public information.
First class attendance is strongly encouraged for all enrolled and waitlisted students