Investment Advisers Act of 1940 — Section 206(4)
RESPONSE OF THE OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL
IM Ref. No. 200952296
We would not recommend enforcement action to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") under Section 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 ("Advisers Act") and Rule 206(4)-3 thereunder if any investment adviser that is required to be registered pursuant to Section 203 of the Advisers Act pays to Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (the "Settling Firm")1 or any of its associated persons, as defined in Section 202(a)(17) of the Advisers Act, a cash solicitation fee, directly or indirectly, for the solicitation of advisory clients in accordance with Rule 206(4)-3,2 notwithstanding an injunctive order issued by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the "Final Judgment") that otherwise would preclude such an investment adviser from paying such a fee, directly or indirectly, to the Settling Firm or certain related persons.3
Our position is based on the facts and representations in your letter dated June 9, 2009, particularly the representations of the Settling Firm that:
it will conduct any cash solicitation arrangement entered into with any investment adviser required to be registered under Section 203 of the Advisers Act in compliance with the terms of Rule 206(4)-3, except for the investment adviser's payment of cash solicitation fees, directly or indirectly, to the Settling Firm, which is subject to the Final Judgment;
the Final Judgment does not bar or suspend the Settling Firm or any person currently associated with the Settling Firm from acting in any capacity under the federal securities laws;4
it will comply with the terms of the Final Judgment, including, but not limited to, complying with its undertaking to buy back eligible auction rate securities at par from eligible customers; and
for ten years from the date of the entry of the Final Judgment, the Settling Firm or any investment adviser with which it has a solicitation arrangement subject to Rule 206(4)-3 will disclose the Final Judgment in a written document that is delivered to each person whom the Settling Firm solicits (a) not less than 48 hours before the person enters into a written or oral investment advisory contract with the investment adviser or (b) at the time the person enters into such a contract, if the person has the right to terminate such contract without penalty within 5 business days after entering into the contract.
This position applies only to the Final Judgment and not to any other basis for disqualification under Rule 206(4)-3 that may exist or arise with respect to the Settling Firm or any of its associated persons.
Tara R. Buckley
The entry of the Final Judgment, absent the issuance of an order by the Commission pursuant to Section 9(c) of the Investment Company Act that exempts the Settling Firm from the provisions of Section 9(a) of the Investment Company Act, would effectively prohibit the Settling Firm and its affiliated persons from, among other things, acting as an investment adviser to any registered investment company. You state that, pursuant to Section 9(c) of the Investment Company Act, the Settling Firm and certain affiliated persons, on behalf of themselves and future affiliated persons, submitted an application to the Commission requesting (i) an order of temporary exemption from Section 9(a) of the Investment Company Act and (ii) a permanent order exempting the Settling Firm, certain affiliated persons and future affiliated persons from the provisions of Section 9(a) of the Investment Company Act.
On June 9, 2009, the Commission issued an order granting the Settling Firm, certain affiliated persons and future affiliated persons a temporary exemption from Section 9(a) of the Investment Company Act pursuant to Section 9(c) of the Investment Company Act, with respect to the Final Judgment, until the date the Commission takes final action on the application for a permanent order. In re Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., et al., SEC Rel. No. IC-28763 (Jun. 9, 2009). Therefore, the Settling Firm, certain affiliated persons and future affiliated persons are not currently barred or suspended from acting in any capacity specified in section 9(a) of the Investment Company Act as a result of the Final Judgment.
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