Trust for Professional Managers, Inc., et al.; Notice of Application, 51479-51481 [E7-17698]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES (c) holding 5% or more, or more than 25% of the Shares of one or more Affiliated Funds, to effectuate in-kind purchases and redemptions. 11. Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to exempt a proposed transaction from section 17(a) of the Act if evidence establishes that the terms of the transaction, including the consideration to be paid or received, are reasonable and fair and do not involve overreaching on the part of any person concerned, and the proposed transaction is consistent with the policies of the registered investment company and the general provisions of the Act. Applicants assert that no useful purpose would be served by prohibiting these types of affiliated persons from purchasing or redeeming Creation Units through ‘‘in-kind’’ transactions. The deposit procedures for both in-kind purchases and in-kind redemptions of Creation Units will be the same for all purchases and redemptions. Deposit Securities and Fund Securities will be valued in the same manner as Portfolio Securities. Therefore, applicants state that in-kind purchases and redemptions will afford no opportunity for the affiliated persons of an Index Fund, or the second-tier affiliates described above, to effect a transaction detrimental to other holders of Shares. Applicants also believe that in-kind purchases and redemptions will not result in selfdealing or overreaching of the Index Fund. Applicants’ Conditions Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief will be subject to the following conditions: 1. Each Index Fund’s Prospectus and Product Description will clearly disclose that, for purposes of the Act, Shares are issued by the Index Fund and that the acquisition of Shares by investment companies is subject to the restrictions of section 12(d)(1) of the Act. 2. As long as the Trust operates in reliance on the requested order, the Shares will be listed on an Exchange. 3. Neither the Trust nor any Index Fund will be advertised or marketed as an open-end fund or a mutual fund. Each Index Fund’s Prospectus will prominently disclose that Shares are not individually redeemable shares and will disclose that the owners of the Shares may acquire those Shares from the Index Fund and tender those shares for redemption to the Index Fund in Creation Units only. Any advertising material that describes the purchase or sale of Creation Units or refers to redeemability will prominently disclose that Shares are not individually VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:34 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 redeemable, and that owners of Shares may purchase those Shares from the Index Fund and tender those Shares for redemption to the Index Fund in Creation Units only. 4. The Web site for the Trust, which will be publicly accessible at no charge, will contain the following information, on a per Share basis, for each Index Fund: (a) The prior Business Day’s NAV and the reported closing price, and a calculation of the premium or discount of such price against such NAV; and (b) data in chart format displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of the daily closing price against the NAV, within appropriate ranges, for each of the four previous calendar quarters. In addition the Product Description for each Index Fund will state that the Web site for the Trust has information about the premiums and discounts at which Shares have traded. 5. The Prospectus and annual report for each Index Fund also will include: (a) The information listed in condition 4(b), (i) in the case of the Prospectus, for the most recently completed year (and the most recently completed quarter or quarters, as applicable) and (ii) in the case of the annual report, for the immediately preceding five years, as applicable; and (b) the following data, calculated on a per Share basis for one, five and ten year periods (or life of the Index Fund): (i) The cumulative total return and the average annual total return based on NAV and closing price, and (ii) the cumulative total return of the relevant Underlying Index. 6. Before an Index Fund may rely on the order, the Commission will have approved, pursuant to rule 19b–4 under the Exchange Act, an Exchange rule requiring Exchange members and member organizations effecting transactions in Shares to deliver a Product Description to purchasers of Shares. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–17671 Filed 9–6–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P PO 00000 51479 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 27964; 812–13408] Trust for Professional Managers, Inc., et al.; Notice of Application August 31, 2007. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice of an application for an order under section 6(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Act’’) for an exemption from section 15(a) of the Act and rule 18f–2 under the Act, as well as from certain disclosure requirements. AGENCY: Summary of the Application: Applicants request an order that that would permit them to enter into and materially amend subadvisory agreements without shareholder approval and would grant relief from certain disclosure requirements. Applicants: Trust for Professional Managers (the ‘‘Trust’’) and Envestnet Asset Management, Inc. (the ‘‘Adviser’’). Filing Dates: The application was filed on July 17, 2007 and amended on August 31, 2007. Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the application will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission’s Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on September 25, 2007 and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the writer’s interest, the reason for the request, and the issues contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request by writing to the Commission’s Secretary. ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549– 1090. Applicants, 615 East Michigan Street; Milwaukee, WI 53202. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lewis B. Reich, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551–6919, or Nadya B. Roytblat, Assistant Director, at (202) 551–6821 (Office of Investment Company Regulation, Division of Investment Management). The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained for a fee at the Commission’s Public Reference Branch, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 51480 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Notices 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–0102 (telephone (202) 551–5850). mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Applicants’ Representations 1. The Trust, a Delaware statutory trust organized as a series investment company, is registered under the Act as an open-end management investment company and currently offers thirteen series, six of which are advised by the Adviser (‘‘Funds’’).1 The Adviser, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Envestnet Asset Management Group, Inc., is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (‘‘Advisers Act’’), and serves as investment adviser to the Funds under an investment advisory agreement with the Trust (‘‘Advisory Agreement’’) that has been approved by the Trust’s board of trustees (‘‘Board’’), including a majority of the trustees who are not ‘‘interested persons,’’ as defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act, of either the Trust or the Adviser (‘‘Independent Trustees’’), as well as by the shareholders of each Fund. 2. Under the terms of the Advisory Agreement, the Adviser provides each Fund with overall management services and continuously reviews, supervises and administers each Fund’s investment program, subject to the supervision of, and policies established by, the Board, and has the authority, subject to the approval of the Board and Fund shareholders, to enter into investment subadvisory agreements (‘‘Subadvisory Agreements’’) with one or more subadvisers (‘‘Subadvisers’’). The Adviser has entered into Subadvisory Agreements with various Subadvisers to provide investment advisory services to the Funds. Each Subadviser is, and every future Subadviser will be, registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act. The Adviser monitors and evaluates the Subadvisers and recommends to the Board their 1 Applicants also request relief with respect to future series of the Trust and any other existing or future registered open-end management investment company or series thereof that: (a) Is advised by the Adviser or a person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser or its successors; (b) uses the management structure described in the application; and (c) complies with the terms and conditions of the application (included in the term ‘‘Funds’’). For purposes of the requested order, ‘‘successor’’ is limited to an entity or entities that result from a reorganization into another jurisdiction or a change in the type of business organization. The only existing registered open-end management investment company that currently intends to rely on the requested order is named as an applicant. If the name of any Fund contains the name of a Subadviser (as defined below), the name of the Adviser or the name of the entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser that serves as the primary adviser to the Fund will precede the name of the Subadviser. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:34 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 hiring, retention or termination. Subadvisers recommended to the Board by the Adviser are selected and approved by the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees. Each Subadviser has discretionary authority to invest the assets or a portion of the assets of a particular Fund. The Adviser compensates each Subadviser out of the fees paid to the Adviser under the Advisory Agreement. 3. Applicants request an order to permit the Adviser, subject to Board approval, to enter into and materially amend Subadvisory Agreements without obtaining shareholder approval. The requested relief will not extend to any Subadviser that is an affiliated person, as defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act, of the Trust or of the Adviser, other than by reason of serving as a subadviser to one or more of the Funds (‘‘Affiliated Subadviser’’). 4. Applicants also request an exemption from the various disclosure provisions described below that may require a Fund to disclose fees paid by the Adviser to each Subadviser. An exemption is requested to permit the Trust to disclose for each Fund (as both a dollar amount and as a percentage of each Fund’s net assets): (a) The aggregate fees paid to the Adviser and any Affiliated Subadvisers; and (b) the aggregate fees paid to Subadvisers other than Affiliated Subadvisers (‘‘Aggregate Fee Disclosure’’). Any Fund that employs an Affiliated Subadviser will provide separate disclosure of any fees paid to the Affiliated Subadviser. Applicants’ Legal Analysis 1. Section 15(a) of the Act provides, in relevant part, that is unlawful for any person to act as an investment adviser to a registered investment company except pursuant to a written contract that has been approved by a vote of a majority of the company’s outstanding voting securities. Rule 18f–2 under the Act provides that each series or class of stock in a series investment company affected by a matter must approve that matter if the Act requires shareholder approval. 2. Form N–1A is the registration statement used by open-end investment companies. Item 14(a)(3) of Form N–1A requires disclosure of the method and amount of the investment adviser’s compensation. 3. Rule 20a–1 under the Act requires proxies solicited with respect to an investment company to comply with Schedule 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘1934 Act’’). Items 22(c)(1)(ii), 22(c)(1)(iii), 22(c)(8) and 22(c)(9) of Schedule 14A, taken together, require a proxy statement for a PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 shareholder meeting at which the advisory contract will be voted upon to include the ‘‘rate of compensation of the investment adviser,’’ the ‘‘aggregate amount of the investment adviser’s fees,’’ a description of the ‘‘terms of the contract to be acted upon,’’ and, if a change in the advisory fee is proposed, the existing and proposed fees and the difference between the two fees. 4. Form N–SAR is the semi-annual report filed with the Commission by registered investment companies. Item 48 of Form N–SAR requires investment companies to disclose the rate schedule for fees paid to their investment advisers, including the Subadvisers. 5. Regulation S–X sets forth the requirements for financial statements required to be included as part of investment company registration statements and shareholder reports filed with the Commission. Sections 6– 07(2)(a), (b), and (c) of Regulation S–X require that investment companies include in their financial statements information about investment advisory fees. 6. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt any person, security, or transaction or any class or classes of persons, securities, or transactions from any provisions of the Act, or from any rule thereunder, if such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. Applicants state that their requested relief meets this standard for the reasons discussed below. 7. Applicants assert that the shareholders rely on the Adviser’s experience to select one or more Subadvisers best suited to achieve a Fund’s investment objectives. Applicants assert that, from the perspective of the investor, the role of the Subadvisers is comparable to that of the individual portfolio managers employed by traditional investment company advisory firms. Applicants state that requiring shareholder approval of each Subadvisory Agreement would impose costs and unnecessary delays on the Funds, and may preclude the Adviser from acting promptly in a manner considered advisable by the Board. Applicants note that the Advisory Agreement and any Subadvisory Agreement with an Affiliated Subadviser will remain subject to section 15(a) of the Act and rule 18f–2 under the Act. 8. Applicants assert that some Subadvisers use a ‘‘posted’’ rate schedule to set their fees. Applicants state that while Subadvisers are willing E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES to negotiate fees that are lower than those posted on the schedule, they are reluctant to do so where the fees are disclosed to other prospective and existing customers. Applicants submit that the requested relief will encourage potential Subadvisers to negotiate lower subadvisory fees with the Adviser. Applicants’ Conditions Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief will be subject to the following conditions: 1. Before a Fund may rely on the order requested in the application, the operation of the Fund in the manner described in the application will be approved by a majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities, as defined in the Act, or, in the case of a Fund whose public shareholders purchase shares on the basis of a prospectus containing the disclosure contemplated by condition 2 below, by the sole initial shareholder before offering the Fund’s shares to the public. 2. The prospectus for each Fund will disclose the existence, substance, and effect of any order granted pursuant to the Application. Each Fund will hold itself out to the public as employing the management structure described in the Application. The prospectus will prominently disclose that the Adviser has ultimate responsibility (subject to oversight by the Board) to oversee the Subadvisers and recommend their hiring, termination, and replacement. 3. Within 90 days of the hiring of any new Subadviser, the affected Fund shareholders will be furnished all information about the new Subadviser that would be included in a proxy statement, except as modified to permit Aggregate Fee Disclosure. This information will include Aggregate Fee Disclosure and any change in that disclosure caused by the addition of the new Subadviser. To meet this obligation, the Fund will provide shareholders within 90 days of the hiring of a new Subadviser with an information statement meeting the requirements of Regulation 14C, Schedule 14C, and Item 22 of Schedule 14A under the 1934 Act, except as modified by the order to permit Aggregate Fee Disclosure. 4. The Adviser will not enter into a Subadvisory Agreement with any Affiliated Subadviser without that agreement, including the compensation to be paid thereunder, having been approved by the shareholders of the applicable Fund. 5. At all times, at least a majority of the Board will be Independent Trustees, and the nomination of new or additional Independent Trustees will be placed VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:34 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 within the discretion of the thenexisting Independent Trustees. 6. When a Subadviser change is proposed for a Fund with an Affiliated Subadviser, the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, will make a separate finding, reflected in the applicable Board minutes, that such change is in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders and does not involve a conflict of interest from which the Adviser or the Affiliated Subadviser would derive an inappropriate advantage. 7. Independent counsel, as defined in rule 0–1(a)(6) under the Act, will be engaged to represent the Independent Trustees. The selection of such counsel will be within the discretion of the then existing Independent Trustees. 8. The Adviser will provide the Board, no less frequently than quarterly, with information about the profitability of the Adviser on a per-Fund basis. The information will reflect the impact on profitability of the hiring or termination of any Subadviser during the applicable quarter. 9. Whenever a Subadviser is hired or terminated, the Adviser will provide the Board with information showing the expected impact on the profitability of the Adviser. 10. The Adviser will provide general management services to each Fund, including overall supervisory responsibility for the general management and investment of the Fund’s assets and, subject to review and approval of the Board, will (i) set each Fund’s overall investment strategies; (ii) evaluate, select and recommend Subadvisers to manage all or part of a Fund’s assets; (iii) when appropriate, allocate and reallocate a Fund’s assets among multiple Subadvisers; (iv) monitor and evaluate the performance of Subadvisers; and (v) implement procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the Subadvisers comply with each Fund’s investment objective, policies and restrictions. 11. No director or officer of the Trust, or director or officer of the Adviser, will own directly or indirectly (other than through a pooled investment vehicle that is not controlled by such person) any interest in a Subadviser, except for (a) ownership of interests in the Adviser or any entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Adviser; or (b) ownership of less than 1% of the outstanding securities of any class of equity or debt of a publicly traded company that is either a Subadviser or an entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with a Subadviser. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51481 12. Each Fund will disclose in its registration statement the Aggregate Fee Disclosure. 13. The requested order will expire on the effective date of Rule 15a–5 under the Act, if adopted. Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–17698 Filed 9–6–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–56343; File No. SR–Amex– 2007–95] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Execution of NDX and RUT Combination Orders August 30, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on August 20, 2007, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to adopt rules and procedures regarding the definition and execution of NDX and RUT combination orders in Amex Rules 950– ANTE and 953–ANTE (c). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Amex, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// www.amex.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The 1 15 2 17 E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(l). CFR 240.19b–4. 07SEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 27964; 812-13408]


Trust for Professional Managers, Inc., et al.; Notice of 
Application

 August 31, 2007.
AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice of an application for an order under section 6(c) of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (``Act'') for an exemption from section 
15(a) of the Act and rule 18f-2 under the Act, as well as from certain 
disclosure requirements.

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    Summary of the Application: Applicants request an order that that 
would permit them to enter into and materially amend subadvisory 
agreements without shareholder approval and would grant relief from 
certain disclosure requirements.
    Applicants: Trust for Professional Managers (the ``Trust'') and 
Envestnet Asset Management, Inc. (the ``Adviser'').
    Filing Dates: The application was filed on July 17, 2007 and 
amended on August 31, 2007.
    Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the 
application will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. 
Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission's 
Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally 
or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 
5:30 p.m. on September 25, 2007 and should be accompanied by proof of 
service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a 
certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the 
writer's interest, the reason for the request, and the issues 
contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request by 
writing to the Commission's Secretary.

ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090. Applicants, 615 East Michigan 
Street; Milwaukee, WI 53202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lewis B. Reich, Senior Counsel, at 
(202) 551-6919, or Nadya B. Roytblat, Assistant Director, at (202) 551-
6821 (Office of Investment Company Regulation, Division of Investment 
Management).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the 
application. The complete application may be obtained for a fee at the 
Commission's Public Reference Branch,

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100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-0102 (telephone (202) 551-
5850).

Applicants' Representations

    1. The Trust, a Delaware statutory trust organized as a series 
investment company, is registered under the Act as an open-end 
management investment company and currently offers thirteen series, six 
of which are advised by the Adviser (``Funds'').\1\ The Adviser, a 
wholly-owned subsidiary of Envestnet Asset Management Group, Inc., is 
registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act 
of 1940 (``Advisers Act''), and serves as investment adviser to the 
Funds under an investment advisory agreement with the Trust (``Advisory 
Agreement'') that has been approved by the Trust's board of trustees 
(``Board''), including a majority of the trustees who are not 
``interested persons,'' as defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act, of 
either the Trust or the Adviser (``Independent Trustees''), as well as 
by the shareholders of each Fund.
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    \1\ Applicants also request relief with respect to future series 
of the Trust and any other existing or future registered open-end 
management investment company or series thereof that: (a) Is advised 
by the Adviser or a person controlling, controlled by, or under 
common control with the Adviser or its successors; (b) uses the 
management structure described in the application; and (c) complies 
with the terms and conditions of the application (included in the 
term ``Funds''). For purposes of the requested order, ``successor'' 
is limited to an entity or entities that result from a 
reorganization into another jurisdiction or a change in the type of 
business organization. The only existing registered open-end 
management investment company that currently intends to rely on the 
requested order is named as an applicant. If the name of any Fund 
contains the name of a Subadviser (as defined below), the name of 
the Adviser or the name of the entity controlling, controlled by, or 
under common control with the Adviser that serves as the primary 
adviser to the Fund will precede the name of the Subadviser.
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    2. Under the terms of the Advisory Agreement, the Adviser provides 
each Fund with overall management services and continuously reviews, 
supervises and administers each Fund's investment program, subject to 
the supervision of, and policies established by, the Board, and has the 
authority, subject to the approval of the Board and Fund shareholders, 
to enter into investment subadvisory agreements (``Subadvisory 
Agreements'') with one or more subadvisers (``Subadvisers''). The 
Adviser has entered into Subadvisory Agreements with various 
Subadvisers to provide investment advisory services to the Funds. Each 
Subadviser is, and every future Subadviser will be, registered as an 
investment adviser under the Advisers Act. The Adviser monitors and 
evaluates the Subadvisers and recommends to the Board their hiring, 
retention or termination. Subadvisers recommended to the Board by the 
Adviser are selected and approved by the Board, including a majority of 
the Independent Trustees. Each Subadviser has discretionary authority 
to invest the assets or a portion of the assets of a particular Fund. 
The Adviser compensates each Subadviser out of the fees paid to the 
Adviser under the Advisory Agreement.
    3. Applicants request an order to permit the Adviser, subject to 
Board approval, to enter into and materially amend Subadvisory 
Agreements without obtaining shareholder approval. The requested relief 
will not extend to any Subadviser that is an affiliated person, as 
defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act, of the Trust or of the Adviser, 
other than by reason of serving as a subadviser to one or more of the 
Funds (``Affiliated Subadviser'').
    4. Applicants also request an exemption from the various disclosure 
provisions described below that may require a Fund to disclose fees 
paid by the Adviser to each Subadviser. An exemption is requested to 
permit the Trust to disclose for each Fund (as both a dollar amount and 
as a percentage of each Fund's net assets): (a) The aggregate fees paid 
to the Adviser and any Affiliated Subadvisers; and (b) the aggregate 
fees paid to Subadvisers other than Affiliated Subadvisers (``Aggregate 
Fee Disclosure''). Any Fund that employs an Affiliated Subadviser will 
provide separate disclosure of any fees paid to the Affiliated 
Subadviser.

Applicants' Legal Analysis

    1. Section 15(a) of the Act provides, in relevant part, that is 
unlawful for any person to act as an investment adviser to a registered 
investment company except pursuant to a written contract that has been 
approved by a vote of a majority of the company's outstanding voting 
securities. Rule 18f-2 under the Act provides that each series or class 
of stock in a series investment company affected by a matter must 
approve that matter if the Act requires shareholder approval.
    2. Form N-1A is the registration statement used by open-end 
investment companies. Item 14(a)(3) of Form N-1A requires disclosure of 
the method and amount of the investment adviser's compensation.
    3. Rule 20a-1 under the Act requires proxies solicited with respect 
to an investment company to comply with Schedule 14A under the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``1934 Act''). Items 22(c)(1)(ii), 
22(c)(1)(iii), 22(c)(8) and 22(c)(9) of Schedule 14A, taken together, 
require a proxy statement for a shareholder meeting at which the 
advisory contract will be voted upon to include the ``rate of 
compensation of the investment adviser,'' the ``aggregate amount of the 
investment adviser's fees,'' a description of the ``terms of the 
contract to be acted upon,'' and, if a change in the advisory fee is 
proposed, the existing and proposed fees and the difference between the 
two fees.
    4. Form N-SAR is the semi-annual report filed with the Commission 
by registered investment companies. Item 48 of Form N-SAR requires 
investment companies to disclose the rate schedule for fees paid to 
their investment advisers, including the Subadvisers.
    5. Regulation S-X sets forth the requirements for financial 
statements required to be included as part of investment company 
registration statements and shareholder reports filed with the 
Commission. Sections 6-07(2)(a), (b), and (c) of Regulation S-X require 
that investment companies include in their financial statements 
information about investment advisory fees.
    6. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt 
any person, security, or transaction or any class or classes of 
persons, securities, or transactions from any provisions of the Act, or 
from any rule thereunder, if such exemption is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors 
and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the 
Act. Applicants state that their requested relief meets this standard 
for the reasons discussed below.
    7. Applicants assert that the shareholders rely on the Adviser's 
experience to select one or more Subadvisers best suited to achieve a 
Fund's investment objectives. Applicants assert that, from the 
perspective of the investor, the role of the Subadvisers is comparable 
to that of the individual portfolio managers employed by traditional 
investment company advisory firms. Applicants state that requiring 
shareholder approval of each Subadvisory Agreement would impose costs 
and unnecessary delays on the Funds, and may preclude the Adviser from 
acting promptly in a manner considered advisable by the Board. 
Applicants note that the Advisory Agreement and any Subadvisory 
Agreement with an Affiliated Subadviser will remain subject to section 
15(a) of the Act and rule 18f-2 under the Act.
    8. Applicants assert that some Subadvisers use a ``posted'' rate 
schedule to set their fees. Applicants state that while Subadvisers are 
willing

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to negotiate fees that are lower than those posted on the schedule, 
they are reluctant to do so where the fees are disclosed to other 
prospective and existing customers. Applicants submit that the 
requested relief will encourage potential Subadvisers to negotiate 
lower subadvisory fees with the Adviser.

Applicants' Conditions

    Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief will 
be subject to the following conditions:
    1. Before a Fund may rely on the order requested in the 
application, the operation of the Fund in the manner described in the 
application will be approved by a majority of the Fund's outstanding 
voting securities, as defined in the Act, or, in the case of a Fund 
whose public shareholders purchase shares on the basis of a prospectus 
containing the disclosure contemplated by condition 2 below, by the 
sole initial shareholder before offering the Fund's shares to the 
public.
    2. The prospectus for each Fund will disclose the existence, 
substance, and effect of any order granted pursuant to the Application. 
Each Fund will hold itself out to the public as employing the 
management structure described in the Application. The prospectus will 
prominently disclose that the Adviser has ultimate responsibility 
(subject to oversight by the Board) to oversee the Subadvisers and 
recommend their hiring, termination, and replacement.
    3. Within 90 days of the hiring of any new Subadviser, the affected 
Fund shareholders will be furnished all information about the new 
Subadviser that would be included in a proxy statement, except as 
modified to permit Aggregate Fee Disclosure. This information will 
include Aggregate Fee Disclosure and any change in that disclosure 
caused by the addition of the new Subadviser. To meet this obligation, 
the Fund will provide shareholders within 90 days of the hiring of a 
new Subadviser with an information statement meeting the requirements 
of Regulation 14C, Schedule 14C, and Item 22 of Schedule 14A under the 
1934 Act, except as modified by the order to permit Aggregate Fee 
Disclosure.
    4. The Adviser will not enter into a Subadvisory Agreement with any 
Affiliated Subadviser without that agreement, including the 
compensation to be paid thereunder, having been approved by the 
shareholders of the applicable Fund.
    5. At all times, at least a majority of the Board will be 
Independent Trustees, and the nomination of new or additional 
Independent Trustees will be placed within the discretion of the then-
existing Independent Trustees.
    6. When a Subadviser change is proposed for a Fund with an 
Affiliated Subadviser, the Board, including a majority of the 
Independent Trustees, will make a separate finding, reflected in the 
applicable Board minutes, that such change is in the best interests of 
the Fund and its shareholders and does not involve a conflict of 
interest from which the Adviser or the Affiliated Subadviser would 
derive an inappropriate advantage.
    7. Independent counsel, as defined in rule 0-1(a)(6) under the Act, 
will be engaged to represent the Independent Trustees. The selection of 
such counsel will be within the discretion of the then existing 
Independent Trustees.
    8. The Adviser will provide the Board, no less frequently than 
quarterly, with information about the profitability of the Adviser on a 
per-Fund basis. The information will reflect the impact on 
profitability of the hiring or termination of any Subadviser during the 
applicable quarter.
    9. Whenever a Subadviser is hired or terminated, the Adviser will 
provide the Board with information showing the expected impact on the 
profitability of the Adviser.
    10. The Adviser will provide general management services to each 
Fund, including overall supervisory responsibility for the general 
management and investment of the Fund's assets and, subject to review 
and approval of the Board, will (i) set each Fund's overall investment 
strategies; (ii) evaluate, select and recommend Subadvisers to manage 
all or part of a Fund's assets; (iii) when appropriate, allocate and 
reallocate a Fund's assets among multiple Subadvisers; (iv) monitor and 
evaluate the performance of Subadvisers; and (v) implement procedures 
reasonably designed to ensure that the Subadvisers comply with each 
Fund's investment objective, policies and restrictions.
    11. No director or officer of the Trust, or director or officer of 
the Adviser, will own directly or indirectly (other than through a 
pooled investment vehicle that is not controlled by such person) any 
interest in a Subadviser, except for (a) ownership of interests in the 
Adviser or any entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under 
common control with the Adviser; or (b) ownership of less than 1% of 
the outstanding securities of any class of equity or debt of a publicly 
traded company that is either a Subadviser or an entity that controls, 
is controlled by, or is under common control with a Subadviser.
    12. Each Fund will disclose in its registration statement the 
Aggregate Fee Disclosure.
    13. The requested order will expire on the effective date of Rule 
15a-5 under the Act, if adopted.

Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E7-17698 Filed 9-6-07; 8:45 am]
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