Curian Series Trust and Curian Capital, LLC; Notice of Application, 59455-59456 [2011-24590]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 186 / Monday, September 26, 2011 / Notices Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or send an email to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov . Dated: September 20, 2011. Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–24585 Filed 9–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Chief, at (202) 551–6821 (Division of Investment Management, Office of Investment Company Regulation). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained via the Commission’s Web site by searching for the file number, or an applicant using the Company name box, at http:// www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551–8090. Applicants’ Representations 1. The Trust is organized as a Massachusetts business trust and is Curian Series Trust and Curian Capital, registered under the Act as an open-end LLC; Notice of Application management investment company. The Trust is currently comprised of three AGENCY: Securities and Exchange separate series, Curian/PIMCO Total Commission (‘‘Commission’’). Return Fund, Curian/PIMCO Income ACTION: Notice of an application under section 6(c) of the Investment Company Fund, and Curian/WMC International Equity Fund (the ‘‘Initial Funds’’), each Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) for an exemption from section 15(a) of the Act with its own distinct investment objectives, policies and restrictions.1 and rule 18f–2 under the Act. Each Initial Fund currently employs an unaffiliated subadviser (each, a SUMMARY: The requested order would ‘‘Subadviser’’). permit certain registered open-end 2. The Adviser is registered as an management investment companies to investment adviser under the enter into and materially amend Investment Advisers Act of 1940 subadvisory agreements without (‘‘Advisers Act’’). The Adviser serves as shareholder approval. investment adviser to each Initial Fund Applicants: Curian Series Trust under an investment advisory (‘‘Trust’’) and Curian Capital, LLC (the agreement (‘‘Advisory Agreement’’) with ‘‘Adviser’’). DATES: Filing Dates: The application was the Trust. An Adviser will also serve as the investment adviser to any future filed on December 30, 2010, and Funds. Each Initial Fund’s Advisory amended on June 7, 2011 and Agreement was approved by the Trust’s September 16, 2011. Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An board of trustees (‘‘Board’’), including a majority of trustees who are not order granting the application will be ‘‘interested persons,’’ as defined in issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request section 2(a)(19) of the Act, of the Trust, the Adviser, or the Subadvisers a hearing by writing to the (‘‘Independent Trustees’’) and by that Commission’s Secretary and serving Fund’s shareholders. applicants with a copy of the request, 3. Under the terms of the Advisory personally or by mail. Hearing requests Agreement, and subject to the authority should be received by the Commission of the Board, the Adviser is responsible by 5:30 p.m. on October 14, 2011 and for the overall management of the Initial should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an 1 Applicants also request relief with respect to affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of future series of the Trust and any other existing or service. Hearing requests should state future registered open-end management investment the nature of the writer’s interest, the company or series thereof that: (a) is advised by the Adviser or any entity controlling, controlled by, or reasons for the request, and the issues under common control with the Adviser or its contested. Persons who wish to be successors (included in the term ‘‘Adviser’’); (b) notified of a hearing may request uses the manager of managers structure described notification by writing to the in the application (‘‘Manager of Managers Structure’’); and (c) complies with the terms and Commission’s Secretary. conditions of the application (together with the ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities Initial Funds, the ‘‘Funds’’). The only existing and Exchange Commission, 100 F registered open-end management investment company that currently intends to rely on the Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549– requested order is named as an applicant. If the 1090. Applicants, Curian Series Trust, name of any Fund contains the name of a 7601 Technology Way, Denver, CO Subadviser (as defined below), the name of the 80237. Adviser will precede the name of the Subadviser. For purposes of the requested order, ‘‘successor’’ is FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaea limited to any entity or entities that result from a F. Hahn, Senior Counsel at (202) 551– reorganization into another jurisdiction or a change in the type of business organization. 6870, or Jennifer L. Sawin, Branch jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Investment Company Act Release No. 29794; File No. 812–13855] VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Sep 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59455 Funds’ business affairs and selecting the Initial Funds’ investments in accordance with each Fund’s investment objectives, policies and restrictions. For the investment advisory services that it provides to the Initial Funds, the Adviser receives the fee specified in the Advisory Agreement from each Fund. Under the Advisory Agreement, the Adviser may retain one or more subadvisers for the purpose of managing the investment of the assets of the Funds. Pursuant to this authority, the Adviser has entered into investment subadvisory agreements (‘‘Subadvisory Agreements’’) with two Subadvisers to provide investment advisory services to the Initial Funds. Each Subadviser is and each future Subadviser will be registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act. The Adviser will obtain for the Funds the services of one or more Subadvisers, evaluate and allocate assets to, and oversee the Subadvisers, and make recommendations about their hiring, termination and replacement to the Board, at all times subject to the authority of the Board. The Subadvisers are expected to be compensated directly by each Fund.2 4. 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, a Fund or the Adviser (other than by reason of serving as a subadviser to one or more of the Funds) (‘‘Affiliated Subadviser’’). Applicants’ Legal Analysis 1. Section 15(a) of the Act provides, in relevant part, that it 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 the 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 company affected by a matter must approve such matter if the Act requires shareholder approval. 2. 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 provision of the Act, or from any rule thereunder, if and 2 It is possible that, in the future, a Subadviser to a Fund may be compensated by the Adviser out of the advisory fees the Adviser receives from the Fund. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 59456 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 186 / Monday, September 26, 2011 / Notices jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES to the extent that 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 believe that the requested relief meets this standard for the reasons discussed below. 3. Applicants state that the shareholders rely on the Adviser’s experience to select one or more Subadvisers best suited to achieve the Fund’s investment objectives. Applicants assert that, from the perspective of the investor, the role of the Subadvisers is substantially equivalent to that of the individual portfolio managers employed by the Adviser for Fund assets managed by the Adviser. Applicants contend that requiring shareholder approval of Subadvisory Agreements would impose costs and unnecessary delays on the Funds and may preclude the Adviser and the Board from acting promptly when a change in Subadvisers would benefit a Fund. Applicants note that each Advisory Agreement and any subadvisory agreement with an Affiliated Subadviser will remain subject to the shareholder approval requirements of section 15(a) and rule 18f–2 under the Act. Applicants’ Conditions Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief shall be subject to the following conditions: 1. Before a Fund may rely on the requested order, 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 initial shareholder(s) before offering shares of that Fund to the public. 2. Each Fund relying on the requested order will disclose in its prospectus the existence, substance, and effect of any order granted pursuant to the application. In addition, each Fund will hold itself out to the public as utilizing the Manager of Managers Structure. The prospectus will prominently disclose that the Adviser has the ultimate responsibility (subject to oversight by the Board) to oversee the Subadvisers and to recommend their hiring, termination and replacement. 3. Within 90 days of the hiring of a new Subadviser, shareholders of the affected Fund will be furnished all information about the new Subadviser VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Sep 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 that would be included in a proxy statement. To meet this condition, each affected Fund will provide shareholders with an information statement meeting the requirements of Regulation 14C, Schedule 14C and Item 22 of Schedule 14A under the 1934 Act. 4. The Adviser will not enter into a subadvisory agreement with any Affiliated Subadviser without such agreement, including the compensation to be paid thereunder, being 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 thenexisting Independent Trustees. 6. Whenever 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 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 derives an inappropriate advantage. 7. The Adviser will provide general management services to each Fund, including overall supervisory responsibility for the general management and investment of each Fund’s assets, and, subject to the review and approval by the Board, will: (a) Set each Fund’s overall investment strategies; (b) evaluate, select and recommend Subadvisers to manage all or part of each Fund’s assets; (c) allocate and, when appropriate, reallocate each Fund’s assets among one or more Subadvisers; (d) monitor and evaluate the performance of Subadvisers; and (e) implement procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the Subadvisers comply with each Fund’s investment objective, policies and restrictions. 8. No trustee or officer of the Trust or the Fund, or director, manager 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 any publiclytraded company that is either a Subadviser or an entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with a Subadviser. 9. For Funds that pay subadvisory fees directly from Fund assets, any PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 changes to a Subadvisory Agreement that would result in an increase in the total management and advisory fees payable by a Fund will be required to be approved by the shareholders of that Fund. 10. In the event that the Commission adopts a rule under the Act providing substantially similar relief to that in the order requested in the application, the requested order will expire on the effective date of that rule. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Dated: September 19, 2011. Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–24590 Filed 9–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 29793; 812–13866] ASGI Agility Income Fund, et al.; Notice of Application September 19, 2011. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice of an application under section 6(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) for an exemption from sections 18(c) and 18(i) of the Act and for an order pursuant to section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d– 1 under the Act. AGENCY: Applicants request an order to permit certain registered closed-end management investment companies to issue multiple classes of shares and to impose assetbased distribution and service fees and contingent deferred sales loads (‘‘CDSCs’’). APPLICANTS: ASGI Agility Income Fund (‘‘Agility Fund’’), ASGI Aurora Opportunities Fund, LLC (‘‘Aurora Fund’’), and ASGI Corbin Multi-Strategy Fund, LLC (‘‘Corbin Fund’’) (each a ‘‘Fund’’ and collectively, the ‘‘Funds’’), Alternative Strategies Group, Inc. (the ‘‘Adviser’’) and Alternative Strategies Brokerage Services, Inc. (the ‘‘Placement Agent’’). FILING DATES: The application was filed on February 8, 2011, and amended on June 24, 2011 and September 16, 2011. HEARING OR NOTIFICATION OF HEARING: An order granting the requested relief will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission’s Secretary and serving SUMMARY OF APPLICATION: E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 29794; File No. 812-13855]


Curian Series Trust and Curian Capital, LLC; Notice of 
Application

AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

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

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SUMMARY: The requested order would permit certain registered open-end 
management investment companies to enter into and materially amend 
subadvisory agreements without shareholder approval.
    Applicants: Curian Series Trust (``Trust'') and Curian Capital, LLC 
(the ``Adviser'').

DATES: Filing Dates: The application was filed on December 30, 2010, 
and amended on June 7, 2011 and September 16, 2011.
    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 October 14, 2011 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 reasons for the request, and the issues 
contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request 
notification by writing to the Commission's Secretary.

ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090. Applicants, Curian Series 
Trust, 7601 Technology Way, Denver, CO 80237.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaea F. Hahn, Senior Counsel at (202) 
551-6870, or Jennifer L. Sawin, Branch Chief, at (202) 551-6821 
(Division of Investment Management, Office of Investment Company 
Regulation).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the 
application. The complete application may be obtained via the 
Commission's Web site by searching for the file number, or an applicant 
using the Company name box, at http://www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or 
by calling (202) 551-8090.

Applicants' Representations

    1. The Trust is organized as a Massachusetts business trust and is 
registered under the Act as an open-end management investment company. 
The Trust is currently comprised of three separate series, Curian/PIMCO 
Total Return Fund, Curian/PIMCO Income Fund, and Curian/WMC 
International Equity Fund (the ``Initial Funds''), each with its own 
distinct investment objectives, policies and restrictions.\1\ Each 
Initial Fund currently employs an unaffiliated subadviser (each, a 
``Subadviser'').
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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 any entity controlling, controlled by, or under 
common control with the Adviser or its successors (included in the 
term ``Adviser''); (b) uses the manager of managers structure 
described in the application (``Manager of Managers Structure''); 
and (c) complies with the terms and conditions of the application 
(together with the Initial Funds, the ``Funds''). 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 will precede the name of the 
Subadviser. For purposes of the requested order, ``successor'' is 
limited to any entity or entities that result from a reorganization 
into another jurisdiction or a change in the type of business 
organization.
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    2. The Adviser is registered as an investment adviser under the 
Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (``Advisers Act''). The Adviser serves 
as investment adviser to each Initial Fund under an investment advisory 
agreement (``Advisory Agreement'') with the Trust. An Adviser will also 
serve as the investment adviser to any future Funds. Each Initial 
Fund's Advisory Agreement was approved by the Trust's board of trustees 
(``Board''), including a majority of trustees who are not ``interested 
persons,'' as defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act, of the Trust, the 
Adviser, or the Subadvisers (``Independent Trustees'') and by that 
Fund's shareholders.
    3. Under the terms of the Advisory Agreement, and subject to the 
authority of the Board, the Adviser is responsible for the overall 
management of the Initial Funds' business affairs and selecting the 
Initial Funds' investments in accordance with each Fund's investment 
objectives, policies and restrictions. For the investment advisory 
services that it provides to the Initial Funds, the Adviser receives 
the fee specified in the Advisory Agreement from each Fund. Under the 
Advisory Agreement, the Adviser may retain one or more subadvisers for 
the purpose of managing the investment of the assets of the Funds. 
Pursuant to this authority, the Adviser has entered into investment 
subadvisory agreements (``Subadvisory Agreements'') with two 
Subadvisers to provide investment advisory services to the Initial 
Funds. Each Subadviser is and each future Subadviser will be registered 
as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act. The Adviser will 
obtain for the Funds the services of one or more Subadvisers, evaluate 
and allocate assets to, and oversee the Subadvisers, and make 
recommendations about their hiring, termination and replacement to the 
Board, at all times subject to the authority of the Board. The 
Subadvisers are expected to be compensated directly by each Fund.\2\
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    \2\ It is possible that, in the future, a Subadviser to a Fund 
may be compensated by the Adviser out of the advisory fees the 
Adviser receives from the Fund.
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    4. 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, a Fund or the 
Adviser (other than by reason of serving as a subadviser to one or more 
of the Funds) (``Affiliated Subadviser'').

Applicants' Legal Analysis

    1. Section 15(a) of the Act provides, in relevant part, that it 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 the 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 company affected by a matter must approve such 
matter if the Act requires shareholder approval.
    2. 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 provision of the Act, or 
from any rule thereunder, if and

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to the extent that 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 believe that the requested relief meets this standard for 
the reasons discussed below.
    3. Applicants state that the shareholders rely on the Adviser's 
experience to select one or more Subadvisers best suited to achieve the 
Fund's investment objectives. Applicants assert that, from the 
perspective of the investor, the role of the Subadvisers is 
substantially equivalent to that of the individual portfolio managers 
employed by the Adviser for Fund assets managed by the Adviser. 
Applicants contend that requiring shareholder approval of Subadvisory 
Agreements would impose costs and unnecessary delays on the Funds and 
may preclude the Adviser and the Board from acting promptly when a 
change in Subadvisers would benefit a Fund. Applicants note that each 
Advisory Agreement and any subadvisory agreement with an Affiliated 
Subadviser will remain subject to the shareholder approval requirements 
of section 15(a) and rule 18f-2 under the Act.

Applicants' Conditions

    Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief shall 
be subject to the following conditions:
    1. Before a Fund may rely on the requested order, 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 initial shareholder(s) before 
offering shares of that Fund to the public.
    2. Each Fund relying on the requested order will disclose in its 
prospectus the existence, substance, and effect of any order granted 
pursuant to the application. In addition, each Fund will hold itself 
out to the public as utilizing the Manager of Managers Structure. The 
prospectus will prominently disclose that the Adviser has the ultimate 
responsibility (subject to oversight by the Board) to oversee the 
Subadvisers and to recommend their hiring, termination and replacement.
    3. Within 90 days of the hiring of a new Subadviser, shareholders 
of the affected Fund will be furnished all information about the new 
Subadviser that would be included in a proxy statement. To meet this 
condition, each affected Fund will provide shareholders with an 
information statement meeting the requirements of Regulation 14C, 
Schedule 14C and Item 22 of Schedule 14A under the 1934 Act.
    4. The Adviser will not enter into a subadvisory agreement with any 
Affiliated Subadviser without such agreement, including the 
compensation to be paid thereunder, being 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. Whenever 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 
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 derives an inappropriate 
advantage.
    7. The Adviser will provide general management services to each 
Fund, including overall supervisory responsibility for the general 
management and investment of each Fund's assets, and, subject to the 
review and approval by the Board, will: (a) Set each Fund's overall 
investment strategies; (b) evaluate, select and recommend Subadvisers 
to manage all or part of each Fund's assets; (c) allocate and, when 
appropriate, reallocate each Fund's assets among one or more 
Subadvisers; (d) monitor and evaluate the performance of Subadvisers; 
and (e) implement procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the 
Subadvisers comply with each Fund's investment objective, policies and 
restrictions.
    8. No trustee or officer of the Trust or the Fund, or director, 
manager 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 any publicly-traded company that is either a Subadviser or an 
entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with 
a Subadviser.
    9. For Funds that pay subadvisory fees directly from Fund assets, 
any changes to a Subadvisory Agreement that would result in an increase 
in the total management and advisory fees payable by a Fund will be 
required to be approved by the shareholders of that Fund.
    10. In the event that the Commission adopts a rule under the Act 
providing substantially similar relief to that in the order requested 
in the application, the requested order will expire on the effective 
date of that rule.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
under delegated authority.

    Dated: September 19, 2011.
Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-24590 Filed 9-23-11; 8:45 am]
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