From the Editor...
Happy 2022 to you! It's a New Year, and especially as we've discovered in the past few years, anything is possible. That said, we do know some things that are coming down the pike (new rule implementations and requests for comment on rule proposals, an intensifying focus on diversity, changes in market/product structure, and more). Rachael Schwartz from Sullivan & Worcester LLP has done a great job laying out what fund boards might expect this year. Don't miss our first Viewpoints of the year.
Another new development that was announced just before the Christmas holiday was the naming of William Birdthistle as director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management. The industry had been somewhat frustrated at the delay in naming a permanent new head, so many months after former director Dalia Blass departed the agency. A career academic, Birdthistle has a different background from recent directors of DIM, and industry participants are eager to see how he'll operate in the position.
New this year for our readers is our 10in10 series on regulation in the investment management industry that we launched last Monday. Industry veteran Buddy Donohue, along with Kim Kaufman from Proskauer Rose LLP, are examining the 10 most significant regulatory changes that happened between 2010 and 2020; each week, they'll tackle a new topic. Make sure to read the first installment on money market funds and the second on reporting modernization.
This time of year is typically one of change inside boardrooms, and 2022 isn't any different so far. Hartford Funds has a new independent chair and a new director, and Morgan Stanley Funds has nominated two new independent directors.
Finally, be sure to download your copy of our annual Viewpoints e-book. It includes all of the contributed articles we ran in 2021 and is a great resource to have on hand.
We sure hope 2022 has started off happy and healthy for all of our readers and friends in the industry. And, we hope to see you (in person) soon!
Hillary Jackson, founding editor