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Rules and Regulations
promulgated
under the
Investment Company Act of 1940





Rule 15a-4 -- Temporary Exemption for Certain Investment Advisers


  1. For purposes of this section:

    1. Fund means an investment company, and includes a separate series of the company.

    2. Interim contract means a written investment advisory contract:

      1. That has not been approved by a majority of the fund's outstanding voting securities; and

      2. That has a duration no greater than 150 days following the date on which the previous contract terminates.

    3. Previous contract means an investment advisory contract that has been approved by a majority of the fund's outstanding voting securities and has been terminated.

  2. Notwithstanding section 15(a) of the Act, a person may act as investment adviser for a fund under an interim contract after the termination of a previous contract as provided in paragraphs (b)(1) or (b)(2) of this section:

    1. In the case of a previous contract terminated by an event described in section 15(a)(3) of the Act, by the failure to renew the previous contract, or by an assignment (other than an assignment by an investment adviser or a controlling person of the investment adviser in connection with which assignment the investment adviser or a controlling person directly or indirectly receives money or other benefit):

      1. The compensation to be received under the interim contract is no greater than the compensation the adviser would have received under the previous contract; and

      2. The fund's board of directors, including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund, has approved the interim contract within 10 business days after the termination, at a meeting in which directors may participate by any means of communication that allows all directors participating to hear each other simultaneously during the meeting.

    2. In the case of a previous contract terminated by an assignment by an investment adviser or a controlling person of the investment adviser in connection with which assignment the investment adviser or a controlling person directly or indirectly receives money or other benefit:

      1. The compensation to be received under the interim contract is no greater than the compensation the adviser would have received under the previous contract;

      2. The board of directors, including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund, has voted in person to approve the interim contract before the previous contract is terminated;

      3. The board of directors, including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund, determines that the scope and quality of services to be provided to the fund under the interim contract will be at least equivalent to the scope and quality of services provided under the previous contract;

      4. The interim contract provides that the fund's board of directors or a majority of the fund's outstanding voting securities may terminate the contract at any time, without the payment of any penalty, on not more than 10 calendar days' written notice to the investment adviser;

      5. The interim contract contains the same terms and conditions as the previous contract, with the exception of its effective and termination dates, provisions governed by paragraphs (b)(2)(i), (b)(2)(iv), and (b)(2)(vi) of this section, and any other differences in terms and conditions that the board of directors, including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund, finds to be immaterial;

      6. The interim contract contains the following provisions:

        1. The compensation earned under the contract will be held in an interest-bearing escrow account with the fund's custodian or a bank;

        2. If a majority of the fund's outstanding voting securities approve a contract with the investment adviser by the end of the 150-day period, the amount in the escrow account (including interest earned) will be paid to the investment adviser; and

        3. If a majority of the fund's outstanding voting securities do not approve a contract with the investment adviser, the investment adviser will be paid, out of the escrow account, the lesser of:

          1. Any costs incurred in performing the interim contract (plus interest earned on that amount while in escrow); or

          2. The total amount in the escrow account (plus interest earned); and

      7. The board of directors of the investment fund company satisfies the fund governance standards defined in rule Rule 0-1(a)(7).


Regulatory History


45 FR 1861, Jan. 9, 1980; 64 FR 68019, 68023, Dec. 6, 1999; 66 FR 3734, 3758, Jan. 16, 2001; 69 FR 46378, 46389, Aug. 2, 2004.

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