[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 18 (Monday, January 28, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5841-5846]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01644]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 30353; File No. 812-14082]


Symetra Life Insurance Company, et al.; Notice of Application

January 22, 2013.
AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice of application for an order under section 12(d)(1)(J) of 
the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the ``Act''), for an 
exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act, under sections 
6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from section 17(a) of the 
Act, and under section 6(c) of the Act for an exemption from rule 12d1-
2(a) under the Act.

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Summary of the Application: Applicants request an order that would (a) 
permit certain series of registered open-end management investment 
companies to acquire shares of other registered open-end management 
investment companies and unit investment trusts (``UITs'') that are 
within or outside the same ``group of investment companies,'' as 
defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as the acquiring company 
and (b) permit certain series of registered open-end management 
investment companies relying on rule 12d1-2 under the Act to invest in 
certain financial instruments.

Applicants: Symetra Life Insurance Company (``Symetra''), First Symetra 
National Life Insurance Company of New York (``First Symetra of NY'' 
and collectively with Symetra and any insurance company controlling, 
controlled by, or under common control with Symetra and First Symetra 
of NY, the ``Insurance Companies''), Symetra Investment Management, 
Inc. (the ``Manager''), Symetra Mutual Funds Trust (the ``Trust''), and 
Symetra Securities Inc. (the ``Distributor'').

DATES: Filing Dates: The application was filed on October 3, 2012 and 
amended on January 8, 2013.

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 February 18, 2013, 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 
notification by writing to the Commission's Secretary.

ADDRESSES: The Commission: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange 
Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090; Applicants: 
Symetra Life Insurance Company, Symetra Investment Management, Inc., 
Symetra Mutual Funds Trust, and Symetra Securities,

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Inc., 777 108th Avenue NE., Suite 1200, Bellevue, WA 98004, and First 
Symetra National Life Insurance Company of New York, 260 Madison 
Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill Ehrlich, Senior Counsel, at (202) 
551-6819, or David P. Bartels, Branch Chief, 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 via the 
Commission's Web site by searching for the file number, or for 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 a Delaware statutory trust, registered under the 
Act as an open-end management investment company, and is comprised of 
multiple series, each of which has its own investment objective, 
policies and restrictions.\1\ Shares of the Series are not offered 
directly to the public. Shares of the Series are offered through 
separate accounts of the Insurance Companies that are registered as 
UITs under the Act (``Registered Separate Accounts'') or that are 
exempt from registration under the Act (``Unregistered Separate 
Accounts,'' and together with the Registered Separate Accounts, 
``Separate Accounts'') and serve as the underlying funding vehicles for 
the variable life insurance contracts and variable annuity contracts 
(the ``Contracts'') issued by the Insurance Companies. Shares of the 
Series may also be offered to qualified pension and retirement plans, 
certain of the general accounts of the Insurance Companies, or to other 
Series.
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    \1\ Applicants request that the order extend to any existing or 
future Series of the Trust and any existing or future registered 
open-end management investment company or series thereof that 
currently or subsequently is part of the same ``group of investment 
companies,'' as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as 
the Trust, and is, or will be, advised by the Manager or any other 
investment adviser controlling, controlled by, or under common 
control with the Manager (each, a ``Series''). All entities that 
currently intend to rely on the requested order are named as 
applicants. Any other entity that relies on the order in the future 
will comply with the terms and conditions of the application.
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    2. The Manager is a Washington corporation registered as an 
investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as 
amended (the ``Advisers Act'') and serves as investment adviser to the 
Series. The Manager is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Symetra Financial 
Corporation and is an affiliate of Symetra and First Symetra of NY.
    3. The Distributor is a Washington corporation and serves as the 
Trust's principal underwriter and distributor. The Distributor is 
registered as a broker-dealer with the Commission and is a member of 
the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (``FINRA''). The 
Distributor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Symetra Financial 
Corporation and is an affiliate of Symetra and First Symetra of NY. The 
Distributor also serves as the distributor for the Contracts.
    4. Applicants request relief to permit: (a) Certain Series (each, a 
``Fund of Funds,'' and collectively, the ``Funds of Funds'') to acquire 
shares of registered open-end management investment companies and UITs 
that are not part of the same ``group of investment companies,'' as 
defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as the Funds of Funds 
(the ``Unaffiliated Investment Companies'' and ``Unaffiliated Trusts,'' 
respectively, and together, the ``Unaffiliated Funds''); \2\ (b) the 
Unaffiliated Investment Companies, their principal underwriters and any 
broker or dealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 
as amended (the ``Exchange Act'', and any such broker or dealer, a 
``Broker''), to sell shares of the Unaffiliated Investment Companies to 
the Funds of Funds in excess of the limitations in section 12(d)(1)(B) 
of the Act; (c) the Funds of Funds to acquire shares of certain other 
Series in the same ``group of investment companies,'' as defined in 
section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as the Fund of Funds (the 
``Affiliated Funds,'' and together with the Unaffiliated Funds, the 
``Underlying Funds''); \3\ and (d) the Affiliated Funds, their 
principal underwriters and any Broker to sell shares of the Affiliated 
Funds to the Fund of Funds in excess of the limitations in section 
12(d)(1)(B) of the Act. Applicants also request an order under sections 
6(c) and 17(b) of the Act exempting the transactions described in (a) 
through (d) above from section 17(a) of the Act to the extent necessary 
to permit an Underlying Fund that is an affiliated person of a Fund of 
Funds to sell its shares to, and redeem its shares from, the Fund of 
Funds.
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    \2\ Certain of the Unaffiliated Funds may have received 
exemptive relief or are otherwise permitted to list and trade their 
shares on a national securities exchange at negotiated prices 
(``ETFs'').
    \3\ Certain of the Underlying Funds may pursue their investment 
objectives through a master-feeder arrangement in reliance on 
section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act. In accordance with condition A.12, a 
Fund of Funds may not invest in an Underlying Fund that operates as 
a feeder fund unless the feeder fund is part of the same ``group of 
investment companies,'' as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the 
Act, as its corresponding master fund or the Fund of Funds. If a 
Fund of Funds invests in an Affiliated Fund that operates as a 
feeder fund and the corresponding master fund is not within the same 
``group of investment companies,'' as defined in section 
12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as the Fund of Funds and Affiliated 
Fund, the master fund would be an Unaffiliated Fund for purposes of 
the application and its conditions.
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    5. Applicants also request an exemption to the extent necessary to 
permit a Fund of Funds that invests in Underlying Funds in reliance on 
section 12(d)(1)(G) of the Act (a ``Section 12(d)(1)(G) Fund of 
Funds''), and that is eligible to invest in securities (as defined in 
section 2(a)(36) of the Act) in reliance on rule 12d1-2 under the Act, 
to also invest, to the extent consistent with its investment 
objectives, policies, strategies and limitations, in financial 
instruments that may not be securities within the meaning of section 
2(a)(36) of the Act (``Other Investments'').

Applicants' Legal Analysis

A. Investments in Underlying Funds--Section 12(d)(1)

    1. Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act prohibits a registered investment 
company (an ``acquiring company'') from acquiring shares of another 
investment company (an ``acquired company'') if the securities 
represent more than 3% of the total outstanding voting stock of the 
acquired company, more than 5% of the total assets of the acquiring 
company, or, together with the securities of any other investment 
companies, more than 10% of the total assets of the acquiring company. 
Section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act prohibits a registered open-end 
investment company, its principal underwriter and any Broker from 
selling the shares of the investment company to another investment 
company if the sale will cause the acquiring company to own more than 
3% of the acquired company's voting stock, or if the sale will cause 
more than 10% of the acquired company's voting stock to be owned by 
investment companies generally.
    2. Section 12(d)(1)(J) 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 section 
12(d)(1) of the Act if the exemption is consistent with the public 
interest and the protection of investors. Applicants seek an exemption 
under section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act from the limitations of sections 
12(d)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act to the extent necessary to permit the 
Funds of Funds to acquire shares of the Underlying Funds in excess of 
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in section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act and to permit the Unaffiliated 
Investment Companies and Affiliated Funds, their principal underwriters 
and any Broker to sell shares of the Unaffiliated Investment Companies 
and Affiliated Funds to the Funds of Funds in excess of the limits set 
forth in section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act.
    3. Applicants state that the proposed arrangement will not give 
rise to the policy concerns underlying sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (B) of 
the Act, which include concerns about undue influence by a Fund of 
Funds or its affiliated persons over the Underlying Funds, excessive 
layering of fees, and overly complex fund structures. Accordingly, 
applicants believe that the requested exemption is consistent with the 
public interest and the protection of investors.
    4. Applicants state that the proposed arrangement will not result 
in undue influence by a Fund of Funds or its affiliated persons over 
the Underlying Funds. The concern about undue influence does not arise 
in connection with a Fund of Funds' investment in the Affiliated Funds, 
since the Affiliated Funds are part of the same ``group of investment 
companies,'' as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as the 
Funds of Funds. To limit the control that a Fund of Funds or its 
affiliated persons may have over an Unaffiliated Fund, applicants state 
that condition A.1 prohibits the Group \4\ and the Subadviser Group \5\ 
from controlling (individually or in the aggregate) an Unaffiliated 
Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act.
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    \4\ The Manager and any person controlling, controlled by or 
under common control with the Manager, any investment company and 
any issuer that would be an investment company but for section 
3(c)(1) or section 3(c)(7) of the Act advised or sponsored by the 
Manager or any person controlling, controlled by or under common 
control with the Manager are, collectively, the ``Group.''
    \5\ Any investment adviser within the meaning of section 
2(a)(20)(B) of the Act to a Fund of Funds (each, a ``Subadviser''), 
any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with a 
Subadviser, and any investment company or issuer that would be an 
investment company but for section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act (or 
portion of such investment company or issuer) advised or sponsored 
by a Subadviser or any person controlling, controlled by or under 
common control with the Subadviser are, collectively, the 
``Subadviser Group.''
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    5. Applicants further state that condition A.2 precludes a Fund of 
Funds, the Manager, Subadviser, promoter or principal underwriter of a 
Fund of Funds, and any person controlling, controlled by or under 
common control with any of those entities (each, a ``Fund of Funds 
Affiliate'') from taking advantage of an Unaffiliated Fund, with 
respect to transactions between the Fund of Funds or a Fund of Funds 
Affiliate and the Unaffiliated Fund or the Unaffiliated Fund's 
investment adviser(s), sponsor, promoter, principal underwriter and any 
person controlling, controlled by or under common control with any of 
those entities (each, an ``Unaffiliated Fund Affiliate'').
    6. Condition A.5 precludes a Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds 
Affiliate (except to the extent it is acting in its capacity as an 
investment adviser to an Unaffiliated Investment Company or sponsor to 
an Unaffiliated Trust) from causing an Unaffiliated Fund to purchase a 
security in an offering of securities during the existence of any 
underwriting or selling syndicate of which a principal underwriter is 
an Underwriting Affiliate (an ``Affiliated Underwriting'').\6\
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    \6\ An ``Underwriting Affiliate'' is an officer, director, 
member of an advisory board, Manager, Subadviser, or employee of the 
Fund of Funds, or a person of which any such officer, director, 
Manager, Subadviser, member of an advisory board, or employee is an 
affiliated person. However, any person whose relationship to the 
Unaffiliated Fund is covered by section 10(f) of the Act is not an 
Underwriting Affiliate.
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    7. As an additional assurance that an Unaffiliated Investment 
Company understands the implications of an investment by a Fund of 
Funds under the requested order, prior to an investment in the shares 
of the Unaffiliated Investment Company in excess of the limit in 
section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the Fund of Funds and the 
Unaffiliated Investment Company will execute an agreement (the 
``Participation Agreement'') stating, without limitation, that their 
respective boards of directors or trustees (for any entity, the 
``Board'') and their investment advisers understand the terms and 
conditions of the order and agree to fulfill their respective 
responsibilities under the order. Applicants note that an Unaffiliated 
Investment Company (other than an ETF whose shares are purchased by a 
Fund of Funds in the secondary market) will retain the right at all 
times to reject any investment by a Fund of Funds.\7\
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    \7\ An Unaffiliated Investment Company, including an ETF, would 
retain its right to reject any initial investment by a Fund of Funds 
in excess of the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act by 
declining to execute the Participation Agreement with the Fund of 
Funds.
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    8. Applicants do not believe that the proposed arrangement will 
involve excessive layering of fees. With respect to investment advisory 
fees, applicants state that, in connection with the approval of any 
investment advisory contract under section 15 of the Act, the Board of 
the Fund, including a majority of the trustees who are not ``interested 
persons,'' as defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (for any Board, 
the ``Independent Trustees''), will find that the advisory fees charged 
to a Fund of Funds under the advisory contract are based on services 
provided that are in addition to, rather than duplicative of, services 
provided pursuant to any Underlying Fund's advisory contract(s). 
Applicants further state that the Manager will waive fees otherwise 
payable to it by a Fund of Funds in an amount at least equal to any 
compensation (including fees received pursuant to any plan adopted by 
an Unaffiliated Investment Company pursuant to rule 12b-1 under the 
Act) received from an Unaffiliated Fund by the Manager, or an 
affiliated person of the Manager, other than any advisory fees paid to 
the Manager or an affiliated person of the Manager by an Unaffiliated 
Investment Company, in connection with the investment by the Fund of 
Funds in the Unaffiliated Fund.
    9. Applicants state that, with respect to Registered Separate 
Accounts that invest in a Fund of Funds, no sales load will be charged 
at the Fund of Funds level or at the Underlying Fund level. Other sales 
charges and service fees, as defined in Rule 2830 of the Conduct Rules 
of the NASD (``NASD Conduct Rule 2830''),\8\ if any, will be charged 
either at the Fund of Funds level or at the Underlying Fund level, not 
both. With respect to other investments in a Fund of Funds, any sales 
charges and/or service fees charged with respect to shares of the Fund 
of Funds will not exceed the limits applicable to funds of funds as set 
forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830.
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    \8\ Any references to NASD Conduct Rule 2830 include any 
successor or replacement rule to NASD Conduct Rule 2830 that may be 
adopted by FINRA.
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    10. Applicants represent that each Fund of Funds will represent in 
the Participation Agreement that no Insurance Company sponsoring a 
Registered Separate Account funding Contracts will be permitted to 
invest in the Fund of Funds unless the Insurance Company has certified 
to the Fund of Funds that the aggregate of all fees and charges 
associated with each Contract that invests in the Fund of Funds, 
including fees and charges at the Separate Account, Fund of Funds, and 
Underlying Fund levels, is reasonable in relation to the services 
rendered, the expenses expected to be incurred, and the risks assumed 
by the Insurance Company.
    11. Applicants state that the proposed arrangement will not create 
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that an Underlying Fund will be prohibited from acquiring securities of 
any investment company or company relying on section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) 
of the Act in excess of the limits contained in section 12(d)(1)(A) of 
the Act, except to the extent that such Underlying Fund: (a) Acquires 
such securities in compliance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act and 
either is an Affiliated Fund or is in the same ``group of investment 
companies,'' as defined in Section 12(d)(G)(ii) of the Act, as its 
corresponding master fund; (b) receives securities of another 
investment company as a dividend or as a result of a plan of 
reorganization of a company (other than a plan devised for the purpose 
of evading section 12(d)(1) of the Act); or (c) acquires (or is deemed 
to have acquired) securities of another investment company pursuant to 
exemptive relief from the Commission permitting such Underlying Fund 
to: (i) Acquire securities of one or more investment companies for 
short-term cash management purposes, or (ii) engage in interfund 
borrowing and lending transactions.

B. Investments in Underlying Funds--Section 17(a)

    1. Section 17(a) of the Act generally prohibits sales or purchases 
of securities between a registered investment company and its 
affiliated persons or affiliated persons of such persons. Section 
2(a)(3) of the Act defines an ``affiliated person'' of another person 
to include (a) any person directly or indirectly owning, controlling, 
or holding with power to vote, 5% or more of the outstanding voting 
securities of the other person; (b) any person 5% or more of whose 
outstanding voting securities are directly or indirectly owned, 
controlled, or held with power to vote by the other person; and (c) any 
person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under 
common control with the other person.
    2. Applicants state that the Funds of Funds and the Affiliated 
Funds may be deemed to be under common control and therefore affiliated 
persons of one another. Applicants also state that the Funds of Funds 
and the Underlying Funds may be deemed to be affiliated persons of one 
another if a Fund of Funds acquires 5% or more of an Underlying Fund's 
outstanding voting securities. In light of these possible affiliations, 
section 17(a) of the Act could prevent an Underlying Fund from selling 
shares to, and redeeming shares from, a Fund of Funds.\9\
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    \9\ Applicants acknowledge that receipt of any compensation by 
(a) an affiliated person of a Fund of Funds, or an affiliated person 
of such person, for the purchase by the Fund of Funds of shares of 
an Underlying Fund or (b) an affiliated person of an Underlying 
Fund, or an affiliated person of such person, for the sale by the 
Underlying Fund of its shares to a Fund of Funds may be prohibited 
by section 17(e)(1) of the Act. The Participation Agreement also 
will include this acknowledgement.
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    3. Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to grant an 
order permitting a transaction otherwise prohibited by section 17(a) of 
the Act if it finds that (a) the terms of the proposed transaction are 
fair and reasonable and do not involve overreaching on the part of any 
person concerned; (b) the proposed transaction is consistent with the 
policies of each registered investment company involved; and (c) the 
proposed transaction is consistent with the general purposes of the 
Act. Section 6(c) of the Act permits the Commission to exempt any 
person or transactions from any provision of the Act 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.
    4. Applicants submit that the proposed transactions satisfy the 
standards for relief under sections 17(b) and 6(c) of the Act, as the 
terms are fair and reasonable and do not involve overreaching. 
Applicants state that the terms upon which an Underlying Fund will sell 
its shares to or purchase its shares from a Fund of Funds will be based 
on the net asset value of each Underlying Fund.\10\ Applicants also 
state that the proposed transactions will be consistent with the 
policies of each Fund of Funds and Underlying Fund, and with the 
general purposes of the Act.
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    \10\ To the extent purchases and sales of shares of an ETF occur 
in the secondary market (and not through principal transactions 
directly between a Fund of Funds and an ETF), relief from section 
17(a) of the Act would not be necessary. The requested relief is 
intended to cover, however, transactions directly between ETFs and a 
Fund of Funds. Applicants are not seeking relief from section 17(a) 
for, and the requested relief will not apply to, transactions where 
an ETF could be deemed an affiliated person, or an affiliated person 
of an affiliated person, of a Fund of Funds because the investment 
adviser to the ETF or an entity controlling, controlled by or under 
common control with the investment adviser to the ETF is an 
investment adviser to the Fund of Funds.
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C. Other Investments by Section 12(d)(1)(G) Funds of Funds

    1. Section 12(d)(1)(G) of the Act provides that section 12(d)(1) 
will not apply to securities of an acquired company purchased by an 
acquiring company if: (i) The acquiring company and acquired company 
are part of the same ``group of investment companies,'' as defined in 
section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act; (ii) the acquiring company holds 
only securities of acquired companies that are part of the same ``group 
of investment companies,'' as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the 
Act, government securities, and short-term paper; (iii) the aggregate 
sales loads and distribution-related fees of the acquiring company and 
the acquired company are not excessive under rules adopted pursuant to 
section 22(b) or section 22(c) of the Act by a securities association 
registered under section 15A of the Exchange Act or by the Commission; 
and (iv) the acquired company has a policy that prohibits it from 
acquiring securities of registered open-end management investment 
companies or registered UITs in reliance on section 12(d)(1)(F) or (G) 
of the Act.
    2. Rule 12d1-2 under the Act permits a registered open-end 
investment company or a registered UIT that relies on section 
12(d)(1)(G) of the Act to acquire, in addition to securities issued by 
another registered investment company in the same group of investment 
companies, government securities, and short-term paper: (1) Securities 
issued by an investment company that is not in the same group of 
investment companies, when the acquisition is in reliance on section 
12(d)(1)(A) or 12(d)(1)(F) of the Act; (2) securities (other than 
securities issued by an investment company); and (3) securities issued 
by a money market fund, when the investment is in reliance on rule 
12d1-1 under the Act. For the purposes of rule 12d1-2, ``securities'' 
means any security as defined in section 2(a)(36) of the Act.
    3. Applicants state that the proposed arrangement would comply with 
the provisions of rule 12d1-2 under the Act, but for the fact that the 
Section 12(d)(1)(G) Funds of Funds may invest a portion of their assets 
in Other Investments. Applicants request an order under section 6(c) of 
the Act for an exemption from rule 12d1-2(a) to allow the Section 
12(d)(1)(G) Funds of Funds to invest in Other Investments. Applicants 
assert that permitting the Section 12(d)(1)(G) Funds of Funds to invest 
in Other Investments as described in the application would not raise 
any of the concerns that the requirements of section 12(d)(1) of the 
Act were designed to address.
    4. Consistent with its fiduciary obligations under the Act, each 
Section 12(d)(1)(G) Fund of Funds' Board will review the advisory fees 
charged by the Section 12(d)(1)(G) Fund of Funds' investment adviser(s) 
to ensure that the fees are based on services provided that are in 
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duplicative of, services provided pursuant to the advisory agreement of 
any investment company in which the Section 12(d)(1)(G) Fund of Funds 
may invest.
    Applicants' Conditions:
    Applicants agree that the order granting the requested relief shall 
be subject to the following conditions:

A. Investments in Underlying Funds by Funds of Funds

    1. The members of the Group will not control (individually or in 
the aggregate) an Unaffiliated Fund within the meaning of section 
2(a)(9) of the Act. The members of a Subadviser Group will not control 
(individually or in the aggregate) an Unaffiliated Fund within the 
meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. If, as a result of a decrease in 
the outstanding voting securities of an Unaffiliated Fund, the Group or 
a Subadviser Group, each in the aggregate, becomes a holder of more 
than 25% of the outstanding voting securities of the Unaffiliated Fund, 
then the Group or the Subadviser Group (except for any member of the 
Group or the Subadviser Group that is a Separate Account) will vote its 
shares of the Unaffiliated Fund in the same proportion as the vote of 
all other holders of the Unaffiliated Fund's shares. This condition 
will not apply to a Subadviser Group with respect to an Unaffiliated 
Fund for which the Subadviser or a person controlling, controlled by, 
or under common control with the Subadviser acts as the investment 
adviser within the meaning section 2(a)(20)(A) of the Act (in the case 
of an Unaffiliated Investment Company) or the sponsor (in the case of 
an Unaffiliated Trust). A Registered Separate Account will seek voting 
instructions from its Contract holders and will vote its shares of an 
Unaffiliated Fund in accordance with the instructions received and will 
vote those shares for which no instructions were received in the same 
proportion as the shares for which instructions were received. An 
Unregistered Separate Account will either (i) vote its shares of the 
Unaffiliated Fund in the same proportion as the vote of all other 
holders of the Unaffiliated Fund's shares; or (ii) seek voting 
instructions from its Contract holders and vote its shares in 
accordance with the instructions received and vote those shares for 
which no instructions were received in the same proportion as the 
shares for which instructions were received.
    2. No Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate will cause any 
existing or potential investment by the Fund of Funds in an 
Unaffiliated Fund to influence the terms of any services or 
transactions between the Fund of Funds or a Fund of Funds Affiliate and 
the Unaffiliated Fund or an Unaffiliated Fund Affiliate.
    3. The Board of each Fund of Funds, including a majority of the 
Independent Trustees, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to 
ensure that the Manager and any Subadviser are conducting the 
investment program of the Fund of Funds without taking into account any 
consideration received by the Fund of Funds or a Fund of Funds 
Affiliate from an Unaffiliated Fund or an Unaffiliated Fund Affiliate 
in connection with any services or transactions.
    4. Once an investment by a Fund of Funds in the securities of an 
Unaffiliated Investment Company exceeds the limit of section 
12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the Board of the Unaffiliated Investment 
Company, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, will 
determine that any consideration paid by the Unaffiliated Investment 
Company to a Fund of Funds or a Fund of Funds Affiliate in connection 
with any services or transactions: (a) Is fair and reasonable in 
relation to the nature and quality of the services and benefits 
received by the Unaffiliated Investment Company; (b) is within the 
range of consideration that the Unaffiliated Investment Company would 
be required to pay to another unaffiliated entity in connection with 
the same services or transactions; and (c) does not involve 
overreaching on the part of any person concerned. This condition does 
not apply with respect to any services or transactions between an 
Unaffiliated Investment Company and its investment adviser(s), or any 
person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with such 
investment adviser(s).
    5. No Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate (except to the 
extent it is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to an 
Unaffiliated Investment Company or sponsor to an Unaffiliated Trust) 
will cause an Unaffiliated Fund to purchase a security in any 
Affiliated Underwriting.
    6. The Board of an Unaffiliated Investment Company, including a 
majority of the Independent Trustees, will adopt procedures reasonably 
designed to monitor any purchases of securities by the Unaffiliated 
Investment Company in an Affiliated Underwriting once an investment by 
a Fund of Funds in the securities of the Unaffiliated Investment 
Company exceeds the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, 
including any purchases made directly from an Underwriting Affiliate. 
The Board of the Unaffiliated Investment Company will review these 
purchases periodically, but no less frequently than annually, to 
determine whether the purchases were influenced by the investment by 
the Fund of Funds in the Unaffiliated Investment Company. The Board of 
the Unaffiliated Investment Company will consider, among other things: 
(a) Whether the purchases were consistent with the investment 
objectives and policies of the Unaffiliated Investment Company; (b) how 
the performance of securities purchased in an Affiliated Underwriting 
compares to the performance of comparable securities purchased during a 
comparable period of time in underwritings other than Affiliated 
Underwritings or to a benchmark such as a comparable market index; and 
(c) whether the amount of securities purchased by the Unaffiliated 
Investment Company in Affiliated Underwritings and the amount purchased 
directly from an Underwriting Affiliate have changed significantly from 
prior years. The Board of an Unaffiliated Investment Company will take 
any appropriate actions based on its review, including, if appropriate, 
the institution of procedures designed to ensure that purchases of 
securities in Affiliated Underwritings are in the best interests of 
shareholders.
    7. Each Unaffiliated Investment Company will maintain and preserve 
permanently in an easily accessible place a written copy of the 
procedures described in the preceding condition and any modifications 
to such procedures, and will maintain and preserve for a period of not 
less than six years from the end of the fiscal year in which any 
purchase in an Affiliated Underwriting occurred, the first two years in 
an easily accessible place, a written record of each purchase of 
securities in an Affiliated Underwriting once an investment by a Fund 
of Funds in the securities of an Unaffiliated Investment Company 
exceeds the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, setting forth 
(a) the party from whom the securities were acquired, (b) the identity 
of the underwriting syndicate's members, (c) the terms of the purchase, 
and (d) the information or materials upon which the determinations of 
the Board of the Unaffiliated Investment Company were made.
    8. Prior to its investment in shares of an Unaffiliated Investment 
Company in excess of the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, 
the Fund of Funds will execute a Participation Agreement with the 
Unaffiliated Investment Company stating, without

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limitation, that their respective Boards and investment advisers 
understand the terms and conditions of the order and agree to fulfill 
their respective responsibilities under the order. At the time of its 
investment in shares of an Unaffiliated Investment Company in excess of 
the limit set forth in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i), the Fund of Funds will 
notify the Unaffiliated Investment Company of the investment. At such 
time, the Fund of Funds will also transmit to the Unaffiliated 
Investment Company a list of the names of each Fund of Funds Affiliate 
and Underwriting Affiliate. The Fund of Funds will notify the 
Unaffiliated Investment Company of any changes to the list as soon as 
reasonably practicable after a change occurs. The Unaffiliated 
Investment Company and the Fund of Funds will maintain and preserve a 
copy of the Requested Order, the Participation Agreement, and such list 
with any updated information for the duration of the investment and for 
a period of not less than six years thereafter, the first two years in 
an easily accessible place.
    9. Before approving any advisory contract under section 15 of the 
Act, the Board of each Fund of Funds, including a majority of the 
Independent Trustees, shall find that the advisory fees charged to the 
Fund of Funds under the advisory contract(s) are based on services 
provided that are in addition to, rather than duplicative of, services 
provided under the advisory contract(s) of any Underlying Fund in which 
the Fund of Funds may invest. Such finding, and the basis upon which 
the finding was made, will be recorded fully in the minute books of the 
appropriate Fund of Funds.
    10. The Manager will waive fees otherwise payable to it by a Fund 
of Funds in an amount at least equal to any compensation (including 
fees received pursuant to any plan adopted by an Unaffiliated 
Investment Company under rule 12b-1 under the Act) received from an 
Unaffiliated Fund by the Manager, or an affiliated person of the 
Manager, other than any advisory fees paid to the Manager or its 
affiliated person by an Unaffiliated Investment Company, in connection 
with the investment by the Fund of Funds in the Unaffiliated Fund. Any 
Subadviser will waive fees otherwise payable to the Subadviser, 
directly or indirectly, by the Fund of Funds in an amount at least 
equal to any compensation received by the Subadviser, or an affiliated 
person of the Subadviser, from an Unaffiliated Fund, other than any 
advisory fees paid to the Subadviser or an affiliated person of the 
Subadviser by the Unaffiliated Investment Company, in connection with 
the investment by the Fund of Funds in the Unaffiliated Fund made at 
the direction of the Subadviser. In the event that the Subadviser 
waives fees, the benefit of the waiver will be passed through to the 
Fund of Funds.
    11. With respect to Registered Separate Accounts that invest in a 
Fund of Funds, no sales load will be charged at the Fund of Funds level 
or at the Underlying Fund level. Other sales charges and service fees, 
as defined in NASD Conduct Rule 2830, if any, will be charged only at 
the Fund of Funds level or at the Underlying Fund level, not both. With 
respect to other investments in a Fund of Funds, any sales charges and/
or service fees charged with respect to shares of a Fund of Funds will 
not exceed the limits applicable to funds of funds set forth in NASD 
Conduct Rule 2830.
    12. No Underlying Fund will acquire securities of any other 
investment company or company relying on section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of 
the Act in excess of the limits contained in section 12(d)(1)(A) of the 
Act, except to the extent that such Underlying Fund: (a) Acquires such 
securities in compliance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act and either 
is an Affiliated Fund or is in the same ``group of investment 
companies,'' as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as its 
corresponding master fund; (b) receives securities of another 
investment company as a dividend or as a result of a plan of 
reorganization of a company (other than a plan devised for the purpose 
of evading section 12(d)(1) of the Act); or (c) acquires (or is deemed 
to have acquired) securities of another investment company pursuant to 
exemptive relief from the Commission permitting such Underlying Fund 
to: (i) Acquire securities of one or more investment companies for 
short-term cash management purposes, or (ii) engage in interfund 
borrowing and lending transactions.

B. Other Investments by Section 12(d)(1)(G) Funds of Funds

    1. Applicants will comply with all provisions of rule 12d1-2 under 
the Act, except for paragraph (a)(2) to the extent that it restricts 
any Section 12(d)(1)(G) Fund of Funds from investing in Other 
Investments as described in the application.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
pursuant to delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-01644 Filed 1-25-13; 8:45 am]
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