[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 53 (Tuesday, March 21, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14580-14581]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05507]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 32533; File No. 812-14255]


Allianz Funds Multi-Strategy Trust and Allianz Global Investors 
U.S. LLC

March 15, 2017.
AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice of an application for an order under section 12(d)(1)(J) of 
the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Act'') for an exemption from 
sections 12(d)(1)(A), (B), and (C) of the Act and under sections 6(c) 
and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of 
the Act. The requested order would permit certain registered open-end 
investment companies to acquire shares of certain registered open-end 
investment companies, registered closed-end investment companies, 
business development companies, as defined in section 2(a)(48) of the 
Act, and unit investment trusts (collectively, ``Underlying Funds'') 
that are within and outside the same group of investment companies as 
the acquiring investment companies, in excess of the limits in section 
12(d)(1) of the Act.

Applicants: Allianz Funds Multi-Strategy Trust (the ``Trust''), a 
Massachusetts business trust that is registered under the Act as an 
open-end management investment company with multiple series, and 
Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC (the ``Applying Manager''), a 
Delaware limited liability company registered as an investment adviser 
under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

Filing Dates: The application was filed on December 23, 2013 and 
amended on July 30, 2015, May 2, 2016, February 3, 2017, March 8, 2017 
and March 13, 2017.

Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the requested 
relief will

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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 
April 10, 2017 and should be accompanied by proof of service on the 
applicants, in the form of an affidavit, or, for lawyers, a certificate 
of service. Pursuant to Rule 0-5 under the Act, hearing requests should 
state the nature of the writer's interest, any facts bearing upon the 
desirability of a hearing on the matter, 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: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F 
Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090. Applicants: Allianz Funds Multi-
Strategy Trust and Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC, 1633 Broadway, 
New York, New York 10019; and George B. Raine, Ropes & Gray LLP, 
Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02148.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark N. Zaruba, Senior Counsel, at 
(202) 551-6878, or Robert Shapiro, Branch Chief, at (202) 551-6821 
(Division of Investment Management, Chief Counsel's Office).

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.

Summary of the Application

    1. Applicants request an order to permit (a) a Fund \1\ (each a 
``Fund of Funds'') to acquire shares of Underlying Funds \2\ in excess 
of the limits in sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (C) of the Act and (b) the 
Underlying Funds that are registered open-end investment companies or 
series thereof, their principal underwriters and any broker or dealer 
registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to sell shares of 
the Underlying Fund to the Fund of Funds in excess of the limits in 
section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act.\3\ Applicants also request an order of 
exemption under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act from the prohibition 
on certain affiliated transactions in section 17(a) of the Act to the 
extent necessary to permit the Underlying Funds to sell their shares 
to, and redeem their shares from, the Funds of Funds.\4\ Applicants 
state that such transactions will be consistent with the policies of 
each Fund of Funds and each Underlying Fund and with the general 
purposes of the Act and will be based on the net asset values of the 
Underlying Funds.
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    \1\ Applicants request that the order apply to each existing and 
future series of the Trust and to each existing and future 
registered open-end investment company or series thereof that is 
advised by the Applying Manager or its successor or by any other 
investment adviser controlling, controlled by or under common 
control with the Applying Manager or its successor and is part of 
the same ``group of investment companies'' as the Trust (each, a 
``Fund''). For purposes of the requested order, ``successor'' is 
limited to an entity that results from a reorganization into another 
jurisdiction or a change in the type of business organization. For 
purposes of the request for relief, the term ``group of investment 
companies'' means any two or more registered investment companies, 
including closed-end investment companies and business development 
companies, that hold themselves out to investors as related 
companies for purposes of investment and investor services.
    \2\ Certain of the Underlying Funds have obtained exemptions 
from the Commission necessary to permit their shares to be listed 
and traded on a national securities exchange at negotiated prices 
and, accordingly, to operate as an exchange-traded fund (``ETF'').
    \3\ Applicants do not request relief for Funds of Funds to 
invest in reliance on the order in business development companies 
and registered closed-end investment companies that are not listed 
and traded on a national securities exchange.
    \4\ A Fund of Funds generally would purchase and sell shares of 
an Underlying Fund that operates as an ETF through secondary market 
transactions rather than through principal transactions with the 
Underlying Fund. Applicants nevertheless request relief from section 
17(a) to permit a Fund of Funds to purchase or redeem shares from 
the ETF. A Fund of Funds will purchase and sell shares of an 
Underlying Fund that is a closed-end fund through secondary market 
transactions at market prices rather than through principal 
transactions with the closed-end fund. Accordingly, applicants are 
not requesting section 17(a) relief with respect to transactions in 
shares of closed-end funds (including business development 
companies).
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    2. Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief 
will be subject to the terms and conditions stated in the application. 
Such terms and conditions are designed to, among other things, help 
prevent any potential (i) undue influence over an Underlying Fund that 
is not in the same ``group of investment companies'' as the Fund of 
Funds through control or voting power, or in connection with certain 
services, transactions, and underwritings, (ii) excessive layering of 
fees, and (iii) overly complex fund structures, which are the concerns 
underlying the limits in sections 12(d)(1)(A), (B), and (C) of the Act.
    3. 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) if the exemption is consistent with the public interest and 
the protection of investors. Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the 
Commission to grant an order permitting a transaction otherwise 
prohibited by section 17(a) 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 persons 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.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
pursuant to delegated authority.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-05507 Filed 3-20-17; 8:45 am]
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