2018-14193. Goldman Sachs Trust, et al.  

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    AGENCY:

    Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    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; 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: (a) 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 registered 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.[1]

    Applicants:

    Goldman Sachs Trust; Goldman Sachs Trust II; Goldman Sachs Start Printed Page 31012ETF Trust; Goldman Sachs Variable Insurance Trust, each a Delaware statutory trust that is registered under the Act as an open-end management investment company with multiple series (each a “Trust,” and together, the “Trusts”); and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P.; Goldman Sachs Asset Management International; and GS Investment Strategies, LLC (each an “Adviser”), each registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

    Filing Dates:

    The application was filed on April 19, 2017, and amended on November 16, 2017 and April 19, 2018.

    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 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 July 23, 2018, 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: Caroline L. Kraus, Goldman Sachs & Co., LLC, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282; and Stephen H. Bier, Dechert LLP, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6797.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Stephan N. Packs, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551-6853, or David J. Marcinkus, Branch Chief, at (202) 551-6825 (Division of Investment Management, Chief Counsel's Office).

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained via the Commission's website 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) each Fund [2] (each a “Fund of Funds”) to acquire shares of Underlying Funds [3] in excess of the limits in sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (C) of the Act and (b) each Underlying Fund that is a registered open-end management investment company or series thereof, their principal underwriters, and any broker or dealer registered under the 1934 Act to sell shares of the Underlying Funds to the Fund of Funds in excess of the limits in section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act.[4] 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.[5] 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.

    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.

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

    Eduardo A. Aleman,

    Assistant Secretary.

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    Footnotes

    1.  The requested order (“Order”) would supersede an exemptive order issued by the Commission on August 26, 2008, s ee In the Matter of Goldman Sachs Trust, et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 28347 (Jul. 31, 2008) (notice) and 28366 (Aug. 26, 2008) (order)) (the “Prior Order”), with the result that no person will continue to rely on the Prior Order if the Order is granted.

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    2.  Applicants request that the order apply not only to the existing series of a Trust (the “Initial Funds”), but that the order also extend to any future series of a Trust and any other existing or future registered open-end management investment company or series thereof that is part of the same “group of investment companies,” as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as the Trusts and is, or may in the future be, advised by an Adviser or its successor or any other investment adviser controlling, controlled by, or under common control with an Adviser or its successor (together with the Initial Funds, each series a “Fund,” and collectively, the “Funds”). 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.

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    3.  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”).

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    4.  Applicants are not requesting relief for a Fund of Funds to invest in business development companies and registered closed-end investment companies that are not listed and traded on a national securities exchange.

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    5.  A Fund of Funds generally would purchase and sell shares of an Underlying Fund that operates as an ETF or a closed-end fund through secondary market transactions rather than through principal transactions with the Underlying Fund. Applicants nevertheless request relief from sections 17(a)(1) and (2) to permit each ETF or closed-end fund that is an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, as defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act, of a Fund of Funds, to sell shares to or redeem shares from the Fund of Funds. This includes, in the case of sales and redemptions of shares of ETFs, the in-kind transactions that accompany such sales and redemptions. Applicants are not seeking relief from Section 17(a) for, and the requested relief will not apply to, transactions where an ETF, business development company, or closed-end fund could be deemed an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a Fund of Funds because an investment adviser to the ETF, business development company, or closed-end fund, or an entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the investment adviser to the ETF, business development company, or closed-end fund is also an investment adviser to the Fund of Funds.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-14193 Filed 6-29-18; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
07/02/2018
Department:
Securities and Exchange Commission
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice.
Document Number:
2018-14193
Dates:
The application was filed on April 19, 2017, and amended on November 16, 2017 and April 19, 2018.
Pages:
31011-31012 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Investment Company Act Release No. 33137, File No. 812-14764
E.O. Citation:
of 6/27/2018
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2018-14193.pdf