Investment Company Compliance

Now more than ever, financial services professionals are facing the challenges of navigating the complexities and pace of SEC regulatory changes impacting compliance for disclosure, filings and shareholder communications.

With 55+ years of regulatory compliance expertise, supported by industry specific technology driven solutions and adherence to client required style, Toppan Merrill is uniquely qualified to meet your compliance needs. We are the partner with the iXBRL and EDGAR regulatory expertise, who know precisely what it takes in those critical moments to stay ahead of ever-changing SEC regulatory disclosures for investment management to keep you in compliance.

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Navigate Tailored Shareholder Reports with ease

Import and mapping

  • Automated ingestion and mapping of content and data from multiple sources

Content management

  • Efficient management of shared and variable content to create required outputs
  • Consultation and design services for visual engagement
  • Integrated ADA compliance services

SEC filing

  • Accurately generate SEC compliant EDGAR and iXBRL for SEC filing

Print, distribution and web hosting

  • Print, e-delivery, mailing and other financial marketing communication services
  • Website TSR share class hosting
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Control Center for TSR data and content management

Beginning July 2024, all mutual funds and ETFs filing under Form N-1A will be required by the SEC to produce a new, short form Tailored Shareholder Report (TSR), designed to increase transparency of fund performance, replacing the existing shareholder report.

The rule specifies required disclosure be in a summary format with more detailed financial information and additional disclosure contained in the Form N-CSR.

Control Center provides a purpose-built, component content management platform, putting you in control throughout the Tailored Shareholder Report (TSR) document lifecycle from data import, mapping, SEC filing, print, distribution and web hosting.

Benefit from technology that:

Seamless and secure data transfer from your system and source documents directly to Control Center.

  • Your document, customized to your brand.
  • Unlimited, reusable templates at the fund and share class level.

Dynamically generate required output types to simplify the review process and ensure SEC compliance.

  • Leverage data connectors or various file formats for data uploads.
  • Take advantage of existing content and data to manage changes across shared content.
  • Manage variable content and easily update across share classes.
  • Remove the need to manually create shared and variable content, by utilizing templates that automatically generate TSRs for every share class.


EDGAR Next is coming. Learn more about the impact on SEC filers once the final rule is adopted.

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Effectively manage your prospectus disclosure

Managing SEC disclosure, coupled with required deadlines, is an ongoing challenge even for seasoned compliance professionals for Mutual Funds, Closed-End Funds and Annuity and Life products.

Our ’40-Act focused service, sales and operations teams manage SEC required disclosures for annual prospectus updates and new product launches, supported by integrated technology solutions to manage content and variable data, EDGAR, iXBRL, web hosting, ADA compliance, print and distribution.

Toppan Merrill gives you the flexibility to manage processes and production timelines through our self-provisioning SaaS model or benefit from our full-service document composition experts, to create and edit the prospectus disclosure.


  • Client brand-specific style and deliver SEC compliant outputs, including EDGAR and iXBRL, through self-provisioning technology or traditional workflows
  • Automated document creation and duplication, managing static, shared and variable content
  • Print-ready output
  • Integrated ADA compliance services
  • Content for website hosting


  • Automated SEC compliant EDGAR and iXBRL filing package assembly, validation and submission


  • Print, distribution, e-delivery and mailing services
  • Regulatory and business compliant website hosting services

For 55+ years, companies have relied on the experience and expertise of the Toppan Merrill team.

100 Net Promoter Score
93% Customer retention
99.998% EDGAR filing accuracy rate

On The Dot

Regulatory disclosure and compliant communications – direct from the experts.

Podcast: TSR ready. Are you absolutely sure? Tackling the print and distribution challenges. [9:31]

On The Dot (Episode 4) – A conversation with Guy Stanzione about the SEC Tailored Shareholder Reports mandate and tackling the print and distribution challenges at the share class level.

Updated: May 15, 2024

Updates and Insights

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“As always, the Toppan Merrill team provided excellent service for these prospectus filings – kudos to Marisa and Dave for their quick turnaround and patience as we worked through the new iXBRL filing process.”
Senior Associate Counsel, Life Insurance Corporation

Contact our team to get started.

Whether you are in the exploratory phases or ready to move, we are ready to learn about your needs and find the right solution.


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Reduce complexity and get answers to some of our customers’ frequently asked questions.

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What is a tailored shareholder report?

A tailored shareholder report is a new requirement for investment companies filing under the Securities Act of 1940. Mandated by the SEC in January 2023 and beginning July 2024, all mutual funds and ETFs filing under Form N-1A will be required to produce a new, 4-page tailored shareholder report designed to increase transparency of fund performance for shareholders. The tailored shareholder report must be tailored to each investor class, featuring variable information related to that investor share class. The report will also require iXBRL tagging. These reports must be mailed to investors, with additional information available online and in paper format upon request. For support and additional information, explore our investment company compliance solutions.

What is the Securities Act of 1940?

The Securities Act of 1940 is a law passed by Congress and administered by the SEC to regulate and prevent fraudulent conduct by money managers, investment consultants and financial planners. These various investment advisers are required to operate against a code of conduct set forth under the Act to ensure that all conflicts of interest between them and their clients are eliminated. The Act subjects advisers to five kinds of requirements: fiduciary duties to clients; substantive prohibitions and requirements; contractual requirements; record-keeping requirements; and oversight and inspection by the SEC.

Amendments to the Act require investment advisers with more than $25 million under management to register with the SEC. The Act also delineates investment advisers’ liability while giving structure around what fees and commissions advisers can collect from their clients.

The Stock Market Crash of 1929, which precipitated the Great Depression, was the impetus for the creation of the Securities Act of 1940. More specifically, the SEC published a report on investment trusts and investment companies in 1935 that warned against giving certain investment advisers free reign. The report recommended they be monitored and regulated to guard against the dispensing of advice that favors, whether consciously or not, the advisers’ own financial interests.

Investment advisers must file Form ADV electronically with the SEC via IARD (the Investment Adviser Registration Depository) and state securities authorities on an annual basis. On Part 1 of this form, investment advisers are required to include their educational background, experience, exact type of business they’re engaged in, assets, information on clients, history of a legal and/or criminal nature, and type of investment advice they offer. Part 2 of Form ADV comprises the narrative brochure that advisers must share with their clients. When filed, Form ADV is made available to the public on the SEC’s Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website. For support and additional information, explore our investment company compliance solutions.

What is SEC Rule 498A?

The SEC adopted Rule 498A with the intention to modernize disclosure requirements and allow investors to make informed decisions about variable annuity and variable life insurance contracts. Rule 498A provides regulations related to the access to more detailed information available online, with the ability to request additional materials either electronically or in paper format. For support and additional information, explore our investment company compliance solutions.

What is SEC Rule 30e-3?

Rule 30e-3 was adopted by the SEC to allow certain funds the option of making their reports and materials to shareholders available online instead of delivering the full report. SEC Rule 30e-3 also considers the preferences of investors and their preferred method of receiving communications, whether that be continuing to get paper reports or be notified when the reports are available online. Rule 30e-3 outlines that if certain standards are met, it is considered that the fund company has fulfilled their delivery of the shareholder report to investors. For support and additional information, explore our investment company compliance solutions.