In the backdrop of increased competition and evolving technology, asset management companies are stepping up their shareholder communication efforts.

Robert Helm, a partner and leader of Dechert's financial services practice group, says the 10 fund companies he works with are all focused on improving communications with shareholders but there is no regulatory pressure driving the efforts. Helm says many asset managers are looking to shift their mandatory disclosures and other shareholder notices from mailed printed material to an online format. He says this helps save printing and mailing costs along with enhancing the chances that the notices will be read.

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