David A. Vaughan

David A. Vaughan

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SEC Amends Form ADV and Investment Adviser Recordkeeping Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted amendments to Form ADV and to Rule 204-2 (Recordkeeping Rule), as well as technical amendments to other rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

9/16/2016 - Chief Compliance Officers Derivatives Dodd-Frank Final Rules Form ADV Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 RAUM Recordkeeping Requirements Required Forms SEC SMAs Social Media Special Purpose Entities Umbrella Registration

2016/07/12 SEC Adopts Inflation-Based Adjustment to “Qualified Client” Thresholds

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a final order (Order) on June 14, 2016, to adjust for inflation the “qualified client” thresholds applicable when a registered investment adviser charges a performance fee in...more

7/13/2016 - Dodd-Frank Inflation Adjustments Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Performance Fee Rule Qualified Client SEC Securities Exchanges Threshold Requirements

FSB Issues Proposed Activities-Based Financial Stability Recommendations for the Global Asset Management Industry

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body established by the G-20 in response to the 2008 financial crisis, on June 22, 2016 released its third Consultative Document relating to the regulation and oversight...more

7/8/2016 - Asset Management Comment Period Financial Crisis FSB G-SIFI Global Market Proposed Regulation

Incentive Compensation Back Under the Regulatory Spotlight

Six U.S. federal agencies in late April and May revised and re-proposed rules that were originally proposed in 2011, to govern the incentive compensation practices at financial institutions with consolidated assets of at...more

6/30/2016 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Covered Entities Deferral Standard Financial Institutions Incentive Compensation Regulatory Agenda

Financial Stability Board Issues Proposed Recommendations to Address Perceived Structural Vulnerabilities in the Asset Management...

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), which was established by the G-20 in response to the 2008 financial crisis, on June 22, 2016 issued proposed specific recommendations to address certain perceived threats that the asset...more

6/24/2016 - Asset Management Comment Period Financial Crisis FSB Proposed Regulation

SEC Charges Private Equity Adviser for Unregistered Brokerage Activity

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 1, 2016 announced a settled enforcement action against a private equity fund manager (Adviser) for acting as a broker-dealer without registering. The case is...more

6/15/2016 - Acquisitions Broker-Dealer Disgorgement Enforcement Actions Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Mergers Portfolio Companies Private Equity Funds Sanctions SEC Securities Exchange Act Unregistered Brokers

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Lessons for PE Managers from the SEC’s Ongoing Scrutiny of Private...

A large number of private equity managers were required to register for the first time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Act)....more

3/26/2016 - Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Financial Services Industry Fund Managers Investment Advisers Act of 1940 OCIE Private Equity Funds Registration Requirement SEC

Recent Action Highlights SEC’s Continuing Scrutiny of Private Equity Firms

A settled enforcement action announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 3, 2015 is but one in a growing list of SEC settlements concerning the allocation and disclosure of fees and expenses by...more

12/3/2015 - Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Private Equity Firms SEC

OCIE Extends Exams to Exempt Reporting Advisers

Marc Wyatt, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), indicated on November 20, 2015 that the OCIE staff is now examining “Exempt Reporting Advisers”...more

11/25/2015 - Dodd-Frank Exemptions Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 OCIE Reporting Requirements

SEC Proposes to Amend Form ADV and Investment Adviser Recordkeeping Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) recently proposed amendments to Form ADV and to Rule 204-2 (Recordkeeping Rule) and other rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (Advisers...more

7/17/2015 - CCO Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Form ADV Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 RAUM Recordkeeping Requirements Risk Assessment SEC Social Media Umbrella Registration

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

3/27/2015 - Brokers CFTC Compliance Equity Securities ERISA Filing Deadlines Filing Requirements Form 13F Form ADV Investment Adviser Investment Funds NFA Private Funds Reporting Requirements Schedule 13D Securities Dealers

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser with Misallocating Expenses between Portfolio Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on September 22, 2014 (Order) against private equity fund adviser Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire). The Order alleged...more

10/15/2014 - Cease and Desist Orders Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Misallocation of Funds OCIE Private Equity Funds SEC

CFTC Issues Exemptive Relief Related to JOBS Act Amendments to Regulation D

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on September 9, 2014 issued a letter granting exemptive relief from provisions in CFTC Regulations...more

10/1/2014 - CFTC CPO Exemptions General Solicitation JOBS Act Private Offerings Regulation D Reporting Requirements Rule 144A Rule 506(c)

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Engaging in Prohibited Principal Transactions and Retaliating Against Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on June 16, 2014 (the Order) against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (Paradigm) and its founder, Director, President and Chief...more

7/16/2014 - Hedge Funds Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Retaliation SEC Whistleblowers

SEC Issues No-Action Letter Expanding Interpretation of the Definition of “Knowledgeable Employee”

The staff of the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Staff”) has issued a no-action letter in response to a request by the Managed Funds Association (the “MFA Letter”),...more

3/26/2014 - Actual or Constructive Knowledge No-Action Letters SEC

SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Recently Adopted Amendments to Rule 506 Addressing General Solicitation and Bad...

Effective September 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 of Regulation D to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

2/3/2014 - Bad Actors Compliance General Solicitation Regulation D Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Exchange Act

Volcker Rule Regulations Issued: Understanding the Practical Implications for U.S. and Foreign Banking Entities, Funds and...

The Volcker Rule (“Volcker Rule” or “Rule”) is intended to limit risks to the financial system that Congress believes may be created by (i) proprietary trading operations of insured depository institutions, foreign banking...more

1/22/2014 - Banking Sector Collateralized Debt Obligations Dodd-Frank Financial Regulatory Reform Hedge Funds Proprietary Trading Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

FSB and IOSCO to Consider Standards for Treating Investment Funds and Asset Managers as Global Systemically Important Financial...

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), in consultation with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), issued “Assessment Methodologies for Identifying Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global Systemically Important...more

1/17/2014 - Banking Sector Broker-Dealer Financial Institutions FSB Global Economy Hedge Funds Investment Funds IOSCO Nonbank Firms Securities

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: U.S. Private Offerings: SEC Approves JOBS Act Requirement to Permit...

The SEC has amended1 Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

10/7/2013 - Accredited Investors Bad Actors Dodd-Frank General Solicitation JOBS Act Regulation D Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings SEC

SEC Proposes Additional Requirements to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a suite of amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156 under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) (Proposed Rules). According to the SEC, the Proposing...more

9/16/2013 - Form D Filing Proposed Regulation Regulation D Rule 156 SEC Securities Act of 1933

SEC Division of Investment Management Provides Guidance Regarding the Custody Rule and Privately Offered Securities

The Division of Investment Management (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently posted an IM Guidance Update that expands the applicability of an exception from the Custody Rule (as defined...more

8/28/2013 - Custody Rule GAAP Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Investment Company Act of 1940 Investment Management Pooled Investment Vehicles Private Offerings SEC

SEC Approves Final Rules that (1) Permit General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings and (2)...

The SEC has amended Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

7/28/2013 - Accredited Investors Advertising Bad Actors Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank Form D Filing Fund Managers General Solicitation Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings Safe Harbors SEC Securities Act of 1933 Social Media

Upcoming Form PF Filing Deadline: April 30

As you are no doubt aware, the next Form PF filing deadline is nearly upon us. For many of you, this means making a Form PF filing on or before April 30, 2013. ...more

4/23/2013 - Deadlines Form PF

Recent SEC Actions Focus on Broker-Dealer Activity of Private Funds, Highlight Perils, and Generate Controversy

A recent public statement by a member of the senior staff (“Staff”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and recent SEC enforcement actions have reminded private equity and other private fund managers (such as...more

4/22/2013 - Broker-Dealer Finders Fund Managers Investment Adviser Marketing Private Funds Ranieri Partners Registration SEC Securities Exchange Act Transaction-Based Compensation

Head of Asset Management Unit at SEC Enforcement Shares Hedge Fund Enforcement Priorities

In a recent speech, Bruce Karpati, Chief of the Asset Management Unit (AMU)within the Division of Enforcement (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), discussed his view of the current enforcement...more

12/27/2012 - Asset Management Enforcement Fiduciary Duty Hedge Funds Marketing Pensions Retail Market SEC

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