SEC Adopts Exemptions for Certain Private Fund Advisers and Other Dodd-Frank Implementing Rules

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Certain fund advisers that fit narrow definitions are exempt from registration requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act, but are still required to comply with recordkeeping and reporting obligations.

On June 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted several rules implementing changes to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) made by Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The new rules were adopted under a pair of companion releases: the first implemented changes for “mid-size” advisers and outlined reporting requirements of “exempt reporting advisers” (Implementing Release)1 and the second promulgated exemptions from SEC registration for venture capital fund advisers, private fund advisers, and foreign private advisers (Exemptions Release).2

As a result of the new rules, many previously unregistered advisers, such as advisers to private funds, will have to register with the SEC or one or more state regulators absent an exemption from registration. As set forth in the Exemptions and Implementing Releases, Form ADV will now serve as both a registration and reporting form for registered advisers and a reporting form for exempt reporting advisers. Advisers newly registering with the SEC or reporting as exempt reporting advisers must file Form ADV by March 30, 2012. In this LawFlash, we will discuss the following...

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