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FINRA Provides a Detailed Analysis of a Broker-Dealer’s Failure to Adequately Supervise Alternative Investment Sales

In March 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined a broker-dealer $950,000 for supervisory deficiencies related to its failure to adequately supervise the sale of “alternative investments.” These...more

Legal Alert: The Volcker Rule: The Rising Appeal of Registered Investment Companies and BDCs

On December 10, 2013, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

No-Action Relief Allows Business Development Companies to Hold Shares of Investment Advisers

In two separate no-action letters, the SEC staff quietly expanded the ability of business development companies (BDCs) to invest in registered investment advisers. Section 12(d)(3) of the Investment Company Act of 1940...more

Mark-Up of House Bills Scheduled

As we reported in prior posts, there are several proposed bills making their way through Congress that are intended to facilitate capital formation, including legislation that would modernize the framework applicable to...more

BDC Reform Bills Face Uncertain Future

Three bills introduced in the House of Representatives that would ease leverage restrictions on business development companies (BDCs) face an uncertain future in light of concerns expressed by the Chair of the Securities and...more

The baby, the bathwater and BDCs

We have written a fair bit about business development companies and the important role that they serve as alternative capital providers. During the financial crisis and in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis,...more

The SEC Issues Formal Guidance Involving Financial Information Requirements for Certain Portfolio Companies of BDCs

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently published formal guidance applying rules that require the inclusion of certain financial information on unconsolidated subsidiaries...more

FINRA Issues 2013 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

Overview: On January 11, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulated Authority (FINRA) issued its 2013 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (Priorities Letter). This letter is issued annually to highlight...more

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