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SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting

The Security and Exchange Commission’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (IM/CF) on June 30 (SLB 20). SLB 20 provides guidance regarding proxy voting...more

Overhaul of Washington State Investment Adviser Rules: What it Means for Hedge, Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Managers...

In June 2014, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Securities Division amended the rules applicable to investment advisers in the state of Washington in Chapter 460-24A of the Washington Administrative...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment Advisers, Their Use of Proxy Advisory Firms, and Application of...

On June 30, 2014, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued guidance on the responsibilities of investment advisers in voting proxies and using...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 6

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Private Placements - SEC Issues No-action Relief Regarding Registration of M&A Brokers - CFTC Issues Guidance on New...more

Year-End CFTC Reporting Requirements for Fund Advisers

The National Futures Association (NFA) reminded fund advisers claiming an exemption from registering as a commodity pool operator (CPO) that they must confirm by March 3, 2014 that will continue to rely on the exemption....more

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on the Venture Capital Fund Adviser Exemption

On December 2, 2013, the SEC's Division of Investment Management issued a new "Guidance Update" that provides some important interpretive guidance on the exemption from registration under the Investment Advisers act of 1940...more

SEC Staff Elaborates on Venture Capital Adviser Exemption

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided advisers to venture capital funds with guidance on fund structures that do not jeopardize an adviser’s ability to rely on the exemption from registration provided by...more

"Venture Capital Fund" Flowchart for Exemption Under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940

The below flowchart may be helpful to you in answering the question whether you qualify for the exemption for “venture capital funds” under Section 203(l) of the Investment Adviser’s Act of 1940 ( the “Advisers Act”),...more

CFTC 4.13(a)(3) Annual Affirmations Due by March 1st

As a reminder, fund managers relying on the exemption from registration with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") set forth in Rule 4.13(a)(3), commonly referred to as the “de minimis exemption,” must...more

Massachusetts Securities Division Sending Letters Requiring Documentation from MA Exempt Reporting Advisers

The Massachusetts Securities Division ("the Division") is currently sending letters to exempt reporting advisers in Massachusetts ("MA ERAs") who manage private funds which rely on the exclusion from the definition of...more

What exactly does being exempt from Investment Adviser registration under Dodd-Frank mean?

It is widely known that under the Dodd-Frank Act passed last year, private fund managers with assets under management of $150 million or more will be required to register as investment advisers with the SEC. It's also widely...more

Dodd-Frank Act Update: SEC Proposes Rules Applicable to Investment Advisers

On November 19, 2010, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued proposed rules, pursuant to title IV of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"). The proposed...more

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