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Inside M&A - Spring 2015

Just What You Are Looking For?—Family Office Direct Investing in Search Funds - Family offices are increasingly taking note of “search funds” as a private equity investment alternative within the broader private equity...more

"CFTC, SEC Issue Guidance on the Applicability of Certain Regulations to Family Offices"

In November and December 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), respectively, issued guidance regarding the applicability of certain regulations to family...more

Family Office Key Employees’ Use of Employee Investment Trusts

Recent Development - Family office key employees have new flexibility under recent SEC guidance regarding the nature and range of persons who can properly be involved in the administration of their trusts. ...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015

Editor’s Note: FINRA Rulemaking: In this issue we report on three recent FINRA rule amendments. The first amends the NASD rule on the use of customer account statements to require that member firms use more accurate...more

Protecting A Family’s Most Valuable Asset – Privacy

Each day, family offices receive, relay, and manage a family’s private information. Depending on the family and the role of the family office, the information managed can be voluminous and include financial information, tax...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

SEC Looks to Step Up Oversight of the Fund Industry - At a recent conference, Mary Jo White, SEC chairman, announced that the SEC will look to increase its scrutiny of the mutual fund asset management segment to ensure...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Key Employee Trusts Under Family Office Rule

The SEC Division of Investment Management recently provided guidance on whether certain key employee trusts would qualify as family clients under the rule. Recognizing the need for family offices to attract and retain...more

CFTC Issues Additional Relief for Family Offices

In November 2012, the CFTC's Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued a no-action letter stating that the Division would not recommend that the CFTC take enforcement action against a family office for failure...more

CFTC Staff Grants Family Offices No-Action Relief from Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) recently issued no-action relief for failure to register with the CFTC as a commodity trading advisor (CTA) to any...more

CFTC Grants Relief to Family Offices from Registration as Commodity Trading Advisor

On November 5, 2014, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a no-action letter granting relief from registration as a commodity trading advisor (CTA) to family offices that qualify for the family office...more

CFTC Grants Family Offices Relief From Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The CFTC previously granted family offices no-action relief from registration as commodity pool operators. That letter did not provide an exemption from registration as a commodity trading advisor. However, the CFTC has...more

SEC Grants Exceptions to Family Office Rules

The SEC has previously adopted a rule to define “family offices” that are excluded from the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. “Family offices” are entities established by wealthy families to manage their wealth and provide...more

DID YOU KNOW? SEC Allows Family Offices to Include Members of an Extended Family

Family offices have existed for over a century and have been formed to implement very important and complex objectives, including investment management, corporate succession, estate, gift and income tax planning, and...more

Creating Best Practices for Your Family Office

The "family office" is back in vogue. The dramatic increase in wealth creation during the last thirty years has given rise to a new generation of Rockefellers, Mellons, and Phipps. Today, families with sufficient wealth –...more

Family Office Relief from CPO Registration

As noted in an earlier Client bulletin, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued a no-action letter dated November 29, 2012 enabling...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2013: Strong governance enhances a family business’s value

Too often, family members view their business as a source of wealth without making sure that the company is managed by those best suited for the job. Good governance — carefully documented in writing — can help ensure a...more

CFTC Staff Provides Registration Relief for Family Offices

On November 29, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) staff published relief for family offices that would otherwise be required to register with the CFTC as commodity pool operators (“CPOs”). This relief...more

CFTC Issues Relief from CPO Registration to Funds of Funds, BDCs and Family Offices; NFA Issues Guidance on the Annual Affirmation...

On November 29 and December 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a series of no-action letters that afford relief from registration as a...more

CFTC Provides Relief from CPO Registration to Certain Family Offices

Introduction The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) recently issued CFTC Letter No. 12-37 (November 29, 2012), which...more

CFTC Staff No-Action Relief for Family Offices and Fund of Funds Operators

Claims for relief from CPO registration by qualifying family offices and fund of funds operators must be filed by December 31. On November 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC's) Division of Swap Dealer...more

"CFTC Staff Provides Family Offices With No-Action Relief From Commodity Pool Operator Registration"

On November 29, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) issued no-action relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration to family offices...more

CFTC Issues Relief for Family Offices

A family office is, generally, a professional organization that is wholly-owned by clients in a family and is exclusively controlled (directly or indirectly) by one or more members of a family and/or entities controlled by a...more

CFTC Grants Relief to Family Offices From Commodity Pool Operator Rules

The CFTC staff has issued a no-action letter regarding family offices. The letter states that staff will not recommend that the CFTC take enforcement action against the operators of family offices for failure to register as...more

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