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Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Thematic Review on Investor Expectation Satisfaction

The Financial Conduct Authority published its thematic review on how firms in the fund management sector meet investors' expectations. The FCA considered whether UK authorized investment funds and segregated mandates were...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report First Quarter 2016: Fighting Currency Outflows, China Proposes Further Opening its Securities...

Faced with redemptions and currency outflows from the country, Chinese regulators have taken welcome steps to make it easier for fund managers and other institutional investors to invest in China. Fund managers, in...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Singapore Continues Global Trend in Derivatives Regulation: Reporting...

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to develop and strengthen its regulation of derivatives markets, most recently focusing its attention on the formulation and completion of a comprehensive reporting regime....more

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

SEC Staff Publishes Guidance on Fund Disclosure of Current Market Conditions

The Guidance emphasizes the importance of reviewing market conditions and the related effect on fund investments on an ongoing basis and ensuring that fund disclosure is appropriately up-to-date....more

Corporate Venture Funds: Friend or Foe?

Many large corporations have set up, or are in the process of setting up, in-house venture funds. At the same time, early and later-stage companies are looking for “smart money” investors – funds that bring strategic and...more

Fund Manager Annual Update

The SEC brought a record number of enforcement actions against investment advisers in 2015, resulting in approximately $4.2 billion in sanctions.1 This alert highlights current issues for private equity, venture capital and...more

SBIC Report: SBA Calls for Early Stage Fund Managers to Become Licensed Early Stage SBICs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) invited early-stage fund managers to submit materials to become approved as Early Stage Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC). The Early Stage SBIC is a new subcategory of...more

Evolution and alternatives in the market - While fears of another downturn loom, the European financial markets have innovated,...

Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the period that followed, the markets have more understanding of the credit risk spectrum. This includes jurisdictional risk, available restructuring options and the complexity...more

CFTC 4.13(a)(3) Annual Affirmations Due February 29

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

Obama's Budget Proposals Expand Application of Net Investment Income Tax and Address Carried Interest

On February 9th, President Obama released his Budget Proposals for 2017 (the "Budget Proposals"). The Budget Proposals include the following proposals that may affect private investment fund managers...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

Summary of private equity firms’ compliance obligations, discussion of notable developments in 2015 and outlook for 2016. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the rules of self-regulatory organizations (SROs),...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

New Year: New Regulatory Developments Affecting Managers of Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Private Funds

Regulators were busy at the end of 2015, especially in the United States, perhaps being motivated to push forward new rule proposals in anticipation of a change in administration after the presidential elections later this...more

The Vanguard 401(k) lawsuit won’t spark a return to actively managed funds

The Anthem class action lawsuit concerning the use of Vanguard index funds has caused a hullabaloo in the industry. IT even got a writer to pen an article suggested that the lawsuit may trigger a return to the use of actively...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2015: And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: Top 12 Regulatory Heads-up for the...

1st Day of Christmas – UCITS V* - The UCITS V Directive (UCITS V) introduces specific provisions on: - (i) eligibility, liability and delegation of depositaries; - (ii) remuneration policies;...more

Luxembourg Publishes Bill of Law on Reserved Alternative Investment Funds

The Luxembourg Council of Government approved on 27 November 2015 the bill of law (“Bill”) on reserved alternative investment funds (“RAIF”), a new form of Luxembourg alternative investment fund (“AIF”). The Bill was...more

Common Reporting Standard Enters Into Effect for Investment Funds in Early Adopter Jurisdictions

If you read one thing. . . - On January 1, 2016, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) enters into effect in key investment fund jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands. ...more

SEC Enforcement Chief Andrew Ceresney Discusses CCO Liability

On November 4, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Enforcement (Enforcement Division), delivered the keynote address at the 2015 National Conference of the National...more

2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review Released

The statement is tax light, but there is continued focus on carried interest. On 25 November, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made a number of tax-related announcements in the 2015 Autumn Statement and...more

SEC Action Against Private Fund Adviser Highlights Importance of Proper Expense Apportionment

On November 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had reached a settlement with Cherokee Investment Partners, LLC (CIP) and Cherokee Advisers, LLC (CA), affiliated private equity fund...more

UK 2015 Summer Finance Bill Update: Proposed Taxation Changes for Carried Interest and DIMF

Further to our client alert in July this year, the UK Government recently proposed further changes to the UK taxation of carried interest and disguised investment management fees (DIMF). The UK Government proposed...more

Commerce Department Survey of Financial Services Transactions with Foreign Persons Due November 1, 2015

The Commerce Department’s BE-180 Survey of Financial Services Transactions is a mandatory benchmark survey conducted every five years and administered by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”). Reports are required by...more

PE Firms: Prepare for the BEA’s Upcoming BE-180 Survey

Private equity firms may be subject to new mandatory BEA reporting requirements with respect to their cross-border financial services transactions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the US Department of Commerce...more

Impact of New European AIFMD Regulation on SBICs

The recent adoption of the European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), effective July 2013 (and with transitional provisions in some countries through 2014), has imposed complex new regulations on most...more

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