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Valuation of Illiquid Portfolio Investments – Avoiding Regulatory Risks with Form and Substance

For private fund managers, the valuation of privately-held securities has been subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. As the IPO on-ramp for private “unicorn” investments has lengthened, fund managers may hold illiquid...more

MiFID II for Non-EU Fund Managers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments package—known as MiFID II—takes effect on January 3, 2018. New rules on trading inducements, research, best execution, market transparency and the regulation of algorithmic...more

With the Tip of a Hat, a Fund Manager Can Be an ERISA Fiduciary

by Winstead PC on

It’s official. The Department of Labor’s final conflict of interest regulation became applicable on June 9, 2017. Despite the consternation leading up to the issuance of this rule and the expectations of many that the rule...more

The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

by Jackson Walker on

Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2017

In this edition of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the Trump administration's executive order outlining its cybersecurity plans, Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen's comments on the possible...more

Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of May, 2017. Three More Post-Tackett Retiree Healthcare Vesting Decisions - On April 20, 2017, the U.S....more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule To Apply June 9th, Investment Managers and Advisers May Want to Take Action Now

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule significantly expanding when a person is considered to be a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (Code) as a...more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule to Become Partially Effective June 9, 2017

The Fiduciary Rule, which expands the circumstances under which providers of investment advice may be considered Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciaries, was initially published in the Federal...more

New York & Colorado Propose “New” Cybersecurity Regulations for Broker-Dealers

by Wilson Elser on

In the wake of the promulgation of new cybersecurity regulations by New York State’s Department of Financial Services, Colorado has proposed cybersecurity regulations for broker-dealers, investment advisers and other fund...more

Securities Financing Transactions Regulation—Update

Regulation (EU) 2015/2365, the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), imposes a number of requirements on EU fund managers (see the previous Akin Gump client alert on SFTR, The New Securities Financing...more

What to Know About Increased AIFMD Reporting Requirements in the UK

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On 29 June 2017, changes to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority’s rules and guidance on Annex IV reporting under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will come into effect....more

"UK Updates Fund Management Law"

On March 29, 2017, the U.K. updated the law pursuant to which U.K. limited partnerships are constituted. It was the same day on which the government began the Brexit process that will fundamentally change the constitution of...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The election of President Trump contained some positive signs for Private Equity (PE) fund managers. These included potential lower corporate taxes, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

Maintaining confidentiality in fund documents: a realistic expectation?

by Dechert LLP on

In this context, the English High Court recently granted an interim injunction preventing the disclosure and publication by Reuters of information from confidential documents relating to a fund manager, Brevan Howard Asset...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: DIFC Lowers Cost of Entry for Fund Managers

by Dechert LLP on

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the leading financial hubs in the Middle East. Its funds regime – administered and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) – has been updated a...more

HMRC publishes responses to the consultation on Partnership taxation

by Goodwin on

The result of the HM Revenue & Custom's consultation on UK partnership taxation was released on 20 March, this is important for both fund partnerships and fund managers structured as LLPs which file UK tax returns. Although...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: Six steps to non-core infrastructure success

by White & Case LLP on

Infrastructure funds are increasing their capital allocations to non-core sectors, although in doing so they will need to take on increased risk and operate outside an established regulatory environment. There are six steps...more

10 Takeaway Points on Luxembourg’s RAIF

by Reed Smith on

The Luxembourg law on reserved alternative investment funds (RAIF) is a welcome addition to the alternative investment funds (AIF) industry and we have seen keen interest from the fund and asset management industry in this...more

Another Court Rejects Excessive Fee Claims Following Trial on Mutual Fund “Manager of Managers” Theory

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 28, 2017, Judge Renée Bumb of the New Jersey federal district court entered judgment in favor of Hartford Funds Management Group, Inc. (“Hartford”) following last November’s four-day bench trial relating to...more

Annex IV Reporting - AIFMD Reporting Changes

by Dechert LLP on

Currently a non European Economic Area (EEA) Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) which markets a non-EEA feeder fund in the UK only has to report article 24(2) data (which forms part of the Annex IV reporting...more

First Department Allows $45 Million Fraud Claim to Proceed Against Patriarch Partners

In Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v. Tilton, No. 651695/15, 2017 BL 55790 (App Div, 1st Dep’t Feb. 23, 2017), a divided panel of the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed a Commercial Division order that denied...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

The UK Modern Slavery Act – A Compliance Primer for Fund Managers

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Starting this year, a significant number of fund managers based all over the world will be among the approximately 12,000 companies that will be required to publish an annual statement under the transparency provisions of the...more

ESMA Publishes Opinion on the Effect of Excluding Fund Managers From the Scope of MiFIR Intervention Powers

On January 12, 2017, the ESMA published an opinion on the impact of exclusion of fund management from the entire scope of MiFIR (Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation) (Regulation 600/2014). Although, under...more

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