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SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance When Private Funds Use SPVs and Escrow Accounts

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-7 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance on how Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”)...more

SEC “Likes” Social Media for Investment Advisers

The SEC staff views social media as a useful tool that helps consumers conduct their own due diligence on investment advisers. In a recent Investment Management Guidance Update, the staff stated that, under certain...more

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the Advisers Act

The Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Act) is the rulebook for SEC-registered investment advisers (RIAs). The Advisers Act, together with the related rules adopted by the SEC under it, lays down the groundwork as to...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

New SEC Guidance on Application of Custody Rule to SPVs and Escrow Accounts

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a guidance update (Update) on Rule 206(4)-2 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Custody Rule), which regulates the custody practices of registered investment...more

SEC Settles with Hedge Fund Adviser over Principal Transactions and Retaliation Against Whistleblower

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (the “Adviser”), and Candace King Weir, the Adviser’s principal owner (the “Principal”), over violations of the...more

Paying for Playing: SEC Brings First Pay-to-Play Action against an Investment Adviser

The SEC has brought the first action under the “pay-to-play” rule adopted under the Investment Advisers Act. Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC Enforcement Division, served notice that the SEC “will hold investment advisers...more

SEC’s First Advisers Act Pay-To-Play Action

The Commission brought its first pay-to-play action involving political campaign contributions under the Investment Advisers Act. The proceeding is predicated on the integration of two firms which claimed to be exempt from...more

SEC Issues Guidance Update on Social Media Commentary in Investment Adviser Advertising

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an IM Guidance Update (Guidance Update) on the use of social media in investment adviser advertising. The...more

SEC Staff Addresses Third-Party Endorsements of Investment Advisers on Social Media Websites

On March 28, 2014, the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published an IM Guidance Update that removes a great deal of uncertainty regarding social media use by investment...more

Investment Management Update

Following two recent cases involving investment advisers and social media, the SEC recently issued guidance regarding whether the publication of comments about investment advisers on social media sites would violate those...more

SEC Brings Charges Against SEC Registered Investment Adviser for Improperly Allocating Expenses and Other Violations of the...

On February 25, 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) filed public administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings against Arizona-based Clean Energy Capital, LLC (a registered investment adviser, “CEC”) and...more

SEC Relief For "M&A Brokers:" Not Required To Register As Broker-Dealers

The Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets recently issued an important no-enforcement letter regarding the status of a person engaged in effecting transactions in connection with the transfer of ownership...more

Mark Your Calendars for Your Annual Review

Before you even start reading this, go to Outlook or whatever calendar you use, pick a date, and put in “Annual Review.” Any time in the year that works for you will do, although I gravitate towards getting housekeeping...more

Strategic Considerations for Start-Up Private Equity Fund Managers

Unprecedented barriers of entry — from the uncertainty of Dodd-Frank reforms to the economic downturn — have presented roadblocks to aspiring private equity fund managers in recent years. ...more

SEC Charges Adviser and Portfolio Manager with Misrepresentations to Money Market Fund Board and Rule 2a-7 Violations

The SEC issued an Order (the “Order”) instituting administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings against Ambassador Capital Management, LLC (the “Adviser”) and the portfolio manager (the “Portfolio Manager”) for a prime...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

Private Fund Adviser Receives Exemptive Relief from Two-Year Compensation Ban under Pay-to-Play Rule Triggered by Contribution to...

An SEC-registered adviser (the “Adviser”) was granted exemptive relief pursuant to Rule 206(4)-5 (the “Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) from the Rule’s two-year prohibition on receiving...more

House Passes Bill to Restore Registration Exemption for Private Equity Fund Advisers

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on December 4, 2013, that would restore an exemption from registration to advisers of certain private equity funds that limit leverage, an attempt to undo another...more

SEC Settles with Adviser Over Discretionary Valuation Practices and Lack of Cross Trade Procedures

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against a registered investment adviser (the “Adviser”) over (i) its exercise of discretion in valuing securities held by a privately offered fund the Advised managed (the...more

First Pay-To-Play Exemption Becomes Effective For Hedge Fund

Rule 206(4)-5(a)(1) under the Investment Advisers Act prohibits a registered investment adviser from providing investment advisory services for compensation to a government entity within two years after a contribution to an...more

SEC Grants Rare Exemptive Relief from Pay-to-Play “Time-Out” Provision

In what may be a case of first impression, the SEC recently granted exemptive relief from Rule 206(4)-5(a)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the “time-out” provision of the pay-to-play rule. In general, Rule...more

Questions & Answers on State and Local Variations on SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

Many states and municipalities have adopted laws and regulations that affect how investment managers may solicit investment advisory business, including investment in sponsored public and private funds, from the state...more

SEC Targets Investment Adviser Community

The Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) are focusing their examination and disciplinary efforts on the investment adviser...more

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