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Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Use by Private Equity Funds of Subscription Credit Facilities as a Form of...

Subscription credit facilities, or subscription lines, are typically revolving credit facilities secured on the capital commitments of investors. Interest rates on subscription lines are often similar to those for first lien...more

The Only Color in Gambling is Green—Why Staking is a Security

The Securities Act of 1933’s catchall for defining a security is the “investment contract.” The landmark case, SEC v Howey, explained that “an investment contract for the purposes of the Securities Act means a contract,...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Fund Changes Intended to Simplify Compliance with the Department of Labor’s “Conflict of Interest” Rule

On December 15, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a Guidance Update titled, Mutual Fund Fee Structures. The Guidance focuses on disclosure issues and procedural requirements arising from (i) funds...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Fund Fee Structure Disclosures

In a Guidance Update published on December 15, 2016, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) articulated its views as to certain disclosure issues and...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

SEC Finalizes Rules Requiring Liquidity Risk Management by Open-End Funds

In an October 13, 2016 release (the “Release”), the SEC adopted Rule 22e-4 (the “Rule”) and published new disclosure and data reporting requirements. Most notably...more

SFC Circular to Managers of SFC Authorised Funds Addressing Liquidity Risk Management

Key Points - - All managers of SFC authorised funds (including overseas managers of SFC authorised funds) are required to enhance internal liquidity risk management processes and procedures in order to implement...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisor with Conflicts for Law Firm Discounts

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC charged a private equity advisor, First Reserve Management, L.P., with conflicts of interest and other matters. First Reserve did not admit or deny the SEC’s findings....more

Social Links: Instagram’s & Pinterest’s new features; the per-post premium paid to top influencers; a successful social media...

Instagram now allows users to zoom in on photos in their feeds and at least 11 brands are already capitalizing on the new feature. Pinterest acquired Instapaper, a tool that allows you to cache webpages for reading at a...more

Three Immigration Lawyers Sanctioned by the SEC for Brokering EB-5 Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just published three new decisions in connection with administrative proceedings against two well known immigration lawyers, as well as against a third lawyer. One party has...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

An investment banker who repeatedly tipped his father on about pending mergers was found guilty of insider trading by a jury this week. The Commission brought another action based on the whistleblower protections where the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.6.16

How often are we going to be hearing about Brexit aftershocks? I’d expect you better get used to it. Today’s edition: two other real estate funds (these run by Aviva ad M&G) have joined Standard Life in freezing withdrawals...more

SEC Proposes Business Continuity and Transition Rules for Advisers While Staff Publishes Similar Guidance for Funds

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management published regulatory guidance on June 28, 2016, highlighting the need for registered investment company complexes to review their business continuity plans to ensure they are...more

Practice Pointers on Shelf Offerings by Business Development Companies

Overview - Business development companies (“BDCs”) are U.S. publicly held investment funds that invest primarily in private and thinly traded public U.S. businesses. BDCs have generally faced capital raising challenges...more

Cease and Desist Proceedings Against an Asset Manager for Acting as an Unlicensed Broker-Dealer

Industry participants are well-advised to review their practices to ensure compliance with the Advisers Act, and the SEC’s and SEC’s Staff’s interpretations of when registration as a broker-dealer is required....more

Key Data Privacy and Security Concerns for Investment Firms

Privacy and data security concerns are among the most critical issues facing investment funds, advisors and managers (collectively, “investment firms”). This article outlines the privacy and data security challenges...more

Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 Passes Muster in U.S. House of Representatives

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representative passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 5019) by a vote of 411 to 6. This bill directs the SEC to amend its regulations under the Securities Act of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

Junk Bond Fund Failure Challenges Industry

The December failure and ongoing liquidation of the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund (TAFCF) provides potential ammunition to significant financial services industry players who believe mutual funds and investment managers...more

The HSR Act’s “Investment” Exemption – Strategic Considerations in Light of Recent Enforcement

On April 4, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued ValueAct Capital (ValueAct), an “activist” investment fund, for violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act), seeking civil...more

"The Resurgence of SPACs in a Quiet IPO Market"

More than 20 years old, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) — publicly listed companies established with the goal of acquiring unspecified targets — have recently experienced a surge in popularity. Ten SPACs for...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Revising Fund Disclosure in Light of Changing Market Conditions

On March 2, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued new guidance (the “Guidance”) to registered investment companies and their investment advisers regarding the dynamic...more

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letter on Index Fund Investments in Insurance Companies and Securities Related Businesses

SEC staff expands upon prior no-action positions to permit funds that track a third-party index to invest in insurance companies and securities related businesses beyond the limitations set forth in Sections 12(d)(2) and...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

SEC - Registered Investment Advisers – Annual Compliance Requirements

As a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), most private equity and hedge fund managers are required to register as investment advisers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

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