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Volcker Rule: Federal Agencies Issue New Guidance Regarding the Seeding Period Treatment for Registered Investment Companies...

Under guidance issued on July 16, 2015 by the federal agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule (the “Agencies”) RICs and FPFs need not be treated as banking entities during a seeding period of up to three...more

BDC Master Feeder Funds on the Horizon – No-Action Relief Granted to One Issuer

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that it would not recommend enforcement action if a business development company (BDC) reorganizes into a master-feeder structure. The relief will also be...more

Volcker Agencies Provide Seeding Period Guidance for BDCs, RICs and FPFs in New FAQ

On July 16, 2015, the agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker rule (Agencies) issued FAQ 16, which provides guidance on the circumstances under which a seed investment would not cause (i) a registered investment...more

Federal Regulators Issue Volcker Rule FAQ Addressing Investment Fund Seeding Periods

The Volcker rule generally prohibits banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from sponsoring and/or investing in certain types of “covered” investment funds. The implementing regulation that the Agencies...more

House Holds Hearings on Bill to Ease BDC Restrictions

The Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises of the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony on June 16, 2015 in support of proposed bills that would, among other things, increase the...more

SEC Updates Guidance on Cybersecurity

Emphasizing the critical importance of cybersecurity to registered investment companies (RICs), including insurance separate accounts and business development companies, and to investment advisers, the SEC’s Division of...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Debenture Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

SEC Clarifies BDC Transactions with Certain Second-Tier Affiliates

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management has clarified which restrictions apply to BDC’s co-investment transactions with limited partners of a partnership that is an affiliated person of the BDC....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #3

Amendment to Swaps Push-out Provision of Dodd-Frank: Section 630 of the recently passed Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (“Omnibus Spending Bill” – see p. 249) amends Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank...more

Investment Management Update

In This Issue: - SEC Announces First-of-Its-Kind Whistleblower Award To an Audit and Compliance Professional - SEC Issues No-Action Letter To Allow for Amendment of a Sub-Advisory Agreement without Shareholder...more

SEC Permits BDCs to Analyze LPs as Stockholders for Certain Co-Investments

On December 5, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission, through the Chief Accountant's Office of its Investment Management Division, issued a Guidance Update in response to a public inquiry regarding co-investment...more

New SEC Guidance Adds Flexibility to BDC Co-Investing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the Division) just published guidance that will permit business development companies (BDCs) to co-invest with certain persons considered...more

SEC Issues Guidance to BDCs Regarding Consolidated Financials

On October 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission, through the Chief Accountant's Office of its Investment Management Division, issued a Guidance Update regarding whether wholly owned subsidiaries should be...more

SEC Staff Closes Loophole on BDC Asset Coverage Requirements

In a Guidance Update published on June 30, 2014 by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, the staff closed a loophole that allowed business development companies (BDCs) with wholly owned Small Business Investment...more

Best Practices for Independent Directors of Business Development Companies

As business development companies (BDCs) grow in popularity, the role of their independent directors grows in importance. Here we look at the increasingly important role that BDC independent directors play and how their...more

Congressional Report May Kill BDC Reform Bill

A congressionally mandated budget report may ring the death knell for proposed legislation that would increase the leverage limit for business development companies (BDCs)....more

FINRA Provides a Detailed Analysis of a Broker-Dealer’s Failure to Adequately Supervise Alternative Investment Sales

In March 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined a broker-dealer $950,000 for supervisory deficiencies related to its failure to adequately supervise the sale of “alternative investments.” These...more

Legal Alert: The Volcker Rule: The Rising Appeal of Registered Investment Companies and BDCs

On December 10, 2013, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

No-Action Relief Allows Business Development Companies to Hold Shares of Investment Advisers

In two separate no-action letters, the SEC staff quietly expanded the ability of business development companies (BDCs) to invest in registered investment advisers. Section 12(d)(3) of the Investment Company Act of 1940...more

Mark-Up of House Bills Scheduled

As we reported in prior posts, there are several proposed bills making their way through Congress that are intended to facilitate capital formation, including legislation that would modernize the framework applicable to...more

BDC Reform Bills Face Uncertain Future

Three bills introduced in the House of Representatives that would ease leverage restrictions on business development companies (BDCs) face an uncertain future in light of concerns expressed by the Chair of the Securities and...more

The baby, the bathwater and BDCs

We have written a fair bit about business development companies and the important role that they serve as alternative capital providers. During the financial crisis and in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis,...more

The SEC Issues Formal Guidance Involving Financial Information Requirements for Certain Portfolio Companies of BDCs

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently published formal guidance applying rules that require the inclusion of certain financial information on unconsolidated subsidiaries...more

FINRA Issues 2013 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

Overview: On January 11, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulated Authority (FINRA) issued its 2013 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (Priorities Letter). This letter is issued annually to highlight...more

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