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Private Fund Update - July 2014 #2

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) -...more

SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds....more

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Discusses Alternative Mutual Funds

In a speech presented to the Practicing Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum on June 30, 2014, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Division”), discussed the rise of open-end mutual funds...more

Reverse Churning

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, as well as investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to their clients. But the rise of claims related to inaction in a client...more

SEC Staff Warns Against “Disclosure Creep”

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management warned against “disclosure creep” invading fund prospectuses in regulatory guidance posted in June 2014....more

SEC Staff: Measure Percentage Ownership by Fund, not by Complex

In its June 2014 Guidance Update, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that series funds are individual investment companies for purposes of compliance with certain investor protections, including the 1940 Act’s...more

SEC Signals Increased Attention to Cybersecurity Preparedness

As part of its increased attention to cybersecurity preparedness, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination (OCIE) recently announced it will perform cybersecurity...more

A Developing Trend: Heightened Scrutiny of Private Equity Fund Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently increased its efforts in examining private equity fund advisers and the fees and expenses such advisers charge to portfolio companies on top of customary management fees....more

SEC Inspectors Uncover Another Case

The Commission’s inspection program continues to be a source of new cases for the Enforcement Division. The Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations, OCIE, developed the recent action against Liquidnet regarding...more

Broker, Two Employees Alleged to Violate SEC Market Access Rule

The Commission’s inspection program, conducted by the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations or OCIE, has been the source of a number of enforcement actions. One example is the recently filed case against dark pool...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Concerns Noted During Private Equity Adviser Exams - Routine examinations by the SEC at advisory firms who manage the assets of private equity funds have uncovered some serious concerns about the way such advisers...more

SEC Tells Investment Advisers and Private Equity Firms to Prepare for Cyber Attacks

As part of its “Cybersecurity Initiative,” the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has sent extensive cybersecurity document requests to more than 50 registered broker-dealers and registered...more

SEC's Findings and Observations on OCIE's Presence Exam Initiative

During his speech on May 6, 2014, Andrew J. Bowden, the Director of the Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided an overview and initial observations...more

SEC Establishes Cybersecurity Initiative for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

On April 15, 2014, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a National Exam Priority Risk Alert announcing its initiative to evaluate cybersecurity...more

Private Equity And The SEC: A Brave New World Of Scrutiny And Compliance

In early April 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the formation of a new unit within its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) that will be dedicated to the examination of private...more

Spreading Sunshine in Private Equity

On May 6, 2014, Andrew J. Bowden, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”), gave a speech entitled “Spreading Sunshine in Private Equity” to the Private Fund Compliance Forum (sponsored...more

SEC’s Inspection Chief Cites Fee and Expense Deficiencies in the Private Equity Sector

In a May 6 speech the SEC’s Andrew Bowden said more than half of the private equity managers inspected in the last two years had either violated the law or had material weaknesses in how they handled fees and expenses. Hidden...more

SEC’s OCIE Director Reports Violations Regarding Fees Common at PE Firms

In remarks to a group of compliance officers from investment advisers to private equity funds in New York City, Andrew J. Bowden, the director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, announced that the...more

SEC Warns Private Equity Fund Advisers about Compliance Shortcomings

Andrew J. Bowden, Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) delivered remarks at last week's Private Equity International (PEI) 2014 Compliance Forum that...more

The SEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment: A Roadmap for Companies Nationwide

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) provided cybersecurity guidance to the securities industry in the form of a Risk Alert issued by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) on April 15,...more

SEC Takes Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) formally announced its cybersecurity initiative in a Risk Alert. The initiative followed up on OCIE’s...more

Spreading Sunshine or Shining a Spotlight?

In a recent speech, Andrew Bowden, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) “spread sunshine” on private equity industry practices gathered through so-called “presence exams” of newly...more

Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Now Targeted by Both Cyber Intruders and SEC Cybersecurity Examiners

Cybersecurity has increasingly become a critical issue for all types of businesses, few more so than broker-dealers, investment advisers and others in the financial sector. The cyber threat is much broader than customer data...more

Variable Annuities Still In The Crosshairs

For the first time in several years, variable annuities are not listed as a priority in FINRA’s annual letter of regulatory and examination priorities. The omission from the January 2, 2014, letter may be partly due to the...more

SEC Cybersecurity Initiative: Five Steps ALL Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Should be Taking

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert announcing its Cybersecurity Initiative....more

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