Pay-To-Play

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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

Private Fund Update - June 2014 #3

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Private Equity...more

SEC Settles with Exempt Reporting Adviser over Pay-to-Play Violations

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against TL Ventures Inc., a venture capital fund adviser (the “Adviser”), over violations of Rule 206(4)-5 (the “Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the...more

SEC Integrates Two Exempt Reporting Advisers to Determine Advisers Act Registration Status

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against TL Ventures Inc., a venture capital fund adviser (the “VC Fund Adviser”) and Penn Mezzanine Partners Management, L.P. (the “Private Fund Adviser” and with the VC Fund...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending June 27, 2014)

The Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in Halliburton. While the Court declined to overrule Basic and its presumption of reliance based on the fraud-on-the-market theory, it did alter existing practice....more

"SEC Issues Fine in Pay-to-Play Rule and Registration Requirement Violation Case"

On June 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") censured and fined investment adviser TL Ventures Inc. for violating the SEC's pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5 (the "Rule"), and failing to properly register...more

SEC Announces First Investment Adviser ‘Pay-to-Play’ Enforcement Action

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action under "pay-to-play" rules for investment advisers since those rules were adopted nearly four years ago. TL Ventures Inc., a...more

Private Fund Update - June 2014 #2

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Private Equity Growth Capital Council...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Firm with Pay-to-Play Violations

For the first time since passing Rule 206(4)-5, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a Philadelphia-area private equity firm with violations of the pay-to-play rule. The case concerns contributions made...more

Integrated Private Equity Firms Charged With Failure to Register and Pay-to-Play Violations

The SEC charged two firms with failing to register as investment advisers because their operations were integrated and charged one of the entities with violating pay-to-play rules....more

Contributions by New Jersey Government Contractors Increased Dramatically in 2013: Will Pay-to-Play Reform Follow?

Late last month, ELEC issued its 2013 Annual Report, which includes an analysis of the Pay-to-Play Annual Disclosures (Form BE) filed by New Jersey government contractors. Although New Jersey has stringent pay-to-play...more

MSRB Says Pay-To-Play Rules Coming To Municipal Advisors

Following its quarterly meeting, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, stated its Board agreed to extend its pay-to-play rules to municipal advisors....more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s experience confirms reports that the market remains positive overall, with up rounds comprising more than three-quarters of all venture deals in Q1 2014, the highest proportion in several...more

Mississippi Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Equifax Fix

Earlier this week the Mississippi Legislature approved the conference committee report on tax reform legislation (House Bill 799) that significantly changes Mississippi’s tax assessment and appeals procedures. Both the House...more

New Jersey Government Contractors: Don’t Let the Upcoming Pay-to-Play Filing Deadline Catch You Off Guard!

New Jersey’s Pay-to-Play Annual Disclosure filing deadline is imminent. By March 31, 2014, all for-profit businesses that have received aggregate payments of $50,000 or more during the 2013 calendar year as a result of New...more

"Government Affairs and Government Procurement: Pressure to Comply Continues to Grow in 2014"

With increased attention to transparency in corporate political spending, disclosure of so-called “dark money” and a new rule for municipal advisors, corporations and other organizations active in government affairs or...more

Spotlight on Mississippi: Opportunity for Legislature to Level Playing Field

New proposed legislation has been introduced in the Mississippi State Senate to reform several laws that directly affect Mississippi taxpayers. The new bill, S.B. 2487, was introduced on January 21, 2014 by the chairman of...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

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

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...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

First Formal Pay-To-Play Exemption Request

In 2011, so-called “pay-to-play” prohibitions under the Investment Advisers Act Rule 206(4)-5 (the Rule) went into effect. A recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) exemptive order application addresses one...more

McCutcheon v. FEC: the Potential Impact on Aggregate Contribution Limits Under Local Pay-to-Play Ordinances

Last week the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a challenge to the constitutionality of aggregate contribution limits under federal campaign finance law....more

In Proposed Amendments to Pay-to-Play Rules, the New Jersey State Investment Council Explains Indirect Violations

Comments are due today on proposed amendments to the New Jersey State Investment Council (“SIC”) Pay-to-Play Rules. ...more

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