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New House Bill Aims to Reduce Some Dodd-Frank Regulatory Burdens

On January 24, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that loosens certain Dodd-Frank requirements and reduces the scope of the SEC’s regulatory authority over certain private equity firms, small businesses,...more

Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate...more

What’s Really Going on with PE Firms’ Fees?

Pepper Hamilton LLP, a multi-practice law firm that represents private equity clients throughout the life cycle of an investment fund, recently partnered with PEF Services and PEI to conduct a survey of 104 U.S. alternative...more

Private Equity Fund Adviser Settles with SEC

Earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced plans to expand its task force examining private equity investment advisers. As discussed in the Spring 2014 issue of Expect Focus (“Private Equity:...more

Managing Litigation Risk: Critical Questions for Private Equity Professionals Serving on Portfolio Company Boards

Private equity funds, and individuals affiliated with fund sponsors, are increasingly being named as defendants in lawsuits involving their portfolio companies. This litigation risk arises most frequently where a fund...more

A reminder of antitrust risks for private equity firms

In two decisions adopted in November 2014 but only recently published, the Dutch competition authority (ACM) fined three private equity firms for the involvement of one of their former portfolio companies in the so-called...more

CFTC Follows SEC’s Lead on "General Solicitation"

Seeking to harmonize governing rules, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), by letter dated September 9, granted exemptive relief that enables commodity pool operators (CPOs) to rely on CFTC...more

SEC Seeks Serious Penalties Against Sands Brothers and its Senior Officers for Alleged Repeated Custody Rule Violations - Former...

On October 29, 2014, the SEC announced that it had instituted administrative proceedings under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 against Sands Brothers Asset Management LLC (Sands Brothers), its two co-founders and the...more

Federal Reserve Board Extends the Volcker Rule Conformance Period for Legacy Funds

On December 18, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) issued an order extending for an additional year – i.e., until July 21, 2016 – the Volcker Rule conformance period for banking entities to...more

Orderly Unwinding: Here to Stay?

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) recently issued the ISDA 2014 Resolution Stay Protocol (Protocol), which takes effect on 1 January 2015. The Protocol aims to prevent adhering parties from...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fraud Claims Against Private Equity Fund and Directors

In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss fraud-based claims made in connection with Great Hill’s acquisition of Plimus, a...more

The Fed Extends Volcker Rule Conformance for Private Funds

The Federal Reserve Board has announced that it has extended the Volcker Rule’s conformance period for compliance with the private fund provisions for investments in, and relationships with, “legacy” covered funds....more

Volker Rule Compliance for Private Equity and Hedge Funds Extended

The Federal Reserve Board has acted under section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as the Volcker Rule, to give banking entities until July 21, 2016, to conform investments...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 49

In this issue: - Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fraud Claims Against Private Equity Fund and Directors - Agencies Amend Regulatory Capital and Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rules - FINRA Proposes...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Takeaways From The SEC’s Past Year in Enforcement

After a year of “first ever” actions targeting private equity, fund managers should be vigilant, even about seemingly small issues. In reviewing the results of SEC Enforcement’s fiscal year that ended on September 30,...more

2014 Proskauer Hedge Funds and Other Private Funds Annual Review

This year we saw a flurry of regulatory activity targeting investment advisers and hedge funds, private equity funds and other private funds (collectively, private funds). The following annual review is a summary of some of...more

Thanksgiving-Eve Delaware Chancery Court Decision Refuses to Dismiss Fraud-Based Claims Against Private Equity Investors and...

On Thanksgiving Eve the Delaware Chancery Court issued a detailed opinion sure to be of significance to all parties involved in M&A transactions, particularly in the private equity space. In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP...more

New Spanish Regulation for Venture Capital and Private Equity Entities

Changes harmonize Spanish regulations with existing EU regulations and increase the scope of acceptable investment activities for closed-ended investment entities. Introduction - On 12 November 2014 the...more

More Disclosure Needed as SEC Sunlight Shines

The US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) “Spreading Sunshine” speech in early May 2014 heralded a new era of disclosure for private equity firms. Under the spotlight were fees, allocation of expenses, co-investment,...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #5

In this issue: - In preliminarily denying two exemption requests, the SEC takes a stand for market transparency in ETFs and upholds the arbitrage mechanism that allows market prices to closely track NAVs. -...more

Recap and Update: AIFM Directive for US Private Fund Managers

Now that three months have passed since the Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFM) Directive became binding law in all European Union jurisdictions, US private fund managers (whether hedge funds, private equity funds or...more

SEC Appoints Marc Wyatt As Deputy Director Of National Exam Program

On October 20, the SEC appointed Marc Wyatt as the Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Compliance and Inspection Examinations (OCIE). In September 2012, Wyatt joined the SEC as a senior specialized examiner with a...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Manager with Misallocation of Portfolio Company Expenses

On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") charged Lincolnshire Management, Inc. ("Lincolnshire"), a New York-based private equity fund adviser, with breaching its fiduciary duty to two investment...more

Surge in FOIA Requests to State Agencies Seeking Information About PE and Other Alternative Investment Fund Sponsors

We have recently observed a surge in freedom-of-information (“FOIA”) requests made by media outlets to state pension funds and other state-government-affiliated investment entities. Although the requests have so far...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser with Misallocating Expenses between Portfolio Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on September 22, 2014 (Order) against private equity fund adviser Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire). The Order alleged...more

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