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Global merger control: Charting a route to port

As investors scour the world for growth, regulators are placing cross-border deals under ever greater scrutiny, and a new regulatory world order is emerging. Understanding it is essential. Merger control: Getting your...more

As Litigation Risk Increases, Private Equity Sponsors Should Re-Evaluate Their Professional Liability Insurance Programs

Private equity fund sponsors are facing increased litigation risk from regulators and private parties, including limited partners and stakeholders in portfolio companies.  As a result, private equity firms should re-examine...more

SEC Action Against Private Fund Adviser Highlights Importance of Proper Expense Apportionment

On November 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had reached a settlement with Cherokee Investment Partners, LLC (CIP) and Cherokee Advisers, LLC (CA), affiliated private equity fund...more

BEPS Projects Final Report: Issues for the Investment Funds Sector

We have considered the final reports from the perspective of a typical private investment fund that focuses on illiquid assets such as private equity, infrastructure or real estate. Some of the reports contain proposals that,...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Firm and Four Executives with Failing to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

On November 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had reached a settlement with Fenway Partners, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, and several of the firm's executives (the...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Changes Audit Rules for Private Equity and Hedge Funds

On November 2, 2015, the United States Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act) to fund the federal government. Among other provisions, the Act significantly modifies how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

M&A Update: Chancery Court Finds Merger Price to be Most Persuasive Factor in Appraisal Action

In a recent decision in an appraisal action, the Delaware Chancery Court reaffirmed the Court’s reluctance to substitute its own calculation of the “fair value” of a target company’s stock for the purchase price derived...more

Proposed rules under section 707 governing disguised compensation for services

The proposed Department of Treasury regulations under IRC section 707(a)(2)(A) set forth standards to determine when a payment arrangement to a partner shall be treated as disguised compensation. Section 707(a) generally...more

SEC Chair White Complains of Poor Hedge Fund and Private Equity Practices

SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently delivered pointed remarks to a conference attended by hedge fund and private equity advisors. One portion of her remarks was directed at operational risks of private funds, such as...more

SEC Continues to Scrutinize the Adequacy and Transparency of Private Equity Fees and Conflicts of Interest

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has continued to scrutinize the fees and expenses charged by private equity funds to investors, as evidenced by the recent enforcement action against three private equity funds...more

SEC Report: Private Fund Assets Grew by 25 Percent over Past Two Years; Private Fund Leverage Revealed

The SEC’s “Private Funds Statistics” report, published October 16, 2016, reveals that the number of private funds and private fund assets has grown significantly over the past two years. The data show that private funds, as a...more

Observation 3.0: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the Volcker Rule and the Implications for Foreign Banks Investing in...

1. Question: What is the Volcker Rule, and when does it take effect? Answer: The Volcker Rule was enacted into law as section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank...more

SEC Begins Publishing Statistics on Hedge Funds and Private Equity Advisors

The SEC published a report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends, reflecting aggregated data reported by private fund advisers on Form ADV and Form PF. Most of the data in the more than 50 separate tables...more

Commerce Department Survey of Financial Services Transactions with Foreign Persons Due November 1, 2015

The Commerce Department’s BE-180 Survey of Financial Services Transactions is a mandatory benchmark survey conducted every five years and administered by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”). Reports are required by...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Portfolio Monitoring and Legal Fees Subject to SEC Enforcement Action Against Private Equity Group

The SEC announced that three private equity fund advisers within The Blackstone Group have agreed to pay nearly $39 million to settle charges that they failed to fully inform investors about benefits that the advisers...more

SEC Settles With Blackstone On Disclosure Issues

The SEC’s Asset Management Unit continues to review and analyze fees, expenses and the related disclosure at private equity firms. The Unit has encouraged advisers to self-report these issues. The most recent action emanating...more

Make Room for the Independent Sponsor

It’s no secret that it has become more difficult for traditional private equity firms to raise captive funds. In fact, California Public Employees’ Retirement System is looking to further reduce its number of private equity...more

Senators Call on IRS to Finalize Management Fee Waiver Regulations

Yesterday, Senators Franken, Warren, Baldwin and Whitehouse sent Treasury Secretary Lew a letter regarding management fee waiver arrangements. What is a management fee waiver arrangement? It is where a fund manager...more

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

Silversmith Capital Closes First PE Fund Focused on Healthcare, Technology

Silversmith Capital Partners has announced it has closed on its first private equity fund — Silversmith Capital Partners I — at $460 million of commitments....more

International News: Focus on Private Equity

Our Focus on Private Equity provides a global perspective on some of the challenges being faced by PE firms and how these can be successfully addressed. It also examines some of the many opportunities available, e.g., by...more

BE-180: Another BEA Benchmark Survey for Financial Services Providers, Including Managers of Hedge, Private Equity and Other...

The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (the "BEA") recently released the final version of the BE-180 report, a five-year benchmark survey that collects data on transactions between U.S. persons that are...more

Volcker Rule – Five Years On

After years of delays, changes and significant debate, the Volcker Rule is now, largely, in full effect. Sold to a sometimes intellectually incurious Congress and the electorate as a central piece of legislation to limit...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - States are Accommodating Crowdfunding Offerings While the SEC Continues to Ponder Crowdfunding Rules - The SEC first proposed rules in October 2013 for the crowdfunding exemption which was included in...more

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