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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

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

Private Equity Fund Charged by SEC with Violation of the Pay-to-Play Rules for Investment Advisors

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it had charged TL Ventures, a Philadelphia-area private equity firm (the "Firm") with the first ever case involving a violation of the "pay-to-play...more

Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions?

Ever since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required many investment advisers to private equity funds to register with the SEC for the first time, fund managers knew that additional scrutiny might...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

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation ..SEC Begins to Scrutinize Registrants’ Cybersecurity Practices ..SEC Staff Sets Boundaries for Adviser Testimonials in Social Media ..Chair White: SEC to Tackle High-Frequency...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

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 Offers Custody Rule Relief to Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

Following the adoption of the Dodd-Frank Act and amendments to the rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) adopted by the SEC, many previously unregistered managers to private funds, including...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Advisers With Misleading Investors About Valuation And Performance

The SEC has charged two investment advisers at Oppenheimer & Co. with misleading investors about the valuation policies and performance of a private equity fund they manage. The SEC recently hinted at potential increased...more

SEC Announces 2013 Examination Priorities for the Investment Management Industry

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) has published its list and discussion of examination priorities for the investment management industry in 2013, which includes both market-wide initiatives...more

Form PF Filing Deadlines Loom For Midsized Hedge And PE Fund Advisers – Some Key Mechanical And Timing Issues

By now, most investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have either (a) filed a Form PF, (b) are preparing to file a Form PF, (c) have determined that, since they do not advise “private...more

Hedge Funds And Private Equity Groups On SEC Examination Priority List

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, administers the SEC’s nationwide examination and inspection program. The National Examination Program, or NEP, has published its examination priorities to...more

New Freedoms & Heightened Scrutiny Complicate the US Private Fund Marketing Environment

Originally published in CorporateLiveWire on February 21, 2013. The last few years have witnessed tectonic shifts in U.S. laws and regulations that effect the management and operations of hedge funds, private equity...more

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Management Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and...

Annual Compliance Reviews - All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are required to review their compliance policies and procedures at least annually (and best practice is...more

SEC Official Describes Enforcement Priorities For Hedge Funds

Bruce Karpati, Chief, SEC Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit, recently described enforcement priorities with respect to hedge funds. He noted the Asset Management Unit, comprised of 75 staff across 11 offices,...more

White Paper: Impact of Dodd-Frank on Investment Advisers

On June 22, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") adopted final rules under the Private Fund Investment Advisers Registration Act of 2010 (the “Act”), contained in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

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