Private Equity Funds Securities & Exchange Commission

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SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with “Gatekeeper Failures”

Add fund administrators to the list of service providers the SEC expects to act as “gatekeepers.” In two separate settled actions last week, the SEC found that a private fund administrator “caused” the managers’ unregistered...more

SEC Settles with Private Equity Fund Adviser Charged with Acting as an Unregistered Broker

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settlement order highlights the importance that the SEC has placed on the issue of broker-dealer registration for the private equity industry. On June 1, 2016, the SEC...more

SEC acts against Private Equity Firm for Acting as an Unregistered Broker

On June 1, 2016, the SEC issued a press release that announced a Maryland-based private equity fund advisory firm and its owner have agreed to pay more than $3.1 million to settle charges that they engaged in brokerage...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Trade Acknowledgment and Verification Rules for Security-Based Swap Transactions - On June 8, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission publicized the implementation of "rules that will establish timely and...more

SEC Faults Private Equity Fund Manager for Acting as an Unregistered Broker and Failing to Comply With Fund Agreements

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought and settled charges against a private equity fund adviser and its principal owner for engaging in brokerage activity without registering as a...more

"SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser as an Unregistered Broker"

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") accepted a settlement offer from a registered investment adviser of private equity funds, and its founder, principal and managing member. The settlement...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Adviser for Unregistered Brokerage Activity

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 1, 2016 announced a settled enforcement action against a private equity fund manager (Adviser) for acting as a broker-dealer without registering. The case is...more

SEC Finds that Private Equity Fund Adviser Acted as Unregistered Broker

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner agreed to pay more than $3.1 million to settle charges that they engaged in brokerage activity,...more

SEC Announces Settlement with Adviser Found to Have Acted as an Unregistered Broker

The SEC is continuing its pattern of establishing “standards of conduct” for the private equity industry through speeches, enforcement actions, and public settlements. After foreshadowing its concerns in various speeches over...more

SEC sanctions private equity fund adviser for acting as an unregistered broker

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing that a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner have agreed to pay more than $3.1 million to settle charges that included...more

Order Entered Against Private Equity Fund Adviser for Broker-Dealer Activity

Under the notoriously ill-considered Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, previously exempt advisers to private equity funds are subject to Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements and...more

SEC Announces Settlement with Adviser Found to Have Acted as an Unregistered Broker and Engaged in Conflicted Transactions

On June 1, 2016, the SEC announced a settlement with Blackstreet Capital Management, LLC and Murry N. Gunty, Blackstreet's managing member and principal owner. As a registered investment adviser based in Chevy Chase,...more

SEC Settles with Private Equity Fund Adviser Charged with Acting as an Unregistered Broker

Background - In a case that may reflect a notable change in the SEC’s views on broker-dealer registration issues in the private equity industry, a private equity fund adviser agreed to settle SEC charges that it engaged...more

Broker-Dealer Violations by Private Equity Fund Adviser

For private equity funds, along with their managers, sponsors, investors, and portfolio companies paying or receiving transaction-based fees, the recent announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of a...more

SEC Targets Broker-Dealer Implications of Transaction-Based Deal Fees

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought and settled an enforcement action against Blackstreet Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser to private equity funds, and its principal for, among other...more

SEC Enforcement Action Highlights Need for Private Equity Firms to Consider Broker-Dealer Registration

A recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity firm highlights issues identified in a recent speech by the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Enforcement as well as an issue...more

Unicorns Under Scrutiny: The SEC Previews Its “Long Arm” Of The Law

As we previously discussed, SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently delivered the keynote address at the Silicon Valley Initiative hosted by the SEC-Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. While the speech and...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Amendments to the Venture Capital Fund Adviser and Private Fund Adviser Exemptions - Last month the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (Update) addressing recent...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Lessons for PE Managers from the SEC’s Ongoing Scrutiny of Private...

A large number of private equity managers were required to register for the first time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Act)....more

New Year: New Regulatory Developments Affecting Managers of Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Private Funds

Regulators were busy at the end of 2015, especially in the United States, perhaps being motivated to push forward new rule proposals in anticipation of a change in administration after the presidential elections later this...more

6 Questions PE Sponsors Must Ask About Their GPL Policies

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 Nabs Private Equity Sponsor for Conflicting Investments

JH Partners, LLC, a private equity sponsor, recently agreed to settle SEC charges. According to the SEC the proceedings arose from negligent breaches of fiduciary duty by JHP, an investment adviser to several private equity...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

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

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

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