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Securities And Exchange Commission Creates New Private Fund Unit Dedicated To Examination Of Private Equity And Hedge Funds

On April 7, 2014, it was announced that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has created a new private fund unit dedicated to the examination of private equity and hedge funds....more

Och-Ziff And Private Equity Corruption Risks

Sometimes predictions come true. Starting in 2011, the SEC sent shock waves through the private equity industry when it launched a general inquiry into private equity compliance with the FCPA....more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014: Is the Swim Worth It? Weighing a U.S. Listing as Exit Strategy

Over the past two years, Dechert has witnessed a noticeable increase in interest from non-U.S. companies in pursuing a listing of equity securities on a U.S. securities exchange. This has been due in part to the continued...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014 Edition: SEC Approves Final Rules that Disqualify “Bad Actors” from Using Rule 506 to...

Most private equity funds that are subject to the U.S. securities laws rely on Rule 506(b) of Regulation D, a safe harbor under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act), in forming funds and soliciting...more

SEC Issues Broker-Dealer No-Action Letter of Interest to Private Equity Firms

On January 31, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets issued an important no-action letter stating that “M&A Brokers,” defined as persons engaged in the business of effecting securities transactions solely in...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Investment Advisers’ Due Diligence Processes for Selecting Alternative Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert on January 28 regarding the due diligence practices of investment advisers when they recommend or place...more

The Financial Industry – Life Is Getting Tough

Financial institutions, investment banks, private equity firms and hedge funds are having a rough time. Things are just not going well for them. While the economic outlook is turning positive, the enforcement atmosphere is...more

SEC Settles with Portfolio Manager of Private Equity Fund of Funds Over Undisclosed Valuation Practice That Inflated Fund...

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against a portfolio manager (the “Portfolio Manager”) over misrepresentations he made or caused to be made to prospective and existing investors in the private equity fund of...more

Strategic Considerations for Start-Up Private Equity Fund Managers

Unprecedented barriers of entry — from the uncertainty of Dodd-Frank reforms to the economic downturn — have presented roadblocks to aspiring private equity fund managers in recent years. ...more

Observation 1.2 On The Volcker Rule: Foreign Banking Entities – Location, Location, Location

On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and...more

SEC Announces Examination Priorities for 2014

On January 9, the SEC announced its examination priorities for 2014, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, including investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies,...more

SEC Exam Priorities Include Newly Registered Hedge Fund And Private Equity Advisors

The SEC has announced its examination priorities for 2014, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, including investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies, exchanges and...more

Summary Of Proposed Amendments To Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the SEC published its proposal to modify Regulation A. The SEC is proposing to expand Regulation A into two tiers: Tier 1, for offerings of up to $5 million; and Tier 2, for offerings of up to $50...more

Federal Regulatory Agencies Issue Final Rule Implementing Volcker Rule

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission jointly adopted and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created Section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act...more

House Passes Bill to Restore Registration Exemption for Private Equity Fund Advisers

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on December 4, 2013, that would restore an exemption from registration to advisers of certain private equity funds that limit leverage, an attempt to undo another...more

Private Equity FCPA Risks: Growing Rapidly

Several years ago, the SEC sent shockwaves through the private equity and hedge fund industries. The SEC launched an industry investigation focused on the legal principle that foreign sovereign wealth funds were a part of...more

SEC Charges Manager Of Private Equity Fund With Violation Of The Custody Rule

The SEC has settled an administrative action with the managing member of a fund of private equity funds. In an examination the SEC staff learned that the manager was violating the custody rule (Rule 206(4)-2 under the...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Autumn 2013 Edition: SEC Permits General Solicitation and General Advertising in Private Placement...

Most private equity funds that are subject to the U.S. securities laws have relied on Rule 506(b), a safe harbor under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act), in forming funds and soliciting investors....more

"Corporate Finance Alert: Changing the Private Placement Playbook – General Solicitation and General Advertising Now Permitted for...

On September 23, 2013, new Securities and Exchange Commission rules took effect that: - Eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in private offerings made in reliance on Rule 506...more

Private Fund Update - October 7, 2013

In this edition: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Private Equity Growth Capital Council (PEGCC) -...more

Emerging Growth and Venture Capital News - Fall 2013

NEW SEC GENERAL SOLICITATION AND “BAD ACTOR” RULES RE PRIVATE STOCK SALES NOW IN EFFECT - New Securities and Exchange Commission rules concerning private stock sales are now in effect. Under these rules, for...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 16, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements - SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and...more

JOBS Act Implementation Regulations [Video]

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) regulations, which were announced on July 10 and which become effective on September 23, promise a new era for capital raising for operating companies and private funds...more

SEC Staff Report Relating To The Use Of Data Collected From Form PF

The Dodd-Frank Act provided the SEC with new authority, and directed it to use this authority to require registered investment advisers to maintain records and file reports regarding the hedge funds, private equity funds and...more

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