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A New Era for Private Funds in China?

Several years ago, alternative asset managers were enthusiastically regarding China as a new frontier for fundraising. Indeed, in 2011, Chinese private equity and venture capital firms raised substantially more money from...more

Singapore: One of Asia’s Key Financial Centres

Subsequent articles in this Quarterly Report focus on the recent history of the treatment of private funds in China, a new route to trade Shanghai-listed securities, and funds passporting in Asia. With the opening of our...more

2014-15 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Registered investment advisers are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As aid to the required review, below is a summary of material developments during the past...more

CFTC Grants Exemptive Relief to Private Fund Managers: General Solicitation Conditionally Permitted

The JOBS Act and the regulations thereunder (which went effective on September 23, 2013) applies to private issuers – including hedge funds and private equity funds – that want to make general solicitations within the context...more

SEC Reports on Use of Form PF Data

The SEC has issued its annual report on use of Form PF data. In its examination and enforcement programs regarding registered investment advisers that manage private funds, the staff generally reviews information contained...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance When Private Funds Use SPVs and Escrow Accounts

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-7 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance on how Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”)...more

SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds....more

The SEC Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance for Private Fund SPVs and Escrow Accounts

In June 2014, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Investment Management provided guidance (the Guidance Update) on how private fund managers using special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and...more

Fifth Circuit: FCA Inapplicable to Claims Involving Private Funds Administered by Government-Created Programs

In United States of America ex rel Rene Shupe v. Cisco Systems, Inc. and Avnet, Inc., No. 13-40807 (5th Cir. July 7, 2014), the Fifth Circuit reversed a district court’s order denying a motion to dismiss a qui tam...more

Cayman Islands Director Registration and Licensing Law

The Cayman Islands Director Registration and Licensing Law (2014) (the Law) was recently gazetted along with the related regulations which set out in more detail the registration requirements and fees. The Law came into...more

Is U.S. Regulatory Guidance Driving Leveraged Lending into the Shadows? - Potential Opportunity for Certain Non-U.S. Lenders and...

Since U.S. regulators published the Interagency Guidance on Leveraged Lending (Guidance), in March 2013, commentators have speculated on its likely market impact (the guidance is discussed in detail in an April 2013 Osler...more

AIFMD – What Actions Should Non-EEA Private Fund Managers Be Taking Now?

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”), which governs alternative investment fund managers (“AIFMs”), required EU Member States (“Member States”) to implement the AIFMD into national law as of 22 July...more

Spreading Sunshine or Shining a Spotlight?

In a recent speech, Andrew Bowden, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) “spread sunshine” on private equity industry practices gathered through so-called “presence exams” of newly...more

More Due Diligence For Investments In Private Funds

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a January 28, 2014 Risk Alert summarizing current practices and trends in how investment advisers conduct due diligence on private funds they recommend...more

SEC Establishes Dedicated Group to Focus on Private Funds

Since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, private funds have become the subject of heightened scrutiny by both the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and the Office of Compliance...more

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

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 25, 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds Enforcement - Events Hearings - People - Excerpt from...more

FINRA’s Proposed Limited Broker Regime Falls Short of Private Fund Needs

FINRA proposes a new “lite” registration regime for private placements and M&A activity. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) recently issued Regulatory Notice regarding proposed rules (Proposed...more

The SEC’s Never-Before Examined Initiative: Are You Ready?

The SEC’s Never-Before Examined Initiative: Are You Ready? On January 9, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “SEC’s”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its 2014 National Exam...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The SEC And FRB

SEC releases Guidance Expanding Knowledgeable Employee Categories - On Thursday, February 6, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released guidance regarding who qualifies as a “knowledgeable...more

SEC Staff Provides Additional Guidance for Private Fund Advisers on “Knowledgeable Employees”

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) provided additional guidance (the “Guidance”) on the scope of the “knowledgeable employee” category of investors who may be disregarded in determining...more

FINRA Amends Its Rule 5131 to Ease "New Issues" Compliance Related to Certain Funds-of-Funds

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, has amended Rule 5131, which addresses new issue allocations and accommodations, to provide certain compliance accommodations related to certain fund-of-funds. In the...more

No-Action Letter Provides Guidance Regarding “Knowledgeable Employees” of Private Fund Advisers

On February 6, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a no-action letter with respect to Rule 3c-5 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the Company Act) that represents a substantial improvement...more

SEC Expands Ability of Employees to Invest into In-House Private Funds

The SEC's Division of Investment Management has issued a No-Action Letter that expands the pool of possible employee investors in in-house private funds. While the SEC's new in-house investment flexibility may help those who...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 3 • February 6, 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - On April 5, 2013, David W. Blass, Chief Counsel, Division of Trading Markets for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, delivered a speech to the American Bar Association entitled “A Few...more

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