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Defend Trade Secrets Act — Implications for Private Funds

On May 11, 2016, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law. The DTSA provides trade-secret protections on the federal level that are similar to those available through the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA)...more

Proposed changes to the UK Limited Partnership Act 1907

On 23 July 2015, the UK Treasury published a consultation paper and draft Legislation Reform (Limited Partnership) Order 2015 setting out its proposed amendments to the Limited Partnership Act 1907 (LPA 1907). The...more

SEC Increases Performance Fee Thresholds

As noted in a previous alert, the Securities and Exchange Commission has now issued an Order, effective as of August 15, 2016 (the "Effective Date"), which amends SEC Rule 205-3 (the “Performance Fee Rule”) under the...more

SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with Gatekeeping Failures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced two administrative settlements in June with a fund administrator that provided accounting and fund administration services to several private funds based on its alleged...more

SEC Fines Private Equity Adviser for Failing to Register as a Broker-Dealer

The action may have significant implications for PE advisers performing brokerage services; highlights SEC’s focus on advisers receiving transaction-based compensation. On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange...more

Whistleblower Concerns for Private Fund Advisers – Seven Mistakes To Avoid

As we have previously observed, private fund advisers face a difficult challenge when SEC guidance (in the form of a speech or a public enforcement order) indicates that certain long-standing practices may be contrary to the...more

Financial Stability Board Issues Asset Management-Related Policy Recommendations

On June 22, 2016, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published for public consultation Proposed Policy Recommendations to Address Structural Vulnerabilities from Asset Management Activities. The document sets out 14 proposed...more

Pending Legislation Would Streamline Regulation of Private Equity

On June 16, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5424) as part of a package of several economic growth bills. The bill passed with a vote of 47-12 and...more

SBA Reminds SBICs to Submit Their 2016 Annual Recertification

On June 2, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) distributed a memorandum from Steve Knott, acting director of the SBA’s Office of SBIC Operations, reminding private funds licensed by the SBA as small business...more

Development of Competitive Natural Gas Market in Mexico

Mexico has prepared a plan for the development and implementation of an open and competitive marketplace for natural gas (Implementation Plan). The hope is that the Implementation Plan will result in a fully competitive...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement and Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Mutual Fund Directors Must Be Vigilant in Addressing Risks - In remarks to the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined some of the risks and challenges that mutual fund...more

SEC Issues Notice of Intent to Increase Performance Fee Thresholds

On May 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission published in the Federal Register a notice of the Commission’s intent to issue an order (the “Proposed Order”) amending SEC Rule 205-3 (the “Performance Fee Rule”) under...more

Portfolio Company Litigation: Some Practical Considerations for Board-Designees of Private Funds

Individuals affiliated with private fund managers are increasingly being named as defendants in lawsuits involving fund portfolio companies, particularly where the fund controls one or more seats on the portfolio company’s...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

BEA Proposes Changes to Reporting Requirements for Private Funds

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has proposed changes to certain cross-border investments that...more

Sweeping Changes Proposed to Tax Treatment of Related-Party Debt May Impact Private Funds

Recently proposed Treasury regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) would potentially treat related-party debt, in whole or in part, as equity for U.S. tax purposes. The Proposed Regulations generally apply to...more

Out of Alignment: The Dysfunctional Definition of an Accredited Investor & The Often Overlooked “Entity” Issue

As many of you know there is a heated ongoing debate as to whether the current definition of “accredited investor” should be revised and, if so, how it should be revised. The overwhelming majority of recent articles, and even...more

Regulatory And Litigation Hot Topics For Private Funds In 2016

Private investment funds are likely to face increased regulatory scrutiny and litigation risk in 2016, not only based on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s focus on the industry but also due to transparency and...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

2016 Annual Compliance Dates: SEC-Registered Investment Advisers To Private Funds

In 2010 the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) eliminated the private fund adviser exemption. Prior to Dodd-Frank, many managers to hedge funds and private equity funds relied on this...more

SEC Staff Announces 2016 OCIE Examination Priorities

On January 11, 2016, the staff of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its annual announcement on examination priorities in the coming calendar...more

Hailing a CAB – Does FINRA’s Proposed Capital Acquisition Broker Rule Set Get Private Fund Sponsors to Their Desired Destination?

For many years, the private fund industry and the securities bar have called for a limited rule set to govern broker-dealers solely engaged in raising capital for private funds or other issuers of unregistered securities or...more

Feds Fish in Form PF

Annual reports that the SEC must submit to Congress provide insight into how the agency is exploiting the wealth of information that private fund advisers are required to file with it on Form PF. The SEC developed Form PF...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2015: And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: Top 12 Regulatory Heads-up for the...

1st Day of Christmas – UCITS V* - The UCITS V Directive (UCITS V) introduces specific provisions on: - (i) eligibility, liability and delegation of depositaries; - (ii) remuneration policies;...more

Relief! New Act Lifts Regulatory Burdens on SBICs

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) investment advisers will now have reduced registration requirements under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act), thanks to the recently enacted SBIC Advisers Relief Act....more

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