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Snap Judgment: Unicorns Under Pressure and Addressing Risks of Private Lawsuits

The recent IPOs of Snap, Inc. and Blue Apron indicate that while the IPO pipeline continues to flow, there may be a cautionary tale for “unicorns” – venture-backed companies with estimated valuations in excess of $1 billion....more

Co-Investment: How Private Equity Firms Can Protect Themselves and Still Make Their Investors Happy

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Co-investment is a major topic in the private equity industry these days. General partners of private equity funds are faced with more and more demand from investors for co-investment opportunities or, at a minimum, the...more

Valuation of Illiquid Portfolio Investments – Avoiding Regulatory Risks with Form and Substance

For private fund managers, the valuation of privately-held securities has been subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. As the IPO on-ramp for private “unicorn” investments has lengthened, fund managers may hold illiquid...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

M&A Update: Toehold Accumulations: Further Convergence Between Private Equity and Hedge Fund Strategies

Over the past few years, private equity funds and hedge funds have increasingly employed tactics traditionally employed by the other as part of their value maximization strategies. Underscoring this convergence has been a...more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2017

Private investment funds and advisers are likely to face new regulatory challenges and increased litigation risks in 2017, not only because of a change in the administration, but also because many advisers have not corrected...more

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Measuring growth according to GDP. It’s how we’ve always done it, but here’s an interesting argument that the transition to an online services-based economy may mean that we’re underestimating growth by as much as 2 percent...more

Alert: Upcoming Regulatory Deadlines and Compliance Checklist for VC and PE Firms

by Cooley LLP on

This alert highlights near-term regulatory deadlines that commonly apply to venture capital and private equity firms. For a more detailed description of regulatory and contractual requirements that commonly apply to venture...more

Pay-to-Play Enforcement Sweep Snares Private Equity and Venture Capital

On January 17, 2017, the SEC announced nine settled enforcement actions for violations of the pay-to-pay rule against private equity, venture capital and hedge fund sponsors. The firms involved agreed to pay monetary...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Use by Private Equity Funds of Subscription Credit Facilities as a Form of...

by Dechert LLP on

Subscription credit facilities, or subscription lines, are typically revolving credit facilities secured on the capital commitments of investors. Interest rates on subscription lines are often similar to those for first lien...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s anticipating faster growth in the coming year and rate increases to go with it. That and a whole lot of uncertainty about the incoming administration are the big takeaways from the Fed’s December meeting minutes....more

Badda Bing, Badda Boom!! — DOJ and SEC Make 2016 a Record Year for FCPA Enforcement (Part I of III)

by Michael Volkov on

We begin the New Year with a three-part series on the FCPA: (1) A review of FCPA enforcement in 2016; (2) Trends from 2016 FCPA enforcement; and (3) Predictions for FCPA enforcement in 2017....more

Co-Investments in Private Equity: The SEC’s Focus on Disclosure

by Winstead PC on

The trend of utilizing co-investments in private equity continues to grow. A Special Report by Preqin found that 69% of the 320 sponsors surveyed offered co-investment rights to their limited partners, with another 18%...more

FINRA “Capital Acquisition Broker” Rules are a Solution for Private Equity and Hedge Funds and Private Investment Banking/M&A

by Dechert LLP on

The CAB Rules will enter into force on April 14, 2017. On January 3, 2017, FINRA will begin accepting applications for CAB registration from new applicants and existing FINRA members that wish to be re-designated as CABs, and...more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Investment Adviser AXA Wins Excessive Fee Trial - A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled in favor of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (AXA Equitable) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AXA Equitable Funds Management...more

Fund Restructurings: How to Navigate a Conflict-Rich Environment

The number of private equity fund restructurings is likely to rise in the coming years. The current economic expansion will inevitably come to an end (at 87 months and counting, this expansion is already the third longest...more

SEC Announces Record Number of Investment Adviser Cases for FY 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016, reaching new highs in the number of actions filed and money ordered forfeited through disgorgement and penalties. The SEC...more

DOJ and SEC Deliver Body Blow to Private Equity and Hedge Funds: Och-Ziff Settles FCPA Violations for $412 Million (Part I)

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department and the Securities Exchange Commission delivered a powerful FCPA enforcement message to private equity and hedge funds. Och-Ziff settled with the DOJ and SEC for total penalties of $412 million....more

Washington Insight - September 2016

by King & Spalding on

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank - On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisor with Conflicts for Law Firm Discounts

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC charged a private equity advisor, First Reserve Management, L.P., with conflicts of interest and other matters. First Reserve did not admit or deny the SEC’s findings....more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.9.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We’ve got a number for that Wells Fargo settlement/fine, and it’s a doozy: $185 million for illegal banking practices (including secretly issuing credit cards without customer consent, signing up customers for online banking...more

The SEC Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Recordkeeping Rule: Advisers Now Required to Disclose Information About Separately...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently amended Form ADV to require investment advisers to disclose more information about their separately managed account business, aggregate data related to the use of...more

SEC Continues to Target Private Equity Firms, Entering Into $52 Million Settlement with Apollo Global Management

On August 23, 2016, the SEC entered into a settlement that reflects a continuation of its recent trend of increasingly active pursuit of private equity firms, particularly for failing to disclose conflicts of interests and...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

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