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FinCEN Proposes New AML Regulations for Investment Advisers

Posted in Advisory, Hedge Funds, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
In a release issued today, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has proposed anti-money laundering (AML) regulations for investment advisers. The proposed rule requires investment advisers registered or required to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to establish AML programs and report suspicious activity to FinCEN pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act… Continue Reading

PILLSBURY PARTNER QUOTED IN FUNDFIRE

Posted in Hedge Funds, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
Kimberly Mann, co-head of Pillsbury’s Investment Funds and Investment Management Group, was interviewed and quoted at length in an article published in FundFire this week. The article explored whether regulators should permit asset managers to settle cases without admitting culpability. In response to that question, Ms. Mann, who has expertise in investment advisor regulatory and… Continue Reading

Advisers Get Ready – New AML Requirements May Be on the Way

Posted in Advisory, Hedge Funds, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network will soon propose new rules that may require investment advisers to establish and implement written anti-money laundering programs designed to prevent advisory clients from using advisers to launder funds or perpetrate other criminal activities. The rules also may require advisers to report suspicious client activity. The new… Continue Reading

Proposed Regulations Target Management Fee Waivers

Posted in Client Alert, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
In the Federal Register for July 23, 2015, the Treasury Department published proposed regulations regarding the circumstances under which partnership allocations and distributions will be treated as disguised payments for services. These proposed regulations are aimed at attempts by investment fund managers to convert ordinary, management fee income into tax-favored long-term capital gains through the… Continue Reading

Proposed Treasury Regulations May End Private Equity Management Fee Waivers

Posted in Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
It has been a common practice of private equity firms to convert their right to receive management fees from the funds they manage into the right to receive profits and distributions from the funds through management fee waiver arrangements.  As a result of these arrangements, the firms achieve a lower tax rate because the profits… Continue Reading

Consultant or Employee? Fund Managers Should Re-Examine the Status of their Consultants in Light of the DOL’s New Interpretation

Posted in Client Alert, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
On July 15, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, adopting a very expansive interpretation of the definition of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under which many workers currently treated as independent contractors will need to be reclassified as employees. The… Continue Reading

REMINDER: FBAR FinCEN Report 114 Filing Deadline

Posted in Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers, Private Funds, Registered Investment Companies
A U.S. person with a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign bank, securities (including brokerage account, margin account, mutual fund, trust) or other financial account in another country that has an aggregate value exceeding $10,000 at any time during the 2014 calendar year must file FinCEN Report 114 by June 30, 2015.… Continue Reading

BE-10 Deadline Extended

Posted in Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has extended the deadline to file Form BE-10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, to June 30, 2015, for all new filers. For information on Form BE-10 filing, please read our recent article HERE. Further information on BE-10 is available at the BEA website.  … Continue Reading

SEC Proposes Rules to Modernize Reporting by Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

Posted in Advisory, Investment Advisers, Private Funds, Registered Investment Companies
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today proposed rules, forms and amendments to modernize and enhance the reporting and disclosure of information by investment advisers and investment companies. Investment advisers. The investment adviser proposed rules would amend the investment adviser registration and reporting form (Form ADV), and Investment Advisers Act Rule 204-2. On Form ADV,… Continue Reading

Have you filed your BE-10? Deadline is approaching

Posted in Client Alert, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
Mandatory reporting required by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Form BE-10 – 2014 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad Investment managers, general partners, hedge funds and private equity funds are among those that may have to file What is BE-10? BE-10 is a benchmark survey of U.S. direct investment abroad, conducted once every… Continue Reading

HEDGE FUND TITANS FALL AT HELM OF SEC CHARGES FOR IMPROPER EXPENSE ALLOCATIONS

Posted in Advisory, Investment Advisers, Private Funds
The expense provisions of many private fund governing documents are becoming longer and more detailed for good reason – increased Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) scrutiny and prosecution relating to expense allocation and disclosure. On April 29th, the SEC announced charges against Alpha Titans LLC, a hedge fund advisory firm, its principal, Timothy P. McCormack… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Guidance Issued by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management

Posted in Advisory, Investment Advisers, Registered Investment Companies
The Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cybersecurity guidance identifying cybersecurity of registered investment companies (“funds”) and registered investment advisers (“advisers”) as an important issue. Recognizing the rapidly changing nature of cyber threats and consequently, the necessity for funds and advisers to protect sensitive information including information… Continue Reading

INVESTMENT ADVISER CONFLICTS OF INTEREST – BlackRock Censured; Compliance Officer Personally Liable

Posted in Advisory, Investment Advisers, Private Funds
On April 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an order against an investment advisory firm and its former chief compliance officer, for violating Sections 206(2) and 206(4) and rule 206(4)-7 of the Investment Advisers Act and rule 38a-1 of the Investment Company Act. The SEC charged BlackRock Advisors LLC with breaching its… Continue Reading

Department of Labor Ups Fiduciary Responsibility in ERISA Proposal

Posted in Advisory, Investment Advisers, Private Funds
On April 14, 2015, the Department of Labor issued its much anticipated re-proposal of regulations defining and expanding the persons who are treated as ERISA fiduciaries.  Under the proposal, subject to certain exceptions, all persons who  provide investment advice or recommendations for a fee to an employer-sponsored  retirement plan, plan fiduciary, plan participant, IRA or… Continue Reading

SEC Updates Personal Gift and Entertainment Guidance for Fund Advisory

Posted in Investment Advisers, Registered Investment Companies
In a February 2015 Guidance Update, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (“SEC”), provided guidance on the acceptance of gifts or entertainment by fund advisory personnel under Section 17(e)(1) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Act”). Section 17(e)(1) provides that any affiliated person of a registered investment company, or any… Continue Reading

Breaking All the Rules – Wealth Management Group Under Cease and Desist Order

Posted in Advisory, Investment Advisers, Registered Investment Companies
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a cease-and-desist order on February 19, 2015 against SEC-registered Logical Wealth Management, Inc. and owner, Daniel J. Gopen, (together, “Respondents”).  The list of violations the SEC found the Respondents committed is extensive and includes improper registration, compliance, and recordkeeping. The SEC found the Respondents exaggerated their assets under… Continue Reading

Reminder: Required annual Form ADV amendment by March 31, 2015

Posted in Advisory, Investment Advisers, Private Funds
We want to remind you of your firm’s annual investment adviser registration amendment (Form ADV annual amendment) which must be filed on the IARD system on or before March 31, 2015.  This deadline applies to all SEC and State registered advisers as well as Exempt Reporting Advisers (ERAs) with a December 31, 2014 fiscal year… Continue Reading

2015 Securities and Exchange Commission Examination Priorities

Posted in Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) recently released its annual examination priorities.  In 2015, OCIE will focus on three primary “themes” involving broker-dealers, investment advisers and transfer agents: Retail Investors – OCIE will look at important matters for retail investors and investors preparing for retirement including whether the products,… Continue Reading

Reminder – March 2, 2015 – Annual CFTC Exemption Affirmation Deadline

Posted in Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers
Certain Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) exemptions require annual affirmation, including CPO exemptions under Regulation 4.5, 4.13(a)(1), 4.13(a)(2), 4.13(a)(3), and 4.13(a)(5) and CTA exemptions under Regulation 4.14(a)(8). If you rely on one of these exemptions, you must affirm the annual claim of exemption by March 2, 2015 using the NFA Exemptions website. http://www.nfa.futures.org/NFA-electronic-filings/exemptions.html… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Alert – SEC Provides Information on Policy and Safeguards from Cyber Threats

Posted in Advisory, Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers
On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released two publications addressing cybersecurity at advisory and brokerage firms. The first publication, a Risk Alert, relays the findings from the examinations of more than 100 investment advisers and broker-dealers and focuses on how they: (i) establish cybersecurity policies, procedures and oversee the processes; (ii)… Continue Reading

2015 SEC Examination Priorities

Posted in Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) recently released its Examination Priorities for 2015.  The priorities represent certain practices and products that OCIE believes present a potentially higher risk to investors and/or the integrity of the US capital markets.  In 2015, OCIE’s priorities focus on issues involving investment advisers, broker-dealers and transfer agents… Continue Reading

2015 Annual Compliance Obligations for Registered Firms – What You Need to Know

Posted in Advisory, Client Alert, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds
Annual Compliance Obligations—What You Need To Know As the new year is upon us, there are some important annual compliance obligations Investment Advisers either registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or with a particular state (“Investment Adviser”) and Commodity Pool Operators (“CPOs”) or Commodity Trading Advisors (“CTAs”) registered with the Commodity Futures… Continue Reading

Client Alert: The Second Circuit Raises the Bar for Insider Trading Convictions

Posted in Advisory, Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Private Funds, Registered Investment Companies, Uncategorized
By William M. Sullivan, Jr. and Jay B. Gould Under the Second Circuit’s new ruling, prosecutors have two large hurdles they must clear to convict under securities laws. First, they must prove that a defendant knew that the source of inside information disclosed tips in exchange for a personal benefit. Second, the definition of “personal… Continue Reading

CFTC Enters Consent Order for Permanent Injunction Against AlphaMetrix Group

Posted in Investment Advisers, Private Funds, Registered Investment Companies
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that on December 16, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered a Consent Order for permanent injunction against AlphaMetrix, LLC (AlphaMetrix), a Chicago-based Commodity Pool Operator (CPO) and Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA), and its parent company AlphaMetrix Group, LLC (AlphaMetrix Group). The… Continue Reading