Written by Jay Gould

On October 26, 2011, the SEC adopted a new rule requiring SEC-registered advisers to hedge funds and other private funds with at least $150 million in private fund assets under management to report information to the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) to enable it to monitor risk to the U.S. financial system.  The information which must be reported to the FSOC on Form PF will remain confidential, and not accessible to the general public.

These private fund advisers are divided into (1) large private fund advisers and (2) smaller private fund advisers.  Large private fund advisers are advisers with at least $1.5 billion in hedge fund, $1 billion in liquidity fund, and $2 billion in private equity fund assets under management.  All other advisers are regarded as smaller private fund advisers.  The SEC anticipates that most advisers will be smaller private fund advisers, but that the large private fund advisers represent a significant portion of private fund assets. 

Smaller private fund advisers must file Form PF once a year within 120 days of the end of the fiscal year, and report only basic information about their hedge funds, private equity funds and/or other private funds, such as information regarding size, leverage, investor types and concentration, liquidity, fund performance, fund strategy, counterparty credit risk and the use of trading and clearing mechanisms.

Large private fund advisers must provide more detailed information than smaller advisers.  The focus and frequency of the reporting depends on the type of private fund the adviser manages.

  • Large advisers to hedge funds must report on Form PF within 60 days of the end of each fiscal quarter, on an aggregated basis, information regarding exposures by asset class, geographical concentration and turnover.  If a hedge fund has a net asset value of at least $500 million, the adviser must report information regarding the fund’s exposures, leverage, risk profile, and liquidity.
  • Large advisers to liquidity funds must report on Form PF within 15 days of the end of each fiscal quarter, the types of assets in their liquidity funds, information relevant to the risks of the funds, and the extent to which the liquidity funds comply with Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
  • Large advisers to private equity funds must file Form PF annually within 120 days of the end of the fiscal year and respond to questions regarding the extent of leverage incurred by their funds’ portfolio companies, the use of bridge financing and their funds’ investments in financial institutions.

Two-stage phase-in compliance with Form PF filing requirements:

  1. Advisers with at least $5 billion in hedge fund, liquidity fund, and private equity fund assets under management must begin filing Form PF following the end of their first fiscal year or fiscal quarter, as applicable, to end on or after June 15, 2012.
  2. Other private fund advisers must begin filing Form PF following the end of their first fiscal year or fiscal quarter, as applicable, to end on or after December 15, 2012.

Form PF Filing Fees:  $150 for initial, quarter or annual filing.

A full text of the SEC release is available here