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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 rules may be similar in certain respects to rules proposed by Treasury in 2003, when the Department attempted to subject investment advisers to the AML provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act. The 2003 rules would have required advisers to (1) establish and implement policies, procedures and controls reasonably designed to prevent advisers from being used to launder money or finance terrorist activities, (2) provide independent testing of compliance by the advisory firms’ personnel, affiliates or third parties, (3) designate persons responsible for implementing and monitoring the operations and internal controls of the program and (4) provide ongoing training for appropriate persons who are involved with the program.

The new rules are likely to reflect comments received in response to the 2003 proposal and may be informed, in part, by certain practices followed by advisers in offshore jurisdictions. It is unclear whether the rules will require investment advisers to apply their anti-money laundering programs to their clients’ beneficial owners.

If the new rules are adopted, investment advisers will need to review and update their compliance manuals, as necessary, to incorporate anti-money laundering policies and procedures that are tailored to their business, clients and risks. In addition, private offering memoranda, fund governance documents, advisory agreements and other client communications should be updated to include information about the anti-money laundering program and suspicious activity reporting requirements.

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On August 6, 2015, the Treasury and the IRS issued Notice 2015-54, which implements a Clinton-era tax provision intended to prevent U.S. taxpayers from using the partnership provisions of the Code to shift built-in gain on property contributed to a partnership to non-U.S. affiliates of the transferor that are partners in the transferee partnership. These rules were announced in reaction to Treasury’s and the IRS’s belief that U.S. taxpayers have been using partnership structures that adopt Section 704(c) methods, special allocations under Section 704(b) and inappropriate valuation techniques with a view towards shifting income to their foreign affiliates.

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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. FinCEN Report 114 supersedes Form TD F 90-22.1. Individuals filing the report must file electronically through the BSA E-Filing System.

For additional information on filing FBAR, see the Treasury Department’s FBAR E-Filing FAQs and the BSA E-Filing System FAQs.

If you need assistance, please call an attorney in our Investment Funds and Investment Management group.

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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 Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) should be aware of.

See upcoming deadlines below and in red throughout this document.

The following is a summary of the primary annual or periodic compliance-related obligations that may apply to Investment Advisers, CPOs and CTAs (collectively, “Managers”).  The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive review of an Investment Adviser’s securities, tax, partnership, corporate or other annual requirements, nor an exhaustive list of all of the obligations of an Investment Adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”) or applicable state law.  Although many of the obligations set forth below apply only to SEC-registered Investment Advisers, state-registered Investment Advisers may be subject to similar and/or additional obligations depending on the state in which they are registered.  State-registered Investment Advisers should contact us for additional information regarding their specific obligations under state law.

List of annual compliance deadlines:

State registered advisers pay IARD fee November-December (of 2014)
Form 13F (for 12/31/14 quarter-end) February 17, 2015*
Form 13H annual filing February 17, 2015
Schedule 13G annual amendment February 17, 2015
Registered CTA Form PR (for December 31, 2014 year-end) February 17, 2015
TIC Form SLT January 23, 2015 (for December 2014)
TIC Form SHCA March 6, 2015
TIC B Forms Monthly report (December 2014) – by January 15, 2014Quarterly report (December 31, 2014) – by January 20, 2014
Affirm CPO exemption March 2, 2015
Registered Large CPO Form CPO-PQR December 31 quarter-end report March 2, 2015
Registered CPOs filing Form PF in lieu of Form CPO-PQR December 31 quarter-end report March 31, 2015
Registered Mid-Size and Small CPO Form CPO-PQR year-end report March 31, 2015
SEC registered advisers and ERAs pay IARD fee Before submission of Form ADV annual amendment by March 31, 2015
Annual ADV update March 31, 2015
Delivery of Brochure April 30, 2015
Delivery of audited financial statements (for December 31, 2014 year-end) April 30, 2015
California Finance Lender License annual report (for December 31, 2014 year- end) March 15, 2015
Form PF filers pay IARD fee Before submission of Form PF
Form PF for large liquidity fund advisers (for December 31, 2014 quarter end) January 15, 2015
Form PF for large hedge fund advisers (for December 31, 2014 quarter end) March 2, 2015
Form PF  for smaller private fund advisers and large private equity fund advisers (for December 31, 2014 fiscal year-end) April 30, 2015
FBAR Form FinCEN Report 114 (for persons meeting the filing threshold in 2014 and those persons whose filing due date for reporting was previously extended by Notices 2013-1, 2012-2, 2012-1, 2011-2 and 2011-1) June 30, 2015
FATCA information reports filing for 2014 by participating FFIs March 31, 2015
Form D annual amendment One year anniversary from last amendment filing.

* Reflects an extended due date under Exchange Act Rule 0-3.  If the due date of filing falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, a report is considered timely filed if it is filed on the first business day following the due date.

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Written by: Jessica M. Brown

As a result of recent amendments made by the U.S. Department of Treasury to the Treasury International Capital Form B (“Form B”), private funds and investment advisers may be required to file Form B.  Form B requires a fund manager or investment adviser to report certain information concerning “claims” and “liabilities” of the reporting institution to or from foreign residents.

Filing obligations may arise for private funds that provide credit to foreign entities, invest directly in foreign debt instruments, directly hold foreign short-term securities, or have a foreign credit facility.  Claims or liabilities that are serviced by a U.S. entity or held by a U.S. custodian or subcustodian, do not need to be reported.  Claims or liabilities with a foreign subsidiary or affiliate of a U.S. entity (such as a swap counterpart) are reportable on Form B.  Investment advisers are required to report on behalf of the funds they manage and U.S. funds are not required to report on their own behalf.

There are a number of different Form B reports and generally advisers or managers with total claims or liabilities under $50 million in all geographical regions, or $25 million in an individual country, are exempt from filing.  Detailed filing requirements and descriptions of each Form B can be found here.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (the “NY Fed”) requires investment advisers who have reportable claims or liabilities to report this information on certain monthly and quarterly reports. Reportable claims and liabilities as of December 31, 2013, must be reported by January 15, 2014 on the first monthly report, by January 20, 2014 for the first quarterly report. 

The NY Fed will grant extensions and determine appropriate filing deadlines on an individual basis and encourages new filers to contact them.

Please contact us immediately if you have any questions.

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Written by Peter J. Chess

Many fund managers are required to submit reports every month and/or every five years to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (“FRBNY”).  The Department of the Treasury’s Treasury International Capital (“TIC”) data reporting system has two such upcoming reporting deadlines.    

TIC Form SLT

The Aggregate Holdings of Long-Term Securities by U.S. and Foreign Residents (“TIC Form SLT”) is required to be submitted by entities with consolidated reportable holdings and issuances (positions) with a fair market value of at least $1 billion as of the last day of any month.  These entities may include funds and their investment advisers, and U.S. companies.  The purpose of the TIC Form SLT is to gather information from U.S. resident entities on foreign persons’ holdings of long-term U.S. securities and on U.S. persons’ holdings of long-term foreign securities. 

If required to do so, fund managers and other entities must submit the report to the FRBNY by the 23rd day of each month with regard to the data of the previous month.  The upcoming TIC Form SLT will contain consolidated data as of December 31, 2011 and must be submitted by January 23, 2012. 

TIC Form SHC

The Report of U.S. Ownership of Foreign Securities, Including Selected Money Market Instruments (“TIC Form SHC”) is a mandatory survey of the ownership of foreign securities, including selected money market instruments, by U.S. residents as of December 31, 2011.  The TIC Form SHC is a benchmark survey of all significant U.S. resident custodians and end-investors held every five years. Custodians are all organizations that hold securities in safekeeping for other organizations.  End-investors are organizations that invest in foreign securities for their own portfolios or invest on behalf of others, such as investment managers/fund sponsors.

The TIC Form SHC is divided into three schedules: Schedule 1, Schedule 2, and Schedule 3.  Schedule 1 must be filed by all entities that are notified by the FRBNY that they are required to file the TIC Form SHC, and by all U.S. resident custodians or end-investors that exceed the reporting thresholds of Schedules 2 and 3.  Schedules 2 and 3 must be filed by entities that exceed the reporting threshold of $100 million for the respective specified safekeeping arrangements of foreign securities.

The data for the TIC Form SHC is as of December 31, 2011, and must be submitted by fund managers and other entities required to do so to the FRBNY no later than March 2, 2012.