Articles Posted in

Published on:

Written by Jay Gould

Pillsbury’s Investment Funds & Investment Management team has submitted a comment letter to the California Department of Corporations (the “DOC”) on behalf of the California Hedge Fund Association in connection with the DOC’s recently proposed amendments to the California custody rule.

In its letter to the Commissioner, Pillsbury requested that the DOC amend the California custody rule in a manner that balances investor protection and the need for fund managers to maintain confidentiality of certain portfolio positions.  Specifically, the letter requested  that the quarterly reports California-registered advisers to private funds are required to send to their investors be required to disclose only those positions that comprise more than 5% of the fund’s assets, and that the names of short positions not be disclosed at all, but be provided as an aggregate number.  “Implementing our suggestions would be consistent with the quarterly disclosure of schedule of investments based on the FASB’s U.S. financial reporting standards, and would also protect fund investors from short squeezes,” explained Jay Gould, head of the Pillsbury Investment Funds & Investment Management team.

The letter was provided in response to the  DOC Commissioner’s invitation for comment on the proposed changes to the California custody rule that will apply to California-registered investment advisers, including those investment managers that are currently either registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or are not registered at all.  By February 15, 2012, investment advisers to private funds with less than $100 million under management will need to register with the DOC, if they have not already done so.

“The California Hedge Fund Association expects to provide comments to the DOC in connection with future rulemaking proposals and encourages California-based fund managers to become active in this process,” explains Chris Ainsworth, President of the Association.

A full text of the letter to the Commissioner is available here.

Published on:

Written by Bruce Frumerman, guest contributor

Bruce Frumerman is the CEO of Frumerman & Nemeth Inc., a communications and sales marketing consultancy that assists financial services firms create brand identities for their organizations and develop and implement effective new marketing strategies and programs.

In the article below, Mr. Frumerman offers effective marketing strategies for hedge fund managers to stay competitive and successful in the business.  This article first appeared in Reuters HedgeWorld on July 18 and is re-printed with permission below.

Rising competition among money managers is one of the key topics covered in Boston Consulting Group’s recently released ninth annual study of the worldwide asset management industry, Building on Success: Global Asset Management 2011

A full text of the article is available here.

Published on:

Written by Jay Gould, Ildiko Duckor and Michael Wu

Effective on September 19, 2011, investors that pay performance fees to an adviser must either have at least $1 million managed by the adviser or a net worth of at least $2 million.

As mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC today issued an order that raises two of the thresholds that determine whether an investment adviser can charge its clients performance fees.  As discussed in the article we posted here on May 11, under the current Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, an investment adviser may charge its investors a performance fee if (i) the investor has at least $750,000 under management with the investment adviser (“asset-under-management test”), or (ii) the investment adviser reasonably believes that the investor has a net worth of more than $1.5 million (“net worth test”).  Today’s SEC order adjusted the amounts for the asset-under-management test to $1 million and the net worth test to $2 million.  The SEC order is effective on September 19, 2011.

Accordingly, it is important for investment fund managers to amend their offering materials to comply with the new requirements of Rule 205-3 under the Advisers Act.