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California to Issue Emergency Regulations Regarding Private Adviser Exemption

Written by Michael Wu

California’s Department of Corporations (the “Department”) intends to issue emergency regulations to address the elimination of the “private adviser exemption” under Section 203(b)(3) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”).  Currently, an investment adviser in California may rely on the private adviser exemption by virtue of California Department of Corporations Rule 260.204.9, which specifically refers to the private adviser exemption under Section 203(b)(3) of the Advisers Act.  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will eliminate the private adviser exemption under Section 203(b)(3) effective as of July 21, 2011, which in turn would affect a California investment adviser’s ability to rely on Rule 260.204.9.  The Department will issue emergency regulations amending Rule 260.204.9 to preserve the status quo.  Therefore, California investment advisers that currently rely on the exemption from registration for private advisers will be able to continue to rely on that exemption until the Department adopts a final rule regarding private fund advisers.  For more information about this new development please click here.