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ISDA IBOR Fallbacks Supplement and Protocol: What You Need to Know

I.  Introduction In 2017, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) announced that it will not require the calculation and publication of interbank offered rates (“IBORS”) beyond 2021.  The absence of a guaranteed IBOR after 2021 has triggered one of the largest and intricate challenges that financial markets have confronted to date.  Trillions of dollars of derivatives contracts and many...

Let the Fundraising Begin:  SEC Harmonizes and Improves its Exempt Offering Framework

On November 2, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to amend and simplify its rules governing private-offering exemptions under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) to promote capital formation (the “Amendments”).[1]  The SEC release included discussion of their intent to remain true to the key components of their mission, namely investor protection, capital...

LIBOR Transition Developments: Fallback Supplement and Protocol to be Released October 23, 2020

On October 9, 2020, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) announced that it will release the IBOR Fallbacks Supplement to the 2006 ISDA Definitions (“Supplement”) and the ISDA 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol (“Protocol”) on October 23, 2020, which will take effect on January 25, 2021 (the “Effective Date”).  The 2006 ISDA Definitions will include new fallback provisions to...

September 30, 2020’s LIBOR Hardwired Transition Date Has Arrived

Today is the day that the New York Fed’s Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) recommended transition to a “hardwired” approach for LIBOR[i] successor provisions in U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities takes effect.  Henceforth, to the extent not already utilized, all new syndicated business loans should include ARRC-recommended (or substantially similar) hardwired USD...

Public Companies Oppose SEC’s Proposed Changes to Section 13(f) Disclosures

Back in July, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules that would substantially reduce the reporting thresholds for institutional investment managers (including hedge fund managers) under rule 13f-1 (and Form 13F).   Section 13(f) of the Securities Exchange Act and Rule 13f-1  (as currently in force) require that an investment manager file a report with the Commission if the...

New ESG-Related Regulatory Obligations for Private Funds

The consideration of environmental, social and governance factors alongside financial factors in the investment decision-making process are increasingly popular ways for investors to evaluate companies and funds in which they may choose to invest.  According to the most recent report from US SIF Foundation, investors held $11.6 trillion in assets chosen according to ESG criteria at the beginning...

SEC Expands Pool of Eligible Private Offering Participants

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent expansion of the definition of “accredited investor” in the final rule (Final Rule) issued on August 26, 2020, allows people with professional knowledge, experience or certifications to qualify as accredited investors, which is a highly welcome step that is creating quite a buzz!!  The Final Rule is particularly beneficial to private offerings...

SEC adopts amendments to the “accredited investor” definition

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the “accredited investor” definition in Rule 501(a).  These are: adding a new category that permits natural persons to qualify as accredited investors based upon certain professional certifications, designations or credentials or other credentials issued by an accredited educational institutions which the Commission...

Real Estate Private Equity Adviser Settles with SEC over Misallocation of Expenses

On August 7, 2020, the SEC issued a Cease-and-Desist Order and imposed sanctions against Rialto Capital Management, LLC (“Rialto”) for violations of the Advisers Act arising out of Rialto’s misallocation of expenses. Rialto serves as the investment adviser to several private funds, as well as two co-investment vehicles.  The limited partnership agreements for each of the Fund...

Increase in Sophistication of Ransomware Attacks on SEC Registrants

On July 10, 2020, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a cybersecurity risk alert in which it discussed the flood of bad actors orchestrating phishing campaigns designed to penetrate financial networks to access internal resources and deploy ransomware.  OCIE’s alert indicated that ransomware attacks on SEC registrants appeared to...

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