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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...

ARRC Releases Fallback Language for the LIBOR Transition

The Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) released updated fallback language for new originations of U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated business loans that reference LIBOR and new variable-rate private student loans on June 30, 2020.  The language is intended to address the disruption that could occur should the termination of LIBOR indeed occur at the end of 2021. With respect to...

Welcome News for Venture Capital, Opportunity Zone and other Private Equity Funds: Federal Agencies Ease Volcker Rule Restrictions

On June 25, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Comptroller of the Currency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced a final rule that will allow banks to invest in private funds including hedge funds, qualified opportunity zone funds (QOFs), and other private equity funds. Indeed, the release specifically...

The Investor Advisory Committee Urges SEC to Take Global Lead in Requiring ESG Disclosures

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 established the Investor Advisory Committee (the “IAC”) to advise the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to protect investor interests and to promote investor confidence and the integrity of the securities marketplace.  The IAC has held three sessions on the topic of environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”)...

SEC Rule Proposal Governing Good Faith Determinations of Fair Value

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a new regulatory framework under Rule 2a-5 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “40 Act”) to shed light on the role of the board of directors of a registered investment company or business development company (“Boards”) with respect to fund valuation.  Historically, Boards assign valuation using a blend of...

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