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Latest News on ESG Regulations and Investing

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have become a key discussion point in the asset  management industry, with many managers incorporating ESG considerations into the investment processes.  In 2019, ESG investment funds increased by $70 billion while traditional equity funds saw an outflow of $200 billion.  ESG investments continue to increase in comparison to “traditional” equity...

SEC Statement on Accounting for Warrants in SPAC IPOs is Causing Some Hands to Wring

On April 12, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a new interpretation, without notice or a comment period, which calls into question whether warrants issued by special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) could continue to be considered equity instrument.  The SEC’s new interpretation reveals a position that is contrary to widespread practice of classifying warrants...

IRS Guidance Provides Flexibility for Disaster-Related Extension of OZ Working Capital Safe Harbor

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will publish in April 14, 2021’s Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking for the opportunity zones (OZ) incentive that provides flexibility in the 24-month extension of the working capital safe harbor in the case of federally declared disaster areas. The proposed rule that would also provide requirements that certain foreign persons and certain...

New York’s Legislative Solution for LIBOR Adopted

The New York State Legislature passed a statutory solution to reduce the risks associated with the transition away from USD LIBOR.  New York Senate Bill 297B/Assembly Bill 164B (the “NY Bill”), proposed by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (“ARRC”) and sponsored by New York Senator Kevin Thomas, was designed to solve transition issues for legacy LIBOR contracts...

“Family Office”? What’s In a Name: The Implosion Heard Around the (Financial Markets) World

What Can We Expect from the Regulators? Robin Powers, Partner, Rimon, P.C. Archegos Capital Management’s collapse last week, and the resulting losses for several global banks, has and will impact financial markets for the foreseeable future. Regulatory efforts will likely focus on the ever-expanding shadow banking sector and shed light on its transparency (or lack thereof) and the risks. Shadow...

New Regulation Crowdfunding Rules Come into Effect

In 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (“JOBS”) Act introduced Regulation Crowdfunding (“Reg CF”) to the regulatory framework governing exempt offerings, enabling eligible companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding.  The JOBS Act was created to ease securities regulations and to encourage the private funding of U.S. small businesses by reducing costs associated with the...

SEC Announces Enforcement Task Force Focused on Climate and ESG Issues

On March 4, 2021, the SEC announced the creation of a Climate and ESG Task Force in the Division of Enforcement to led by Kelly L. Gibson, the Acting Deputy Director of Enforcement (the “Task Force“)  The Task Force’s purpose is to better police the market, pursue misconduct, and protect investors, according to Kelly L. Gibson. Consistent with increasing investor focus and...

New IBOR Fallbacks Take Effect for Derivatives

New fallbacks for derivatives linked to key interbank offered rates (IBORs) have come into effect ensuring a viable safety net is in place in the event an IBOR becomes permanently unavailable while firms continue to have exposure to that rate. The fallbacks, published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA), will be incorporated into all new derivatives contracts that...

SEC FINALIZES AMENDMENTS TO ADVISER ADVERTISING RULES

On December 22, 2020, the SEC amended the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, with respect to advertisements and payments to solicitors by investment advisers.[1] The amendments create a single rule (the “Rule”) that supplants the existing advertising and cash solicitation rules, marking the first time in more than 40 years that the SEC has updated its rules governing adviser marketing. ...

2020 in the Rear-View Mirror:  Key Takeaways Applicable to Private Investment Funds and Private Offerings

In 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) renewed its focus on private investment funds while easing limits on private placements generally.  As the SEC observes, private fundraising easily surpasses public fundraising including with respect to private investment funds.  The following discussion recaps a few of the key developments affecting private offerings, private funds and...

Updates on Regulation, Trading, and Market Reforms for the Alternative Investment Community