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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. ...

IRS Notice Extends Several Opportunity Zone Investment Deadlines

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-10 on January 19, 2021 that extends several deadlines related to investments in qualified opportunity zones (QOZ) and by qualified opportunity funds (QOFs). 180-Day Window Extended.  Of particular importance, Notice 2021-10 provides an extension to taxpayers’ 180 day reinvestment window in QOFs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Henceforth...

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...

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Through June 30, 2021

The EB-5 Regional Center Program will be extended through June 30, 2021 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This legislation does not address the EB-5 per-country-caps limit or other major reform issues that had been raised just a short time ago in Congress but separates EB-5 Regional Center Program reauthorization from future federal spending (appropriations) bills by making...

Litigation Finance 101

You are the CEO of a thriving technology company.  Your chief legal officer informs you that a well-heeled vender has stolen components of the intellectual property that is your company’s lifeblood.  However, litigation is expensive and the thief is prepared to engage in a costly war of attrition intended to exhaust and overwhelm your business and the company’s resources are tied up in R&D...

SEC Charges Public Company for Misleading COVID-19 Disclosures

The SEC has brought its first enforcement action against a public company relating to disclosure of the financial effect of the pandemic. The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, agreed to a cease-and-desist order and payment of a $125,000 civil penalty, settling charges of making misleading disclosures in two Form 8-Ks: In both reports, dated March 23...

SEC Investment Adviser Risk Alert

On November 19, 2020 the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations released a risk alert relating to deficiencies in registered investment adviser’s compliance program.  Under Rule 206(4)-7  (the “Compliance Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”), it is unlawful for a registered investment adviser to...

Welcome News in Financial Circles: LIBOR Termination Extended Briefly

On November 30th, LIBOR administrator, ICE Benchmark Administration (“IBA”), announced plans to ease worries surrounding LIBOR cessation with a brief extension to June 30, 2023.  IBA’s intention is to cease publication  (i)  of 1-week and 2-month USD LIBOR at the end of 2021 and (ii) subject to compliance with applicable regulations, including as to representativeness, it does...

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...

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