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Compliance Lawyers and Legal Education

I had an interesting discussion on the possible role of law schools in helping train law students for jobs in the compliance field. Compliance does not require a law degree, but there seems to be a demand for compliance professionals with legal degrees in the mid and higher levels, particularly in highly regulated industries. Part […]

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Charging Fund Investors For In-House Legal Staff

In house lawyers fall into two sections of typical fund documents. On one had, fund documents usually state that the fund pays for legal expenses. Another section states that the general partner is responsible for employee expenses. Can you charge in-house legal staff as a fund expense? It depends. This was mentioned by Marc Wyatt, Deputy […]

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Private Equity Fund Managers and Broker Dealer Registration

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been poking around fees earned by private equity firms and found many to its distaste. One item the SEC has highlighted in the past was fees for acting as a broker dealer. I’ve been waiting to see if the SEC’s distaste would be enough to bring an enforcement action. […]

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Delaying Losses To Earn Current Fees

Fee structure is a guiding force for how fund managers operate and a keystone for compliance professionals. A compliance professional needs to focus on ways that a fee structure could cause the fund manager to act to the detriment of fund investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission just charged a fund manager for using distorted […]

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TRID: The Reason I Drink

The Wall Street Journal dedicated some front page space to compliance professionals: Inside Enforcers Shake Up Bank Culture. It paints a stark picture of the regulatory pressure on banks. There were many factors that lead to the 2008 Great Recession. Most people agree that a lack of oversight by regulators on the banks under their supervision […]

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Dodd-Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give..

Perhaps one day there’ll be another famous movie line: “Dodd-Frankly, my dear, I don’t give…” But probably not. Its not clear if Dodd-Frank has been a success or a failure. It certainly has been a change. From the regulated side, I think the failure or success depends on which part of Dodd-Frank affects you. New […]

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Does Compliance Work?

This has been an existential question for a long time. How do you measure compliance success? How do you know if it’s working? Sean Griffith, director of the Corporate Law Center at Fordham University in New York casts a skeptical eye on compliance through the lens of corporate governance in a new law review article: Corporate […]

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Alternative Funds and Valuations

It should come to no surprise that alternative funds have an extra level of scrutiny when it comes to valuations. RD Legal Capital is under scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. RD Legal is in litigation finance with a strategy to to buy stakes in […]

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Private Equity Real Estate Top 50 – 2016 Edition of Who is Registered

Private Equity Real Estate has released its ranking of the top 50 real estate private equity fund managers. As I have done in the past, I parsed the list to see which managers are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as investment advisers. Rank Firm Headquarters Registration 1 The Blackstone Group New York  Registered […]

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Custody Failure Pinned On the Gatekeepers

I remember the SFX case because the CCO was charged for compliance failures. Now the auditors of SFX have been been charged for their failures. SFX Financial Advisory Management Enterprises is wholly-owned by Live Nation Entertainment and specializes in providing advisory and financial management services to current and former professional athletes. The SEC charged SFX’s […]

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