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Why I think the Accredited Investor Standard Should Not Change

The SEC Investor Advisory Committee is scheduled to vote on a reform plan from a subcommittee at its Oct. 9 meeting. That plan calls for the SEC to rethink the income and net-worth minimums used to define an “accredited investor.” Much of the concern about private placements is about risk. They seem to be universally […]

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Group Purchasing Programs and Compliance

Can a fund manager save the investors money, but still be doing the wrong thing? That’s the issue presented by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s look at group purchasing programs for private equity firms. Buying in bulk usually results in cost savings. A private equity firm, with a collection of companies in its portfolios, should […]

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Guidance on Accredited Investor Verification

The Securities and Exchange Commission revised the private placement rules last year to permit public private-placements. Of course it took some prodding from Congress in the JOBS Act to get that change. The law and the new regulation require the issuer to take “reasonable steps” to determine that the investor is an “accredited investor.” The […]

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Private Equity Real Estate Top 50 – 2014 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. (Disclosure: my company is on the list.) Rank Name of institution […]

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SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Manager with Misallocation of Expenses

In the presence exam initiative, the Securities and Exchange Commission identified conflicts of interest as a high risk area. Included in that high risk area is the allocation of fees and expenses. The SEC just brought charges against a private equity fund manager for the improper allocation of fees and expenses. The SEC charged Scott […]

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More Guidance on Knowledgeable Employee Exemption for Private Funds

A new no-action letter from the SEC’s Division of Investment Management should allow more employees of a fund manager to invest in their firm’s private funds under the Investment Company Act. Even better for the compliance department, compliance staff could fit the expanded definition of a “knowledgeable employee.” When operating under the Section 3(c)(7) exemption […]

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Publicly Traded Partnerships and a Qualified Matching Service

If a fund has frequent transfers by its limited partners, it risks being classified as a publicly traded partnership. That’s a bad result because the fund then becomes taxable as a corporation, subject to a qualifying income test. You might be surprised how low the threshold is for being treated as a publicly traded partnership. […]

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Are Your Private Fund Employees Licensed?

I think many real estate fund managers and private equity fund managers may be concerned that there are some additional licensing requirements now that they are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment adviser. If you didn’t require licensing with your current business model before Dodd-Frank you likely don’t require licensing post-Dodd […]

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Private Equity Funds in the Hot Seat

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP put on an excellent seminar focused on enforcement actions against private equity funds. Moderator: Kenneth J. Berman Speakers: Eric R. Dinallo Robert B. Kaplan Shannon Rose Selden Each fund manager is designated with a risk rating by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Form ADV filing gives the SEC the background […]

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Don’t Secretly Change Your Fund Structure

New Stream Capital took the unusual step or restructuring its fund structure in secret. The restructuring put its biggest investor into a preferred position, to the disadvantage of its other investors. At least according to the complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC alleges that New Stream’s co-owners David Bryson and Bart […]

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