Real Estate Fund Information from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been acquiring troves of data about private funds through the Form PF filing requirement. Some, including myself, have been skeptical that the SEC will figure out what to do with the data as a tool to protect investors. But, the SEC has been able to compile statistics and published a […]

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Weekend Reading: Bourbon Empire

I went on Spring vacation to Kentucky with Mrs. Doug and the compliance nuggets. There was a lot of bourbon and horses. For vacation reading, I dug into my ever-growing tower of books to read and brought along Bourbon Empire by Reid Mitenbuler to read. It seemed appropriate. Reid Mitenbuler portrays bourbon as a balance of […]

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Compliance Bricks and Mortar for May 5

These are some of the compliance-related stories that recently caught my attention. House Panel Approves Plan to Undo Parts of Dodd-Frank Financial Law by Rachel Witkowski The House Financial Services Committee launched a Republican-supported rollback of Obama-era financial regulations, voting 34-26 along party lines Thursday for a plan to undo significant parts of the 2010 […]

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A Classic Example of a General Solicitation Failure

The SEC opinion in KCD Financial Inc. (SEC Opinion 34-80340, March 29, 2017) affirms a fine and disciplinary action against KCD for selling securities in a private placement when no exemption from registration was available under Rule 506. The KCD opinion makes clear that you can’t fix the general solicitation failure by then only selling only […]

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Headline Risk

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal published an article on conflicts between the top executives of some private equity firms and their personal investments: “Fund Kings Open Family Offices.” The article focused on two aspects of the executives’ wealth management: (1) distractions from activities outside the funds and (2) conflicting investments with the funds. On […]

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Compliance Bricks and Mortar for April 28

These are some of the compliance-related stories that recently caught my attention. District Court Rules Plaintiff Failed To Plead Real Estate Investment Was A “Security” by Keith Paul Bishop in California Corporate & Securities Law In ruling on the defendants’ motion, Judge Benitez correctly observed that the plaintiff’s securities law claims require that there be […]

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The One With The Options Pricing Theft

Some financial fraud is easy to spot. Some is hard to spot. Some I barely understand. Kevin Amell was very clever in hiding his alleged fraud and I’m not sure I understand exactly how he pulled it off. Mr. Amell was a fund manager at Eaton Vance for its Risk-Managed Diversified Equity Income Fund. The […]

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Financial Choice Act 2.0 for Private Fund Managers

The Republican agenda is moving ahead to unwind much of the Obama Administration’s legislative and regulatory achievements. The first attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed. Next up is raising the debt ceiling, tax reform and Dodd-Frank appeal. (I question how much Congress can take on at one time.) Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the House […]

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Weekend Reading: Evicted

Matthew Desmond took a deep dive into poverty and housing. He published the story of what he saw in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The book follows several people in deep poverty living and being evicted from terrible housing in Milwaukee. Mr. Desmond lived among them in 2008 and 2009. He split his […]

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Happy Patriots’ Day

And the shot heard ’round the world Was the start of the Revolution. The Minute Men were ready, on the move. Take your powder, and take your gun. Report to General Washington. – Schoolhouse Rock! Patriots’ Day is a celebration of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the Revolutionary […]

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