SEC Sweep Letter for Private Equity Funds

The San Francisco Office of the SEC has an informal inquiry into the valuations of private equity funds. IA Watch has received a copy of the sweep letter from the Division of Enforcement directed to a private equity fund manager.

Some highlights in the request:

  • All formation and offering documents for the fund, including private placement memoranda, limited partnership agreements, and operating agreements
  • List of investors and capital commitments
  • List of all investments, realized amount, and gross IRR
  • All communications with investors regarding fund performance
  • Support for valuations of the fund assets for the most recent fiscal year

It seems to be a fairly short list for an SEC document request. But any SEC document request is intimidating.

The request shouldn’t be construed as indication that there has been a violation of the federal securities law. It’s indication that the SEC is continuing to look for funds and managers that manipulated valuations.


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