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SEC Risk Alert: Advertising Compliance Issues for Investment Advisers

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) recently issued a risk alert concerning compliance issues with Rule 206(4)-1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advertising Rule”). The Advertising Rule is frequently a point of emphasis...

Starting a Cryptocurrency Fund: Digital Asset Storage Methods

Given the rise of cryptocurrency hedge funds and other investment products, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency fund managers are having to make decisions regarding optimal storage methods to suit their particular needs when holding and trading cryptocurrencies and other...

Starting a Cryptocurrency Fund: Valuation Considerations

It is critical for fund managers and accounting professionals to have up-to-date valuations on investments when accepting capital contributions from new and existing investors. While valuation metrics for the broad majority of securities and futures products are...

DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Hedge Fund Managers

Background On June 9, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) effected a new regulation  expanding the definition of a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (“Code”) (the...

Cryptocurrency Fund Managers: SEC Update

On Tuesday evening the SEC issued a significant report for cryptocurrency fund managers, announcing its determination that blockchain tokens offered and sold by an organization called The DAO were securities, subject to federal regulation. In its report, the SEC...

Regulation CF Update

Last Year, we discussed the SEC’s most recent attempt to implement Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) through the establishment of a new rule, Regulation Crowdfunding (Regulation CF). Regulation CF became effective on May 16, 2016, and...

Hedge Fund Marketing Practices: Checking in on Rule 506(c)

The overwhelming majority of hedge funds and private equity funds rely on an exemption from registration found in Rule 506 under Regulation D of the Securities Act. Prior to September 2013, Rule 506 was restrictive in that it required hedge fund managers to establish...

Regulation A+ Update

In our last update concerning Regulation A, we discussed the SEC’s revamp of Regulation A, referred to as Regulation A+. Regulation A was originally intended to act as a middle ground between private placement offerings and registered public offerings. However,...