Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: Regulatory Compliance

Fifth Circuit Vacates Private Fund Adviser Rules

Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously vacated the Private Fund Adviser Rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (which we previously summarized) in their entirety, holding that the SEC exceeded its statutory authority in adopting the PFA Rules in August of 2023. The case […]

Fund Sponsors and Placement Agents – Navigating Broker-Dealer Issues

Fund sponsors often engage investment banking or placement firms to help raise capital or generate deal flow for their funds. In exchange, the sponsor may offer a cash fee, a piece of the sponsor’s carried interest, equity in the applicable portfolio company, or some other form of compensation. Many sponsors and advisors are unaware that […]

Does a Private Fund Need a PPM?

The short answer is no. A private investment fund (whether a venture capital fund, private credit fund, private equity fund, hedge fund, fund-of-funds or other type of non-registered fund) is not legally required to have a private placement memorandum or other offering document. Producing a high-quality PPM takes a material amount of time, work and […]

Corporate Transparency Act Considerations in the Private Funds Space

Effective as of Jan. 1, 2024, many businesses and corporate entities, both foreign and domestic, must file informational reports on their beneficial owners with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network under the Corporate Transparency Act. Robinson Bradshaw published an article summarizing the CTA and highlighting best practices for achieving compliance, located here. The CTA requirements are […]

Tax Court Takes Narrow View of Limited Partner Exclusion from SECA Tax

The Tax Court, in a victory for the IRS, recently issued an opinion holding the limited partner exception to the Self-Employed Contributions Act Tax must be construed narrowly. The court held a limited partner under state law is not automatically a limited partner for purposes of the SECA exclusion. SECA Background SECA imposes a tax […]

Legacy Status Under the New SEC Investment Adviser Rules

On Aug. 23, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the PFA Rules, rules and rule amendments under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that impose new requirements and obligations on private fund advisers. In previous blog posts, we provided a brief summary of the PFA Rules, discussed the new quarterly reporting requirements, analyzed the […]

Summary of the SEC’s 2024 Examination Priorities for Registered Investment Advisers

Yesterday, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) Division of Examinations released its examination priorities to inform market participants of the key topics and priorities that the SEC plans to focus on when conducting examinations on SEC-registered investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, transfer agents, municipal advisers, securities-based swap dealers, clearing […]

New SEC Rules Regarding Preferential Treatment for Investors in Private Funds

On August 23, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC,” or the “Commission”) adopted rules and rule amendments (the “PFA Rules”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) that impose new requirements on private funds and their investment advisers. Our prior blog posts on the PFA Rules offered a broad […]

Analysis of the SEC’s New Restricted Activities Rule for Investment Advisers

On August 23, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) adopted rules and rule amendments (the “PFA Rules”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) that impose new requirements and obligations on investment advisers to private funds. In a series of blog posts on the PFA Rules, we […]

Adviser-Led Secondaries and the SEC’s New Private Adviser Rules

On August 23, 2023, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) adopted rules and rule amendments (the “PFA Rules”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”)1 that impose new requirements and obligations on investment advisers to private funds. In our prior blog posts on the PFA Rules, we […]