SEC To Propose Hedge Fund Registration Rule Friday

Nov 17 2010 | 3:35pm ET

The hedge fund industry on Friday will learn the likely look of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's registration regime.

The SEC plans to meet to propose the registration requirement. It is not the first time the agency has tried to force hedge funds to register: Five years ago, it did so but saw the rule overturned after it was challenged by Bulldog Investors' Philip Goldstein.

The court at the time ruled that the SEC did not have the statutory authority to regulate hedge funds. That is no longer a problem, as the recently-enacted Dodd-Frank law explicitly requires the SEC to force hedge funds and other private funds to register.

On Friday, the Commission is expected to vote to require hedge funds with $150 million or more in assets under management to register. It will also increase to $100 million the minimum level of assets under management for a hedge fund to fall under its jurisdiction. Smaller hedge funds will be left to state regulators to oversee.

Not all hedge funds will face the same scruntiny. The SEC has already proposed allowing family offices to avoid registration. It also may exempt venture capital funds and foreign private fund managers with little or no business in the U.S.


In Depth

Exotic Assets: Investing In Rare Violins

Jan 17 2017 | 4:43pm ET

By definition, alternative investments include exotic assets far beyond your typical...

Lifestyle

'Tis the Season: Wall Street Holiday Parties Back In Fashion

Dec 22 2016 | 9:23pm ET

Spending on Wall Street holiday parties has largely returned to pre-2008 levels...

Guest Contributor

The Trump Administration: What It Could Mean for Carried Interest

Jan 19 2017 | 5:25pm ET

The arrival of the Trump administration brings the potential for a repeal of the...

 

From the current issue of

As initial anxiety over Donald Trump’s victory gave way to market euphoria in the days following the election, there was a casualty. Gold prices.