SEC and the accredited investors

By Michael Loo

During the Practicing Law Institute’s SEC Speaks in 2016 conference, SEC acting chairman Michael Piwowar shared his thoughts on how the SEC should remove the distinction between accredited and non-accredited investors. Accredited investors can invest in private securities not registered with financial authorities. Under SEC Rule 401 of Regulation D, some of the requirements to be an accredited investor include having an income of $200,000 or having a net worth of $1 million (excluding the primary residence). This naturally targets the alternative investment space, such as hedge funds and private equity funds. Should the distinction between accredited and non-accredited cease to exist, alternative investment managers could have a larger pool of viable investors to tap into.

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AIFMD II: What should we expect? – Part 2

By Alastair Hewitt

European policymakers have to deal with Brexit and its implications, and this naturally supersedes AIFMD II. It is believed that an AIFMD market study (due to report mid-2018) has already been put out for tender by the European Commission (EC). This would delay any AIFMD II proceedings.

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AIFMD II: What should we expect? – Part 1

By Alastair Hewitt

The European Commission will begin to review AIFMD in July, 2017. Managers want some policies eliminated, especially remuneration limits for material risk takers aimed at alternative fund managers (AIFMs). Since this is a politically sensitive subject, it is unlikely to change.

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