Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP Quarterly Newsletter | 1st Quarter 2010

Below is our quarterly newsletter.  If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please contact us.

****

April 1, 2010
www.colefrieman.com

Cole-Frieman &  Mallon LLP Quarterly Newsletter

Clients and Friends,

We take this opportunity to provide you with a brief overview of the major items we have reported on over the last quarter.  We have also provided a list of some of the major compliance issues that managers should be aware of during this time period.

****

New Quarterly Reporting Rule for CPOs – new NFA Rule 2-46, which became effective on March 31, 2010, requires registered commodity pool operators (including registered CPOs managing 4.7 or 4.12 pools) to provide a quarterly report to the NFA through the NFA’s EasyFile system.  Managers will report information on key relationships, a statement of the change in the fund’s NAV, monthly ROR, and a schedule for major investments.  The report will need to be filed within 45 days of March 31 and the process will be familiar to those groups who have filed their annual returns with the NFA previously.

For a complete overview of the new rule, click here.

Proposed Forex Regulations – for forex managers, the announcement of the CFTC’s proposed forex regulations was the major topic of conversation over the last quarter.  The proposed regulations include a number of new requirements for forex managers: (i) registration requirements for forex CTAs, CPOs, and IBs; (ii) net capital requirements for forex dealers; (iii) reduction in leverage from 100:1 to 10:1; and, (iv) a guarantee requirement for all forex IBs.

Overview of the proposed regulations can be found here.

Mallon P.C. comments on the proposed regulations can be found here.

Compliance Reminders

Form D Update – managers should be aware that for continuous offerings (most hedge funds), Form D needs to be updated on an annual basis.  Managers who have not updated Form D within the last year should check whether the fund’s Form D needs to be updated. For more information please click here.

Blue Sky Filings – managers need to make sure they are up to date with all blue sky filings.  Mallon P.C. has a team devoted to blue sky filings and compliance and is happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information on blue sky filings, please click here.

Investment Advisers – investment advisers should have completed their annual update of Form ADV through the IARD system by March 31, 2010 for 2009.  Managers who have not done this yet will need to do so immediately. Additionally, some states will require managers to submit other information such as updated financials. The requirements for California registered investment advisers can be found here.

CFTC Registrants – managers who are registered with the CFTC and members of the NFA have a number of yearly compliance requirements.  Generally these managers will have already done the following: (i) submitted annual reports (if required to be filed with the NFA); (ii) sent out a physical copy of their privacy policy to all investors/clients; (iii) completed the yearly NFA Self-Exam Checklist; and, (iv) updated their compliance policies and procedures accordingly.  Some CFTC registrants will have a requirement to review the procedures with respect to bunched orders on a quarterly basis.

Cleantech & Carbon – a recent 100 Women in Hedge Funds event focused on the cleantech industry and how hedge funds and VC funds are looking at investments in this space.  We wrote a summary of the event and were encouraged by the turnout and industry participation.  We look forward to greater interest in this sector by hedge funds.  Additionally, we are closely watching Congress as cap and trade legislation and energy bills become a topic of consideration.  We will continue to monitor any cap and trade legislation and will report on how this may impact the investment management industry.

2nd Quarter Events – New York CTA Expo April 21 – Mallon P.C. sponsors the CTA Expo which was established in 2008 to help professional capital raisers and allocators identify futures trading talent and to promote investing in managed futures. It is a one day conference consisting of speakers and panels combined with a schedule of thirty minute presentations by individual CTAs.  The New York event will take place on April 21, 2010 at the CME Group Building.  For more information, please see the CTA Expo website.

****

For assistance with any compliance, registration, or planning issues on any of the above topics, please contact Bart Mallon of Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP (www.colefrieman.com) at 415-868-5345 or bmallon@colefrieman.com.

Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP is a law firm with a national client base and is focused on the investment management industry.  Our clients include hedge fund managers, investment advisers, commodity advisors, and other investment managers.  We also provide general business and start-up legal advice and have an emerging practice in real estate and cleantech.

Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP
150 Spear Street, Suite 825
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 352-2300
Fax: (646) 619-4800

Leave a Reply