SEC Adopts Significant Amendments to the Private Fund Rules

Regulatory Compliance
August 25, 2023

On August 23, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the“SEC”) voted 3-2 to adopt new rules and amendments (the “Rules”) for private fund advisers (the “Advisers”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (read the announcement here). The new Rules, although significantly scaled back from the originally proposed rules in February 2022, will have a profound impact on both Registered Investment Advisers and Exempt Reporting Advisers.

The Rules require Advisers registered with the SEC to:

The Rules that affect all Advisers, including Exempt Reporting Advisers:

Key Takeaways

Although significant, the new Rules did not contain some of the most controversial provisions that were originally proposed in February 2022. A summary comparing the original proposed Rule to the final Rule is provided below.

What is important to note is that the SEC is offering legacy status for the prohibitions aspect of the Preferential Treatment Rule and aspects of the Restricted Activities Rule that require investor consent. Legacy status provisions apply to agreements that were entered into prior to the compliance date.  

Given the enormity of the final Rules and the impact it will have on Advisers, it is imperative that Advisers and Chief Compliance Officers review the Rules and begin putting a plan in place for compliance.

How private fund advisers should prepare:

 The SEC has provided a staggered schedule for when Advisers must comply with certain Rules:

As the compliance date approaches, private equity fund advisers should consider taking the following steps:

How Petra can help

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