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SEC Issues Guidance Regarding Administrative Proceedings

On Friday, May 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance to its staff to assist in determining whether to bring enforcement actions in federal district court or as administrative proceedings before an Administrative Law Judge. The administrative proceedings have become highly controversial in recent years, as many defendants in the proceedings have complained…

Client Alerts | May 11, 2015 | Hedge Funds

Treasury Postpones The Effective Date for Dividend Equivalent Withholding Regulations for One Year Until January 1, 2017!

Senior counsel for the Treasury Office of Tax Legislative Counsel announced today that the effective date for proposed regulations regarding U.S. withholding tax on dividend equivalent payments (e.g., payments on certain equity swaps or other derivatives referencing U.S. equity securities) has been postponed for one year from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2017. As…

Client Alerts | May 8, 2015 | Hedge Funds

Class Assertion of State Law Fraud Claims relating to Certain Securities Is Now Easier in New York, Connecticut and Vermont

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in In re Kingate Management Limited Litigation, recently made it significantly easier for plaintiffs in the Second Circuit and New York, Connecticut and Vermont state courts to bring class actions alleging violations of state law in litigation involving certain types of securities. By allowing these claims…

Client Alerts | May 5, 2015

Civil Insider Trading Case Survives Newman

On April 6, 2015, a federal district court in Manhattan permitted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to pursue a civil enforcement action against two defendants accused of insider trading, notwithstanding the recently reshaped insider trading rules articulated in U.S. v. Newman. This week’s decision, in S.E.C. v. Payton, represents the first direct effort to…

Client Alerts | April 8, 2015 | Securities and Corporate Finance

Hedge Funds – Upcoming FATCA Compliance Deadlines

This legal update highlights certain important upcoming FATCA compliance deadlines for Cayman Islands funds (i.e., offshore standalone funds, offshore feeder funds, and offshore master funds). Register with the Cayman Islands on or before April 30, 2015. Each Cayman Islands fund must register with the Cayman Islands on or before April 30, 2015. Funds must register…

Client Alerts | April 7, 2015 | Hedge Funds

Issuer Liability for Opinions in Registration Statements

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision setting standards for opinions in issuers’ registration statements. In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, the Court held that an issuer of securities must ensure that representations of opinion in registration statements are (1) sincerely held and…

Client Alerts | March 27, 2015

First Department Extends Common Interest Privilege

In a decision sure to affect the behavior of parties in transactional and other contexts, the New York Appellate Division for the First Department on December 4, 2014 eliminated the “pending or reasonably contemplated litigation” requirement from the common interest privilege. Thus, the presence of a third party at an otherwise privileged communication will not…

Client Alerts | December 9, 2014

IRS Issues Chief Counsel Advice on Self-Employment Tax

Overview On September 5, 2014, the IRS released a Chief Counsel Advice (ILM 201436049), which discusses the application of self-employment tax to members of a limited liability company providing investment management services. The CCA concludes that all members of the limited liability company (the “LLC”) are subject to self-employment tax on their distributive shares of…

Client Alerts | September 10, 2014 | Securities and Corporate Finance | Hedge Funds