October 12, 2016

Starting a Hedge Fund in New York–Legal Considerations

John S. Lore, Esq. | Capital Fund Law Group, PC New York is the world’s most popular jurisdiction for starting a hedge fund, as well as one of the top states for startup private equity funds, real estate funds and other […]
November 25, 2015

Exempt Reporting Adviser Registration for Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Dodd-Frank exempts from registration two types of advisers: (i) advisers to qualifying venture capital funds; and (ii) advisers solely to private funds (including hedge funds and private equity funds) and having less than $150 million of assets under management.  These […]
May 21, 2015

Mark-to-Market Election for Hedge Funds

Section 475 of the tax code permits certain active traders to treat all investment transactions as generating ordinary income or loss.  Fund managers making a mark-to-market election recognize all gain or loss in open positions at year-end at the current fair market value as though they had been sold on December 31.  By recognizing all transactions as ordinary income a fund manager forfeits the ability to treat any assets as long-term capital gains.  Similarly, by marking portfolio assets to market at year-end, a manager loses the ability to defer income to later years.

May 2, 2015

Using Intermediaries to Raise Capital

After the initial seed raise, many issuers find it difficult to locate sufficientaccredited investors to participate in the offering and turn to intermediaries. When using intermediaries, a company must (unless conducting a Rule 506(c) offering) ensure that the intermediaries follow the rules requiring substantive pre-existing relationships with any prospective investors, and avoid general advertising and solicitation.

May 2, 2015

Real Estate Fund Investment Terms

One of the most important aspects of forming a real estate fund is to set the terms of the investment. When properly structured, real estate fund offering documents contain terms that adequately protect the fund sponsor and are attractive to investors. 

April 5, 2015

Key-Man Investment Fund Risk Mitigation

Successful hedge funds rely heavily on the intellect and expertise of key individuals, the loss of which can prove ruinous to hedge funds of all sizes. In November 2014, one of Europe’s largest money mangers, BlueBay, had to close a $1.4 billion fund because of the departure of a single key fund manager.

April 5, 2015

Domestic and Offshore Hedge Fund Structures

One of the initial considerations when structuring a hedge fund is whether to form the fund domestically, offshore or both. If a fund sponsor expects to have only U.S. investors, a domestic entity is sufficient. However, if a sponsor anticipates offshore investors or U.S. tax-exempt investors (IRAs, pension plans, endowments, etc.) an appropriate offshore fund will be needed to shield such investors from U.S. tax liability.
April 5, 2015

Brief Survey of Common Hedge Fund Terms

As part of the hedge fund formation process, the attorney works closely with the fund sponsor to craft the terms to which the fund and its investors will be bound. When properly structured, hedge fund offering documents contain terms that adequately protect the fund sponsor and are attractive to investors.

April 5, 2015

Common Hedge Fund Strategies

Hedge fund strategies encompass a broad range of risk tolerance and investment philosophies within a wide array of  investments, including debt and equity securities, commodities, currencies, derivatives, real estate and other investment vehicles. The horizon of hedge fund investment strategies has seen unprecedented expansion in recent years.

April 5, 2015

Hedge Fund Attorney

A team of experienced and committed hedge fund lawyers play a vital role in guiding hedge fund managers through their various responsibilities and helping managers avoid devastating mistakes.

Choosing the right legal team can mean the difference between an emerging hedge fund’s success or failure.

April 5, 2015

Ongoing RIA Compliance

Filing the ADV and other registration documents is only the beginning of an RIA’s regulatory obligations. Following registration, RIAs and their representatives become subject to a network of complex compliance obligations.  This article touches briefly on a few of  the many components of RIA compliance, including: annual license renewals,  detailed record keeping,  investor disclosure, compliance/ethics manual issues, and preparing for audits. 

April 4, 2015

Hedge Fund Prime Broker/Custodian

A prime broker is a central broker through whom the fund executes most or all of its trades and who typically acts as custodian to the fund’s assets. When the hedge fund executes trades through other brokers, the prime broker works with the executing brokers to settle and transfer all assets through the prime broker.

April 3, 2015

Hedge Fund Documents

Your hedge fund attorney will prepare five core documents, which are necessary to launch the fund:

(i) a private placement memorandum, (ii) limited partnership agreement, (iii) subscription agreement, (iv) investment management agreement, and (v) management company operating agreement.

June 12, 2014

Form ADV Part 2

Part 2 of Form ADV is a written disclosure statement required for federal and state investment advisor registration  Form ADV is divided into Part 1 and Part 2.  This articles discusses Form ADV Part 2.  See also our article discussing Form ADV Part 1.

November 6, 2013

Must a Hedge Fund Register as an Investment Advisor?

Not all hedge funds are subject to investment advisor registration. To determine whether a fund needs to register, we ask our clients the following four questions:

1.  Will the fund invest in “securities?”

2.  What will be the size of the fund?

3.  In what state is the fund management team physically located?

4. In what states will the investors be located?