Investors’ Working Group Recommends Delayed Disclosure of Holdings to Regulators and Registration of Hedge Fund Advisers

As the calls for additional regulation of the hedge fund industry continue to mount, the Investors’ Working Group (IWG) has added its recommendations to the growing list of proposals to oversee the industry.  The IWG is an independent task force sponsored by the CFA Institute Centre for Financial Market Integrity and the Council of Institutional Investors.  On July 15, 2009, the IWG issued a report (Report) recommending that investment managers, including managers of hedge funds and private equity funds, be required to make regular disclosures to regulators on a real-time basis to protect against systemic risk.  The IWG also advocated requiring hedge fund managers to register as investment advisers with the SEC, a proposal that has been echoed by various legislators and the U.S. Treasury.  We offer a detailed description of the parts of the Report most relevant to hedge funds, and include industry responses to the Report.

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