On September 18 and 19, 2012, ALM Events hosted its Sixth Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit (GC Hedge Summit) at the University Club in New York City. Panelists, including regulators, in-house practitioners and law firm professionals, discussed topics of significant relevance for hedge fund general counsels, including: SEC enforcement priorities relating to hedge funds; the nuts and bolts of a successful hedge fund compliance program (including a discussion of side letters, investment allocations, expense allocations, trade errors and record retention); marketing of hedge funds (including a discussion of compensation of marketing professionals and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act); secondary market transactions in fund shares; and the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) and its implications for the gathering of political intelligence. Our coverage of the GC Hedge Summit is provided in two installments. This first installment covers the session addressing the nuts and bolts of a successful compliance program and the session addressing marketing of hedge funds and secondary market transactions in hedge fund shares. The second article will cover the session discussing the SEC’s enforcement priorities and the session discussing the implications of the STOCK Act for the gathering of political intelligence by hedge fund managers. See also “Political Intelligence Firms and the STOCK Act: How Hedge Fund Managers Can Avoid Potential Pitfalls
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 14 (Apr. 5, 2012).