On September 30 and October 1, 2013, ALM Events hosted its 7th Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit during which law firm and in-house practitioners shared insights on legal, operational and other challenges faced by hedge fund managers. This first installment in a three-part series covering the summit highlights the salient points from panel discussions addressing strategies for handling government investigations and issues faced by chief compliance officers, including dual-hatting and supervisory liability
. See “Benefits, Challenges and Recommendations for Persons Simultaneously Serving as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a Hedge Fund Manager
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 19 (May 10, 2012). The second article in the series will address opportunities and challenges associated with distressed debt investing (including participation in Chapter 11 proceedings, claims trading and risks of distressed debt investing); the impact of over-the-counter derivatives reforms on fund managers (including new mandatory clearing, execution and reporting requirements as well as CFTC cross border rules); and best practices for addressing insider trading risks. The third article will provide regulatory updates on the JOBS Act, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and new Canadian and U.S. initiatives that will impact activist investing strategies.