On January 30, the SEC hosted the 2014 version of its annual Compliance Outreach Program National Seminar for senior professionals at hedge fund managers and other investment advisers. Panelists at the seminar included senior SEC officials and CCOs from hedge and private equity fund managers. The seminar provided candid insight from regulators and conveyed best practices developed in the private sector. This is the second article in a three-part series summarizing the more noteworthy points made at the seminar. This article covers discussions of SEC priorities by theme and by SEC division and relays insights on nine topics of specific interest to private fund advisers: presence examinations, risk assessments, conflicts, co-investments, allocation of expenses, marketing, custody, allocation of investment opportunities and broker-dealer registration. The first article discussed SEC Chairman Mary Jo White’s opening remarks and detailed the compliance, examination and enforcement priorities outlined by the heads of relevant SEC divisions. See “Top SEC Officials Discuss Hedge Fund Compliance, Examination and Enforcement Priorities at 2014 Compliance Outreach Program National Seminar (Part One of Three)
,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 7, No. 7 (Feb. 21, 2014). The third article will focus on private equity compliance issues, valuation and CCO liability.