A Roadmap of Potential Landmines for Fund Managers to Avoid When Completing the Revised Form ADV

Effective October 1, 2017, advisers must contend with an updated Form ADV that makes a number of helpful technical changes and streamlines the process for filing umbrella registrations. Despite these beneficial changes, the amended Form ADV imposes significant new reporting duties for separately managed accounts and advisers operating multiple branches. A recent program presented by Proskauer Rose, Advise Technologies and Hedge Fund Law Report offered a page-by-page guide to understanding the revised form. Moderated by Rorie A. Norton, Associate Editor of the Hedge Fund Law Report, the discussion featured Michael F. Mavrides, partner at Proskauer, and Jeanette Turner, chief regulatory attorney and a managing director at Advise Technologies. This article summarizes their insights. For more from Turner on Form ADV changes, see “The ‘Why’ Behind the Recent Form ADV Amendments: What Information the SEC Will Require and How the Agency Intends to Use It” (May 4, 2017). For additional commentary from Mavrides, see our two-part series on the latest revisions to Form ADV and the so-called “recordkeeping rule”: “Managed Account Disclosure, Umbrella Registration and Outsourced CCOs” (Nov. 10, 2016); and “Retaining Performance Records and Disclosing Social Media Use, Office Locations and Assets Under Management” (Nov. 17, 2016).

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