Thomson Reuters Session - SEC Approves New Rules to Address Run Risks in Money Market Funds

On September 9, 2014, Pepper Hamilton attorneys Gregory J. Nowak and John P. Falco spoke on a webinar for West LegalEdcenter, part of Thomson Reuters. This podcast is a recording of this webinar.

On July 23 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to the rules that govern money market mutual funds. The amendments make structural and operational reforms to address risks of investor runs in money market funds, while preserving the benefits of the funds. The rules build upon the reforms adopted by the Commission in March 2010 that were designed to reduce the interest rate, credit and liquidity risks of money market fund portfolios. When the Commission adopted the 2010 amendments, it recognized that the 2008 financial crisis raised questions of whether more fundamental changes to money market funds might be warranted. The new rules require a floating net asset value (NAV) for institutional prime money market funds, which allows the daily share prices of these funds to fluctuate along with changes in the market-based value of fund assets and provide non-government money market fund boards new tools – liquidity fees and redemption gates – to address runs.

This engaging webcast will delve into:

  • understanding the new regulations and what this means for fund managers
  • how and why the SEC adopted
  • analysis and prospectus on the possible impact in the near term and long term.

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Hot Topics Roundtable for Fund Managers - Cybersecurity, Valuation, and More

Representatives from Pepper Hamilton, Duff & Phelps and Freeh Group International Solutions (FGIS) led a fast-paced, interactive discussion of some of the hottest topics in the fund managing world. This podcast is a recording of this session from Philadelphia.

Topics discussed included (time codes) valuation questions (4:45) including trends in secondary market regarding valuations (28:00); cybersecurity (35:10) including how do you judge the risk of your third party vendors (52:17), what to do if you have a data breach (1:06:57); and fundraising and expense allocations (1:12:22).

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Thomson Reuters Session - April: Investment Management, Hedge Funds & Registered Mutual Funds: What's Happening Now?

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak has regularly hosted a roundtable in Pepper’s New York office for private funds and their managers to discuss issues in the investment management world. He has recently started to give a preview of the monthly topics to be covered on a national stage by speaking on a similar webinar series for West LegalEdcenter, part of Thomson Reuters.

This podcast is a recording of Mr. Nowak’s webinar who was also joined by Pepper corporate and securities attorney Brian Korn. Topics discussed include (time codes) recent SEC enforcement activity (2:30); the matter of Laird Daniels, CPA (10:18) and the matter of Visionary Trading LLC (20:54); recent developments in crowdfunding (28:11); and lastly a peer-to-peer lending discussion (46:05).

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Thomson Reuters Session 2: Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Registered Mutual Funds: What's Happening Now?

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak has regularly hosted a roundtable in Pepper’s New York office for private funds and their managers to discuss issues in the investment management world. He has recently started to give a preview of the monthly topics to be covered on a national stage by speaking on a similar webinar series for West LegalEdcenter, part of Thomson Reuters.

This podcast is a recording of Mr. Nowak’s webinar who was also joined by fellow partner Kevin M. Johnson from the firm’s Tax practice. The webinar covered current legal developments affecting the markets and funds and their managers, including whistleblower rules; the IRS’s global high net worth initiative targeting wealthy high net worth taxpayers, including fund managers; and FATCA.

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Thomson Reuters Session 1: Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Registered Mutual Funds: What's Happening Now?

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak has regularly hosted a roundtable in Pepper’s New York office for private funds and their managers to discuss issues in the investment management world. He has recently started to give a preview of the monthly topics to be covered to a national audience by speaking on a similar webinar series for West LegalEdcenter, part of Thomson Reuters.

This podcast is a recording of Mr. Nowak's webinar where he discussed SEC compliance initiatives; a Dodd Frank update on bad actors; an update on the JOBs Act and Volcker Rule; and a discussion on ISDA protocols.

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Update on Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s Decision in the Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc. Bankruptcy Case

Section 363 of the Bankruptcy code has been a topic of discussion in legal circles lately. We are joined by Henry Jaffe, a partner in Pepper’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, to discuss Section 363 and review the concerns of bankruptcy practitioners and participants because of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware’s decision in the Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc. case, including some lessons learned from Fisker.

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New Manager Forum Panel III – Post-launch Matters

Launching a new hedge fund or private equity fund can be one of the most exciting and rewarding ventures a person will ever undertake-and it can also be the most challenging, given today's competitive and demanding investing environment.

With that in mind, Pepper Hamilton teamed up with Constellation Investment Consulting to put together a New Manager Forum in Pepper’s NY office earlier this year. Speakers included perspectives from all facets of the investment industry, including lawyers, consultants, prime brokers, accountants, startup administrators, fund admin services and a hedge fund placement agent.

We recorded the forum and broke it up into three separate podcasts.

This podcast focuses on post-launch matters such as continued marketing and fundraising; increasing complexity in operations; SEC registration, conflicts of interest, allocation issues, and other legal and regulatory issues; the need to expand service providers or functions; and other challenges on the horizon as the new managers grows, including investor due diligence demands.

You can also listen to the podcast recordings of Panel I which focuses on critical pre-launch considerations and Panel II which focuses on launch issues.

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New Manager Forum Panel II – Launch Issues

Launching a new hedge fund or private equity fund can be one of the most exciting and rewarding ventures a person will ever undertake-and it can also be the most challenging, given today's competitive and demanding investing environment.

With that in mind, Pepper Hamilton teamed up with Constellation Investment Consulting to put together a New Manager Forum in Pepper’s NY office earlier this year. Speakers included perspectives from all facets of the investment industry, including lawyers, consultants, prime brokers, accountants, startup administrators, fund admin services and a hedge fund placement agent.

We recorded the forum and broke it up into three separate podcasts.

This podcast focuses on launch issues, including the raising of capital, such as seeding, cap intro firms and placement agents; advertising opportunities under the JOBS Act; and more.

You can also listen to the podcast recordings of Panel I which focuses on critical pre-launch considerations and Panel III which focuses on post-launch matters.

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New Manager Forum Panel I - Critical Pre-launch Considerations

Launching a new hedge fund or private equity fund can be one of the most exciting and rewarding ventures a person will ever undertake-and it can also be the most challenging, given today's competitive and demanding investing environment.

With that in mind, Pepper Hamilton teamed up with Constellation Investment Consulting to put together a New Manager Forum in Pepper’s NY office earlier this year. Speakers included perspectives from all facets of the investment industry, including lawyers, consultants, prime brokers, accountants, startup administrators, fund admin services and a hedge fund placement agent.

We recorded the forum and broke it up into three separate podcasts.

This podcast focuses on critical pre-launch considerations, including fund structuring and adviser matters; compliance policies and other legal and regulatory considerations; and the selection of an auditor, administrator, operations consultant, prime broker, and other service providers.

You can also listen to the podcast recordings of Panel II which focuses on launch issues and Panel III which focuses on post-launch matters. Email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to be added to our mailing list to receive future legal updates in the world of Funds.

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The Pepper 5: On 2014 Venture Capital Funding Outlook

This is a podcast series where we ask Pepper attorneys five key questions on topics that are top of mind for our clients. Today we are focusing on venture funding and our guest is Pepper partner Steven R. London from our Boston office.

Mr. London led Pepper’s charge at the 2013 New England Venture Summit, moderating a couple of panels and meeting with many venture capitalists and companies looking for funding from around the country. In this podcast we discuss the outlook for venture funding in 2014 based on his experience in the marketplace and specifically what he heard at the Summit. We also cover his number one tip for companies looking for dollars; the best way to approach a VC for funding; fatal flaws for an elevator pitch; and discuss Pepper’s Emerging Company Program.

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