MFA Comment Letters

Topic: compliance procedures

MFA Comments to SEC on Pay to Play Proposal10.06.09


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC today in response to its proposal to, among other things, restrict political contributions […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, pay to play practices, government assets, political contributions, investment adviser, investment management services, government entities, third party placement agents, municipal securities, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, MSRB, investment management industry, municipal underwritings, municipal securities underwriters, municipal securities professional, chief compliance officer, American Bar Association, Committee on Federal Regulation of the American Bar Association, state and local entities, legal authorities, compliance burden, agency, authority, instrumentality of the State, plan, program, pool of assets, political action committee, inauguration or transition committee, local or state political party, Foundation, charitable institution, government official, Regulators, covered associates, general partner, executive officer, Broker, Dealer, municipal securities business, municipal securities representative, municipal securities principals, sales principals, principal business unit, look-back provision, look-back period, securities firms, academic institutions, chilling effect, soliciting, personal political activities, beneficial owners, family members of covered associates, portfolio manager, written compliance policies and procedures, pre-approval procedures, disproportionately severe punishment, private fund, limited partnership, redemption rights, public pension plans, interest, contractual rights and obligations, management fees, liquidity, fund assets, redemption requests, investment services, fiduciary duty, assets, compensation arrangements, institutional investor, incentive fee structure, backward-looking provisions, operational challenges, compliance procedures, pooled investment vehicle, de minimi exception, returned contribution, Inadvertent Violation, inadvertent contribution, covered investment pool, registered investment companies, publicly offered securities, fund of funds, direct investment, platform arrangement, direct investors, third party placement agent, pension, third party solicitors, placement agent, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, offshore managers, marketing activities, broker-dealer, requests for proposals, due diligence, investment advisory services, investment techniques, investment objectives, risk management, anti-competitive effects, California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Los Angeles County Employees' Retirement System, Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System, Pennsylvania State Employment Retirement System, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Washington, New York State Common Retirement Fund, New York City Employees' Retirement System, New Mexico Investment Council, New York, Illinois, pay to play scandals, Disclosure, transparency, state and federal laws, regulations, registration, cash solicitation, Wall St. Journal, code of ethics rule, compliance costs, Form ADV, registered investment adviser, unregistered adviser, pre-approval policies, affiliated broker-dealer,

MFA Comments to the U.K. Hedge Fund Working Group’s Consultation Paper12.14.07


Today, MFA submitted the following response letter to the U.K. Hedge Fund Working Group on its Consultation Paper. The overall […]

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Topics: Hedge Fund Working Group consultation paper, HFWG, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, United Kingdom, global relevance, global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, funds of funds, managed futures funds, jurisdictional requirements, fund governing bodies, Third Party Administrators, board of directors, U.S. based funds, net asset value, compliance, Comply or Explain, managers, investors, counterparties, bright line test, Fund Governing Body, President's Working Group on Private Pools of Capital (PWG), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), offshore, non-U.S. exchanges, Irish Stock Exchange, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, regulatory implicationsm Websites, segregation, potential conflicts, third parties, Investment Policy, Risk Disclosure, potential liability, Performance Measurement Disclosure, non-marketable, illiquid securities, portfolio, marketable securities, valuation determinations, Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, Global Investment Performance Standards, independent valuation services providers, portfolio management, independent third parties, independent in-house functions, Difficult-to-Value Assets, exchange traded posistions, uncertainity, Fair Value, fire sale, Disclosure, market price, audited annual accounts, side pocket, market risk, stress testing, Governance of Operational Risk, conflicts of interest, compliance procedures, client confidentiality, Outsourcing Risk, service legal agreement, Key Performance indicators (KPis) Fund Governance Disclosure, spectrum, Market Abuse, Insider Dealing, inside information, disclosure thresholds, U.S. securities law, UK, AML, side letters, commercial terms, reconciliation errors, valuation, legal risks, regulatory risks, trade association, board of trustees, investor groups, Regulators, Lenders/Prime Brokers/Dealers, OTC market particpants, cross-market particpant working group, OTC derivatives transactions, Federal Reserve Bank of New York for OTC equity derivatives, OTC electronic transaction posistions, price sources, cherry picking, performance fee, scenario analyses, counterparty risk, netting agreements, collateral agreements, collateral calls/two way collateral posting, soft limits, Model Risk, Key man risk, one-stop shop, prime brokers, Derivative posistions, Borrowed Stock, exposure, stock lender, proxy voting policy, Alternative Investment Management Association, AIMA,
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