MFA Comment Letters

Topic: private equity

MFA Submits White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: European Commission European Union, EU, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", shadow banking, shadow banking system, systemic risk, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", Financial Stability Board, FSB, hedge fund industry, credit hedge funds, leverage, investor, counterparties, regulatory framework, regulatory arbitrage, financial industries, mutual funds, banks, financial market, investment strategies, asset classes, liquidity transformation, maturity transformation, risk analysis, liquidity protections, liquidity, equity investors, financial institutions, demand deposit accounts, collateral, margin, deposit-like characteristics, redemption terms, secured borrowings, direct lending, direct loan market, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, originator, derivative transactions, total return swaps, secured financing, credit intermediation, non-bank financial insitutions, bank-like activities, maturity tra, G20, nonbank credit intermediation, hedge fund counterparties, broker-dealer, risk management, hidden leverage, bank-like regulation, assets under management, AUM, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, state securities regulators, regulatory assets under management, RAUM, U.S. Securities Laws, chief compliance officer, hedge fund managers, Form ADV, investment advisers, Form PF, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, commodity futures contracts, swaps, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, CTA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, derivatives, segregation, transparency, major swap participants, swap dealers, derivatives market, Office of Financial Research, OFR, systemically important financial institution, SIFI, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Fed, prudential regulation, Doug Elliott, Brookings Institution, absolute risk, Volcker Rule, Long Term Capital Management, "too big to fail, government insurance, market based regulations, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, private equity, venture capital funds, property-casualty insurance, mutual funds management, money market funds, public company equity securities, institutional investment manager, insider trading, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Economic Analysis, EU Member State, MiFID, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, Investment Company Institute, ICI, United Kingdom, counter-cyclical, creditor, taxpayer, sophisticated investors, instant liquidity funds, discount windows, gates, lock-up periods, side pockets, Financial Services Authority, FSA, uncollateralized loans, initial margin, variation margin, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, ABCP conduits, structured investment vehicles, SIV, Columbia University, leverage ratio, Lord Adair Turner, Hedge Fund Research, asset-backed securities, corporate bonds, government bonds, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, leveraged loan markets, quantitative strategies, credit arbitrage strategies, fundamental credit analysis, distressed restructuring strategies, fixed income instruments, bankruptcy, private issue/Regulation D strategies, Regulation D, private investment in public equity, PIPE, relative value, pricing discrepancy, fixed income - asset backed, loans, credit cards, receivables, real estate, tangible financial commitments, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, corporate fixed income instrument, relative value - multi-strategies, Master Limited Partnership,

Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: private funds commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, Form PF, systemic risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, market participants, managed futures, absolute return strategies, SEC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank Act, Council and Office of Financial Research, OFR, global regulators, overcounting, undercounting, threshold for enhanced performance, assets under management, reporting period, confidentiality protections, inadvertent disclosure, non-bank financial companies, lending institutions, interconnectedness, liquidity risk, maturity mismatch, regulatory scrutiny, systemically significant, Federal Reserve System, the Fed, Form CPO, Form PQR, Form CTA-PR, targeted requests, tiered reporting system, threshold, trading and investment strategies, borrowing arrangements, collateral practices, operational capabilities, illiquid assets, investment advisers, bespoke contracts, private equity, privately issued convertible bonds, equity derivatives, distressed debt, unaffiliated third party sources, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, Financial Accounting Standards Board, audited financial statements, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, Form 13F, public companies, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, portfolio management, CUSIP number, semi-annual reporting, counterparty exposures, market noise, short-term market fluctuations, margin requirements, hedge fund defaults, large private fund manager, qualifying fund, hedge fund assets under management, Form ADV, proposed reporting thresholds, interpretive guidance, private fund managers, recordkeeping requirements, section 404, confidentiality of information, proprietary information, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Schedule 13G, individual certification, valuation methodology, proprietary methodology, alternative methodology, de minimis, master-feeder, parallel funds, equity prices, interest rates, currency rates, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, funds of funds, direct investments, aggregate gross asset value, collateral, operational efficiency, ten-year option, five-year option, master agreement, regulatory assets under management, net assets under management, leverage, parallel managed accounts, net asset value, gross asset value, creditor, net borrowings, aggregate borrowings, beneficial owners, record owners, fixed advisory fees, investment expenses, performance fees, inception class, statistical arbitrage-equity, other quantitative strategies, strategy exposure, risk capital allocation, NAV, futures commission merchants, FCMs, direct clearing members, DCMs, prime brokers, clause (iii), loan commitments, offsetting exposure, tri-party collateral accounts, market value, asset-backed securities, debt securities, swap contracts, futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, notional value of derivatives, notional amount, long positions, short positions, LMV, SMV, maturity brackets, short-term interest rate, DV01, CR01, duration, non-rated issues, short term high quality corporate debt, foreign exchange derivatives, turnover rate, GMV, Bloomberg, risk methodology, repos, sensitivity analyses, liquidity management, balance sheet value, delta adjusted, variation margin, equity exposure, rehypothecated initial margin, CCPs, central clearing counterparties, Value at Risk, VaR, CDS, CDX, default rates, corporate bonds, short borrowing, synthetic borrowing, uncommitted lines of credit, side pocket arrangement,

MFA Letter to IRS Regarding Compliance Issues for Private Investment Funds Filing a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report05.13.09


MFA submitted a letter as a follow up to its meeting on April 7 with officials from the IRS to […]

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Topics: FBAR Requirements private investment funds, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Reports, hedge funds, prior submissions, Patton Boggs LLP, Office of Chief Counsel, regulations, covered financial accounts, U.S. tax-exempt investors, master-feeder structures, domestic feeder fund, group filings, Form TD 90-22.1, cost-efficient, Fund Managers, compliance, adverse guidance, Glen Kirkland, IRS Reports Clearance Officer, OMB No. 1545-2038, limited liability companies, signature authority, taxpayer identification number, banks, publicly-traded corporations, tax-exempt organization, SRZ, Partnerships, bonds, notes, stock certificates, equity interest, John G. Gaine, Don Carbaugh, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, FinCEN, United States Department of the Treasury, William Langford, federal tax return, Form TDF 90-22.1, Detroit Computing Center of the Internal Revenue Service, private equity, domestic limited partnerships, domestic limited liability companies, flow through, brokerate accounts, foreign currencies, foreign securities, interpretive guidance, general definitions, derivatives, savings, demand, checking, deposit, mutual fund, illiquid, lock-up periods, tax forms, Form 990, Form 990-PF, Form 5500, Form 1040, schedule B, Question 7a, Form 1065, Question 9, Form 1120, Schedule N, Questioon 6a, AML program rule, pooled interest, control the disposition, Form TD F 90-22, Betty Santangelo, Nancy Rose, Carl E. Kennedy, Don Moorehead, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, legislators, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, Side-by-Side Structure, board directors, filing exception, FBAR, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, federal register,

MFA Letter to GAO Following Telephone Interview on January 15, 200902.06.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) following its telephone interview on January 15, which was held […]

MFA Comment Letter to Canadian Securities Administrators on Registration Reform06.29.07


MFA submits comments and attachment to the Canadian Securities Administrators on Canadian registration reform.

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Topics: British Columbia Securities Commission Alberta Securities Commission, Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission, Manitoba Securities Commission, Ontario Securities Commission, Autorite des Marches Financiers, New Brunswick Securities Commission, Register of Securities Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia Securities Commission, Superintendent of Securities Newfoundland and Labrador, Register of Securities Northwest Territories, Register of Securities Yukon Territory, Register of Securities Nunavut, Proposed National Instrument 31-103, registration requirements, global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, fund of funds, managed futures funds, policymakers, absolute return strategies, hedge fund industry, regulatory authorities, educational outreach, alternative investment history, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Federal Reserve Board, Department of the Treasury, Canadian Securities Administrators', CSA, global financial marketplace, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, private pools of capital, capital markets, financial markets, liquidity, price efficiency, risk distribution, alternative investment opportunities, capital, funds, Canada, (NI31-103), alternative investment vehicles, regulation, privately offered fund, professional investment management for hedge fund managers, defined term, U.S. federal securities laws, investment company, venture capital, private equity, leveraged buyout, oil and gas, real estate funds, hedging, distressed, financing, large activist posistions, risk-adjusted performance, private equity funds, assets under management, AUM, Non-Canadian Hedge Fund Securities, capital raising, retirement plans, pension plans, exposure, international capital markets, National instrument 45-106, Prospects and Registration Exemptions, Labrador, non-resident dealers, limited market dealers, dealer registration requirements, Non-Ontario Regime, securities, Regulatory Authority, offering memorandum, offering document, Ontario Regime, prospectus exemption, disclosure obligations, dealer registration exemption, market intermediaries, flow-through analysis, adviser registration, commodity futures, non-resident exemptions, Commodity futures act, Administrative Costs, Fraud, international portfolio manager, international investment fund manager, advisers, fund units, Ontario registered dealer, registered broker-dealer, broker-dealer, exempt market trades, accredited investors, sophisticated investors, fund-of-funds, financial institutions, hedge fund consultant, private placement, White Paper, financial eligibility, standards, pooled investment products, investment sophistication, natural persons, net worth threshold, annual income threshold, private investment vehicles, accredited natural person, income tests for inflation, grandfather provision, dealer registrayion exemption, offshore investment vehicles, United Kingdom, European Union, EU, well-developed capital markets, regulatory regimes,

MFA Submits Comments to SEC on Proposals for Accredited Natural Person and Antifraud Rules03.09.07


MFA submits comment letter and attachment to the SEC on Proposals for Accredited Natural Person and Antifraud Rules.

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, private investment vehicles, Accredited Natural Person Proposal, Prohibition of Fraud by Advisers to Certain Pooled Investment Vehicles, Investor Protection, alternative investment industry, capital markets, hedge funds, managed futures funds, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, private pools, liquidity, price efficiency, risk distribution, Regulatory Structure, direct investment, Christopher Cox, Robert Steel, venture capital, private equity, industry innovation, Department of the Treasury, cash room, Randal Quarles, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, risk-adjusted performance, accredited investor standard, financial eligibility standards, accredited investor, pooled investment vehicles, net worth threshold, financial eligibility standard, Pui-Wing Tam, Jonathan Shieber, Stephen Heuser, qualified client, qualified purchaser, qualified institutional buyer, qualified eligible person, eligible contract participant, joint property, net worth, Office of Economic Analysis, 3(c)(1) funds, illiquid investments, real estate, Lock-up, U.S. economy, Stuatory Authority, 100 beneficial owners, beneficial owners, 3(c)(7) funds, deferred compensation, fund employees, American Bar Association, research analysts, legal counsel, traders, broker dealers, attorneys, brokers, compliance, operational, accounting officers, grandfathering provision, competition, start-up funds, antifraud proposal, Goldstein decision, scienter, transparency, dialogue, Request for Proposal, private placement memorandum, Limited Partnership Agreement, Subscription Agreement, due diligence, management, incentive compensation, conflicts of interest, side letters, withdrawal, transfer procedures, tax issues, ERISA Issues, Thomas Lemke,

MFA Submits Comments to IOSCO on Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Offered to Retail Investors05.31.06


MFA Submits Comments to IOSCO’s “Regulatory Environment for Hedge Funds” survey

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Topics: Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Offered to Retail Investors hedge funds, The Regulatory Environment for Hedge Funds, hedge fund industry, alternative investment industry, fund of funds, managed futures funds, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Federal Reserve System, Department of the Treasury, United States Congress, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, MFA's 2005 Sound Practices, dealers, credit derivatives, investor, valuation, regulation, single-manager hedge funds, IOSCO, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO Technical Committe Standing Committee on Investment Management, SC5 2003 Report, Federal Securities Laws, hedge fund managers, Code of Ethics, pooled investment vehicle, private equity, venture capital, real estate funds, sophisticated investors, institutional investors, due diligence, absolute return strategies, FTSE-250, S&P 500, investment advisers, registered investment companies, RICs, private fund, client, Look Through, investment company, assets under management, AUM, commodity pool operator, CPO, futures, options contracts, futures exchange, commodity trading advisor, CTA, National Futures Association, NFA, reporting requirements, Regulation D, accredited investors, registered public offerings, implications of the growth of hedge funds, fraudulent behavior, Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Fair Value, net asset value, NAV, pricing, illiquid investments, derivatives, hard-to-v, side pocket, conflict of interest,