Petition to SEC for Rulemaking on Rule 502 of Regulation D, Ban General Solicitation

January 06, 2012

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From: MFA, Richard Baker

To:

Elizabeth Murphy, SEC
Mary Schapiro, Elisse Walter, Luis Aguilar, Daniel Gallagher, Troy Paredes, Meredith Cross, Eileen Rominger (all) SEC.

MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC requesting that the Commission amend Rule 502(c) of Regulation D to eliminate the prohibition on offers or sales securities by general solicitation or general advertising with respect to private funds. In the letter, we explained that eliminating the prohibition would:

  1.  reduce the legal uncertainty resulting from the current regulation of private fund offerings conducted in reliance on Regulation D;
  2. increase transparency of the hedge fund industry in a manner consistent with the Dodd-Frank Act and recent regulatory initiatives;
  3. facilitate capital formation and reduce administrative costs by allowing investors to more easily obtain information about private funds;
  4. maintain strong investor protections and ensure that only sophisticated investors are able to purchase interests in private funds; and
  5. reduce regulatory oversight costs and allow the SEC staff to reallocate resources to other aspects of investor protection, including products offered and sold to retail investors.

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