Focus on U.S. Regulation (State Street)

October 2011

KEYWORDS: Form PF, FATCA, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, clearing, OTC derivatives, Hedge Fund Regulation, United States, reporting requirements, Dodd-Frank Act, hedge fund registration, central counterparties, CCP, Exchange-Traded Funds, Liquidity, net asset value, investment risk, Investment Company Act, tax, foreign financial institutions, Private Equity, venture capital, compliance requirements, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, swap execution facility, SEF, swaps data repository, Bank for International Settlements, straight-through-processing, collateral, managed futures, swaps, transparency


George Sullivan

  • State Street

As new US regulations descend upon the hedge fund industry, a key challenge has emerged: organising the flows of information required by new regulations into formats that are meaningful to both regulators and hedge funds themselves. New regulations such as the SEC’s Form PF, the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) and the still- emerging rules for the trading, clearing and settlement of derivatives, don’t focus on controlling investor behaviour so much as on imposing unprecedented new demands for the aggregation and reporting of data to regulators.
Never before has the hedge fund industry faced this level of scrutiny or this potential compliance/reporting challenge. Practitioners, as well as regulators, have a vital interest in ensuring that information management is not allowed to impede the efficiency or systemic value of the hedge fund sector. Fortunately, leading hedge fund administrators are creating dashboard-accessible systems designed to channel and simplify this complex electronic reporting regime.

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