MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Form ADV

MFA Submits Comments in Response to SEC Proposed Amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 15609.23.13


MFA submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in response to proposed amendments to Regulation D, Form D […]

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Topics: accredited investor accredited investors, Advance Form D, adviser registration, anti-fraud rules, assets under management, AUM, Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising, beneficial owners, capital formation, capital markets, cease and desist, censure, CFTC, Colorado Bar Association, commodities, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competition, compliance, compliance costs, cost-benefit analysis, deemed compliant, derivatives, disclosure requirements, Division of Investment Management, due diligence, efficiency, eligible purchasers, Elizabeth Murphy, equity, examination process, Federal Securities Laws, Form 13F, Form ADV, Form D, Form PF, Franklin Group of Funds, Fund Sponsors, general partner, General Solicitation, general solicitation materials, Global Investment Performance Standards, harmonization, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, high net worth requirements, institutional investor, interpretive guidance, investment company, Investor Protection, investor qualification standards, issuers, JOBS Act, John Thune, knowledgeable employees, legends, liquidity, market practices, marketing materials, mutual fund, natural persons, Norm Champ, OCIE, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, performance, pitch book, PLI Hedge Fund Management Conference, pool participants, private capital markets, private fund, private fund managers, private fund offerings, private placement memorandum, private placements, proprietary information, public markets, qualified clients, qualified purchasers, Ray Garrett, registered investment adviser, registered investment companies, Regulation D, retail investors, RICs, Rulemaking, Schedule 13D, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, sophisticated investors, state securities regulators, statement of policy, transparency, United States Congress, Variable Life, Verification Methods,

MFA Submits Letter in Response to SEC Investor Advisory Committee Recommendations on Implementation of the JOBS Act03.22.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to its proposed implementation of Section […]

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

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

Comment Letter to the SEC on Establishment of a Registration Regime for Municipal Advisors as Required by the Dodd-Frank Act.02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in response to its proposal to establish a registration regime for municipal […]

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Topics: ABN AMRO Bank N.V. affiliate letters, ancillary services, bank deposits, CFTC regulation, commodity for future delivery, commodity trading advisors, common control, CTAs, dually-registered investment advisers, duplicative registration, exempt reporting advisers, foreign private advisers, Form ADV, Form MA, guaranteed investment contracts, investment advisers, investment advisory services, investment strategies, Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Limited, mid-sized adviser, multi-jurisdictional advisory firms, municipal advisor, municipal advisors, municipal advisory activities, municipal derivatives, municipal escrow investments, municipal financial products, municipal securities, Murray Johnstone Holdings Limited, no-action letters, option, participating affiliate agreements, pay to play rule, pooled investment vehicle, pooled investment vehicles, pools of assets, primary investors, private adviser exemption, private fund advisors, private fund managers, registered advisor, registered broker-dealer, registered CTAs, registered investment advisers, regular oversight, regulated persons, Royal Bank of Canada, SEC, SEC No-Action Letter, SEC oversight, SEC regulation, SEC resources, SEC-registered entities, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities futures product, Security-Based Swap, self-regulatory entity, solicitation, state entity, state securities commission, state-registered investment advisors, third-party solicitor, transition period for registration, Uniao de Banco de Brasileiros, venture capital funds,
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