MFA Comment Letters

Topic: pooled investment vehicle

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,

Comment Letter Responding to SEC’s Proposal to Implement Amendments to the Advisers Act Contained in Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter todayto the SEC on its proposal to implement amendments to the Advisers Act contained in […]

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Topics: $1 Billion 11 and 12, 13 and 29, 15, 17, 5.D and 5.F, assets, assets under management, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, banks, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, beneficial owners, broker dealers, collateral, Columbia University, Commission on Form ADV, Committee on Financial Services, Compensation Structure, Compliance Risks, counterparties, Credit Unions, De Minimis Amount, Debt-to-Equity, Definition, Depository Institutions, Difficult-to-Value Assets, Duplicative Filing, effective date, Effective Date of Title IV, equity owner, European Central Bank, Excessive Compensation, Exemption, Fair Valu Hierarchy, Fair Value Methodology, Family Accounts, Form ADV, Form ADV Part 1A, Form ADV-T, FSA, GAAP, generally accepted accounting principles, Grandfathering Provisions, gross assets, Hearing on Industry Perspectives on the Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, hedge fund industry, Hedge Fund Manager Registration Rul, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, IARD, IARD System, Incentive-Based, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Income Thresholds, Instruction 5.b., Instruction 5.b(4), International Accounting Standards, investment adviser, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Investment Management, Investor Protection Benefits, leverage, Leverage Ratios, Mid-Sized Manager, Mid-Sized Managers, National Securities Exchanges, net assets, NSMIA, Part 1A, performance fee, pooled investment vehicle, Portfolios, private adviser exemption, Private Fund Information, private fund managers, Proposed Instruction 1.b., Proposed Items 14, Proposed Items 5.A, Proprietary Accounts, Proprietary Accounts of the Manager, proprietary information, public disclosure, qualified client standard, qualified purchaser, registration, Registration Process, registration requirements, regulatory assets under management, Richard H. Baker, Schedule D, SEC, SEC-registered investment advisers, SEC-Registered Managers, SEC's Contract, Section 7.B.1, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Commissioner, state securities commission, Substantive Provision, systemic risk, Taxpayer Money, The Turner Review, threshold, Threshold of $25 Million, Tier 1 Financial Holding Company, transitional relief, U.S. House of Representatives, Unit-Linked Life Insurance, Unregistered Managers, Valuation Information, valuation methodology, venture capital funds, Wealth and Income Requirements,

Comment Letter Responding to SECs Proposed Exemptions for Advisers to Venture Capital Funds, Private Fund Advisers With Less Than $150 Million in Assets Under Management, and Foreign Private Advisers01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in response to the SECs proposal Exemptions for Advisers to Venture Capital […]

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Topics: 1983 SEC No-Act. LEXIS 2576 26 S.E.C. 426, ABA Subcommittee on Private Investment Entities, affiliate letters, affiliated entities, Affiliated Person, AMRO Bank N.V., assets under management, Associated Persons, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity trading advisor, commodity trading advisors, Compliance and Management Structures, Control, CTA, de minimis exemption, Domestic, Equity Security, Exemptions, Exemptions Release, Factual Representations, Fair Value, Foreign Advisers and Subadvisers, foreign private advisers, Form ADV, Full Regulatory Access, general partner, Gross Assets Calculation, Hedge Fund Adviser Registration Rules, Independent Verification of Assets Requirement, Instrument, Investment Adviser Industry, investor, Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Limited, Limited Liability Company, Limited Partner, limited partnership, Master-Feeder Structure, Mercury Asset Management Plc., Multi-Jurisdicational Advisory Firms, no-action letters, Nominal Capital Account, Non-Control, Non-Registered Adviser, Non-U.S. Activities, Non-U.S. Investment Advisory Firms, Non-U.S. Law, Outstanding Voting Securities, oversight, Participating Affiliate, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund, pooled investment vehicle, private fund, Private Fund Advisers, Private Fund Registration, prudential regulators, Question VI.11, Record Owner, Redemption, Registered and Non-Registered Entities, Regulatory Assets, regulatory assets under management, Regulatory Authority, Royal Bank of Canada, SEC, SEC No-Action Letter, Secretary of the Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities-Related Advice, Security-Based Swap, separate account structure, Side-by-Side Structure, Single Investor Private Funds, Specialized Expertise, Specialized Feeder, Staff Responses to Questions About the Custody Rule, Statutory Exemption, Subadvisers, Subsidiary Advisers, systemic risk, Tonopah Mining Co. of Nevada, total return swap, Transparency Rights, U.S. law, Unio de Banco de Brasileiros S.A., valuation methodology, venture capital funds, Voting Rights,

MFA Comments on SEC Regulatory Initiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: "too big to fail accredited investor, AIFs, AIG, alternative investment funds, Bad Actors, bankruptcy law, beneficial ownership, Bondholder, Broker, business risk, capital formation, capital markets, CCP, central clearing, central counterparties, CFTC, cleared swaps, clearing, client, collateral, Columbia University, commercial paper, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, Comptroller General of the United States, Confidential Information, contract market, Counterparty, covered financial institution, credit exposure, creditor, CTA, CUSIP number, customer asset, customer protection, depositor, Designated Contract Market, Disclosure, disqalifying felons, EC, endowments, EP, equity market, EU, European Commission, European Commissioner Michel Barnier, European Council of Finance Ministers, European Parliament, European Union, executive compensation, family office, FCM, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Federal Reserve, fiduciary, fiduciary standard, financial crisis, financial entities, financial regulatory system, financial risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, Form SH, FSOC, futures, futures commission merchant, futures market, global banks, global market, hedge funds, herding, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, individual account, initial margin, institutional investors, international coordination, investment adviser, investment adviser examination, Investment Company Institute, investment portfolio, Investor Advisory Committee, investor confidence, Investor Protection, knowledgeable employees, leverage, liquidity, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, managed funds, many-to-many platform, margin requirement, market discipline, market integrity, market maker, market makers, market stability, msp, MSSP, mutual fund, non-bank financial companies, non-bank MSP, non-swap dealer, OCIE, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Office of Financial Research, offsetting position, omnibus account, operational risk, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, owned funds, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, pension plans, performance reports, physical market, pooled investment vehicle, pooled vehicle, position limits, price discovery, Price Manipulation, private funds, private investment funds, proprietary asset, proprietary information, proprietary strategies, qualified client, registration, Regulation D, regulatory capital requirements, reporting, residual value, retail clients, retail funds, risk capital, risk committee, risk management, risk model, risk profile, roll-over, SEC, SEC-registered advisers, Secretary Geithner, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, SEF, segregation, self-regulatory organization, short selling, short swing profit reporting, SRO, substantial position, swap, swap dealer, Swap Execution Facility, systemic risk, TARP, third party custodian, Tier 1 capital, transitional relief, transparency, Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, U.S. Banking Industry, uncleared swaps, variation margin, Venture Capital Fund, volatility,

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

MFA Comments to SEC on Custody of Funds or Securities of Clients by Investment Advisers07.28.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission today in response to its proposed amendments to its custody […]

MFA Letter to SEC Chairman Cox Regarding Hedge Fund Transparency and Other Issues04.24.08


MFA President and CEO, Richard H. Baker, met with SEC Chairman Christopher Cox this morning and discussed the topics addressed […]

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Topics: accredited investors accredited natural person, advertising materials, alternative investment industry, annual cap, Australia, Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising, best practices, broker-dealer, brokers, Canada, capital markets, CFTC, chief compliance officer, Christopher Cox, Clover Capital no-action letter, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Cross-Border Investments, Direct Participation Programs, Division of Investment Management, DPP, EU, European Union, Federal Securities Laws, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, financial services industry, FINRA, futures, futures market, General Advertising, General Solicitation, global capital markets, hedge fund investors, hedge fund managers, hedge fund offerings, hedge funds, Implications of the Growth of Hedge Funds Staff Report to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, inflation, investors, large accredited investor, lifetime cap, managed futures, market participants, Memorandum of Understanding, mutual recognition, Nancy Morris, National Futures Association, NFA, no-action letters, NYRO OCIE, offering proceeds, Policy Makers, pooled investment vehicle, private offerings, Protecting Investors: A Half Century of Investment Company Regulation, public commodity pool offerings, public commodity pools, public offering disclosure requirements, qualified purchasers, Regulation D, Regulators, regulatory barriers, Rulemaking, safe harbor, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, sophisticated investors, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, staff guidance, systemic risk, trade associations, trail commissions, transaction costs, transparency, United States Congress,

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