Client Alert

| January 25, 2012

SEC No-Action Letter Permits Related Private Fund Advisory Firms to File a Single Form ADV Registration

As a result of the changes to the investment adviser registration requirements effected by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), many private fund advisers have been facing the prospect of registration as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). A typical private fund advisory business may contain multiple entities that might be deemed to be investment advisers as defined under Section 202(a)(11) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”). A recurring question, therefore, has been whether each of those entities must file a separate registration statement with the SEC. In a no-action letter released last week, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, SEC No-Action Letter (pub. avail. Jan. 18, 2012) (the “2012 Staff Letter”), the SEC staff answered no, provided that certain conditions are met.

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