SEC finalises rules on hedge fund registration

The much anticipated SEC decision regarding US-domiciled hedge fund registration raised few eyebrows when it was announced late last month. It was clear, therefore, that hedge fund registration was only a matter of time, but what is less clear is the level of impact this may have on the US alternative asset management industry. By Stewart Eisenhart and Victor Anderson.

To little surprise but some chagrin, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted on October 26 to finalise rules proposed earlier this year to require hedge funds to register as investment advisors and establish compliance policies and procedures.

According to the Commission, the rule will enable more thorough collection of information on hedge fund advisors and examination of their operations in order to root out compliance problems earlier and deter fraudulent activities. Hedge funds

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