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Stronger integrity measures in store for a long-term EB-5 extension

Even as the EB-5 Regional Center Program received another short-term extension on December 9 with the Continuing Resolution, comprehensive program reforms and a long-term extension are projected before April 2017. In recent legislative draft proposals, a strong emphasis has again been placed on protecting stakeholder rights. The proposal language mirrors previous EB-5 legislative drafts, which [...]

December 16th, 2016|Categories: EB-5|Tags: , , , , , |

Private equity’s middle market: competition and opportunity

In the era of headline grabbing megafunds, an insatiable appetite for the middle market has spurred unprecedented competition in the private equity industry. Generally categorized as buyout transactions under $500 million, the middle market offers significantly more options in contrast to the much larger end of the spectrum. The options, in turn, offer more opportunity. [...]

December 11th, 2016|Categories: Fund Administration|Tags: , , , |

EB-5 Regional Center Program extended through April 2017

Replicating the high drama of the September 29 continuing resolution, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is set for another short-term extension through April 28, 2017. On December 6, 2016, Congress signaled that it would pass a new CR through a House-introduced Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act. The Senate finally passed the CR with [...]

December 10th, 2016|Categories: EB-5|Tags: , , , , |

Private Equity Perspective: Band-Aids on bullet wounds!

For an industry that can’t even agree on common valuation guidelines, it comes as no surprise that software solutions exist in the same sort of patchwork orange, varying considerably from one private equity firm to the next. It might be said of private equity or private real estate that everyone does the exact same thing [...]

What everybody ought to know about the EB-5 Account Transparency Requirement

In recent years and as a response to isolated, high-profile fraud reports, several bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to include enhanced integrity measures that would reform the EB-5 Program and the EB-5 industry itself. With S. 1501 and H.R. 5992, respectively the American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of [...]

November 2nd, 2016|Categories: EB-5|Tags: , , , , |

Here’s how mid-sized firms are staying competitive

There's more than 50 private equity firms with enormous five-year fundraising totals exceeding $6 billion. Then there's the other 6,600 small to mid-sized firms fighting to raise funds and compete for investors. However, a decade-long record of outperforming public markets and outpacing other asset classes has transformed what was a $400 billion private equity industry in 2010 [...]

November 1st, 2016|Categories: Fund Administration|Tags: , , , |

Preparing for audits in a complex regulatory environment

After Dodd-Frank required private equity managers to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), specialized units within the Division of Enforcement were created to audit funds. In a series of speeches from 2013 to 2016, the SEC showcased increased efforts and activity in regulatory oversight. Notably, the SEC announced approximately a dozen actions against PE firms, [...]

Meeting investor demands for customized reporting

One of the challenges private equity firms face is a growing demand for specialized reporting requests and customized templates from investors. The demand for specific reports and personalized data is a significant change from the single-page PDF reports of the past. Limited partners expect higher quality and intelligent information in these reports, extending beyond operational information [...]

4 Takeaways from the 2016 IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum

This past week, our team attended the 6th Annual IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum. While it was an honor to be a Premier Platinum sponsor and to hear Executive Vice President Reid Thomas speak on EB-5 program integrity, the invaluable experience of joining over 400 industry peers for two days was as refreshing as it was insightful. Here are [...]

October 13th, 2016|Categories: EB-5, Events|Tags: , , , , , |

Personnel innovation in a changing private equity environment

Companies in the private equity industry have been evolving to meet a changing regulatory landscape after the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act authorized greater oversight of money managers. Many private equity firms found themselves under regulatory scrutiny for the first time. In 2014, the SEC reported findings of "violations of law or material weaknesses in controls over 50% of [...]