February 20, 2020 Alert

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Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Chicago Booth Finance Roundtable
  • REMINDER: FREE: Hedge Fund Association: Making an Impact Symposium: Philanthropy, Charitable Giving & Social Justice!
  • Chicago Financial Women: Career Navigation & Resume Workshop, featuring Michelle Reisdorf
  • FREE: Chicago Bar Association: Investment Management Subcommittee Meeting
  • FREE: Chicago Bar Association: Joint Futures & Derivatives Law and the Media & Entertainment Law Committees Meeting
  • 2020 NFA Member Workshop
  • FREE: Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law: 7th Annual Managing Partner & General Counsel Forum
  • ACG Chicago: Sunset Session Presented by Wipfli: Opportunity Zone Funds – Seizing the Opportunity

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February 7, 2020 Alert

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Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference 2020
  • FREE: Baker Tilly Webinar: Impact to Private Equity and Venture Capital Financial Reporting; The New AICPA Practice Aid
  • Help for Children: 7th Annual HFC Chicago Trivia Night
  • Rossdale Webinar: Mastering Bitcoin, Blockchain, & Digital Currency Law CLE
  • FinTank: Alex Wearn, CEO of IDEX, The #1 Decentralized Exchange on Ethereum
  • CFA Society Chicago and CAIA Association: ALTSCHI2020

Events:

Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 8:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Kellogg School of Management, 2211 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL

Interested in learning about the latest trends in Private Equity and Venture Capital?

The Kellogg Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference is a fantastic venue for students, alumni and the broader private investment community to come together and discuss key opportunities and challenges in our evolving industry.

Learn from timely, informative panels, hear from leaders and experts, and connect with other professionals and students interested in PE and VC. Panel topics include The Value of Fostering a Diverse & Inclusive Firm, The Future of Private Equity Firm Models and The Mighty Middle versus The Coasts: Beyond Traditional Venture Ecosystems.

For more information, click here.

FREE: Baker Tilly Webinar: Impact to Private Equity and Venture Capital Financial Reporting; The New AICPA Practice Aid
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00- 1:00 P.M.

By its nature, a valuation is highly complex and subjective. This is particularly true when it comes to the valuation of companies with complex capital structures, which are common among portfolio companies held by private equity and venture capital funds.

In an effort to improve the quality, consistency and reliability of valuations, the AICPA has developed a Practice Aid on the valuation of portfolio companies. The Practice Aid provides guidance for preparers of financial statements, auditors and valuation specialists. It is a key resource for best practices for the valuation of investment interests for financial reporting purposes in connection with ASC 946, Financial Services – Investment Companies in the application of ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement.

Join Baker Tilly’s valuation specialists to learn more about the Practice Aid. We will discuss key insights of the Practice Aid and provide practical analysis as to the impact it is intended to have on the preparation of valuation analyses in the fund industry and beyond.

To register, click here.

Help for Children: 7th Annual HFC Chicago Trivia Night
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, Registration 6:00 P.M., Tournament 6:30 P.M.
Bar Louie, Printers Row, 47 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL

Help For Children (“HFC”) and the Alternative Investment Industry have together been fighting child abuse since 1998.  As a global foundation, HFC is committed to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and since its inception has invested more than $53 million (USD) in the most effective advocacy, research, education and counseling programs that protect and heal innocent children.  Over those two decades, HFC has transformed the lives of more than 1.1 million children across 12 cities in six countries, making the world a safer place for children. 

HFC provides desperately needed private funding and expert consultation to select social organizations to achieve measurable results. Following a rigorous application and approval process by our Grants Committees, HFC academic and social welfare experts from renowned universities and institutions provide consultation throughout the grant year to each organization HFC funds. Grantees benefit from ongoing information sharing on best practices, consultation on program design and emphasis on evidence-based evaluation tools to guarantee life-changing results. In all our grant making, HFC tracks outcomes and illustrates the broader social impact of our grants.

For more information, contact Lynn Fisher (lfisher@hfc.com).

Rossdale Webinar: Mastering Bitcoin, Blockchain, & Digital Currency Law CLE
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 11:00 AM.-12:30 P.M.

The huge expansion in Bitcoin & digital currencies in states across the nation and globally has led to a significant need for attorneys proficient in the cutting-edge use of related legal and regulatory issues. The laws vary greatly and have been in flux with the proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, governments, and start-ups seeking to take advantage of this growing use of currency. The faculty for this seminar features several leading authorities on the subject. This comprehensive program on virtual currency law will introduce you to the most relevant issues and practical solutions, including Blockchain, distributed ledger, the growth of cryptocurrencies, role of digital currencies in financial transactions, “Smart Contracts,” compliance and avoidance strategies, and virtual currency transmissions. The faculty will also cover the changes and progress on the latest legal developments and future regulations. Registration includes online access to course and reference materials that serve as a helpful guide to the numerous topics and techniques discussed in the program.

The speakers will include: Nicole M. Kalajian of Stradley Ronon; Bryan C. Skarlatos of Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP and Samuel G. Kramer of Baker & McKenzie.

For more information, click here.

FinTank: Alex Wearn, CEO of IDEX, The #1 Decentralized Exchange on Ethereum
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
IIT Chicago-Kent/Stuart, 565 West Adams St., Chicago, IL

Please join FinTank to learn more about DEX- decentralized exchanges which allow peer-to-peer trading of cryptocurrencies. Alex Wearn, CEO of IDEX, the #1 DEX on the Ethereum network will speak.

IDEX uses a unique hybrid design which provides a centralized exchange with decentralized fund custody. Attendees will hear Alex’s entrepreneurial journey story and gain a deeper understanding of blockchain-based exchanges.

FinTank blockchain meet-ups always offer lively conversations between attendees and are an easy way to build your network with Chicago’s blockchain community. For more information, click here.

CFA Society Chicago and CAIA Association: ALTSCHI2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Venue: TBD

ALTSCHI is the flagship event for the Midwest alternative investment community and is an educational hotspot for those seeking the very latest in alternative investment news and developments. It has become a hub for industry leaders from all over the region.

Why Participate:

Network with over 700 decision makers from public pensions, endowments, foundations, family offices, hedge funds, RIAs, venture capital, investment consultants, private equity and real estate

  • Meet with hundreds of allocators, managers and advisors
  • 40+ speakers on topics facing the alternatives indus 

Contact us if you are interested in speaking or learning about other ways to get involved.

For more information, click here.

 

January 31, 2020 Alert

Hi all,

Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • JOB: JPMorgan Chase & Co.: Legal – Assistant General Counsel – Asset Management Institutional Americas – VP
  • 4th International Blockchain Congress 2020
  • FREE: Baker Tilly Webinar: Key Takeaways from the Final Opportunity Zone Regulations
  • NRS Webinar: Advisers Act Anti-Fraud Rules: Custody, Political Contributions, Solicitors and Proxy Voting Requirements
  • REMINDER: FREE: Making an Impact Symposium: Philanthropy, Charitable Giving & Social Justice!
  • ACG Chicago: Creating a Path to Diversity in Leadership

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January 24, 2020 Alert

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Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Job Opportunity: 100 Women in Finance Foundation: Global Director Pre-Career Initiatives
  • Article: Fund Board Views: Fund proxy voting: What’s the board’s role?
  • NRS Webinar: Books and Records Requirements for Investment Advisers
  • Crypto 2020 Summit
  • The CBA Young Lawyers Section: All Bar Networking Social & Fair
  • After the Bell: Regulatory Uncertainty, Crypto Investment & the Current Blockchain Landscape

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January 17, 2020 Alert

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Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy! 

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Article: CFTC Simplifies, Codifies and Harmonizes Part 4 Requirements for CPOs and CTAs by Stradley Ronon
  • FREE: ACG Webinar: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Wayfair: Their Impacts on Private Equity
  • FREE: ACG Webinar: Certain Measures for Uncertain Times
  • Chicago Financial Women: Annual Speed Networking Event
  • Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD): 10 Year Anniversary and 2020 Kick Off Celebration

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January 9, 2020 Alert

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Happy New Year! Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Chicago Booth Finance Roundtable: Will Global Imbalances Expand or Diminish in 2020?
  • 100 Women in Finance – NextGen Chicago: Launch and POWER Up Leadership Workshop
  • FREE: Baker Tilly: Asset Management Breakfast Briefing
  • FREE: ACG Chicago: The National Center for the Middle Market’s Q4 ‘19 Middle Market Indicator Webinar
  • REMINDER: FREE: Washington DC Compliance Roundtable: CFTC Adopts Rules Streamlining the Regulations for Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors
  • REMINDER: FREE: Hedge Fund Association Symposium: Philanthropy & Charitable Giving 50-Day Countdown!

Events:

Chicago Booth Finance Roundtable: Will Global Imbalances Expand or Diminish in 2020?
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 6:00-9:00 P.M.
Gleacher Center, 450 Cityfront Plaza, Room 400, Chicago, IL

Global economic growth is slowing, in part because massive excess capacity in industry in China and tens of millions of unoccupied apartments are leading to reduced imports of machine tools and copper and other primary products. Germany and its neighbors have extraordinarily large trade surpluses. Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia have even larger trade surpluses as a share of their GDPs. The European Central Bank under the leadership of its former chair has promoted the development of negative interest rates, in part to reduce the price of the Euro and sustain the large trade surpluses. The counterpart of these trade surpluses in Europe and Asia is a U.S. trade deficit of four percent of U.S. GDP, which has contributed to a U.S. fiscal deficit that is approaching five percent of U.S. GDP. These imbalances are likely to increase as growth slows. If the imbalances are too large to be sustained, they won’t be sustained. What’s it all mean to the world economy? Come to the year’s kickoff of the International Roundtable for the always provocative views of Dr. Aliber.

For more information, click here.

100 Women in Finance – NextGen Chicago: Launch and POWER Up Leadership Workshop
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 5:00-8:30 P.M.
Convene, 311 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL

Peer Engagement, Education, and Impact: 100 Women in Finance focuses on it all and on January 14th will launch its NextGen Chicago group. The EY POWER Up seminar with featured speaker Gail Lyman, is designed for women who aim to cultivate their leadership skills. In this interactive and networking session, participants develop the behaviors that can help build power and drive success in leadership roles.

Following the session, you will network with your peers and colleagues as you learn more about 100 Women in Finance, NextGen and plans for future programs.

This program is open to all 100WF members. You are encouraged to RSVP and bring a female colleague with up to 10 years of experience as a guest. She will hear about the mission of 100WF and the benefits of a global peer network.

Members can RSVP by clicking here.

FREE: Baker Tilly: Asset Management Breakfast Briefing
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 8:30-10:30 A.M.
Baker Tilly, 205 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

As companies search for new avenues for growth, they are continually faced with increasing competitive pressure and rapid advancements in technology. As such, the ability to fully understand and analyze multiple data types is now more than just a milestone on a roadmap, it’s now a critical requirement to success.

Learning Objectives:

In this session, you will understand:

  • The types of data available.
  • How those types of data are used in today’s environment.
  • Different types of analytical models used today.
  • How to assess your organization’s maturity in data management.
  • How to advance your data strategy initiatives.

Who should attend? Private Equity, Venture Capital and Asset Management Professionals.

For more information, click here.

FREE: ACG Chicago: The National Center for the Middle Market’s Q4 ‘19 Middle Market Indicator Webinar
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Representing nearly 200,000 American companies in every industry nationwide, the U.S. middle market is an engine driving economic growth. With annual revenues ranging from $10 million to $1 billion, middle-market firms collectively generate one-third of U.S. private sector GDP and employment. To understand the challenges and opportunities facing middle market companies, the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) developed the quarterly Middle Market Indicator.

Join ACG and NCMM Executive Director Tom Stewart to discuss the release of the 2019 4Q Middle Market Indicator. Tom will share what the quarterly data show and what they mean for middle-market businesses, and those that work with them.

The webinar will cover:

  • How are these firms currently performing in terms of revenue growth and job creation? Are they planning to hire? What is their future outlook? Challenges?
  • What is the economic outlook for the middle market in 2020?
  • Year-over-year middle-market trend data compared to small and large firms.
  • Attendees will be able to ask questions during the webinar. For more information, click here.

REMINDER: FREE: Washington DC Compliance Roundtable: CFTC Adopts Rules Streamlining the Regulations for Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors
Thursday, January 23, 2019, 3:30-5:30 P.M. (networking to follow)
Stradley Ronon, 191 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 1601, Chicago, IL (live connection to DC)

Join us and Amanda Olear, Acting Deputy Director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), to learn about and discuss the CFTC’s recent amendments to the Part 4 Regulations. These amendments intend to simplify the regulatory obligations of commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) and commodity trading advisors (“CTAs”).

In this session, we will cover the CFTC’s codification of various long-standing staff advisories and no-action letters, as well as its harmonization of relief with other regulators, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

CFTC rule amendments that we will discuss in this session include:

  • Adoption of CPO and CTA exemptions for entities meeting definition of “family office,” similar to the exclusion from investment adviser registration provided by the SEC;
  • Permission of general solicitations by private funds operating under Rules 4.13(a)(3) and 4.7 to correspond with securities law amendments to Regulation D and 144A;
  • Clarification that the Rule 4.5 exclusions for registered investment companies (“RICs”) should be claimed by the entity that solicits for the fund, which is typically the registered adviser (as opposed to the fund itself);
  • Inclusion of business development companies (“BDCs”) in the Rule 4.5 exclusion from CPO registration, similar to the treatment of RICs; and
  • Elimination of certain filing requirements in connection with Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR.

Amanda Olear is Acting Deputy Director for the Registration and Compliance Branch and Associate Director in the Managed Funds and Financial Requirements Branch in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) at the CFTC. Ms. Olear has worked at the CFTC since 2007 and has focused on the operations of commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors, but more recently has expanded her responsibilities to include registration and compliance issues involving swap dealers, introducing brokers, and associated persons. Ms. Olear regularly advises members of the public regarding the application of Part 4 of the CFTC’s regulations.

Nicole Kalajian of Stradley Ronon will moderate and host the Chicago session. E-mail Kathy Petrusek at kpetrusek@stradley.com to register.

REMINDER: FREE: Hedge Fund Association Symposium: Philanthropy & Charitable Giving 50-Day Countdown!
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4:30-7:30 PM
150 N. Riverside, Chicago, IL (river front view!)

Please join us 50 days prior to April 15th (tax day) for this timely HFA Symposium, Philanthropy & Charitable Giving: The 50-Day Countdown. An outstanding panel of speakers, including advisers, impact investors and philanthropists, will share actionable insights, non-traditional strategies and fascinating case studies. Attendees will enjoy valuable takeaways, Q&A opportunities and a networking cocktail reception after the panel program. Symposium topics include:

  • Identification of new trends and innovative approaches to philanthropy.
  • When embarking on a new strategic initiative, what type of legal and/or tax structures should be considered or chosen and why?
  • How does impact investing balance sustainable social change with economic returns?
  • How can collaborative non-traditional options achieve broad community impact?

The speakers will be Ric Estrada of Metropolitan Family Services, Jennifer Gniady of Stradley Ronon and Suzanne Currie of Celadon Financial Group.  Nicole Kalajian of Stradley Ronon will be moderating the Symposium. 

Investment Network members receive free admission by using promo code: 50daycountdown. For more information, click here.

December 20, 2019 Alert

Hi all,

Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Note that there will be no further alerts until the New Year in honor of the holidays.  Happy holidays!  We wish you the best for the New Year.

This Issue’s Topics:

  • FREE: Washington DC Compliance Roundtable: CFTC Adopts Rules Streamlining the Regulations for Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors
  • 100 Women in Finance EDUCATION SESSION #1081: How Mindfulness Helps You Improve Attention, Manage Stress and More
  • ACG Chicago Sunset Session: Key Considerations and Lessons Learned: Why PE Funds Need to Care About Revenue Recognition
  • REMINDER: Hedge Fund Association Symposium: Philanthropy & Charitable Giving 50-Day Countdown!
  • ACG Chicago: 21st Annual Midwest Capital Connection

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December 13, 2019 Alert

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Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • FREE: ACG WEBINAR: PitchBook’s Private Equity Outlook | Assessing Themes: 2019 and Beyond
  • FREE: Chicago Bar Association Futures & Derivatives Law Committee Meeting: Underlying Concepts of Derivative Instruments
  • (FREE WITH EXCLUSIVE DEAL) and REMINDER: Washington DC Compliance Roundtable (WDCCRT) Webinar: Unpacking the SEC’s Proposed Amendments to the Advertising and Solicitation Rules
  • Chicago Booth Finance Roundtable: Accounting for Entrepreneurs: from Start-Up to IPO
  • ACG Chicago: Winter Social

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December 5, 2019 Alert

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Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Client Alert: Summary of the SEC’s Re-Proposal on the Use of Derivatives by Registered Funds and BDCs
  • Client Alert: Tax Insights, November 27, 2019 IRS Issues Final CFC Regulations
  • Chicago Financial Women (CFW): Favorite Things Gift Exchange and Book Swap
  • FREE: Chicago SRI/ESG Breakfast Meeting: Corporate Engagement
  • ACG Chicago: The Classic Market Trends Breakfast
  • FinTank’s Blockchain Meetup with Congressman Bill Foster

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November 27, 2019 Alert

Hi all,

Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Stradley Ronon Client Alert: SEC Proposes to Modernize the Advertising and Cash Solicitation Fee Rules for Investment Advisers
  • DePaul University’s Sixth Annual Cyber Risk Conference: The Crown Jewels: Protecting What’s Important
  • ACG Chicago: The Rapidly Evolving Cannabis Industry: What’s Next?
  • FREE: Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women’s Holiday Party
  • FREE: Chicago Crypto Association and Digital Assets Working Group: Let’s Create the First Cryptocurrency SRO
  • Washington DC Compliance Roundtable Webinar: Unpacking the SEC’s Proposed Amendments to the Advertising and Solicitation Rules
  • REMINDER: Hedge Fund Association Symposium: Philanthropy & Charitable Giving 50-Day Countdown

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