Does a hedge fund need to register with any regulator?
Hedge fund managers are often regulated by the state in which the hedge fund manager conducts business or by the SEC, depending on the manager’s assets under management (known as “AUM”). Hedge funds themselves do not register, although there are increased reporting requirements for funds themselves as a result of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. A hedge fund manager may be required to register as an investment advisor with the manager’s home state, although registration requirements and available exemptions vary from state to state. A hedge fund manager is not eligible for registration with the SEC until the manager has greater than $25 million in AUM. Many states have recently adopted exemptions for investment advisors that only advise private funds (i.e., hedge funds and similar privately offered funds). These “private fund advisor exemptions,” as they are known, often restrict the investors that the hedge fund may accept and may include other requirements, as well. Navigating the state registration rules is complicated and will generally require the assistance of a hedge fund attorney with experience in state investment advisor regulations.