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Robert Sutton

Robert is a partner of the Private Funds Group and a member of the Corporate Department. He is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years of experience counseling managers and advisers of private funds on regulatory matters, as well as regulatory issues related to the formation and operation of private equity, credit, real estate, infrastructure, hedge and other private funds.

Rob has a deep knowledge of the market practice of asset managers and in particular, as it relates to Advisers Act-related issues. From some of the largest and most sophisticated firms in the global asset management industry to start-ups and mid-sized firms, Rob’s experience includes a wide spectrum of funds and asset classes across their life cycles. Rob regularly advises on matters in connection with: U.S. investment adviser registration and regulation; Advisers Act and other U.S. securities law issues relating to the formation, marketing and offering of private funds; Identifying and managing conflicts of interest, and addressing related Advisers Act risks, SEC examinations, and exam readiness preparation; Design and implementation of investment adviser compliance policies and procedures; U.S. regulatory issues relating to purchases and sales of investment advisory businesses (minority stake and control stake transactions, buy-side and sell-side representations); Advisers Act and other U.S. regulatory issues relating to private fund restructurings and recapitalizations, strip sales, continuation fund formations and similar transactions; Advisers Act issues relating to the formation of SPACs by investment advisers; and, Investment Company Act status analyses of private fund structures, investment transaction structures and other non-registered investment company structures.

Rob has been recognized by his clients and peers for his extraordinary work, gaining various accolades including mentions in preeminent directories such as The Legal 500.  He is also very active within the private funds industry, contributing to numerous publications and collaborating on several speaking engagements.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Rob was a partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis.

On March 1, 2024, Judge Liles C. Burke of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama ruled that the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) is unconstitutional[1], leaving its future uncertain. The CTA requires reporting companies to report to FinCEN information about their beneficial owners and company applicants and is intended to help prevent and combat money laundering, terrorist financing, tax fraud and other illicit activity.  The ruling enjoined U.S. Department of the Treasury, FinCEN and any other federal agency from enforcing the CTA against the plaintiffs but introduces uncertainty as to the applicability to other reporting companies. 

On November 13, 2023, FINRA filed with the SEC a proposal to amendment to Rule 2210 that would create a tailored exception from the general prohibition on projections in marketing materials and other communications with institutional investors, including marketing decks and pitch books for private placements in investment funds and other securities.

FINRA Rule 2210(d)(1)(F) currently prohibits any member from including a projected performance in a written communication — retail or institutional. The amendment would provide a limited exception for performance projections or targeted returns in written communications distributed or made available only to “institutional investors.” An “institutional investor” is defined in Rule 2210(a)(4) to include banks, insurance companies, government agencies, employee benefit plans, registered investment companies, registered investment advisers, as well as any other person (individual or entity) with total assets of at least $50 million.

On August 23, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its highly anticipated new rules and amendments to existing rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) impacting private fund advisers (“Private Fund Adviser Rules” or the “Rules”).[1]  In a welcome development, the SEC confirmed in its Adopting Release that

On August 9, 2023, President Biden signed Executive Order 14105 addressing investments by U.S. persons in certain identified national security technologies in “Countries of Concern,” initially naming The People’s Republic of China, The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and The Special Administrative Region of Macau. The Order, long anticipated, represents a further tightening of capital flows between the U.S. and China, following several years of increasing scrutiny on Chinese inbound investment into the U.S.

On November 4, 2022, compliance with amended Rule 206(4)-1 (the “Marketing Rule”) became mandatory for all investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).[1] Seven months since the compliance date, SEC-registered investment advisers continue to discover and adapt to challenges in applying the Marketing Rule. Newly formed advisers also face significant