Insights on how private markets investors can use data-first technology to address imminent regulatory changes for Form PF filings.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved significant amendments to Form PF, the confidential reporting form filed by certain SEC-registered private fund advisers. The revisions aim to enhance oversight and regulation of the private funds industry and increase the SEC’s ability to monitor systemic risk and protect investors.

The SEC initially adopted Form PF to gather critical information about private funds and their advisers following the 2008 global financial crisis. After more than a decade of monitoring Form PF filings and witnessing immense growth in the industry, the SEC has identified information gaps and timeliness issues in detecting and responding to potential systemic risks. They are now expanding rules to focus on collecting additional information more frequently from advisers.

The final amendments are specifically designed to facilitate the SEC and the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) understanding of potential systemic risk in the private fund industry. With an enhanced ability to monitor activity, the FSOC can develop prudent investor protection policies and maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets.[1]

New Reporting Requirements for Large Hedge Fund Advisers

Large hedge fund advisers with at least $1.5 billion AUM will be required to file current reports through the Private Fund Reporting Depository within 72 hours of a listed event or after a filer is notified of an event.

Events that will trigger the current reporting requirement include:

  • Extraordinary investment losses
  • Significant margin and default events
  • Material changes in prime broker relationships
  • Significant operations events
  • Events associated with redemptions

Large hedge fund advisers should ensure timely and accurate reporting on these events, including the causes, impact, and responses to these events.

Reporting Requirements for Private Equity Fund Advisers

Under the amended Form PF, private equity fund advisers must file a report detailing specific events within 60 days of each fiscal quarter end. Events that trigger the quarterly reporting requirement are adviser-led secondary transactions and investor elections. If no triggering events occur, reporting for that quarter is not necessary.

The modifications also introduce enhanced reporting requirements for advisers with $2 billion or more of private equity fund AUM. Advisers must disclose additional information in their annual updates to Form PF to improve the SEC’s understanding of certain PE fund advisor practices and their potential impact on the broader financial system.

Additional reporting requirements for large private equity advisers include:

  • General partner and limited partner clawbacks
  • Investment strategy allocation
  • Fund-level borrowing
  • Events of default
  • Bridge financing
  • Geographical breakdown of investments

Compliance and Effective Dates

With staggered compliance dates, the SEC has structured the effective dates to allow sufficient time for advisers to prepare. Private equity and large hedge funds are expected to be ready with Sections 5 and 6 before December 11, 2023. The remaining amended sections of Form PF will take effect beginning June 11, 2024.[1]

Implications and Considerations

The amendments to Form PF have significant implications for private fund advisers. Enhanced reporting requirements demand increased diligence and efficiency in tracking and reporting relevant information. Advisers must have robust systems to accurately capture and report required data within specified timelines.

Enhanced reporting obligations give the SEC greater visibility into activities and risks associated with private funds. As a result, advisers may face increased scrutiny from the SEC, particularly regarding potential examination and enforcement concerns. Therefore, advisers must review their procedures and controls and implement new processes to comply with the reporting requirements.

Advisers should also consider the potential impact on the broader regulatory landscape. The SEC uses data from Form PF to assess systemic risk presented by the private fund industry. As a result, the enhanced disclosures may influence the SEC’s approach to monitoring and regulating private funds, protecting investors, and maintaining financial stability.

Form PF amendments significantly change the reporting obligations of large hedge funds and private equity advisers. While the new rules aim to enhance the SEC’s oversight of systemic risks in the financial system, the requirements will increase compliance obligations. Private fund advisers must implement new internal reporting procedures to identify reportable events and promptly report required information.

Additionally, with more changes expected later this year, advisers may face a dilemma of choosing to invest in technology ahead of such proposals or after. Sophisticated solutions can prepare firms to meet current and future requirements. A data-first, domain-aware platform can enable firms to create a robust filing solution. This will empower firms to address both imminent changes and adjust as regulations evolve.

To learn how Arcesium can enable private fund advisors and hedge funds to address the approaching Form PF amendments, contact us.

Layesh Pallath, Vice President, Product Management


[1] Form PF; Event Reporting, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, June 12, 2023

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