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September 18, 2013

Wielding Broader Powers, S.E.C. Examines Hedge Funds in London

The Securities and Exchange Commission, which has actively pursued actions by American banks and other financial institutions overseas, is broadening its reach by asserting its purview to foreign hedge fund managers.

Agency employees are set to fan out across upscale Mayfair, home to some of London’s biggest hedge funds, this week, paying visits to more than a dozen hedge fund managers registered with the S.E.C. to determine whether they are in compliance with American regulations.

The move reflects the S.E.C.’s new powers since the financial crisis, particularly under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which was aimed at ferreting out wrongdoing and more tightly regulating private asset managers like hedge funds.

‘The reason you are seeing these examinations happening now is that we are a few years past the Dodd-Frank Act, which in certain circumstances required overseas managers to register with the S.E.C.,’ said Robert Mirsky, partner and global head of hedge funds at KPMG in London. ‘With registration comes inspection by the S.E.C.’”

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