Welcome!

News Feed Item

Handler Thayer, LLP Family Office Update: CFTC Reinstates Family Office Exception

CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 29, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") released a blanket No-Action Letter providing relief from registration as a Commodity Pool Operator ("CPO") to family offices that qualify for the Family Office Exemption created under the Dodd-Frank Act, modifying the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the "IAA").  This relief stems from the recent CFTC decision to rescind the CPO exemption in the Commodities Exchange Act that most family offices currently rely on to avoid registration.  Without the exemption, family offices investing in mutual funds or hedge funds owning commodities could be required to register as a CPO by December 31, 2012.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100429/CG95838LOGO)

While the CFTC noted that family offices are "not operations of the type and nature that warrant regulatory oversight by the CFTC," the new "family office exemption" is not a self-executing exemption.  In order to obtain the relief set forth by the CFTC in the No-Action Letter, a family office is required to:

  1. Retain the Family Office Exemption pursuant to the IAA;
  2. Submit a claim for relief to the CFTC's Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight by December 31, 2012, containing the name, address, and phone number of the family office, and the capacity and the name of the pools of commodities owned by the family office (if applicable); and,
  3. Prior to March 31, 2013, confirm its status as a family office and warrant that the family office will notify the CFTC if it no longer meets the definition of a family office pursuant to the IAA.

If you have any questions regarding this No-Action Letter or the family office exemption discussed herein, please contact Handler Thayer, LLP at (312) 641-2100.

Handler Thayer LLP, In the News

The December 2012 issue of Private Asset Management Magazine (PAM) conducted a "Focus on Legal Solutions" roundtable featuring Thomas J. Handler, discussing the impact of tax law and compliance regulations on the private asset management industry.

In TIME Magazine's December 3rd issue, Joel Stein's article, "Sweet Charity," quoted Washington, D.C. Handler Thayer Partner,  Andrew Morton.  "In the 1970s, athletes just did things for the United Way.  Now we live in this whole Facebook, social media, look-at-me kind of world where celebrities think, I can throw a football, so I'm a philanthropist.  No, you're a guy who can throw a football.  There are two types of missions.  You can have a mission to do stuff.  You can also have a mission of raising awareness.  [Philanthropy branding] is what you need to do if you want to have impact now.  Angelina Jolie: refugees.  Bono: AIDS.  George Clooney: Darfur."

The Institute for Private Investors (IPI) is an international association of family offices and ultra-high net worth investors.  IPI featured a summary of Thomas J. Handler's presentation with U.S. Trust to IPI, "The Dodd-Frank Act: Implications for Family Offices,"  in its 2012 Report which "highlights the best insights and thinking from the past 12 months."

SOURCE Handler Thayer, LLP

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, and Peter Shashkin, Head of Development Department at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and effi...
Let’s face it, embracing new storage technologies, capabilities and upgrading to new hardware often adds complexity and increases costs. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Seth Oxenhorn, Vice President of Business Development & Alliances at FalconStor, discussed how a truly heterogeneous software-defined storage approach can add value to legacy platforms and heterogeneous environments. The result reduces complexity, significantly lowers cost, and provides IT organizations with improved efficienc...
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
"We view the cloud not really as a specific technology but as a way of doing business and that way of doing business is transforming the way software, infrastructure and services are being delivered to business," explained Matthew Rosen, CEO and Director at Fusion, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Big Data engines are powering a lot of service businesses right now. Data is collected from users from wearable technologies, web behaviors, purchase behavior as well as several arbitrary data points we’d never think of. The demand for faster and bigger engines to crunch and serve up the data to services is growing exponentially. You see a LOT of correlation between “Cloud” and “Big Data” but on Big Data and “Hybrid,” where hybrid hosting is the sanest approach to the Big Data Infrastructure pro...
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer at Webair Internet Development Inc., and Logan Best, Infrastructure & Network Engineer at Webair, focused on real world deployments of DDoS mitigation strategies in every layer of the network. He gave an overview of methods to prevent these attacks and best practices on how to provide protection in complex cloud platforms. He also outlined what we have found in our experience managing and running thousands of Linux and Unix ...
Continuous testing helps bridge the gap between developing quickly and maintaining high quality products. But to implement continuous testing, CTOs must take a strategic approach to building a testing infrastructure and toolset that empowers their team to move fast. Download our guide to laying the groundwork for a scalable continuous testing strategy.
With 15% of enterprises adopting a hybrid IT strategy, you need to set a plan to integrate hybrid cloud throughout your infrastructure. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Steven Dreher, Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data, discussed how to plan for shifting resource requirements, overcome challenges, and implement hybrid IT alongside your existing data center assets. Highlights included anticipating workload, cost and resource calculations, integrating services on both sides...
"We are a well-established player in the application life cycle management market and we also have a very strong version control product," stated Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet,, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yoseph Reuveni, Director of Software Engineering at Jet.com, will discuss Jet.com's journey into containerizing Microsoft-based technologies like C# and F# into Docker. He will talk about lessons learned and challenges faced, the Mono framework tryout and how they deployed everything into Azure cloud. Yoseph Reuveni is a technology leader with unique experience developing and running high throughput (over 1M tps) distributed systems with extre...
"Software-defined storage is a big problem in this industry because so many people have different definitions as they see fit to use it," stated Peter McCallum, VP of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.