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August 23, 2011

FT: US wealthy face new disclosures

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Rich families around the world face a choice between surrendering privacy around their investments and significant legal risk as a consequence of new US rules designed to improve hedge fund transparency

Rich families around the world face a choice between surrendering privacy around their investments and significant legal risk as a consequence of new US rules designed to improve hedge fund transparency.

Offices established to manage family wealth need only a tenuous connection to the US to be required to register as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A family that fails to do so runs the risk of punitive damages if sued in US courts by estranged family members or disgruntled employees, lawyers warn.

In a boon to tax authorities, compilers of rich lists and simply those who are curious, families that do register will have to disclose details of assets and the identities of those for whom the family office manages money.

The rules are part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation and, while there is an exclusion for family offices, it has been tightly drawn. To escape registration, the office can only manage money for those related by blood or marriage.

To read the full story, visit ft.com

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