The International Organization of Securities Commissions today released a report, entitled Hedge Funds Oversight: Final Report, containing "high level principles that will enable securities regulators to address, in a collective and effective way, the regulatory and systemic risks posed by hedge funds in their own jurisdictions while supporting a globally consistent approach."

The six principles outlined are:

  1. Hedge funds and/or hedge fund managers/advisers should be subject to mandatory registration;
  2. Hedge fund managers/advisers that are required to register should also be subject to appropriate ongoing regulatory requirements relating to organizational and operational standards, conflicts of interest and other business conduct rules, investor disclosure and prudential regulation;
  3. Prime brokers and banks that provide funding to hedge funds should be subject to mandatory registration, regulation and supervision and should have risk management systems and controls in place to monitor their counterparty credit risk exposures;
  4. Hedge fund managers/advisers and prime brokers should provide information for systemic risk purposes to the relevant regulator;
  5. Regulators should encourage and take account of the development, implementation and convergence of industry good practices, where appropriate; and
  6. Regulators should have the authority to cooperate and share information with each other where appropriate so as to facilitate efficient and effective oversight of globally active managers/advisers and/or funds.

The report, which was prepared by the IOSCO Task Force on Unregulated Entities established in November 2008 to support the G-20 in restoring global growth and reforming the world’s financial systems, recommends that all securities regulators apply these principles in their regulatory approaches.