On July 23, 2015, the UK Government published proposals to amend the Limited Partnership Act 1907 as it applies to funds. The aim of the proposals is to remove unnecessary legal complexity and administrative burdens so as to ensure that the UK limited partnership remains the market standard for European private equity and venture capital funds and other private funds. The proposals include: (i) for private fund vehicles that are limited partnerships to be designated as private fund limited partnerships upon registration; (ii) adding a non-exhaustive list of activities that a limited partner of a private fund limited partnership may carry out without being considered to take part in the management of the business; (iii) removing the requirement for limited partners in private funds to make capital contributions; (iv) allowing the partners in a private fund to agree who should wind up the limited partnership and removing the requirement to obtain a court order; and (v) removing the requirement for certain details to be provided when a private fund is established as a limited partnership. The consultation is open until October 5, 2015.

The consultation paper is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/447458/Proposal_on_using_LRO_for_LimPart_co ndoc.pdf and the draft amendment instrument is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/447428/Draft_LRO_Stat_Instr..pdf.