1207010 Informal Interpretation

Date:
Rule:
Form Items 4(c) and 4(d)
Staff:
Michael Verne
Response/Comments:

  Our current approach to this is you make the call. I think it is a very difficult line to establish and if I were advising a client I would have them provide all docs prepared by or for a director of the filing party, regardless of which hat he is purportedly wearing at the time. That said, if you think there is enough of a firewall to insulate the director in his role as venture capital fund representative from his role as director of the filing party, don't provide the document. You need to make sure you have a strong argument supporting this because if the document shows up in a second request production I'm sure it will get questioned by a litigation shop.

Question

From: (Redacted)
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:11 PM
To: Walsh, Kathryn; Verne, B. Michael
Subject: 4(c)/(d) Question

Mikeand Kate,

Hopeall is well and you're enjoying your summers.

Iwanted to check that this interpretation still reflects the PNO'sposition. In particular, I want to confirm that a document created by or for amember of a private equity fund investment committee is a not a 4(c)/(d) whereit was not prepared by or for the investment committee member in his capacityas a member of the acquiring entity's board. In this scenario, the privateequity fund has a minority interest in and does not otherwise control the acquiringentity.

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