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H.R. 3972 (115th): Family Office Technical Correction Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 25, 2017 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3972 provides a technical clarification to ensure that family offices are considered accredited investors under Regulation D, as promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933. The amendment will provide needed clarity because family offices frequently seek to acquire interests in private equity funds and hedge funds as part of the family office asset allocation process.

A family office is a private entity formed and controlled by the family it serves that manages its personal and financial needs. Section 409 in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act empowered the SEC to adopt Rule 202(a)(11)(G)-1, the “Family Office Rule,” under …



1st Session

H. R. 3972


October 25, 2017

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


To clarify that family offices and family clients are accredited investors, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Family Office Technical Correction Act of 2017.


Accredited investor clarification


In General

Subject to subsection (b), any family office or a family client of a family office, as defined in section 275.202(a)(11)(G)–1 of title 17, Code of Federal Regulations, shall be deemed to be an accredited investor, as defined in Regulation D of the Securities and Exchange Commission (or any successor thereto) under the Securities Act of 1933.



Subsection (a) only applies to a family office with assets under management in excess of $5,000,000, and a family office or a family client not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the securities offered, and whose purchase is directed by a person who has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that such person is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the prospective investment.

Passed the House of Representatives October 24, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,