Proposed Regulation of Limited Partnership Investment Programs

Limited partners have long been admonished to scrutinize potential investments; this advice is often ignored, however, by investors eager to reap quick profits. Furthermore, the proliferation of limited partnership interests in a single enterprise diffuses the focus of investor vigilance and increases the potential for undetected abuses. Thus a need for regulation, either governmental or private, has developed. Currently the Uniform Limited Partnership Act and blue sky laws provide some control of limited partnership abuses at the state level. On the interstate level, the Midwest Securities Commissioners Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have programs or proposals which address these abuses. This article analyzes these existing and proposed programs in terms of the competing interests of general and limited partners.