WNC Tax Credits 40, LLC, WNC Tax Credits 41, LLC, WNC Housing Tax Credits Manager 2, LLC, WNC National Partners, LLC and WNC & Associates, Inc.; Notice of Application, 40946-40948 [2011-17430]

Download as PDF 40946 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 133 / Tuesday, July 12, 2011 / Notices emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES meaningful enforcement action toward Indian Point. • The petitioner focused on the exemptions to Appendix R to 10 CFR Part 50 that the licensee submitted in March 2009. The exemptions include operator manual actions in a large number of fire areas at Indian Point. The petitioner stated that the regulations do not authorize operator manual actions as a means for protecting a redundant system from fire. The petitioner referenced the ongoing situation in Japan and questioned whether plant operators would be physically able to perform these duties. • The petitioner stated that (1) the NRC should reserve exemptions for extraordinary circumstances, (2) the NRC should not approve the exemptions, and (3) Entergy has not made a serious effort to comply with Federal regulations. The NRC is treating the request under 10 CFR 2.206, ‘‘Requests for Action under This Subpart,’’ and has referred the request to the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR). In accordance with 10 CFR 2.206, the NRC will take appropriate action on this petition within a reasonable period of time. The petitioner met with the NRR Petition Review Board on May 9, 2011, to discuss the petition. The Petition Review Board considered the results of that discussion in its determination of the petitioner’s request for immediate action and in the establishment of the schedule for the review of the petition. A copy of the petition is available for inspection at the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) located at One White Flint North, Public File Area O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, MD. Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC are accessible electronically through the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) in the NRC Library at http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR reference staff by telephone at 1–800– 397–4209 or 301–415–4737 or by e-mail at PDR.Resources@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of June 2011. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Eric J. Leeds, Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2011–17438 Filed 7–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:14 Jul 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Sunshine Act; Notice of Public Meeting Notice is hereby given that the Railroad Retirement Board will hold a meeting on July 20, 2011, 10 a.m. at the Board’s meeting room on the 8th floor of its headquarters building, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611. The agenda for this meeting follows: Executive Committee Reports The entire meeting will be open to the public. The person to contact for more information is Martha P. Rico, Secretary to the Board, Phone No. 312–751–4920. Dated: July 5, 2011. Martha P. Rico, Secretary to the Board. hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission’s Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on August 1, 2011, and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the writer’s interest, the reason for the request, and the issues contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request notification by writing to the Commission’s Secretary. Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549– 1090. Applicants, 17782 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, CA 92614. ADDRESSES: [FR Doc. 2011–17620 Filed 7–8–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 29715; 812–13885] WNC Tax Credits 40, LLC, WNC Tax Credits 41, LLC, WNC Housing Tax Credits Manager 2, LLC, WNC National Partners, LLC and WNC & Associates, Inc.; Notice of Application July 6, 2011. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice of an application for an order under sections 6(c) and 6(e) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) granting relief from all provisions of the Act, except sections 37 through 53 of the Act and the rules and regulations under those sections other than rule 38a–1 under the Act. AGENCY: Emerson S. Davis, Sr., Senior Counsel, (202) 551–6868, or Daniele Marchesani, Branch Chief, (202) 551–6821 (Division of Investment Management, Office of Investment Company Regulation). The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained via the Commission’s Web site by searching for the file number, or an applicant by using the Company name box, at http:// www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551–8090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants’ Representations 1. Fund 40 and Fund 41 each was formed as a California limited company in 2011. Each Fund will operate as a ‘‘two-tier’’ partnership, i.e., each Fund will invest as a limited partner or member in other limited partnerships or limited liability companies that are Applicants: WNC Tax Credits 40, LLC characterized as partnerships for (‘‘Fund 40’’) and WNC Tax Credits 41, Federal income tax purposes (‘‘Local LLC (‘‘Fund 41’’) (each a ‘‘Fund,’’ and Limited Partnerships’’). The Local collectively, the ‘‘Funds’’), WNC Limited Partnerships in turn will engage Housing Tax Credits Manager 2, LLC in the ownership and operation of (the ‘‘Manager’’), WNC National Apartment Complexes expected to be Partners, LLC (‘‘WNC National qualified for the low income housing tax Partners’’) and WNC & Associates, Inc. credit under the Internal Revenue Code (‘‘WNC & Associates’’). of 1986, as amended. The Manager is a Summary of the Application: California limited liability company Applicants request an order to permit whose sole member is WNC National each Fund to invest in limited liability Partners. WNC National Partners is a companies that engage in the ownership California limited liability company and operation of apartment complexes whose sole member is WNC & for low and moderate income persons Associates, a California corporation. The (‘‘Apartment Complexes’’). objectives of each Fund are to provide current tax benefits in the form of (a) A DATES: Filing Date: The application was predictable stream of low income filed on April 4, 2011. Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An housing credits which investors may use to offset their Federal income tax order granting the application will be liabilities, and (b) tax losses. issued unless the Commission orders a PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 133 / Tuesday, July 12, 2011 / Notices 2. Each Fund intends to conduct a private placement of its units of limited liability company member interest (the ‘‘Units’’) on a commencement date to be determined by the Manager. Each Fund’s placement will be conducted as described in, and by means of a private placement memorandum, to be supplemented periodically with updated information for each Fund’s placement (the ‘‘Memorandum’’). Purchasers of Units in a Fund will be admitted as limited liability company members (‘‘Members’’) of the issuing Fund. The Units will be offered pursuant to the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 (the ‘‘Securities Act’’), provided by Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act. Each Member will be required, as condition to acceptance of a subscription, to qualify as an ‘‘accredited investor,’’ as that term is defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D (an ‘‘Accredited Investor’’). Each Fund intends to offer its Units at a price to be determined by the Manager prior to commencement of the Fund’s placement. The minimum investment per Accredited Investor will be determined prior to commencement of the offerings. Each Fund will establish its minimum and maximum capitalization, and will disclose it by supplement to its Memorandum and deliver the supplement to all prospective Accredited Investors prior to subscription. 3. Each Fund will not accept any subscriptions for Units until the requested exemptive order is granted or the Fund receives an opinion of counsel that it is exempt from registration under the Act. Subscriptions for Units must be approved by the Manager. The Accredited Investor will execute representations confirming suitability and the basis for such suitability. In addition, transfers of Units will be permitted only if the transferee meets the same suitability standards as had been imposed on the transferor Member. 4. Although a Fund’s direct control over the management of each Apartment Complex will be limited, the Fund’s ownership of interests in Local Limited Partnerships will, in an economic sense, be the substantial equivalent of direct ownership of the Apartment Complexes themselves. A Fund normally will acquire at least a 90% interest in the profits, losses, and tax credits of the Local Limited Partnerships. However, in certain cases, at the discretion of the Manager, the Fund may acquire a lesser interest in a Local Limited Partnership. 5. Each Fund will have certain voting rights with respect to each Local VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:14 Jul 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 Limited Partnership. The voting rights will include the right to dismiss and replace the local general partner on the basis of performance, to approve or disapprove a sale or refinancing of the Apartment Complex owned by such Local Limited Partnership, to approve or disapprove the dissolution of the Local Limited Partnership, and to approve or disapprove amendments to the Local Limited Partnership agreement materially and adversely affecting the Fund’s investment. 6. Each Fund will be controlled by the Manager, pursuant to an operating agreement (the ‘‘Operating Agreement’’). The Members of each Fund, consistent with their limited liability status, will not be entitled to participate in the control of the Fund’s business operations. However, a majority-ininterest of the Members will have the right to amend the Operating Agreement of their Fund (subject to certain limitations) with the consent of the Manager, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, to dissolve the Fund with the consent of the Manager, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, and to remove any Manager and elect a replacement. In addition, under the Operating Agreement, each Member is entitled to review all books and records of the Member’s Fund at any and all reasonable times. 7. Applicants state that the Operating Agreement and Memorandum of the Funds contain provisions to ensure fair dealing by the Manager with the Members. Applicants also state that all compensation to be paid to the Manager and its affiliates by a Fund is specified in the Operating Agreement and Memorandum, and no compensation will be payable to the Manager or any of its affiliates by the Fund unless so specified. Applicants believe that the fees and other forms of compensation that will be paid by each Fund to the Manager and its affiliates are fair and on terms no less favorable to the Fund than would be the case if such arrangements had been made with independent third parties. 8. During the offering and organizational phase, WNC Capital Corporation, an affiliate of the Manager, will receive a dealer-manager fee from each Fund for its services in managing a group of independent broker-dealers who will sell the Units. The Manager or an affiliate will also receive from each Fund a nonaccountable organizational and offering expense allowance. In exchange for this allowance, the Manager has agreed to pay all organizational and offering expenses of each Fund (excluding retail selling commissions, the dealer-manager fee, PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40947 and the nonaccountable organizational and offering expense allowance). During its acquisition phase, each Fund will pay to the Manager or its affiliates an acquisition fee for analyzing and evaluating potential investments in Local Limited Partnerships and for various other services. The Manager or its affiliates will receive from each Fund a nonaccountable acquisition expense allowance in consideration of which the Manager or its affiliates will pay all acquisition expenses of each Fund. All fees and expenses paid to all persons in connection with the organization of each Fund, the offering of Units and the acquisition of Local Limited Partnership interests will not exceed an amount equal to 22% of the Fund’s gross offering proceeds. 9. During the operating phase, the Manager will receive a yearly asset management fee from each Fund in an amount equal to 0.75% of the Fund’s invested assets for services rendered by the Manager in connection with the administration of the affairs of the Fund and the management of the Fund’s assets. During the liquidation phase, each Fund will pay the Manager or its affiliates a disposition fee in an amount of up to 3% of the gross sales price of an Apartment Complex or a Local Limited Partnership interest. 10. All proceeds of the private placement of a Fund’s Units initially will be placed in an escrow account with U.S. Bank, National Association (‘‘Escrow Agent’’). Pending release of offering proceeds to the Fund, the Escrow Agent will deposit escrowed funds in accordance with instructions from time to time received from the Manager in short-term United States Government securities, securities issued or guaranteed by the United States Government, and certificates of deposit or time or demand deposits in commercial banks. Upon receipt of a prescribed minimum amount of gross operating proceeds for a Fund, funds in escrow will be released to the Fund and held by it pending investment in Local Limited Partnerships. Any of a Fund’s offering proceeds available for investment in Local Limited Partnership interests that the Fund has not either invested or committed to invest within 24 months following the termination of its offering of Units will be distributed to investors pro rata as a return of capital. 11. If more than one entity that the General Partner or its affiliates advises or manages may invest in a particular investment opportunity, the decision as to the entity that will be allocated the investment will be based upon such factors as the effect of the acquisition on E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 40948 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 133 / Tuesday, July 12, 2011 / Notices emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES diversification of each entity’s portfolio, the estimated income tax effects of the purchase on each entity, the amount of funds of each entity available for investment, and the length of time such funds have been available for investment. Applicants’ Legal Analysis 1. Applicants believe that the Funds will not be ‘‘investment companies’’ under sections 3(a)(1)(A) or 3(a)(1)(C) of the Act. If the Funds are deemed to be investment companies, however, applicants request an exemption under section 6(c) and 6(e) of the Act from all provisions of the Act, except sections 37 through 53 of the Act and the rules and regulations under those sections, except rule 38a-1 thereunder. 2. Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Act provides that an issuer is an ‘‘investment company’’ if it is or holds itself out as being engaged primarily, or proposes to engage primarily, in the business of investing, reinvesting, or trading in securities. Applicants believe that the Funds will not be investment companies under section 3(a)(1)(A) because each Fund will be in the business of investing in and being a beneficial owner of Apartment Complexes, not securities. 3. Section 3(a)(1)(C) of the Act provides that an issuer is an ‘‘investment company’’ if it is engaged or proposes to engage in the business of investing, reinvesting, owning, holding, or trading in securities, and owns or proposes to acquire ‘‘investment securities’’ having a value exceeding 40% of the value of such issuer’s total assets (exclusive of Government securities and cash items). Applicants state that although the Local Limited Partnership interests may be deemed ‘‘investment securities,’’ they are not readily marketable, cannot be sold without severe adverse tax consequences, and have no value apart from the value of the Apartment Complexes owned by the Local Limited Partnerships. 4. Applicants believe that the two-tier structure is consistent with the purposes and criteria set forth in the Commission’s release concerning twotier real estate partnerships (the ‘‘Release’’).1 The Release states that investment companies that are two-tier real estate partnerships that invest in limited partnerships engaged in the development and operation of housing for low and moderate income persons may qualify for an exemption from the Act pursuant to section 6(c). Section 1 Investment Company Act Release No. 8456 (Aug. 9, 1974). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:14 Jul 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 6(c) provides that the Commission may exempt any person from any provision of the Act and any rule thereunder, if, and to the extent that, such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. Section 6(e) permits the Commission to require companies exempted from the registration requirements of the Act to comply with certain specified provisions of the Act as though the company were a registered investment company. 5. The Release lists two conditions, designed for the protection of investors, which must be satisfied by two-tier partnerships to qualify for the exemption under section 6(c). First, interests in the issuer should be sold only to persons for whom investments in limited profit, essentially tax shelter, investments would not be unsuitable. Second, requirements for fair dealing by the general partner of the issuer with the limited partners of the issuer should be included in the basic organizational documents of the company. 6. Applicants represent that Units will be sold only to persons for whom investment in limited profit, essentially tax shelter, investments would be suitable. Applicants further state that the requirements for fair dealing by the Manager with the Members are included in the basic organizational documents of each Fund. Applicants assert, among other things, that the suitability standards set forth in the application, the requirements for fair dealing provided by the Operating Agreement, and pertinent governmental regulations imposed on each Local Limited Partnership by various Federal, state, and local agencies provide protection to Accredited Investors in Units. In addition, applicants assert that the requested exemption is both necessary and appropriate in the public interest. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, pursuant to delegated authority. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–17430 Filed 7–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 2 p.m. Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Walter, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the Closed Meeting in a closed session. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2011 will be: Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings; Adjudicatory matters; and Other matters relating to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: July 7, 2011. Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 29715; 812-13885]


WNC Tax Credits 40, LLC, WNC Tax Credits 41, LLC, WNC Housing Tax 
Credits Manager 2, LLC, WNC National Partners, LLC and WNC & 
Associates, Inc.; Notice of Application

July 6, 2011.
AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice of an application for an order under sections 6(c) and 
6(e) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Act'') granting 
relief from all provisions of the Act, except sections 37 through 53 of 
the Act and the rules and regulations under those sections other than 
rule 38a-1 under the Act.

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    Applicants: WNC Tax Credits 40, LLC (``Fund 40'') and WNC Tax 
Credits 41, LLC (``Fund 41'') (each a ``Fund,'' and collectively, the 
``Funds''), WNC Housing Tax Credits Manager 2, LLC (the ``Manager''), 
WNC National Partners, LLC (``WNC National Partners'') and WNC & 
Associates, Inc. (``WNC & Associates'').
    Summary of the Application: Applicants request an order to permit 
each Fund to invest in limited liability companies that engage in the 
ownership and operation of apartment complexes for low and moderate 
income persons (``Apartment Complexes'').

DATES: Filing Date: The application was filed on April 4, 2011.
    Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the 
application will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. 
Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission's 
Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally 
or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 
5:30 p.m. on August 1, 2011, and should be accompanied by proof of 
service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a 
certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the 
writer's interest, the reason for the request, and the issues 
contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request 
notification by writing to the Commission's Secretary.

ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090. Applicants, 17782 Sky Park 
Circle, Irvine, CA 92614.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emerson S. Davis, Sr., Senior Counsel, 
(202) 551-6868, or Daniele Marchesani, Branch Chief, (202) 551-6821 
(Division of Investment Management, Office of Investment Company 
Regulation).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the 
application. The complete application may be obtained via the 
Commission's Web site by searching for the file number, or an applicant 
by using the Company name box, at http://www.sec.gov/search/search.htm 
or by calling (202) 551-8090.

Applicants' Representations

    1. Fund 40 and Fund 41 each was formed as a California limited 
company in 2011. Each Fund will operate as a ``two-tier'' partnership, 
i.e., each Fund will invest as a limited partner or member in other 
limited partnerships or limited liability companies that are 
characterized as partnerships for Federal income tax purposes (``Local 
Limited Partnerships''). The Local Limited Partnerships in turn will 
engage in the ownership and operation of Apartment Complexes expected 
to be qualified for the low income housing tax credit under the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Manager is a California 
limited liability company whose sole member is WNC National Partners. 
WNC National Partners is a California limited liability company whose 
sole member is WNC & Associates, a California corporation. The 
objectives of each Fund are to provide current tax benefits in the form 
of (a) A predictable stream of low income housing credits which 
investors may use to offset their Federal income tax liabilities, and 
(b) tax losses.

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    2. Each Fund intends to conduct a private placement of its units of 
limited liability company member interest (the ``Units'') on a 
commencement date to be determined by the Manager. Each Fund's 
placement will be conducted as described in, and by means of a private 
placement memorandum, to be supplemented periodically with updated 
information for each Fund's placement (the ``Memorandum''). Purchasers 
of Units in a Fund will be admitted as limited liability company 
members (``Members'') of the issuing Fund. The Units will be offered 
pursuant to the exemption from the registration requirements of the 
Securities Act of 1933 (the ``Securities Act''), provided by Rule 506 
of Regulation D under the Securities Act. Each Member will be required, 
as condition to acceptance of a subscription, to qualify as an 
``accredited investor,'' as that term is defined in Rule 501(a) of 
Regulation D (an ``Accredited Investor''). Each Fund intends to offer 
its Units at a price to be determined by the Manager prior to 
commencement of the Fund's placement. The minimum investment per 
Accredited Investor will be determined prior to commencement of the 
offerings. Each Fund will establish its minimum and maximum 
capitalization, and will disclose it by supplement to its Memorandum 
and deliver the supplement to all prospective Accredited Investors 
prior to subscription.
    3. Each Fund will not accept any subscriptions for Units until the 
requested exemptive order is granted or the Fund receives an opinion of 
counsel that it is exempt from registration under the Act. 
Subscriptions for Units must be approved by the Manager. The Accredited 
Investor will execute representations confirming suitability and the 
basis for such suitability. In addition, transfers of Units will be 
permitted only if the transferee meets the same suitability standards 
as had been imposed on the transferor Member.
    4. Although a Fund's direct control over the management of each 
Apartment Complex will be limited, the Fund's ownership of interests in 
Local Limited Partnerships will, in an economic sense, be the 
substantial equivalent of direct ownership of the Apartment Complexes 
themselves. A Fund normally will acquire at least a 90% interest in the 
profits, losses, and tax credits of the Local Limited Partnerships. 
However, in certain cases, at the discretion of the Manager, the Fund 
may acquire a lesser interest in a Local Limited Partnership.
    5. Each Fund will have certain voting rights with respect to each 
Local Limited Partnership. The voting rights will include the right to 
dismiss and replace the local general partner on the basis of 
performance, to approve or disapprove a sale or refinancing of the 
Apartment Complex owned by such Local Limited Partnership, to approve 
or disapprove the dissolution of the Local Limited Partnership, and to 
approve or disapprove amendments to the Local Limited Partnership 
agreement materially and adversely affecting the Fund's investment.
    6. Each Fund will be controlled by the Manager, pursuant to an 
operating agreement (the ``Operating Agreement''). The Members of each 
Fund, consistent with their limited liability status, will not be 
entitled to participate in the control of the Fund's business 
operations. However, a majority-in-interest of the Members will have 
the right to amend the Operating Agreement of their Fund (subject to 
certain limitations) with the consent of the Manager, which shall not 
be unreasonably withheld, to dissolve the Fund with the consent of the 
Manager, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, and to remove any 
Manager and elect a replacement. In addition, under the Operating 
Agreement, each Member is entitled to review all books and records of 
the Member's Fund at any and all reasonable times.
    7. Applicants state that the Operating Agreement and Memorandum of 
the Funds contain provisions to ensure fair dealing by the Manager with 
the Members. Applicants also state that all compensation to be paid to 
the Manager and its affiliates by a Fund is specified in the Operating 
Agreement and Memorandum, and no compensation will be payable to the 
Manager or any of its affiliates by the Fund unless so specified. 
Applicants believe that the fees and other forms of compensation that 
will be paid by each Fund to the Manager and its affiliates are fair 
and on terms no less favorable to the Fund than would be the case if 
such arrangements had been made with independent third parties.
    8. During the offering and organizational phase, WNC Capital 
Corporation, an affiliate of the Manager, will receive a dealer-manager 
fee from each Fund for its services in managing a group of independent 
broker-dealers who will sell the Units. The Manager or an affiliate 
will also receive from each Fund a nonaccountable organizational and 
offering expense allowance. In exchange for this allowance, the Manager 
has agreed to pay all organizational and offering expenses of each Fund 
(excluding retail selling commissions, the dealer-manager fee, and the 
nonaccountable organizational and offering expense allowance). During 
its acquisition phase, each Fund will pay to the Manager or its 
affiliates an acquisition fee for analyzing and evaluating potential 
investments in Local Limited Partnerships and for various other 
services. The Manager or its affiliates will receive from each Fund a 
nonaccountable acquisition expense allowance in consideration of which 
the Manager or its affiliates will pay all acquisition expenses of each 
Fund. All fees and expenses paid to all persons in connection with the 
organization of each Fund, the offering of Units and the acquisition of 
Local Limited Partnership interests will not exceed an amount equal to 
22% of the Fund's gross offering proceeds.
    9. During the operating phase, the Manager will receive a yearly 
asset management fee from each Fund in an amount equal to 0.75% of the 
Fund's invested assets for services rendered by the Manager in 
connection with the administration of the affairs of the Fund and the 
management of the Fund's assets. During the liquidation phase, each 
Fund will pay the Manager or its affiliates a disposition fee in an 
amount of up to 3% of the gross sales price of an Apartment Complex or 
a Local Limited Partnership interest.
    10. All proceeds of the private placement of a Fund's Units 
initially will be placed in an escrow account with U.S. Bank, National 
Association (``Escrow Agent''). Pending release of offering proceeds to 
the Fund, the Escrow Agent will deposit escrowed funds in accordance 
with instructions from time to time received from the Manager in short-
term United States Government securities, securities issued or 
guaranteed by the United States Government, and certificates of deposit 
or time or demand deposits in commercial banks. Upon receipt of a 
prescribed minimum amount of gross operating proceeds for a Fund, funds 
in escrow will be released to the Fund and held by it pending 
investment in Local Limited Partnerships. Any of a Fund's offering 
proceeds available for investment in Local Limited Partnership 
interests that the Fund has not either invested or committed to invest 
within 24 months following the termination of its offering of Units 
will be distributed to investors pro rata as a return of capital.
    11. If more than one entity that the General Partner or its 
affiliates advises or manages may invest in a particular investment 
opportunity, the decision as to the entity that will be allocated the 
investment will be based upon such factors as the effect of the 
acquisition on

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diversification of each entity's portfolio, the estimated income tax 
effects of the purchase on each entity, the amount of funds of each 
entity available for investment, and the length of time such funds have 
been available for investment.

Applicants' Legal Analysis

    1. Applicants believe that the Funds will not be ``investment 
companies'' under sections 3(a)(1)(A) or 3(a)(1)(C) of the Act. If the 
Funds are deemed to be investment companies, however, applicants 
request an exemption under section 6(c) and 6(e) of the Act from all 
provisions of the Act, except sections 37 through 53 of the Act and the 
rules and regulations under those sections, except rule 38a-1 
thereunder.
    2. Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Act provides that an issuer is an 
``investment company'' if it is or holds itself out as being engaged 
primarily, or proposes to engage primarily, in the business of 
investing, reinvesting, or trading in securities. Applicants believe 
that the Funds will not be investment companies under section 
3(a)(1)(A) because each Fund will be in the business of investing in 
and being a beneficial owner of Apartment Complexes, not securities.
    3. Section 3(a)(1)(C) of the Act provides that an issuer is an 
``investment company'' if it is engaged or proposes to engage in the 
business of investing, reinvesting, owning, holding, or trading in 
securities, and owns or proposes to acquire ``investment securities'' 
having a value exceeding 40% of the value of such issuer's total assets 
(exclusive of Government securities and cash items). Applicants state 
that although the Local Limited Partnership interests may be deemed 
``investment securities,'' they are not readily marketable, cannot be 
sold without severe adverse tax consequences, and have no value apart 
from the value of the Apartment Complexes owned by the Local Limited 
Partnerships.
    4. Applicants believe that the two-tier structure is consistent 
with the purposes and criteria set forth in the Commission's release 
concerning two-tier real estate partnerships (the ``Release'').\1\ The 
Release states that investment companies that are two-tier real estate 
partnerships that invest in limited partnerships engaged in the 
development and operation of housing for low and moderate income 
persons may qualify for an exemption from the Act pursuant to section 
6(c). Section 6(c) provides that the Commission may exempt any person 
from any provision of the Act and any rule thereunder, if, and to the 
extent that, such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public 
interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the 
purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. 
Section 6(e) permits the Commission to require companies exempted from 
the registration requirements of the Act to comply with certain 
specified provisions of the Act as though the company were a registered 
investment company.
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    \1\ Investment Company Act Release No. 8456 (Aug. 9, 1974).
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    5. The Release lists two conditions, designed for the protection of 
investors, which must be satisfied by two-tier partnerships to qualify 
for the exemption under section 6(c). First, interests in the issuer 
should be sold only to persons for whom investments in limited profit, 
essentially tax shelter, investments would not be unsuitable. Second, 
requirements for fair dealing by the general partner of the issuer with 
the limited partners of the issuer should be included in the basic 
organizational documents of the company.
    6. Applicants represent that Units will be sold only to persons for 
whom investment in limited profit, essentially tax shelter, investments 
would be suitable. Applicants further state that the requirements for 
fair dealing by the Manager with the Members are included in the basic 
organizational documents of each Fund. Applicants assert, among other 
things, that the suitability standards set forth in the application, 
the requirements for fair dealing provided by the Operating Agreement, 
and pertinent governmental regulations imposed on each Local Limited 
Partnership by various Federal, state, and local agencies provide 
protection to Accredited Investors in Units. In addition, applicants 
assert that the requested exemption is both necessary and appropriate 
in the public interest.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
pursuant to delegated authority.
 Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-17430 Filed 7-11-11; 8:45 am]
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