Blackstone/GSO Floating Rate Enhanced Income Fund, et al., 32174-32179 [2018-14844]

Download as PDF 32174 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2018–31 and should be submitted on or before August 1, 2018. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–14850 Filed 7–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 33149; 812–14835] Blackstone/GSO Floating Rate Enhanced Income Fund, et al. Paper Comments daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES • Use the Commission’s internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– NYSE–2018–31 on the subject line. Notice of application for an order under sections 17(d) and 57(i) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) and rule 17d–1 under the Act to permit certain joint transactions otherwise prohibited by sections 17(d) and 57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d–1 under the Act. SUMMARY OF APPLICATION: Applicants request an order to permit business development companies (‘‘BDCs’’) and closed-end management investment companies to co-invest in portfolio companies with each other and with certain affiliated investment funds and accounts. APPLICANTS: Blackstone/GSO Floating Rate Enhanced Income Fund (‘‘BGFREI’’); Blackstone/GSO LongShort Credit Income Fund (‘‘BGX’’); Blackstone/GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund (‘‘BSL’’); Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (‘‘BGB’’); Blackstone/GSO Secured Lending Fund (‘‘BGSL,’’ and together with BGFREI, BGX, BSL, BGB, the ‘‘GSO Regulated Funds’’); GSO/Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC (‘‘GDFM’’), the investment adviser to BGFREI, BGX, BSL and BGB; GSO Asset Management LLC (‘‘GAM’’), the proposed investment • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2018–31. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s internet website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 July 6, 2018. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 adviser to BGSL; the investment advisers set forth in Schedule A to the application (together with GDFM and GAM, the ‘‘GSO Advisers’’); the Existing Affiliated Funds set forth on Schedule A to the application 1; and Blackstone Alternative Solutions L.L.C. (‘‘BAS’’). FILING DATES: The application was filed on October 13, 2017, and amended on June 25, 2018. Applicants have agreed to file an amendment during the notice period, the substance of which is reflected in this notice. HEARING OR NOTIFICATION OF HEARING: An order granting the requested relief 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 July 30, 2018, and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Pursuant to rule 0–5 under the Act, hearing requests should state the nature of the writer’s interest, any facts bearing upon the desirability of a hearing on the matter, 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 St. NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. Applicants: 345 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10154. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Asen Parachkevov, Senior Counsel, or David J. Marcinkus, Branch Chief, at (202) 551–6821 (Chief Counsel’s Office, Division of Investment Management). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained via the Commission’s website by searching for the file number, or for an applicant using the Company name box, at http:// 1 The Existing Affiliated Funds, together with their direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, are entities (i) (A) whose primary investment adviser is a GSO Adviser or (B) whose primary investment adviser is a registered investment adviser that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with an Adviser (as defined below), but is itself not an Adviser (each, an ‘‘Existing Primary Adviser’’), and whose subadviser is an Adviser (each, an ‘‘Existing SubAdvised Affiliated Fund’’) and (ii) that either (A) would be an investment company but for section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act or (B) rely on the rule 3a–7 exemption thereunder from investment company status. The sole Existing Primary Adviser is BAS. Each of the Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Funds are sub-advised by GSO Capital Partners LP, a GSO Adviser. E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551–8090. Applicants’ Representations 1. BGFREI, BGX, BSL and BGB, each a Delaware statutory trust, are externally managed, diversified, closed-end management investment companies. Each of BGFREI’s and BGX’s investment objective is to provide current income, with a secondary objective of capital appreciation. Each of BSL’s and BGB’s investment objective is to seek high current income, with a secondary objective to seek preservation of capital, consistent with its primary goal of high current income. Each of BGFREI, BGX, BSL and BGB have a five-member Board, of which four members are NonInterested Trustees.2 2. BGSL is a Delaware statutory trust that intends to file an election to be regulated as a business development company (‘‘BDC’’) under the Act.3 BGSL’s investment objective is to seek high current income, with a secondary objective to seek preservation of capital, consistent with its primary goal of high current income. BGSL will have a seven-member Board, of which four members will be Non-Interested Trustees. 3. Each Adviser 4 is a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, L.P. (‘‘Blackstone’’). Blackstone is a leading global alternative asset manager, whose alternative asset management businesses include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions, non-investment grade credit, secondary private equity funds of funds and multi-asset class strategies. Blackstone’s four business segments are daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 2 ‘‘Board’’ means the board of trustees (or equivalent) of the GSO Regulated Funds and any other Regulated Fund (as defined below). ‘‘Non-Interested Trustees’’ means the NonInterested Trustees of the GSO Regulated Funds and any other Regulated Fund who are not ‘‘interested persons’’ within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Act. 3 Section 2(a)(48) defines a BDC to be any closedend investment company that operates for the purpose of making investments in securities described in sections 55(a)(1) through 55(a)(3) of the Act and makes available significant managerial assistance with respect to the issuers of such securities. 4 The term ‘‘Adviser’’ means (i) the GSO Advisers and (ii) any future investment adviser that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with a GSO Adviser and is registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act that intends to participate in the Co-Investment Program (as defined below). The term Adviser does not include any Primary Adviser. The term ‘‘Primary Adviser’’ means the Existing Primary Adviser or any future investment adviser that (i) controls, is controlled by or is under common control with an Adviser, (ii) is registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act, and (iii) is not an Adviser. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 (1) private equity, (2) real estate, (3) hedge fund solutions and (4) credit. 4. The GSO Advisers operate as a selfcontained advisory business within Blackstone’s credit group. Each GSO Adviser is under common control with GDFM and GAM, the Adviser to each of the GSO Regulated Funds, and collectively they conduct a single advisory business for purposes of the requested Order. The GSO Advisers are each either separately registered as investment advisers with the Commission, or are relying advisers that rely on the registration of another GSO Adviser. No GSO Adviser is a relying adviser of any Blackstone-affiliated investment adviser from outside of the self-contained group. BAS is the sole Existing Primary Adviser and serves as investment adviser of the Existing SubAdvised Affiliated Funds. 5. Applicants seek an order to permit one or more Regulated Funds 5 to be able to participate with one or more other Regulated Funds and/or one or more Affiliated Investors 6 in the same investment opportunities through a proposed co-investment program where such participation would otherwise be prohibited under sections 17(d) and 57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d–1 thereunder (the ‘‘Co-Investment Program’’). 6. For purposes of the requested Order, ‘‘Co-Investment Transaction’’ means any transaction in which one or more Regulated Funds (or one or more Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiaries, as defined below) participates together with one or more other Regulated Funds (or one or more Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiaries, as defined 5 ‘‘Regulated Fund’’ means any of the GSO Regulated Funds and any future closed-end management investment company (i) that has elected to be regulated as a BDC or is registered under the Act, (ii) whose investment adviser is an Adviser and (iii) who intends to participate in the Co-Investment Program. 6 ‘‘Affiliated Investor’’ means (i) the Existing Affiliated Funds, (ii) any Affiliated Proprietary Account and (iii) any Future Affiliated Fund. ‘‘Future Affiliated Fund’’ means an entity (i)(A) whose investment adviser is an Adviser or (B) whose investment adviser is a Primary Adviser and whose sub-adviser is an Adviser, (ii) that either (A) would be an investment company but for an exemption in section 3(c)(1), 3(c)(5)(C) or 3(c)(7) of the Act or (B) relies on the rule 3a–7 exemption thereunder from investment company status, and (iii) that intends to participate in the Co-Investment Program. ‘‘Affiliated Proprietary Account’’ means any account of an Adviser or its affiliates or any company that is an indirect, wholly- or majorityowned subsidiary of an Adviser or its affiliates, which, from time to time, may hold various financial assets in a principal capacity. For the avoidance of doubt, neither the Regulated Funds nor the Affiliated Investors shall be deemed to be Affiliated Proprietary Accounts for purposes of the requested Order. PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32175 below) and/or one or more Affiliated Investors in reliance on the requested Order. ‘‘Potential Co-Investment Transaction’’ means any investment opportunity in which a Regulated Fund (or its Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary, as defined below) could not participate together with one or more Affiliated Investors and/or one or more other Regulated Funds without obtaining and relying on the requested Order.7 Funds that are advised or subadvised by affiliates of Blackstone other than an Adviser or Primary Adviser will not participate in the Co-Investment Program. No Primary Adviser will be the source of any Potential CoInvestment Transactions under the requested Order. Potential CoInvestment Transactions will not be shared outside of the Co-Investment Program. 7. Applicants state that a Regulated Fund may, from time to time, form a special purpose subsidiary (a ‘‘WhollyOwned Investment Subsidiary’’).8 A Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary would be prohibited from investing in a Co-Investment Transaction with another Regulated Fund or any Affiliated Investor because it would be a company controlled by its parent Regulated Fund for purposes of sections 17(d) and 57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d–1 thereunder. Applicants request that a Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary be permitted to participate in CoInvestment Transactions in lieu of the applicable Regulated Fund and that the Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary’s participation in any such transaction be treated, for purposes of the requested 7 All existing entities that currently intend to rely upon the requested Order have been named as applicants. Any other existing or future entity that subsequently relies on the Order will comply with the terms and conditions of the application. 8 ‘‘Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary’’ means an (i) whose sole business purpose is to hold one or more investments on behalf of a Regulated Fund (and, in the case of an SBIC Subsidiary (as defined below), maintain a license under the SBA Act (as defined below) and issue debentures guaranteed by the SBA (as defined below)); (ii) that is whollyowned by a Regulated Fund (with such Regulated Fund at all times holding, beneficially and of record, 100% of the voting and economic interests); (iii) with respect to which the Board of the Regulated Fund has the sole authority to make all determinations with respect to the Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary’s participation under the conditions of the requested Order; and (iv) that is an entity that would be an investment company but for an exemption in section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act. The term ‘‘SBIC Subsidiary’’ means a WhollyOwned Investment Subsidiary that is licensed by the Small Business Administration (the ‘‘SBA’’) to operate under the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, as amended, (the ‘‘SBA Act’’) as a small business investment company (a ‘‘SBIC’’). E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 32176 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Order, as though the parent Regulated Fund were participating directly. 8. When considering Potential CoInvestment Transactions for any Regulated Fund, an Adviser will consider only the Objectives and Strategies,9 Board-Established Criteria,10 investment policies, investment positions, capital available for investment, and other pertinent factors applicable to that Regulated Fund. The participation of a Regulated Fund in a Potential Co-Investment Transaction may only be approved by a Required Majority, as defined in section 57(o) of the Act (a ‘‘Required Majority’’), of the trustees of the Board eligible to vote on that Co-Investment Transaction under section 57(o) of the Act (the ‘‘Eligible Trustees’’).11 When selecting investments for the Affiliated Investors, an Adviser will select investments separately for each Affiliated Investor, considering, in each case, only the investment objective, investment policies, investment position, capital available for investment, and other pertinent factors applicable to that particular Affiliated Investor. 9. With respect to participation in a Potential Co-Investment Transaction by a Regulated Fund, the application Adviser will present each Potential Co9 The term ‘‘Objectives and Strategies’’ means a Regulated Fund’s investment objectives and strategies, as described in the filings made with the Commission by the Regulated Fund under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the ‘‘1933 Act’’) and the Act, and the Regulated Fund’s reports to shareholders. 10 The term ‘‘Board-Established Criteria’’ means criteria that the Board of the applicable Regulated Fund may establish from time to time to describe the characteristics of Potential Co-Investment Transactions regarding which an Adviser to the Regulated Fund should be notified under condition 1 of the requested Order. The Board-Established Criteria will be consistent with the Regulated Fund’s then-current Objectives and Strategies. If no Board-Established Criteria are in effect, then the Regulated Fund’s Adviser will be notified of all Potential Co-Investment Transactions that fall within the Regulated Fund’s then current Objectives and Strategies. Board-Established Criteria will be objective and testable, meaning that they will be based on observable information, such as industry/sector of the issuer, minimum earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of the issuer, asset class of the investment opportunity or required commitment size, and not on characteristics that involve discretionary assessment. The Adviser to the Regulated Fund may from time to time recommend criteria for the applicable Board’s consideration, but Board-Established Criteria will only become effective if approved by a majority of the NonInterested Trustees. The Non-Interested Trustees of a Regulated Fund may at any time rescind, suspend or qualify its approval of any Board-Established Criteria, though Applicants anticipate that, under normal circumstances, the Board would not modify these criteria more often than quarterly. 11 The defined terms Eligible Trustees and Required Majority apply as if each Regulated Fund were a BDC subject to section 57(o) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 Investment Transaction and the proposed allocation of each investment opportunity to the Eligible Trustees. The Required Majority of a Regulated Fund will approve each Co-Investment Transaction prior to any investment by the Regulated Fund. 10. Applicants state that the majority of the GSO Advisers’ employees work on matters for Close Affiliates 12 and information about potential investment opportunities is routinely disseminated among such Adviser’s employees. Other than to satisfy compliance obligations, information regarding Potential CoInvestment Transactions will not be shared with Remote Affiliates,13 which would include other investment advisers that operate in other Blackstone business groups, except in unusual circumstances, as the Blackstone business groups each generally target different investment strategies or asset classes and there are information barrier policies in place between the Blackstone business groups. Applicants further note within the GSO Advisers, the personnel overlap and coordination among portfolio management teams ensures that all relevant investment opportunities will be brought to the attention of each Regulated Fund (as defined below) managed by the respective Adviser. Applicants submit that the GSO Advisers will receive all information regarding all investment opportunities that fall within the thencurrent Objectives and Strategies and Board-Established Criteria of each Regulated Fund managed by the respective Adviser. 11. Applicants submit that, in the event that a Potential Co-Investment Transaction would be within the investment objectives and strategies of the Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Fund, the respective Adviser shall have the primary responsibility for the investment, including making the initial investment recommendation, and dayto-day monitoring of the investment. Applicants further note that the Adviser will be responsible for complying with the conditions of the requested Order. 12 The term ‘‘Close Affiliate’’ means the Advisers, the Regulated Funds, the Affiliated Investors and any other person described in section 57(b) of the Act (after giving effect to rule 57b-1 thereunder) in respect of any Regulated Fund (treating any registered investment company or series thereof as a BDC for this purpose) except for limited partners included solely by reason of the reference in section 57(b) to section 2(a)(3)(D) of the Act. 13 The term ‘‘Remote Affiliate’’ means any person described in section 57(e) of the Act in respect of any Regulated Fund (treating any registered investment company or series thereof as a BDC for this purpose) and any limited partner holding 5% or more of the relevant limited partner interests that would be a Close Affiliate but for the exclusion in that definition. PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Applicants state that if the Adviser and Primary Adviser agree that the Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Fund should invest in the Potential Co-Investment Transaction and at what size of investment, then the Adviser would, consistent with the conditions of the requested Order, determine an allocation for the Regulated Funds and Affiliated Investors, including such Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Fund. 12. Applicants acknowledge that some of the Affiliated Investors may not be funds advised by an Adviser because they are Affiliated Proprietary Accounts. Applicants do not believe the participation of these Affiliated Proprietary Accounts in Co-Investment Transactions should raise issues under the conditions of the requested Order because allocation policies and procedures of the account owners provide that investment opportunities are offered to client accounts before they are offered to Affiliated Proprietary Accounts. 13. Under condition 14, if an Adviser or its principals, or any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser or its principals, and any Affiliated Investor (collectively, the ‘‘Holders’’) own in the aggregate more than 25 percent of the outstanding voting shares of a Regulated Fund (‘‘Shares’’), then the Holders will vote such Shares as directed by an independent third party when voting on (1) the election of directors; (2) the removal of one or more directors; or (3) all other matters under either the Act or applicable state law affecting the Board’s composition, size or manner of election. 14. No Non-Interested Trustee of a Regulated Fund will have a financial interest in any Co-Investment Transaction, other than indirectly through share ownership in one of the Regulated Funds. Applicants’ Legal Analysis 1. Section 57(a)(4) of the Act prohibits certain affiliated persons of a BDC from participating in joint transactions with the BDC or a company controlled by a BDC in contravention of rules as prescribed by the Commission. Under section 57(b)(2) of the Act, any person who is directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a BDC is subject to section 57(a)(4) of the Act. Section 57(i) of the Act provides that, until the Commission prescribes rules under section 57(a)(4) of the Act, the Commission’s rules under section 17(d) of the Act applicable to registered closed-end investment companies will be deemed to apply to transactions subject to E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices section 57(a)(4) of the Act. Because the Commission has not adopted any rules under section 57(a)(4) of the Act, rule 17d–1 thereunder applies. 2. Section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d–1 under the Act prohibit affiliated persons of a registered investment company from participating in joint transactions with the company unless the Commission has granted an order permitting such transactions. In passing upon applications under rule 17d–1, the Commission considers whether the company’s participation in the joint transaction is consistent with the provisions, policies, and purposes of the Act and the extent to which such participation is on a basis different from or less advantageous than that of other participants. 3. Applicants state that certain transactions effected as part of the CoInvestment Program may be prohibited by sections 17(d) and 57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d–1 thereunder without a prior exemptive order of the Commission to the extent that the Affiliated Investors fall within the category of persons described by section 17(d) or section 57(b) of the Act, as modified by rule 57b–1 thereunder with respect to a Regulated Fund. Applicants believe that the proposed terms and conditions will ensure would ensure that the conflicts of interest that section 17(d) and section 57(a)(4) of the Act were designed to prevent would be addressed and the standards for an order under rule 17d–1 under the Act are met. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Applicants’ Conditions Applicants agree that any Order granting the requested relief shall be subject to the following conditions: 1. (a) Each Adviser will establish, maintain and implement policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure that each Adviser is promptly notified, for each Regulated Fund the Adviser manages, of all Potential CoInvestment Transactions 14 that (i) an Adviser considers for any other Regulated Fund or Affiliated Investor and (ii) fall within the Regulated Fund’s then-current Objectives and Strategies and Board-Established Criteria. (b) When an Adviser to a Regulated Fund is notified of a Potential CoInvestment Transaction under condition 1(a), such Adviser will make an independent determination of the appropriateness of the investment for the Regulated Fund in light of the 14 No Primary Adviser will be the source of any Potential Co-Investment Transactions under the requested Order. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 Regulated Fund’s then-current circumstances. 2. (a) If the Adviser deems a Regulated Fund’s participation in any Potential Co-Investment Transaction to be appropriate for the Regulated Fund, it will then determine an appropriate level of investment for the Regulated Fund. (b) If the aggregate amount recommended by the applicable Adviser to be invested by the applicable Regulated Fund in the Potential CoInvestment Transaction, together with the amount proposed to be invested by the other participating Regulated Funds and Affiliated Investors, collectively, in the same transaction, exceeds the amount of the investment opportunity, then the investment opportunity will be allocated among them pro rata based on each participant’s Available Capital up 15 to the amount proposed to be invested by each. The applicable Adviser will provide the Eligible Trustees of each participating Regulated Fund with information concerning each participating party’s Available Capital to assist the Eligible Trustees with their review of the Regulated Fund’s investments for compliance with these allocation procedures. (c) After making the determinations required in conditions 1 and 2(a), the applicable Adviser will distribute written information concerning the Potential Co-Investment Transaction (including the amount proposed to be invested by each participating Regulated Fund and Affiliated Investor) to the Eligible Trustees of each participating Regulated Fund for their consideration. A Regulated Fund will co-invest with one or more other Regulated Funds and/ or one or more Affiliated Investors only if, prior to the Regulated Fund’s participation in the Potential CoInvestment Transaction, a Required Majority concludes that: 15 ‘‘Available Capital’’ means (a) for each Regulated Entity, the amount of capital available for investment determined based on the amount of cash on hand, liquidity considerations, existing commitments and reserves, if any, the targeted leverage level, targeted asset mix, risk return and target-return profile, tax implications, regulatory or contractual restrictions or consequences and other investment policies and restrictions set from time to time by the Board of the applicable Regulated Entity or imposed by applicable laws, rules, regulations or interpretations, and (b) for each Affiliated Investor, the amount of capital available for investment determined based on the amount of cash on hand, liquidity considerations, existing commitments and reserves, if any, the targeted leverage level, targeted asset mix, risk return and target-return profile, tax implications, regulatory or contractual restrictions or consequences and other investment policies and restrictions set from time to time by the Affiliated Investors’ directors, general partners, or adviser or imposed by applicable laws, rules, regulations or interpretations. PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32177 (i) The terms of the Potential CoInvestment Transaction, including the consideration to be paid, are reasonable and fair to the Regulated Fund and its shareholders and do not involve overreaching in respect of the Regulated Fund or its shareholders on the part of any person concerned; (ii) the Potential Co-Investment Transaction is consistent with: (A) the interests of the shareholders of the Regulated Fund; and (B) the Regulated Fund’s then-current Objectives and Strategies; (iii) the investment by any other Regulated Funds or Affiliated Investors would not disadvantage the Regulated Fund, and participation by the Regulated Fund would not be on a basis different from or less advantageous than that of other Regulated Funds or Affiliated Investors; provided that, if any other Regulated Fund or Affiliated Investor, but not the Regulated Fund itself, gains the right to nominate a director for election to a portfolio company’s board of directors or the right to have a board observer or any similar right to participate in the governance or management of the portfolio company, such event shall not be interpreted to prohibit the Required Majority from reaching the conclusions required by this condition (2)(c)(iii), if: (A) The Eligible Trustees will have the right to ratify the selection of such director or board observer, if any; (B) the applicable Adviser agrees to, and does, provide periodic reports to the Regulated Fund’s Board with respect to the actions of such director or the information received by such board observer or obtained through the exercise of any similar right to participate in the governance or management of the portfolio company; and (C) any fees or other compensation that any Affiliated Investor or any Regulated Fund or any affiliated person of any Affiliated Investor or any Regulated Fund receives in connection with the right of an Affiliated Investor or a Regulated Fund to nominate a director or appoint a board observer or otherwise to participate in the governance or management of the portfolio company will be shared proportionately among the participating Affiliated Investors (who each may, in turn, share its portion with its affiliated persons), and the participating Regulated Funds in accordance with the amount of each party’s investment; and (iv) the proposed investment by the Regulated Fund will not benefit the Advisers, the Affiliated Investors, the other Regulated Funds or any Primary Adviser or any affiliated person of any E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 32178 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices of them (other than the parties to the CoInvestment Transaction), except (A) to the extent permitted by condition 13; (B) to the extent permitted by section 17(e) or 57(k) of the Act, as applicable; (C) indirectly, as a result of an interest in the securities issued by one of the parties to the Co-Investment Transaction; or (D) in the case of fees or other compensation described in condition 2(c)(iii)(C). 3. Each Regulated Fund has the right to decline to participate in any Potential Co-Investment Transaction or to invest less than the amount proposed. 4. The applicable Adviser will present to the Board of each Regulated Fund, on a quarterly basis, a record of all investments in Potential Co-Investment Transactions made by any of the other Regulated Funds or Affiliated Investors during the preceding quarter that fell within the Regulated Fund’s thencurrent Objectives and Strategies and Board Established Criteria that were not made available to the Regulated Fund, and an explanation of why the investment opportunities were not offered to the Regulated Fund. All information presented to the Board pursuant to this condition will be kept for the life of the Regulated Fund and at least two years thereafter, and will be subject to examination by the Commission and its staff. 5. Except for Follow-On Investments made in accordance with Condition 8,16 a Regulated Fund will not invest in reliance on the Order in any issuer in which a Related Party 17 has an investment. The Adviser will maintain books and records that demonstrate compliance with this condition for each Regulated Fund. 6. A Regulated Fund will not participate in any Potential CoInvestment Transaction unless the terms, conditions, price, class of securities to be purchased, settlement date, and registration rights will be the same for each participating Regulated Fund and Affiliated Investor. The grant to an Affiliated Investor or another Regulated Fund, but not the Regulated Fund, of the right to nominate a director for election to a portfolio company’s board of directors, the right to have an observer on the board of directors or similar rights to participate in the governance or management of the 16 This exception applies only to Follow-On Investments by a Regulated Fund in issuers in which that Regulated Fund already holds investments. 17 The term ‘‘Related Party’’ means (i) any Close Affiliate and (ii) in respect of matters as to which any Adviser has knowledge, any Remote Affiliate. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 portfolio company will not be interpreted so as to violate this condition 6, if conditions 2(c)(iii)(A), (B) and (C) are met. 7. (a) If any Affiliated Investor or any Regulated Fund elects to sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of an interest in a security that was acquired in a CoInvestment Transaction, the applicable Adviser will: 18 (i) notify each Regulated Fund that participated in the Co-Investment Transaction of the proposed disposition at the earliest practical time; and (ii) formulate a recommendation as to participation by each Regulated Fund in the disposition. (b) Each Regulated Fund will have the right to participate in such disposition on a proportionate basis, at the same price and on the same terms and conditions as those applicable to the participating Affiliated Investors and Regulated Funds. (c) A Regulated Fund may participate in such disposition without obtaining prior approval of the Required Majority if: (i) The proposed participation of each Regulated Fund and each Affiliated Investor in such disposition is proportionate to its outstanding investments in the issuer immediately preceding the disposition; (ii) the Board of the Regulated Fund has approved as being in the best interests of the Regulated Fund the ability to participate in such dispositions on a pro rata basis (as described in greater detail in the application); and (iii) the Board of the Regulated Fund is provided on a quarterly basis with a list of all dispositions made in accordance with this condition. In all other cases, the Adviser will provide its written recommendation as to the Regulated Fund’s participation to the Eligible Trustees, and the Regulated Fund will participate in such disposition solely to the extent that a Required Majority determines that it is in the Regulated Fund’s best interests. (d) Each Affiliated Investor and each Regulated Fund will bear its own expenses in connection with any such disposition. 8. (a) If any Affiliated Investor or any Regulated Fund desires to make a Follow-On Investment in a portfolio company whose securities were acquired in a Co-Investment Transaction, the applicable Advisers will: (i) Notify each Regulated Fund that participated in the Co-Investment 18 Any Affiliated Proprietary Account that is not advised by an Adviser is itself deemed to be an Adviser for purposes of Conditions 7(a)(i) and 8(a)(i). PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Transaction of the proposed transaction at the earliest practicable time; and (ii) formulate a recommendation as to the proposed participation, including the amount of the proposed Follow-On Investment, by each Regulated Fund. (b) A Regulated Fund may participate in such Follow-On Investment without obtaining prior approval of the Required Majority if: (i) the proposed participation of each Regulated Fund and each Affiliated Investor in such investment is proportionate to its outstanding investments in the issuer immediately preceding the Follow-On Investment; and (ii) the Board of the Regulated Fund has approved as being in the best interests of the Regulated Fund the ability to participate in Follow-On Investments on a pro rata basis (as described in greater detail in the application). In all other cases, the Adviser will provide its written recommendation as to the Regulated Fund’s participation to the Eligible Trustees, and the Regulated Fund will participate in such Follow-On Investment solely to the extent that a Required Majority determines that it is in the Regulated Fund’s best interests. (c) If, with respect to any Follow-On Investment: (i) The amount of the opportunity is not based on the Regulated Funds’ and the Affiliated Investors’ outstanding investments immediately preceding the Follow-On Investment; and (ii) the aggregate amount recommended by the applicable Adviser to be invested by the applicable Regulated Fund in the Follow-On Investment, together with the amount proposed to be invested by the other participating Regulated Funds and Affiliated Investors, collectively, in the same transaction, exceeds the amount of the investment opportunity; then the amount invested by each such party will be allocated among them pro rata based on each party’s Available Capital, up to the amount proposed to be invested by each. (d) The acquisition of Follow-On Investments as permitted by this condition will be considered a CoInvestment Transaction for all purposes and subject to the other conditions set forth in the application. 9. The Non-Interested Trustees of each Regulated Fund will be provided quarterly for review all information concerning Potential Co-Investment Transactions that fell within the Regulated Fund’s then-current Objectives and Strategies and BoardEstablished Criteria, including investments in Potential Co-Investment Transactions made by other Regulated Funds or Affiliated Investors that the E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / Notices Regulated Fund considered but declined to participate in, and concerning CoInvestment Transactions in which the Regulated Fund participated, so that the Non-Interested Trustees may determine whether all Potential Co-Investment Transactions and Co-Investment Transactions during the preceding quarter, including those Potential CoInvestment Transactions which the Regulated Fund considered but declined to participate in, comply with the conditions of the Order. In addition, the Non-Interested Trustees will consider at least annually: (a) The continued appropriateness for the Regulated Fund of participating in new and existing CoInvestment Transactions, and (b) the continued appropriateness of any Board-Established Criteria. 10. Each Regulated Fund will maintain the records required by section 57(f)(3) of the Act as if each of the Regulated Funds were a BDC and each of the investments permitted under these conditions were approved by the Required Majority under section 57(f) of the Act. 11. No Non-Interested Trustee of a Regulated Fund will also be a director, general partner, managing member or principal, or otherwise an ‘‘affiliated person’’ (as defined in the Act) of any of the Affiliated Investors. 12. The expenses, if any, associated with acquiring, holding or disposing of any securities acquired in a CoInvestment Transaction (including, without limitation, the expenses of the distribution of any such securities registered for sale under the 1933 Act) will, to the extent not payable by the Advisers under their respective investment advisory agreements with Affiliated Investors and the Regulated Funds, be shared by the Regulated Funds and the Affiliated Investors in proportion to the relative amounts of the securities held or to be acquired or disposed of, as the case may be. 13. Any transaction fee 19 (including break-up, structuring, monitoring or commitment fees but excluding broker’s fees contemplated by section 17(e) or 57(k) of the Act, as applicable), received in connection with a Co-Investment Transaction will be distributed to the participating Regulated Funds and Affiliated Investors on a pro rata basis based on the amounts they invested or committed, as the case may be, in such Co-Investment Transaction. If any transaction fee is to be held by an Adviser pending consummation of the 19 Applicants are not requesting and the staff is not providing any relief for transaction fees received in connection with any Co-Investment Transaction. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 transaction, the fee will be deposited into an account maintained by the Adviser at a bank or banks having the qualifications prescribed in section 26(a)(1) of the Act, and the account will earn a competitive rate of interest that will also be divided pro rata among the participating Regulated Funds and Affiliated Investors based on the amount they invest in such Co-Investment Transaction. None of the Advisers, the Primary Advisers, the Affiliated Investors, the other Regulated Funds nor any affiliated person of the Regulated Funds or Affiliated Investors will receive additional compensation or remuneration of any kind as a result of or in connection with a Co-Investment Transaction (other than (a) in the case of the Regulated Funds and the Affiliated Investors, the pro rata transaction fees described above and fees or other compensation described in condition 2(c)(iii)(C), and (b) in the case of an Adviser or Primary Adviser, investment advisory fees paid in accordance with their respective agreements between the Advisers and the Regulated Fund or Affiliated Investor). 14. If the Holders own in the aggregate more than 25% of the Shares, then the Holders will vote such Shares as directed by an independent third party when voting on (1) the election of trustees; (2) the removal of one or more trustees; or (3) all other matters under either the Act or applicable state law affecting the Board’s composition, size or manner of election. 15. Each Regulated Fund’s chief compliance officer, as defined in rule 38a–1(a)(4) under the Act, will prepare an annual report for its Board each year that evaluates (and documents the basis of that evaluation) the Regulated Fund’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the application and the procedures established to achieve such compliance. 16. The Affiliated Proprietary Accounts will not be permitted to invest in a Potential Co-Investment Transaction except to the extent the aggregate demand from the Regulated Funds and the other Affiliated Investors is less than the total investment opportunity. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–14844 Filed 7–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32179 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 10459] In the Matter of the Designation of alAshtar Brigades (AAB), aka Saraya alAshtar, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization Pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended Based upon a review of the Administrative Record assembled in this matter, and in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, I conclude that there is a sufficient factual basis to find that the relevant circumstances described in section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (hereinafter ‘‘INA’’) (8 U.S.C. 1189), exist with respect to al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), also known as Saraya al-Ashtar. Therefore, I hereby designate the aforementioned organization and its aliases as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the INA. This determination shall be published in the Federal Register. Dated: June 19, 2018. Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State. [FR Doc. 2018–14837 Filed 7–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–AD–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 10460] In the Matter of the Designation of alAshtar Brigades (AAB), aka Saraya alAshtar, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Acting under the authority of and in accordance with section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, as amended by Executive Order 13268 of July 2, 2002, and Executive Order 13284 of January 23, 2003, I hereby determine that the person known as al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), also known as Saraya al-Ashtar, committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. Consistent with the determination in section 10 of Executive Order 13224 that prior notice to persons determined to be subject to the Order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States would render ineffectual the blocking and other measures authorized in the Order because of the ability to transfer funds instantaneously, I determine that no prior notice needs to be provided to any person subject to this E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 33149; 812-14835]


Blackstone/GSO Floating Rate Enhanced Income Fund, et al.

July 6, 2018.
AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice of application for an order under sections 17(d) and 57(i) 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Act'') and rule 17d-1 
under the Act to permit certain joint transactions otherwise prohibited 
by sections 17(d) and 57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d-1 under the Act.

SUMMARY OF APPLICATION:  Applicants request an order to permit business 
development companies (``BDCs'') and closed-end management investment 
companies to co-invest in portfolio companies with each other and with 
certain affiliated investment funds and accounts.

APPLICANTS:  Blackstone/GSO Floating Rate Enhanced Income Fund 
(``BGFREI''); Blackstone/GSO Long-Short Credit Income Fund (``BGX''); 
Blackstone/GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund (``BSL''); Blackstone/GSO 
Strategic Credit Fund (``BGB''); Blackstone/GSO Secured Lending Fund 
(``BGSL,'' and together with BGFREI, BGX, BSL, BGB, the ``GSO Regulated 
Funds''); GSO/Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC (``GDFM''), the 
investment adviser to BGFREI, BGX, BSL and BGB; GSO Asset Management 
LLC (``GAM''), the proposed investment adviser to BGSL; the investment 
advisers set forth in Schedule A to the application (together with GDFM 
and GAM, the ``GSO Advisers''); the Existing Affiliated Funds set forth 
on Schedule A to the application \1\; and Blackstone Alternative 
Solutions L.L.C. (``BAS'').
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    \1\ The Existing Affiliated Funds, together with their direct 
and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, are entities (i) (A) whose 
primary investment adviser is a GSO Adviser or (B) whose primary 
investment adviser is a registered investment adviser that controls, 
is controlled by or is under common control with an Adviser (as 
defined below), but is itself not an Adviser (each, an ``Existing 
Primary Adviser''), and whose sub-adviser is an Adviser (each, an 
``Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Fund'') and (ii) that either (A) 
would be an investment company but for section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of 
the Act or (B) rely on the rule 3a-7 exemption thereunder from 
investment company status. The sole Existing Primary Adviser is BAS. 
Each of the Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Funds are sub-advised by 
GSO Capital Partners LP, a GSO Adviser.

FILING DATES:  The application was filed on October 13, 2017, and 
amended on June 25, 2018. Applicants have agreed to file an amendment 
during the notice period, the substance of which is reflected in this 
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notice.

HEARING OR NOTIFICATION OF HEARING:  An order granting the requested 
relief 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 July 30, 2018, and should be accompanied by proof of 
service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a 
certificate of service. Pursuant to rule 0-5 under the Act, hearing 
requests should state the nature of the writer's interest, any facts 
bearing upon the desirability of a hearing on the matter, 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 
St. NE, Washington, DC 20549-1090. Applicants: 345 Park Avenue, New 
York, New York 10154.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Asen Parachkevov, Senior Counsel, or 
David J. Marcinkus, Branch Chief, at (202) 551-6821 (Chief Counsel's 
Office, Division of Investment Management).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  The following is a summary of the 
application. The complete application may be obtained via the 
Commission's website by searching for the file number, or for an 
applicant using the Company name box, at http://

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www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551-8090.

Applicants' Representations

    1. BGFREI, BGX, BSL and BGB, each a Delaware statutory trust, are 
externally managed, diversified, closed-end management investment 
companies. Each of BGFREI's and BGX's investment objective is to 
provide current income, with a secondary objective of capital 
appreciation. Each of BSL's and BGB's investment objective is to seek 
high current income, with a secondary objective to seek preservation of 
capital, consistent with its primary goal of high current income. Each 
of BGFREI, BGX, BSL and BGB have a five-member Board, of which four 
members are Non-Interested Trustees.\2\
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    \2\ ``Board'' means the board of trustees (or equivalent) of the 
GSO Regulated Funds and any other Regulated Fund (as defined below).
    ``Non-Interested Trustees'' means the Non-Interested Trustees of 
the GSO Regulated Funds and any other Regulated Fund who are not 
``interested persons'' within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the 
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    2. BGSL is a Delaware statutory trust that intends to file an 
election to be regulated as a business development company (``BDC'') 
under the Act.\3\ BGSL's investment objective is to seek high current 
income, with a secondary objective to seek preservation of capital, 
consistent with its primary goal of high current income. BGSL will have 
a seven-member Board, of which four members will be Non-Interested 
Trustees.
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    \3\ Section 2(a)(48) defines a BDC to be any closed-end 
investment company that operates for the purpose of making 
investments in securities described in sections 55(a)(1) through 
55(a)(3) of the Act and makes available significant managerial 
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    3. Each Adviser \4\ is a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, L.P. 
(``Blackstone''). Blackstone is a leading global alternative asset 
manager, whose alternative asset management businesses include 
investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, hedge fund 
solutions, non-investment grade credit, secondary private equity funds 
of funds and multi-asset class strategies. Blackstone's four business 
segments are (1) private equity, (2) real estate, (3) hedge fund 
solutions and (4) credit.
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    \4\ The term ``Adviser'' means (i) the GSO Advisers and (ii) any 
future investment adviser that controls, is controlled by or is 
under common control with a GSO Adviser and is registered as an 
investment adviser under the Advisers Act that intends to 
participate in the Co-Investment Program (as defined below). The 
term Adviser does not include any Primary Adviser. The term 
``Primary Adviser'' means the Existing Primary Adviser or any future 
investment adviser that (i) controls, is controlled by or is under 
common control with an Adviser, (ii) is registered as an investment 
adviser under the Advisers Act, and (iii) is not an Adviser.
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    4. The GSO Advisers operate as a self-contained advisory business 
within Blackstone's credit group. Each GSO Adviser is under common 
control with GDFM and GAM, the Adviser to each of the GSO Regulated 
Funds, and collectively they conduct a single advisory business for 
purposes of the requested Order. The GSO Advisers are each either 
separately registered as investment advisers with the Commission, or 
are relying advisers that rely on the registration of another GSO 
Adviser. No GSO Adviser is a relying adviser of any Blackstone-
affiliated investment adviser from outside of the self-contained group. 
BAS is the sole Existing Primary Adviser and serves as investment 
adviser of the Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Funds.
    5. Applicants seek an order to permit one or more Regulated Funds 
\5\ to be able to participate with one or more other Regulated Funds 
and/or one or more Affiliated Investors \6\ in the same investment 
opportunities through a proposed co-investment program where such 
participation would otherwise be prohibited under sections 17(d) and 
57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d-1 thereunder (the ``Co-Investment 
Program'').
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    \5\ ``Regulated Fund'' means any of the GSO Regulated Funds and 
any future closed-end management investment company (i) that has 
elected to be regulated as a BDC or is registered under the Act, 
(ii) whose investment adviser is an Adviser and (iii) who intends to 
participate in the Co-Investment Program.
    \6\ ``Affiliated Investor'' means (i) the Existing Affiliated 
Funds, (ii) any Affiliated Proprietary Account and (iii) any Future 
Affiliated Fund.
    ``Future Affiliated Fund'' means an entity (i)(A) whose 
investment adviser is an Adviser or (B) whose investment adviser is 
a Primary Adviser and whose sub-adviser is an Adviser, (ii) that 
either (A) would be an investment company but for an exemption in 
section 3(c)(1), 3(c)(5)(C) or 3(c)(7) of the Act or (B) relies on 
the rule 3a-7 exemption thereunder from investment company status, 
and (iii) that intends to participate in the Co-Investment Program.
    ``Affiliated Proprietary Account'' means any account of an 
Adviser or its affiliates or any company that is an indirect, 
wholly- or majority-owned subsidiary of an Adviser or its 
affiliates, which, from time to time, may hold various financial 
assets in a principal capacity. For the avoidance of doubt, neither 
the Regulated Funds nor the Affiliated Investors shall be deemed to 
be Affiliated Proprietary Accounts for purposes of the requested 
Order.
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    6. For purposes of the requested Order, ``Co-Investment 
Transaction'' means any transaction in which one or more Regulated 
Funds (or one or more Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiaries, as defined 
below) participates together with one or more other Regulated Funds (or 
one or more Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiaries, as defined below) 
and/or one or more Affiliated Investors in reliance on the requested 
Order. ``Potential Co-Investment Transaction'' means any investment 
opportunity in which a Regulated Fund (or its Wholly-Owned Investment 
Subsidiary, as defined below) could not participate together with one 
or more Affiliated Investors and/or one or more other Regulated Funds 
without obtaining and relying on the requested Order.\7\ Funds that are 
advised or sub-advised by affiliates of Blackstone other than an 
Adviser or Primary Adviser will not participate in the Co-Investment 
Program. No Primary Adviser will be the source of any Potential Co-
Investment Transactions under the requested Order. Potential Co-
Investment Transactions will not be shared outside of the Co-Investment 
Program.
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    \7\ All existing entities that currently intend to rely upon the 
requested Order have been named as applicants. Any other existing or 
future entity that subsequently relies on the Order will comply with 
the terms and conditions of the application.
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    7. Applicants state that a Regulated Fund may, from time to time, 
form a special purpose subsidiary (a ``Wholly-Owned Investment 
Subsidiary'').\8\ A Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary would be 
prohibited from investing in a Co-Investment Transaction with another 
Regulated Fund or any Affiliated Investor because it would be a company 
controlled by its parent Regulated Fund for purposes of sections 17(d) 
and 57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d-1 thereunder. Applicants request 
that a Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary be permitted to participate 
in Co-Investment Transactions in lieu of the applicable Regulated Fund 
and that the Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary's participation in any 
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    \8\ ``Wholly-Owned Investment Subsidiary'' means an (i) whose 
sole business purpose is to hold one or more investments on behalf 
of a Regulated Fund (and, in the case of an SBIC Subsidiary (as 
defined below), maintain a license under the SBA Act (as defined 
below) and issue debentures guaranteed by the SBA (as defined 
below)); (ii) that is wholly-owned by a Regulated Fund (with such 
Regulated Fund at all times holding, beneficially and of record, 
100% of the voting and economic interests); (iii) with respect to 
which the Board of the Regulated Fund has the sole authority to make 
all determinations with respect to the Wholly-Owned Investment 
Subsidiary's participation under the conditions of the requested 
Order; and (iv) that is an entity that would be an investment 
company but for an exemption in section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the 
Act.
    The term ``SBIC Subsidiary'' means a Wholly-Owned Investment 
Subsidiary that is licensed by the Small Business Administration 
(the ``SBA'') to operate under the Small Business Investment Act of 
1958, as amended, (the ``SBA Act'') as a small business investment 
company (a ``SBIC'').
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    8. When considering Potential Co-Investment Transactions for any 
Regulated Fund, an Adviser will consider only the Objectives and 
Strategies,\9\ Board-Established Criteria,\10\ investment policies, 
investment positions, capital available for investment, and other 
pertinent factors applicable to that Regulated Fund. The participation 
of a Regulated Fund in a Potential Co-Investment Transaction may only 
be approved by a Required Majority, as defined in section 57(o) of the 
Act (a ``Required Majority''), of the trustees of the Board eligible to 
vote on that Co-Investment Transaction under section 57(o) of the Act 
(the ``Eligible Trustees'').\11\ When selecting investments for the 
Affiliated Investors, an Adviser will select investments separately for 
each Affiliated Investor, considering, in each case, only the 
investment objective, investment policies, investment position, capital 
available for investment, and other pertinent factors applicable to 
that particular Affiliated Investor.
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    \9\ The term ``Objectives and Strategies'' means a Regulated 
Fund's investment objectives and strategies, as described in the 
filings made with the Commission by the Regulated Fund under the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Securities Act of 
1933, as amended (the ``1933 Act'') and the Act, and the Regulated 
Fund's reports to shareholders.
    \10\ The term ``Board-Established Criteria'' means criteria that 
the Board of the applicable Regulated Fund may establish from time 
to time to describe the characteristics of Potential Co-Investment 
Transactions regarding which an Adviser to the Regulated Fund should 
be notified under condition 1 of the requested Order. The Board-
Established Criteria will be consistent with the Regulated Fund's 
then-current Objectives and Strategies. If no Board-Established 
Criteria are in effect, then the Regulated Fund's Adviser will be 
notified of all Potential Co-Investment Transactions that fall 
within the Regulated Fund's then current Objectives and Strategies. 
Board-Established Criteria will be objective and testable, meaning 
that they will be based on observable information, such as industry/
sector of the issuer, minimum earnings before interest, taxes, 
depreciation, and amortization of the issuer, asset class of the 
investment opportunity or required commitment size, and not on 
characteristics that involve discretionary assessment. The Adviser 
to the Regulated Fund may from time to time recommend criteria for 
the applicable Board's consideration, but Board-Established Criteria 
will only become effective if approved by a majority of the Non-
Interested Trustees. The Non-Interested Trustees of a Regulated Fund 
may at any time rescind, suspend or qualify its approval of any 
Board-Established Criteria, though Applicants anticipate that, under 
normal circumstances, the Board would not modify these criteria more 
often than quarterly.
    \11\ The defined terms Eligible Trustees and Required Majority 
apply as if each Regulated Fund were a BDC subject to section 57(o) 
of the Act.
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    9. With respect to participation in a Potential Co-Investment 
Transaction by a Regulated Fund, the application Adviser will present 
each Potential Co-Investment Transaction and the proposed allocation of 
each investment opportunity to the Eligible Trustees. The Required 
Majority of a Regulated Fund will approve each Co-Investment 
Transaction prior to any investment by the Regulated Fund.
    10. Applicants state that the majority of the GSO Advisers' 
employees work on matters for Close Affiliates \12\ and information 
about potential investment opportunities is routinely disseminated 
among such Adviser's employees. Other than to satisfy compliance 
obligations, information regarding Potential Co-Investment Transactions 
will not be shared with Remote Affiliates,\13\ which would include 
other investment advisers that operate in other Blackstone business 
groups, except in unusual circumstances, as the Blackstone business 
groups each generally target different investment strategies or asset 
classes and there are information barrier policies in place between the 
Blackstone business groups. Applicants further note within the GSO 
Advisers, the personnel overlap and coordination among portfolio 
management teams ensures that all relevant investment opportunities 
will be brought to the attention of each Regulated Fund (as defined 
below) managed by the respective Adviser. Applicants submit that the 
GSO Advisers will receive all information regarding all investment 
opportunities that fall within the then-current Objectives and 
Strategies and Board-Established Criteria of each Regulated Fund 
managed by the respective Adviser.
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    \12\ The term ``Close Affiliate'' means the Advisers, the 
Regulated Funds, the Affiliated Investors and any other person 
described in section 57(b) of the Act (after giving effect to rule 
57b-1 thereunder) in respect of any Regulated Fund (treating any 
registered investment company or series thereof as a BDC for this 
purpose) except for limited partners included solely by reason of 
the reference in section 57(b) to section 2(a)(3)(D) of the Act.
    \13\ The term ``Remote Affiliate'' means any person described in 
section 57(e) of the Act in respect of any Regulated Fund (treating 
any registered investment company or series thereof as a BDC for 
this purpose) and any limited partner holding 5% or more of the 
relevant limited partner interests that would be a Close Affiliate 
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    11. Applicants submit that, in the event that a Potential Co-
Investment Transaction would be within the investment objectives and 
strategies of the Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Fund, the respective 
Adviser shall have the primary responsibility for the investment, 
including making the initial investment recommendation, and day-to-day 
monitoring of the investment. Applicants further note that the Adviser 
will be responsible for complying with the conditions of the requested 
Order. Applicants state that if the Adviser and Primary Adviser agree 
that the Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Fund should invest in the 
Potential Co-Investment Transaction and at what size of investment, 
then the Adviser would, consistent with the conditions of the requested 
Order, determine an allocation for the Regulated Funds and Affiliated 
Investors, including such Existing Sub-Advised Affiliated Fund.
    12. Applicants acknowledge that some of the Affiliated Investors 
may not be funds advised by an Adviser because they are Affiliated 
Proprietary Accounts. Applicants do not believe the participation of 
these Affiliated Proprietary Accounts in Co-Investment Transactions 
should raise issues under the conditions of the requested Order because 
allocation policies and procedures of the account owners provide that 
investment opportunities are offered to client accounts before they are 
offered to Affiliated Proprietary Accounts.
    13. Under condition 14, if an Adviser or its principals, or any 
person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the 
Adviser or its principals, and any Affiliated Investor (collectively, 
the ``Holders'') own in the aggregate more than 25 percent of the 
outstanding voting shares of a Regulated Fund (``Shares''), then the 
Holders will vote such Shares as directed by an independent third party 
when voting on (1) the election of directors; (2) the removal of one or 
more directors; or (3) all other matters under either the Act or 
applicable state law affecting the Board's composition, size or manner 
of election.
    14. No Non-Interested Trustee of a Regulated Fund will have a 
financial interest in any Co-Investment Transaction, other than 
indirectly through share ownership in one of the Regulated Funds.

Applicants' Legal Analysis

    1. Section 57(a)(4) of the Act prohibits certain affiliated persons 
of a BDC from participating in joint transactions with the BDC or a 
company controlled by a BDC in contravention of rules as prescribed by 
the Commission. Under section 57(b)(2) of the Act, any person who is 
directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common 
control with a BDC is subject to section 57(a)(4) of the Act. Section 
57(i) of the Act provides that, until the Commission prescribes rules 
under section 57(a)(4) of the Act, the Commission's rules under section 
17(d) of the Act applicable to registered closed-end investment 
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section 57(a)(4) of the Act. Because the Commission has not adopted any 
rules under section 57(a)(4) of the Act, rule 17d-1 thereunder applies.
    2. Section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d-1 under the Act prohibit 
affiliated persons of a registered investment company from 
participating in joint transactions with the company unless the 
Commission has granted an order permitting such transactions. In 
passing upon applications under rule 17d-1, the Commission considers 
whether the company's participation in the joint transaction is 
consistent with the provisions, policies, and purposes of the Act and 
the extent to which such participation is on a basis different from or 
less advantageous than that of other participants.
    3. Applicants state that certain transactions effected as part of 
the Co-Investment Program may be prohibited by sections 17(d) and 
57(a)(4) of the Act and rule 17d-1 thereunder without a prior exemptive 
order of the Commission to the extent that the Affiliated Investors 
fall within the category of persons described by section 17(d) or 
section 57(b) of the Act, as modified by rule 57b-1 thereunder with 
respect to a Regulated Fund. Applicants believe that the proposed terms 
and conditions will ensure would ensure that the conflicts of interest 
that section 17(d) and section 57(a)(4) of the Act were designed to 
prevent would be addressed and the standards for an order under rule 
17d-1 under the Act are met.

Applicants' Conditions

    Applicants agree that any Order granting the requested relief shall 
be subject to the following conditions:
    1. (a) Each Adviser will establish, maintain and implement policies 
and procedures reasonably designed to ensure that each Adviser is 
promptly notified, for each Regulated Fund the Adviser manages, of all 
Potential Co-Investment Transactions \14\ that (i) an Adviser considers 
for any other Regulated Fund or Affiliated Investor and (ii) fall 
within the Regulated Fund's then-current Objectives and Strategies and 
Board-Established Criteria.
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    (b) When an Adviser to a Regulated Fund is notified of a Potential 
Co-Investment Transaction under condition 1(a), such Adviser will make 
an independent determination of the appropriateness of the investment 
for the Regulated Fund in light of the Regulated Fund's then-current 
circumstances.
    2. (a) If the Adviser deems a Regulated Fund's participation in any 
Potential Co-Investment Transaction to be appropriate for the Regulated 
Fund, it will then determine an appropriate level of investment for the 
Regulated Fund.
    (b) If the aggregate amount recommended by the applicable Adviser 
to be invested by the applicable Regulated Fund in the Potential Co-
Investment Transaction, together with the amount proposed to be 
invested by the other participating Regulated Funds and Affiliated 
Investors, collectively, in the same transaction, exceeds the amount of 
the investment opportunity, then the investment opportunity will be 
allocated among them pro rata based on each participant's Available 
Capital up \15\ to the amount proposed to be invested by each. The 
applicable Adviser will provide the Eligible Trustees of each 
participating Regulated Fund with information concerning each 
participating party's Available Capital to assist the Eligible Trustees 
with their review of the Regulated Fund's investments for compliance 
with these allocation procedures.
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    \15\ ``Available Capital'' means (a) for each Regulated Entity, 
the amount of capital available for investment determined based on 
the amount of cash on hand, liquidity considerations, existing 
commitments and reserves, if any, the targeted leverage level, 
targeted asset mix, risk return and target-return profile, tax 
implications, regulatory or contractual restrictions or consequences 
and other investment policies and restrictions set from time to time 
by the Board of the applicable Regulated Entity or imposed by 
applicable laws, rules, regulations or interpretations, and (b) for 
each Affiliated Investor, the amount of capital available for 
investment determined based on the amount of cash on hand, liquidity 
considerations, existing commitments and reserves, if any, the 
targeted leverage level, targeted asset mix, risk return and target-
return profile, tax implications, regulatory or contractual 
restrictions or consequences and other investment policies and 
restrictions set from time to time by the Affiliated Investors' 
directors, general partners, or adviser or imposed by applicable 
laws, rules, regulations or interpretations.
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    (c) After making the determinations required in conditions 1 and 
2(a), the applicable Adviser will distribute written information 
concerning the Potential Co-Investment Transaction (including the 
amount proposed to be invested by each participating Regulated Fund and 
Affiliated Investor) to the Eligible Trustees of each participating 
Regulated Fund for their consideration. A Regulated Fund will co-invest 
with one or more other Regulated Funds and/or one or more Affiliated 
Investors only if, prior to the Regulated Fund's participation in the 
Potential Co-Investment Transaction, a Required Majority concludes 
that:
    (i) The terms of the Potential Co-Investment Transaction, including 
the consideration to be paid, are reasonable and fair to the Regulated 
Fund and its shareholders and do not involve overreaching in respect of 
the Regulated Fund or its shareholders on the part of any person 
concerned;
    (ii) the Potential Co-Investment Transaction is consistent with:
    (A) the interests of the shareholders of the Regulated Fund; and
    (B) the Regulated Fund's then-current Objectives and Strategies;
    (iii) the investment by any other Regulated Funds or Affiliated 
Investors would not disadvantage the Regulated Fund, and participation 
by the Regulated Fund would not be on a basis different from or less 
advantageous than that of other Regulated Funds or Affiliated 
Investors; provided that, if any other Regulated Fund or Affiliated 
Investor, but not the Regulated Fund itself, gains the right to 
nominate a director for election to a portfolio company's board of 
directors or the right to have a board observer or any similar right to 
participate in the governance or management of the portfolio company, 
such event shall not be interpreted to prohibit the Required Majority 
from reaching the conclusions required by this condition (2)(c)(iii), 
if:
    (A) The Eligible Trustees will have the right to ratify the 
selection of such director or board observer, if any;
    (B) the applicable Adviser agrees to, and does, provide periodic 
reports to the Regulated Fund's Board with respect to the actions of 
such director or the information received by such board observer or 
obtained through the exercise of any similar right to participate in 
the governance or management of the portfolio company; and
    (C) any fees or other compensation that any Affiliated Investor or 
any Regulated Fund or any affiliated person of any Affiliated Investor 
or any Regulated Fund receives in connection with the right of an 
Affiliated Investor or a Regulated Fund to nominate a director or 
appoint a board observer or otherwise to participate in the governance 
or management of the portfolio company will be shared proportionately 
among the participating Affiliated Investors (who each may, in turn, 
share its portion with its affiliated persons), and the participating 
Regulated Funds in accordance with the amount of each party's 
investment; and
    (iv) the proposed investment by the Regulated Fund will not benefit 
the Advisers, the Affiliated Investors, the other Regulated Funds or 
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of them (other than the parties to the Co-Investment Transaction), 
except
    (A) to the extent permitted by condition 13;
    (B) to the extent permitted by section 17(e) or 57(k) of the Act, 
as applicable;
    (C) indirectly, as a result of an interest in the securities issued 
by one of the parties to the Co-Investment Transaction; or
    (D) in the case of fees or other compensation described in 
condition 2(c)(iii)(C).
    3. Each Regulated Fund has the right to decline to participate in 
any Potential Co-Investment Transaction or to invest less than the 
amount proposed.
    4. The applicable Adviser will present to the Board of each 
Regulated Fund, on a quarterly basis, a record of all investments in 
Potential Co-Investment Transactions made by any of the other Regulated 
Funds or Affiliated Investors during the preceding quarter that fell 
within the Regulated Fund's then-current Objectives and Strategies and 
Board Established Criteria that were not made available to the 
Regulated Fund, and an explanation of why the investment opportunities 
were not offered to the Regulated Fund. All information presented to 
the Board pursuant to this condition will be kept for the life of the 
Regulated Fund and at least two years thereafter, and will be subject 
to examination by the Commission and its staff.
    5. Except for Follow-On Investments made in accordance with 
Condition 8,\16\ a Regulated Fund will not invest in reliance on the 
Order in any issuer in which a Related Party \17\ has an investment. 
The Adviser will maintain books and records that demonstrate compliance 
with this condition for each Regulated Fund.
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Regulated Fund in issuers in which that Regulated Fund already holds 
investments.
    \17\ The term ``Related Party'' means (i) any Close Affiliate 
and (ii) in respect of matters as to which any Adviser has 
knowledge, any Remote Affiliate.
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    6. A Regulated Fund will not participate in any Potential Co-
Investment Transaction unless the terms, conditions, price, class of 
securities to be purchased, settlement date, and registration rights 
will be the same for each participating Regulated Fund and Affiliated 
Investor. The grant to an Affiliated Investor or another Regulated 
Fund, but not the Regulated Fund, of the right to nominate a director 
for election to a portfolio company's board of directors, the right to 
have an observer on the board of directors or similar rights to 
participate in the governance or management of the portfolio company 
will not be interpreted so as to violate this condition 6, if 
conditions 2(c)(iii)(A), (B) and (C) are met.
    7. (a) If any Affiliated Investor or any Regulated Fund elects to 
sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of an interest in a security that 
was acquired in a Co-Investment Transaction, the applicable Adviser 
will: \18\
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an Adviser is itself deemed to be an Adviser for purposes of 
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    (i) notify each Regulated Fund that participated in the Co-
Investment Transaction of the proposed disposition at the earliest 
practical time; and
    (ii) formulate a recommendation as to participation by each 
Regulated Fund in the disposition.
    (b) Each Regulated Fund will have the right to participate in such 
disposition on a proportionate basis, at the same price and on the same 
terms and conditions as those applicable to the participating 
Affiliated Investors and Regulated Funds.
    (c) A Regulated Fund may participate in such disposition without 
obtaining prior approval of the Required Majority if: (i) The proposed 
participation of each Regulated Fund and each Affiliated Investor in 
such disposition is proportionate to its outstanding investments in the 
issuer immediately preceding the disposition; (ii) the Board of the 
Regulated Fund has approved as being in the best interests of the 
Regulated Fund the ability to participate in such dispositions on a pro 
rata basis (as described in greater detail in the application); and 
(iii) the Board of the Regulated Fund is provided on a quarterly basis 
with a list of all dispositions made in accordance with this condition. 
In all other cases, the Adviser will provide its written recommendation 
as to the Regulated Fund's participation to the Eligible Trustees, and 
the Regulated Fund will participate in such disposition solely to the 
extent that a Required Majority determines that it is in the Regulated 
Fund's best interests.
    (d) Each Affiliated Investor and each Regulated Fund will bear its 
own expenses in connection with any such disposition.
    8. (a) If any Affiliated Investor or any Regulated Fund desires to 
make a Follow-On Investment in a portfolio company whose securities 
were acquired in a Co-Investment Transaction, the applicable Advisers 
will:
    (i) Notify each Regulated Fund that participated in the Co-
Investment Transaction of the proposed transaction at the earliest 
practicable time; and
    (ii) formulate a recommendation as to the proposed participation, 
including the amount of the proposed Follow-On Investment, by each 
Regulated Fund.
    (b) A Regulated Fund may participate in such Follow-On Investment 
without obtaining prior approval of the Required Majority if: (i) the 
proposed participation of each Regulated Fund and each Affiliated 
Investor in such investment is proportionate to its outstanding 
investments in the issuer immediately preceding the Follow-On 
Investment; and (ii) the Board of the Regulated Fund has approved as 
being in the best interests of the Regulated Fund the ability to 
participate in Follow-On Investments on a pro rata basis (as described 
in greater detail in the application). In all other cases, the Adviser 
will provide its written recommendation as to the Regulated Fund's 
participation to the Eligible Trustees, and the Regulated Fund will 
participate in such Follow-On Investment solely to the extent that a 
Required Majority determines that it is in the Regulated Fund's best 
interests.
    (c) If, with respect to any Follow-On Investment:
    (i) The amount of the opportunity is not based on the Regulated 
Funds' and the Affiliated Investors' outstanding investments 
immediately preceding the Follow-On Investment; and
    (ii) the aggregate amount recommended by the applicable Adviser to 
be invested by the applicable Regulated Fund in the Follow-On 
Investment, together with the amount proposed to be invested by the 
other participating Regulated Funds and Affiliated Investors, 
collectively, in the same transaction, exceeds the amount of the 
investment opportunity; then the amount invested by each such party 
will be allocated among them pro rata based on each party's Available 
Capital, up to the amount proposed to be invested by each.
    (d) The acquisition of Follow-On Investments as permitted by this 
condition will be considered a Co-Investment Transaction for all 
purposes and subject to the other conditions set forth in the 
application.
    9. The Non-Interested Trustees of each Regulated Fund will be 
provided quarterly for review all information concerning Potential Co-
Investment Transactions that fell within the Regulated Fund's then-
current Objectives and Strategies and Board-Established Criteria, 
including investments in Potential Co-Investment Transactions made by 
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Regulated Fund considered but declined to participate in, and 
concerning Co-Investment Transactions in which the Regulated Fund 
participated, so that the Non-Interested Trustees may determine whether 
all Potential Co-Investment Transactions and Co-Investment Transactions 
during the preceding quarter, including those Potential Co-Investment 
Transactions which the Regulated Fund considered but declined to 
participate in, comply with the conditions of the Order. In addition, 
the Non-Interested Trustees will consider at least annually: (a) The 
continued appropriateness for the Regulated Fund of participating in 
new and existing Co-Investment Transactions, and (b) the continued 
appropriateness of any Board-Established Criteria.
    10. Each Regulated Fund will maintain the records required by 
section 57(f)(3) of the Act as if each of the Regulated Funds were a 
BDC and each of the investments permitted under these conditions were 
approved by the Required Majority under section 57(f) of the Act.
    11. No Non-Interested Trustee of a Regulated Fund will also be a 
director, general partner, managing member or principal, or otherwise 
an ``affiliated person'' (as defined in the Act) of any of the 
Affiliated Investors.
    12. The expenses, if any, associated with acquiring, holding or 
disposing of any securities acquired in a Co-Investment Transaction 
(including, without limitation, the expenses of the distribution of any 
such securities registered for sale under the 1933 Act) will, to the 
extent not payable by the Advisers under their respective investment 
advisory agreements with Affiliated Investors and the Regulated Funds, 
be shared by the Regulated Funds and the Affiliated Investors in 
proportion to the relative amounts of the securities held or to be 
acquired or disposed of, as the case may be.
    13. Any transaction fee \19\ (including break-up, structuring, 
monitoring or commitment fees but excluding broker's fees contemplated 
by section 17(e) or 57(k) of the Act, as applicable), received in 
connection with a Co-Investment Transaction will be distributed to the 
participating Regulated Funds and Affiliated Investors on a pro rata 
basis based on the amounts they invested or committed, as the case may 
be, in such Co-Investment Transaction. If any transaction fee is to be 
held by an Adviser pending consummation of the transaction, the fee 
will be deposited into an account maintained by the Adviser at a bank 
or banks having the qualifications prescribed in section 26(a)(1) of 
the Act, and the account will earn a competitive rate of interest that 
will also be divided pro rata among the participating Regulated Funds 
and Affiliated Investors based on the amount they invest in such Co-
Investment Transaction. None of the Advisers, the Primary Advisers, the 
Affiliated Investors, the other Regulated Funds nor any affiliated 
person of the Regulated Funds or Affiliated Investors will receive 
additional compensation or remuneration of any kind as a result of or 
in connection with a Co-Investment Transaction (other than (a) in the 
case of the Regulated Funds and the Affiliated Investors, the pro rata 
transaction fees described above and fees or other compensation 
described in condition 2(c)(iii)(C), and (b) in the case of an Adviser 
or Primary Adviser, investment advisory fees paid in accordance with 
their respective agreements between the Advisers and the Regulated Fund 
or Affiliated Investor).
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    14. If the Holders own in the aggregate more than 25% of the 
Shares, then the Holders will vote such Shares as directed by an 
independent third party when voting on (1) the election of trustees; 
(2) the removal of one or more trustees; or (3) all other matters under 
either the Act or applicable state law affecting the Board's 
composition, size or manner of election.
    15. Each Regulated Fund's chief compliance officer, as defined in 
rule 38a-1(a)(4) under the Act, will prepare an annual report for its 
Board each year that evaluates (and documents the basis of that 
evaluation) the Regulated Fund's compliance with the terms and 
conditions of the application and the procedures established to achieve 
such compliance.
    16. The Affiliated Proprietary Accounts will not be permitted to 
invest in a Potential Co-Investment Transaction except to the extent 
the aggregate demand from the Regulated Funds and the other Affiliated 
Investors is less than the total investment opportunity.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
under delegated authority.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-14844 Filed 7-10-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 8011-01-P