Conflicts of Interest

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The White House wants a new fiduciary rule

The White House unveiled their plan to direct the Department of Labor to unveil a new fiduciary standard rule that will curb the conflict of interest and excessive fees that the White House says that mars 401(k) and IRA...more

Firm Disqualified Because Preliminary Injunction Is “Directly Adverse” to Another Client - Celgard, LLC v. LG Chem, Ltd.

Disqualifying Celgard’s appellate counsel due to a conflict of interest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a non-precedential opinion, found that Celgard’s preliminary injunction preventing LG Chem from...more

Before Your Nonprofit Health System Considers a Merger – Three Important Board Preps

The Governing Board of every nonprofit health system considering a merger, change in control, sale or significant affiliation has a key role in the process and needs to be engaged throughout the planning, research,...more

Perspectives - February 2015

In this issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - Liability Exposure for Volunteers - Rules for Reimbursing Employers Up for Review—It’s a Good Time to Brush Up on the Benefits and Requirements of Your...more

The SEC’s 2015 Examination Priorities: Implications for Private Equity Fund Managers

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released its examination priorities for 2015 for investment advisers, broker-dealers and transfer agents...more

What Will 2015 Look Like? Trends in the Securities Industry

... it’s never too early to look into the future to see how the year might unfold in the securities industry. Here are some trends and predictions for early 2015: - In Increased regulatory scrutiny of ..securities...more

Appointment Of Independent Directors On The Eve Of Bankruptcy: Why The Growing Trend?

In recent years, companies in financial distress have found “independent” directors to be useful to achieve protections for their board members. An independent director is a director – usually with no prior affiliation to the...more

Even in the Ninth Circuit, Courts Should Not Intervene Mid-Arbitration

It is generally accepted that courts may only engage in the very front and very back end of an arbitration. At the outset, courts may determine whether the parties agreed to arbitrate the dispute, and at the end, courts may...more

OCC Issues New Comptroller’s Handbook Sections Relating to Securities Compliance, Litigation and Conflicts of Interest

On January 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Government Securities Act” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This new booklet, part of the Securities Compliance series, consolidates certain...more

"The Multifaceted General Counsel"

From legal adviser to business strategist to compliance officer, an in-house counsel typically finds herself playing multiple roles in her organization. Each role requires knowing the organization's business, understanding...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3

In this issue: - SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals - SEC Comments on FINRA's Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure - CFTC Grants...more

Legal and Ethical Framework for New Public Officials

As the new year begins, many around California are embarking on a new endeavor: Serving for the first time on a city council, school board or other public agency board or commission. Those newly elected this past November are...more

A&O Decision Report: Upper Tribunal Upholds FCA's Findings That A Non-Executive Director Failed To Act With Integrity Due To Her...

In this report, Sarah Hitchins, an associate in Allen & Overy LLP's Banking, Finance and Regulatory Litigation Group, considers the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) (the Upper Tribunal) in which it...more

SEC Finds Loan to Investment Adviser’s CEO a Conflict of Interest

Consulting Services Group, LLC, or CSG, was a registered investment adviser whose business included providing consulting services to public pension funds. These consulting services included recommending third-party investment...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought cases related to HFT this week, but not against those traders. One action involved the operations of one of the largest dark pools. A second involved two exchanges. Each action involved specific types...more

Are You Complying? New 2015 Laws Affecting Public Agencies

Community leaders need to be attentive to the new laws that will take effect in 2015 that deal with issues specifically relating to cities, special districts and other public agencies. These new laws cover everything from...more

Food Fights Make Bad Law

The axiom "hard facts make bad law" never held so true than in the case of the Minnesota Supreme Court's decision in Medical Staff of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center vs. Avera Marshall, issued on December 31, 2014. ...more

FINRA’s 2015 Exam Priorities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) released its 10th annual Exam Priority Letter earlier this week (Jan. 6, 2015). The so-called “Errico Letter” advises broker-dealer member firms of the operational risks...more

The Compliance Advantage in Mexico

A View from the Front-Lines of Compliance in Mexico - Today, I am pleased to welcome Patrick Henz as a guest contributor. Patrick started his career in Compliance at the end of 2007, when he was responsible for the...more

FINRA Issues a Packed Priorities Letter for 2015

FINRA opened 2015 with a lengthy and ambitious agenda of regulatory priorities. This year’s Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter is much longer than those issued the last two years, and repeats many of those years’...more

"The 2014 IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration"

The IBA Council in Tokyo recently approved a revised version of the International Bar Association’s Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration (the Guidelines). The new Guidelines entail changes...more

Christie, Cowboys, and Conflicts: An Overview of New Jersey’s Ethics Rules

There’s a controversy brewing over Governor Chris Christie’s attendance at Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys game, which, according to published reports, was paid for by the Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. Public officials are generally...more

FINRA Sanctions 10 Banks for Conflicts-Of-Interest Violations

On December 11, FINRA fined 10 financial firms a total of $43.5 million dollars for allegedly violating the industry-regulator’s conflict of interest rules. According to FINRA, in pitch meetings, the firms’ equity research...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to the Equity Research Analyst and Equity Research Report Rule

On November 18, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to adopt NASD Rule 2711 as new FINRA Rule 2241 with...more

Hidden Traps: Subject Matter Conflicts of Interest in Patent Prosecution

Attorneys who have been practicing for more than a day are familiar with the process of conflicts of interest searches. A new client comes into the office or firm, the attorney or conflicts team searches a client database for...more

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