Conflicts of Interest

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Early Preview of 2015 SEC Exam Priorities

The SEC continues to set its sights on certain types of funds that it believes may present a higher risk of conflict of interest and confusion in the way they are designed and marketed. After signaling earlier this year that...more

The General Counsel Is Not The Shareholders’ Agent

A recent paper by Adair Morse, Wei Wang, and Serena Wu, Executive Gatekeepers: Useful and Divertible Governance, tackles interesting questions about the the effectiveness of internal gatekeepers and the impact of equity...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Cost of Proposed User Fees by Registered Investment Advisers Further Discussed - SEC Valuation Guidance for All Funds - Update on Insider Trading in Mutual Fund...more

Tips for Managing and Disclosing Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest arise in any relationship where a duty of care or trust exists between two or more parties. For financial services companies the identification and management of conflicts of interest must be a core...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- September 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation: Long-Awaited Money Market Fund Rules Adopted - SEC Staff Offers Guidance Regarding Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms - SEC Staff Closes Loophole on BDC Asset...more

SEC Continues Crackdown on Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is continuing to pursue enforcement actions that focus on the accuracy and comprehensiveness of economic benefit disclosures – both to clients and in public filings. ...more

SEC Proceedings Against IAs Center On Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest are at the center of two administrative proceedings recently instituted by the SEC. One involved the failure to adequately disclose the conflict. The other focuses on a failure to institute appropriate...more

Conflict of Interest Toolkit: Tips for Recognizing, Avoiding, and Responding to Conflicts

Organizational conflict of interest abounds. On any given day, news media often report at least one story about a potential conflict of interest. And no industry or type of employer has a monopoly on conflicts....more

Insurer’s “Reservation of Rights” Creates a Conflict of Interest, Entitling the Insured to Independent Defense Counsel

In case that has been widely watched by Minnesota insureds and insurers alike, a federal district court ruled Tuesday that an insurer’s “reservation of rights” letter created a conflict of interest, thereby permitting the...more

What Peppers Counsel Needs to Know Before Agreeing to Follow Insurer Litigation Guidelines

When an insurer agrees to defend its insured against a potentially covered claim without reserving the right to deny coverage, the insurer usually has the right to control the defense of the underlying lawsuit. See 3 Jeffrey...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the roll-up to the Labor Day weekend, the SEC issued new rules regarding asset backed securities and credit rating agencies. The Commission also announced a new pilot program on tick size....more

SEC Adopts Rules For Credit Rating Agencies

At an open meeting this morning, the SEC adopted, by a vote of three to two, rule amendments and new rules to implement provisions of Dodd-Frank applicable to credit rating agencies registered as nationally recognized...more

Revised Draft Rule G-42: MSRB Continues to Fine-Tune Rules Applicable to Municipal Advisors

On July 23, 2014, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) issued Regulatory Notice 2014-12 requesting comments on a revised draft of MSRB Rule G-42 on standards of conduct and duties of municipal advisors when...more

Protests: Timing Is of The Essence

Another federal government fiscal year end is quickly approaching and with it comes the usual uptick in spending, awards...and inevitable protests. If you are considering a protest, it is critical to understand the deadlines...more

Bill Beutler on Editing Wikipedia [Video]

In this LEVICK Daily video interview, Bill Beutler, founder of the content marketing firm Beutler Ink, explains the dos and don’ts of Wikipedia editing, especially when conflicts of interest are readily apparent....more

Who Should Take Conflict of Interest Training?

The other day I wrote about antitrust training and I opened with describing how it is one of the less popular training topics, or at least I perceive it to be. I never thought I’d get remotely interested in something like...more

"MSRB Actions Regarding Municipal Advisors: Release of Revised Draft Rule G-42 for Comment, and Submission of Proposed Rule G-44...

This mailing is to inform you of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) releasing Revised Draft Rule G-42 (setting forth duties of non-solicitor municipal advisors) for public comment, and submitting Proposed Rule...more

Conflicts & Nepotism – A Dangerous Employment Cocktail

Last week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley removed Alabama State University Trustee Marvin Wiggins for violating the University’s conflict of interest rules. The removal proved once again that if you are responsible for the...more

Health Care: As Sunshine Act Deadlines Approach Physicians and Hospitals Should Prepare for Transparency in Their Financial...

On September 30, 2014, in accordance with the Federal Sunshine Act (the Sunshine Act), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publically disclose payments and "other transfers of value" by pharmaceutical,...more

Hedge Funds and Material Nonpublic Information: The Role of Deception, Duty, Breach, Personal Benefit and Knowledge in Creating...

The last thing hedge funds need is another wake up call about the risks of liability for trading on the basis of material nonpublic information. But if they did, a July 17 article in the Wall Street Journal would provide it....more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - July 2014

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics will...more

FPPC Revises Regulations Regarding Conflicts of Interest Involving Real Property

The Fair Political Practices Commission recently changed its conflict of interest regulation concerning real property owned or leased by public officials. The old rule was that if an official owned (or had a long-term lease...more

Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions?

Ever since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required many investment advisers to private equity funds to register with the SEC for the first time, fund managers knew that additional scrutiny might...more

"Non-Trivial Probability" of Excess Judgment Obligates Insurer to Pay for Independent Defense Counsel

The court in Perma-Pipe, Inc. v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation, Case No. 13 C 2989, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54867 (N.D. Ill. April 21, 2014), held that a CGL insurer breached its duty to defend by refusing to pay for...more

The Adequacy Of Class Representatives Whose Legal Interests Are Antagonistic To Class Members’ Non-Legal Interests

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a)(4) requires that ‘‘the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class.’’ This is a wonderfully simple directive. So, what happens when absent class...more

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