This article addresses the liability of inside attorneys at asset management companies— mutual fund sponsors, investment advisers, broker-dealers, life insurance companies—as gatekeepers under rules of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) regarding the conduct of attorneys “appearing” and “practicing” before the Commission within the meaning of those rules.
I. SEC’s Hands-Off Stance -
The Commission reserves the right to discipline attorneys appearing and practicing before it, including attorneys acting in the role of gatekeepers. However, the Commission’s disciplining of attorneys appearing and practicing before it raises difficult policy considerations that have long been debated...
Originally published in The Investment Lawyer, VOL. 22, NO. 9 - September 2015.
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