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Corporate Governance Update: How Delaware law interacts with federal securities law

Oct 4, 2018 8:00:56 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Corporate Governance, Fiduciary, Investment Advisers, Board of Directors, Compliance, Delaware law, Directors/Trustees

For many asset managers and investment companies, the topic of compliance tends to focus on federal securities, particularly Rule 206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the "Advisers Act) and Rule 38a-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "Company Act"). While these rules and the SEC's guidance related to them are important, state law also plays a vital role in compliance. Delaware case law and other legal principles support the conclusion that chief compliance officers of SEC-registrants also have a fiduciary duty under state law to develop, enact, and maintain a robust compliance program.

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