Regulatory Compliance Association Hosts Program on Increased Risk for Hedge Fund Directors and Officers in the New Era of Heightened Regulation and Enforcement

On December 9, 2009, The Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA) hosted a teleconference titled “Director and Officer Liability Escalate in the New Era of Heightened Regulation,” as part of its CCO University Outreach Series.  Walter Zebrowski, CIO and COO for Hedgemony Partners and Chairman of the RCA, explained in his introductory remarks that the “aftermath of the financial collapse coupled with the new era of heightened regulation shall significantly intensify the scrutiny and liability for directors and officers.”  The event was moderated by Richard Maloy, CIC, CRM, Chairman and CEO of Maloy Risk Services.  The panelists included Peter Welsh, a Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP; Ingrid Pierce, a Partner at Walkers Global; and Michael Pereira, Publisher of the Hedge Fund Law Report.  The panelists discussed issues including: the increased effectiveness on the part of regulators, especially the SEC; pending legislation relating to registration of hedge fund managers, and the practical burdens that registration would (and would not) entail; liquidity and regulation of the insurance industry; demands from institutional investors and insurance underwriters for transparency from hedge funds and managers; the role of independent directors; claims trends, including insider trading (and 12 specific strategies that may be used to avoid insider trading allegations); the institutionalization of the hedge fund industry; and the changing directors and officers (D&O) insurance landscape.  This article summarizes the speakers’ insights on the foregoing issues, and highlights the salient points raised by the speakers on related topics.

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