SEC Sends Warning To Compliance Chiefs With BlackRock Fine

By Ed Beeson (April 22, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT) -- In sanctioning a former compliance boss at BlackRock Advisors LLC, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has made it clear that chief compliance officers are not immune to their firms' failings, and they too can face career-damaging penalties if they fail to police known conflicts of interest, experts say.

On Monday, the SEC leveled a $12 million penalty against BlackRock Inc.'s advisory unit over what it described as a breach of fiduciary duty when the firm failed to disclose conflicts of interests posed by a prominent fund manager's outside business venture.

But in an unusual move, the SEC also named and...

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