A lawyer who has a solicitor-client relationship with a controlling person and the controlled public corporation may be asked to be retained by the corporation on a related party transaction in which the controlling person may participate with interests that are not aligned with those of the corporation. In such a transaction, the lawyer has conflicting interests and cannot fulfill his or her fiduciary duty of loyalty owed to each client nor zealously represent various adverse interests of multiple clients on potentially contentious issues impartially with candid advice.

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