Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary
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- Taking part in a transaction or business deal that benefits oneself rather than a person or company to whom one owes a fiduciary duty. For instance, a director of a corporation owes a duty to the corporation not to engage in transactions that benefit the director rather than the corporation. Self-dealing can also apply to owners of a partnership or limited liability company who do not inform their co-owners of business opportunities that should belong to the company.