10b5-1 Plans

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In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel (Cumulative)

As forecast, there is no shortage of law firm memos describing Regulation D changes, including the final rules eliminating the general solicitation ban (here) and prohibiting "bad actor" participation (here) and the proposed...more

Why You Should Revisit The Terms Of Your Corporate Insider Trading Policy In Light Of Increased Public And SEC Scrutiny

Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 prohibit the employment of manipulative and deceptive devices in connection with the purchase or sale of securities, including transacting in securities “on...more

Companies Finding Little Use for Quick, Efficient Way to Avoid Liability

When I was on the SEC’s enforcement staff, I had a case once where we were pretty sure our prospective defendant had engaged in insider trading. Our conversation with his lawyer went something like this...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2013: Rule 10b5-1 Plans Under Scrutiny

There has been renewed focus on Rule 10b5-1 Plans following an article in the Wall Street Journal, published on November 27, 2012, entitled “Executives’ Good Luck in Trading Own Stock,” which reported that executives who...more

Rule 10B5-1 Trading Plans: Considerations in Light of Increased Scrutiny

The aggressive use (or misuse) of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans is likely to become a significant area of focus for regulatory enforcement and securities class action plaintiffs. The floodlights now aimed at such plans are the...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Share Repurchases

In recent months, a number of companies have repurchased or announced plans to repurchase their shares. Management and boards of directors overseeing companies with significant cash stockpiles yet finding fewer mechanisms to...more

Trouble Brewing for 10b5-1 Trading Plans

Rule 10b5-1(c) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is intended to provide a safe harbor from insider trading liability for corporate insiders who trade their company’s stock pursuant to certain...more

California And Rule 10b5-1

In October of 2000, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted Rule 10b5-1, which among other things, created an “affirmative defense” for pre-planned trading provided that specified conditions were met. At the time, I...more

The Latest on Insider Trading: Directors and Executives Face Heightened Scrutiny Associated with Stock Trades Even under Rule...

The aggressive use (or misuse) of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans is likely to become a significant area of focus for regulatory enforcement and securities class action plaintiffs. The floodlights now aimed at such plans are the...more

The Gathering Storm: Equity Compensation and 10b5-1 Plans Under Attack

In this presentation: - The Genesis – Merger Objection Cases - The New Wave of Injunction Cases - Say-on-Pay Injunction Cases - Share Issuance Injunction Cases - Post-Vote Derivative Cases -...more

Insider Trading Annual Review - 2012

In This Issue: Overview Of Insider Trading Law; 2012 Enforcement activity; Galleon Update; Expert Network Cases; What Does Cooperation Buy You?; Global Trading, Global Enforcement; Legislative Reform; 10b5-1 Plans: Not...more

Changes in the Wind for Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans?

On December 28, 2012, the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting that the SEC implement rulemaking to impose new requirements with respect to...more

CII Submits Rule 10b5-1 Rulemaking Petition to the SEC

On November 28 the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), an association of public, corporate and union pension funds and other employee benefit plans, submitted a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman...more

Rule 10b5-1 Stock Trading Plans Are Not Bulletproof

Many corporate executives rely on Rule 10b5-1 plans to buy or sell shares of their company’s stock without having to worry about violating insider trading laws, even when the trades take place when the executive possesses...more

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