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Québec Court’s Decision on Insider Tipping Restrictions

On April 7, 2014, the Bureau de décision et de révision (BDR), which is the administrative tribunal that has jurisdiction under the Québec Securities Act, dismissed a claim by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) for an...more

Investigating Alleged Board Member Misconduct

Let us start our discussion with an area of broad consensus: A company’s board of directors has a duty of care to respond to and investigate allegations of wrongdoing by officers and employees of the company. But what happens...more

SEC continues to focus on “fair value” practices of investment advisers

The media has been shining a strong spotlight on SEC insider trading cases, but in recent years, with much less fanfare, the SEC has brought nearly three times as many cases against investment advisers. ...more

In re Primedia, Inc. S’holders Litig., C.A. No. 6511-VCL, (Del. Ch. May 10, 2013) (Laster, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claim for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the approval of the merger of Primedia, Inc. (“Primedia”) with an entity affiliated...more

Best Laid Plans Gone Awry: Practices for Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans

Rule 10b5-1 trading plans are in the limelight due to investigations initiated by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the SEC into possible abuses by corporate executives of such plans. Now, more than ever, companies and their boards...more

Liability of Directors in Canada – An Excerpt

This article is an excerpt of the Canada Chapter of International Liability of Corporate Directors, 2nd edition, published by Juris Publishing in February 2013. This excerpt excludes numerous aspects of the full chapter,...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

SEC And FBI Try To Ketchup To Heinz Insider Traders

In the latest development in an SEC lawsuit filed Friday, February 15, U.S. District Judge Rakoff extended a freeze on a Swiss Goldman Sachs account linked to possible insider trading in H.J. Heinz Company call options. The...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

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