As I detailed in recent blog posts (here and here), these days virtually every public company M&A transaction is likely to involve M&A-related litigation. For that reason, M&A litigation represents a significant liability exposure for directors and officers of the companies involved in the M&A transaction and they have a keen interest in

In October 2000, the SEC promulgated Rule 10b5-1 to provide company insiders with a way to trade their shares in company stock without incurring securities law liability, through the pre-trading adoption of a written trading plan. Despite the Rule’s protective purpose, concerns have arisen more recently about Rule 10b5-1 plan abuses, as I noted in

You will never read a headline that says “Financial Institution Fires Rogue Trader Who Racked Up Massive Gains.” Therein lies the fundamental tension in financial institution risk management. It is not a merely cynical view that financial institutions tacitly tolerate control lapses as long as gains result – indeed, some of the leading commentators place the blame for