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Tom C. W. Lin

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Vistas Of Finance, Tom C. W. Lin Dec 2012

Vistas Of Finance, Tom C. W. Lin

Tom C. W. Lin

Finance is undergoing a fundamental and technological shift. In the years ahead, there will inevitably be new financial characters and new financial cliffhangers. In this reply to the response of Professor Stephen Bainbridge to my article, 'The New Investor', I offer commentary on one particular new financial character, then on the general trope of cliffhangers as they relate to financial regulation.


Executive Trade Secrets, Tom C. W. Lin Jan 2012

Executive Trade Secrets, Tom C. W. Lin

Tom C. W. Lin

The law discriminates among a corporation’s secrets. In the eyes of the law, commercial secrets of corporations are legitimate secrets that deserve legal protection and nondisclosure, but personal secrets of executives are not as deserving of legal protection and nondisclosure. This divergent treatment of secrets has resulted in a legal landscape of perplexing, paradoxical paths for corporations and executives concerning executive disclosures — a precarious landscape that has left corporations and investors dangerously susceptible to revelations of private facts that shock market valuation and institutional stability.

This Article explores this divergent treatment of secrets in the context of public corporations ...


The Corporate Governance Of Iconic Executives, Tom C. W. Lin Jan 2011

The Corporate Governance Of Iconic Executives, Tom C. W. Lin

Tom C. W. Lin

This essay explores the special corporate governance challenges posed by iconic executives. Iconic executives are complex, bittersweet figures in corporate governance narratives. They are alluring, larger-than-life corporate figures who often govern freely. Iconic executives frequently rule like monarchs over their firms, offering lofty promises to shareholders, directors, and managers under their reign. But like many stories of powerful and influential figures, the narratives of iconic executives also contain adversity and danger. Part of the acquiescence and enchantment with such figures is rooted in the virtuous promises embodied by their presence, promises of unity, accountability, and effectiveness in corporate governance. Unfortunately ...