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Mississippi College School of Law

2016

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Solving The Paradox Of Insider Trading Compliance, John P. Anderson Jan 2016

Solving The Paradox Of Insider Trading Compliance, John P. Anderson

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Regulators demand the impossible when they require issuers to design and implement effective insider trading compliance programs because insider trading is a crime that neither Congress nor the Securities Exchange Commission has defined with any specificity. This problem of uncertainty is then compounded by the threat of heavy civil and criminal sanctions for violations. Placed between this rock and hard place, issuers tend to adopt overbroad insider trading compliance programs, which comes at a heavy price in terms of corporate culture, cost of compensation, share liquidity, and cost of capital. The irony is that, since all of these costs are …