Options backdating


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Options backdating

Awarding employees with stock options those are dated prior to the actual grant date. The date chosen could be one when the company’s stock was at a low, so the options can be in-the-money at the time of granting itself. The practice is illegal if it is not followed by proper disclosure and related expenses are not recorded in financial statements.
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Liftik, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan said, has "extensive experience as a securities litigator, having worked on major securities regulatory crises, including market timing and late trading, stock options backdating and the financial crisis.
The case is one of the last open prosecutions arising from government or internal investigations of stock options backdating at over 200 companies, including Comverse, which was acquired in 2013 by former unit Verint Systems Inc.
Thomsen began her career with Davis Polk and later returned after 14 years of public service at the SEC, where she led the Enron investigation, the auction rate securities settlements, the stock options backdating cases and the expansion of the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
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Jesse Fried of the University of California at Berkeley offers two new, practical approaches companies can adopt to help prevent insider trading and options backdating litigation.
LexisNexis unit Mealey's (New York) has released "Mealey's Litigation Update: Stock Option Backdating," an executive summary that includes a collection of 57 case summaries and litigation updates reporting on complaints, motions, briefs, other pleadings, settlements and rulings involving stock options backdating litigation.