What is the Direction of Canadian Corporate Fraud?

Interesting article on Corporate Fraud and Executive Compensation available, here, at Marketwatch. I will let you read it, but the Greg’s notes on it, 1) “97% of companies on the S&P 500 Index pay incentive compensation to executives even when the company is underperforming its peers”, and 2) “FBI Director R...
Posted: 6/23/2011 12:00:00 AM by Global Administrator

Funding Plaintiff Securities Class Actions in Canada

The race to US style litigation just went from go-cart speeds to F1.Prompted by contingency fees, promoted by the plaintiff bar, a little nitrous oxide boost by Bill 198 and recent class action certification decisions, and now we are rounding the corner to see the checkered flag.In Dugal v. Manulife Financial Corp, here, a funding agre...
Posted: 4/20/2011 12:00:00 AM by Global Administrator

Canadian Class Action Securities Claims

This may surprise a lot of Canadian directors and officers. NERA Economic Consulting recent published its “Trends in Canadian Securities Class Action: 2010 Update”, here, co-authored by Mark L. Berenblut, Bradley A. Heys, and Tara K. Singh. They suggest there are 28 active lawsuits, alleging almost $16 billion in damages. Eight ...
Posted: 4/14/2011 12:00:00 AM by Global Administrator

Canadian Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance (D&O) and the Recent IMAX Decision

Canada is seeing a material change in home-grown D&O loss experience. On Valentines day we saw a new decision in the first case to be brought under Ontario’s new, at the time, “Bill 198”, aka, part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act (the “Act”), section 138.3, which provides a statutory cause of act...
Posted: 2/22/2011 12:00:00 AM by Global Administrator

INSIDER TRADING and CANADIANS IN THE NEWS

Unlike many recent news events, this connection to Canada is a positive one because it showcases the efforts of Canadian researches, even if not involving Canadian statistics. From the Wall Street Journal Online, July 3, 2010, by Gregory Zuckerman, here, author of The Greatest Trade Ever, called Hedge-Fund Lending Draws Scrutiny, here,...
Posted: 7/21/2010 12:00:00 AM by Global Administrator

IFRS and D&O Insurance Implications

For many years (on and off) I have followed the writings of Al Rosen, principal of Rosen & Associates, a forensic accounting firm in Toronto, and of Accountability Research Corp., an independent research company “free from money management conflicts,” here and here. The first thing that caught my attention was the ...
Posted: 6/30/2010 12:00:00 AM by Global Administrator

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