J.P. Morgan: An Anatomy of Corporate Publicness

28 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2014  

Hillary A. Sale

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2014


Though corporations are private actors, their choices, statements, and strategies do not occur in a vacuum — they are subject to public scrutiny. In spite of a desire to control a particular conversation, companies often fail to properly consider, and account for, the vetting and reframing process that occurs once the conversation becomes public. This failure can lead to a spiral of publicness, subjecting the private actor and its decisions to increasing public scrutiny.

Through the lens of my previously developed theory of publicness, this essay explores the aftermath of the “London Whale” at J.P. Morgan. I argue that the Company’s handling of the Whale losses and ensuing events were not only caused by publicness but also resulted in publicness.

Keywords: securities regulation, disclosure, publicness, board of directors, shareholder vote, J.P. Morgan, London Whale

Suggested Citation

Sale, Hillary A., J.P. Morgan: An Anatomy of Corporate Publicness (May 1, 2014). Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 79, p. 1630, 2014; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-05-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446069

Hillary A. Sale (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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