Manipulative Games of Gifts by Corporate Executives
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Forthcoming
46 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2016
Date Written: February 2016
Executives use a variety of manipulative games to maximize the value of their gifts, including backdating, spring-loading, bullet-dodging and insider information. We find that executives exploit a legal loophole to backdate their gifts. Stock prices rise abnormally about 6% during the one-year period before the gift date and they fall abnormally by about 5% during the one year after the gift date. We find this pattern is stronger for late-reported gifts, which is consistent with the backdating hypothesis. We suggest policy recommendations that should improve the compliance of gifts with the requirements of anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws.
Keywords: securities law, tax law, charitable donations, disclosure requirements, corporate law, empirical evidence, public policy
JEL Classification: K22, K34, K42, M14, E62, E61, G18, H21, H25, H26
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