Before you sell company stock or exercise options, you must understand the securities laws that apply to you. Part 1 of this series focused on insider trading and Rule 10b5-1 plans. This article looks at other pitfalls of securities law, including Section 16(b) violations involving short-swing profits, and at required SEC filings, such as Form 4 and Form 144.
An often underestimated danger companies face is the risk that an executive or employee may violate corporate, tax, or securities laws. This article series outlines practices for executives to help them avoid compliance problems, and explains the possible penalties of noncompliance. Part 1 focuses on compliance issues involving company stock holdings and transactions.