Accounting Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

12-2011

Publication Source

Journal of Accounting Research

Volume

49

Issue

5

Start Page

1249

Last Page

1274

DOI

10.1111/j.1475-679X.2011.00424.x

Abstract

Most corporate governance research focuses on the behavior of chief executive officers, board members, institutional shareholders, and other similar parties. Little research focuses on the impact of executives whose primary responsibility is to enforce and shape corporate governance inside the firm. This study examines the role of the general counsel (GC) in mitigating informed trading by corporate insiders. We find that insider trading profits and the predictive ability of insider trades for future operating performance are generally higher when insiders trade within firm-imposed restricted trade windows. However, when GC approval is required to execute a trade, insiders’ trading profits and the predictive ability of insider trades for future operating performance are substantively lower. Thus, when given the authority, it appears the GC can effectively limit the extent to which corporate insiders use their private information to extract rents from shareholders.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-679X.2011.00424.x/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.