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“What, me worry?” Yes, the securities laws apply to private companies!
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2012

In a case that should serve as a warning to the owners, directors and officers of privately-held companies that offer equity plans to their employees, on December 12, 2011, the SEC filed suit against Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. (at the time of the alleged misconduct, the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of dermatology products and now a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline PLC) and Charles Stiefel, the then controlling shareholder, chairman and CEO