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A History of Securities Fraud Scandals

Dec 14, 2022 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

UCLA School of Law Professor James Park will discuss his new book on the history of securities fraud regulation, The Valuation Treadmill: How Securities Fraud Threatens the Integrity of Public Companies. Published 20 years after the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, the book examines case studies of major securities frauds from the 1970s to the present involving companies such as Penn Central, Apple, Xerox, Enron, Citigroup, and General Electric. It shows how securities fraud became a regulatory concern as investors began placing more emphasis on projections of financial performance in valuing companies.

James Park is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He is an expert on corporate law and securities regulation. After graduating from Yale Law School, Professor Park clerked for federal judges and practiced law in New York City at a law firm and then as an Assistant Attorney General in the Investor Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

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