- Senate introduced bill SB 4172, entitled the Holding Foreign Insiders Accountable Act.
- Legislation amends SEA to address disclosures by executives of foreign private issuers.
- Currently, executives of US publicly-traded companies must disclose any trades they make of their own company’s stocks to the SEC within two business days of the trade.
- Executives of foreign firms, however, are not required to make such timely disclosures.
- Foreign executives must only paper-file the disclosures to SEC long after trades made.
- This lag means that foreign executives can keep trades private for a longer period of time, which promotes insider trading at the expense of everyday American investors.
- Amendments would hold executives of foreign firms traded on US stock exchanges to the same disclosure requirements that executives of US-based companies follow.
- Specifically, amend SEA Sec 16 (a) (15 USC 78p(a)(1)) to require executives of foreign firms to make electronic disclosures of trades in firm's stocks within two business days.
- On 3 May 2022, Senate bill S 4172 was introduced in the Senate.