Title

Civil Liabilities for False or Misleading Statements Made by Listed Companies to the Securities Markets in Singapore

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

This article examines the scope and efficacy of the civil remedies available to investors against listed companies which have made false or misleading statements in the secondary securities market in Singapore, both at common law and the statutory compensation scheme under the Securities and Futures Act. It argues that there are a number of limitations faced by such investors in bringing claims founded in tort law against the listed companies. While the statutory compensation scheme attempts to improve the position of investors, there are a number of deficiencies in the scheme the most significant of which is the ceiling on the overall damages recoverable against the contravening listed companies. These deficiencies largely stem from the fact that the scheme is strongly influenced by the desire to achieve optimal deterrence rather than compensation. This article argues that the aim of the statutory compensation scheme should be clarified and that it should be founded on compensation for losses incurred by investors in having relied on the false or misleading statements and not on optimal deterrence. Reforms are suggested to the statutory compensation scheme to achieve this aim.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Business Organizations Law

Research Areas

Commercial Law

Publication

Company and Securities Law Journal

Volume

26

First Page

377

ISSN

0729-2775

Publisher

Law Book Co

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