directors and officers (D&O) News

New Swedbank CEO, Hired from Folksam, Criticized for Ties to Scandal-Hit Bank

Sweden’s biggest shareholder group has criticized Swedbank AB’s choice of chief executive officer, arguing the board opted for an insider who failed to stop the bank sinking into a Baltic money-laundering scandal when he had the chance. Jens Henriksson will …

South African Retailer Steinhoff to Sell Assets After $7B Accounting Fraud

Scandal-hit South African retailer Steinhoff said on Tuesday its only hope for survival is to sell off assets to become a retail-focused investment holding firm, as it fights to contain the fallout of a $7 billion accounting fraud. The company …

Fallout from Money Laundering Scandal Continues as Fines Loom for Swedbank

Swedbank AB acknowledged it will no longer be able to live up to its goal of paying out one of the highest dividend ratios in the Nordic finance industry. Sweden’s oldest bank, which is dealing with the fallout of a …

D&O Insurance Costs Soar as Investors Run to Court Over IPOs

Companies going public in the United States face insurance costs that have increased as much as 200% in the last three years to cover their executives against lawsuits alleging they misled investors. A rise in securities class-action cases involving initial …

Argo Shareholder Voce Ends Battle over Board Members, Alleges ‘Underhanded Tactics’

An activist Argo shareholder that had accused the insurer of extravagant spending and other corporate missteps has ended its battle to nominate a slate of new board members. Voce Capital Management said on May 21 it has withdrawn its nominations …

VW’s Porsche Unit to Pay $599M to End German Probe into Rigged Diesel Engines

Volkswagen AG’s Porsche sportscar unit agreed to pay 535 million euros ($599 million) to end a probe into rigged diesel engines, bringing the total amount of fines in its home country to more than 2.3 billion euros. The carmaker won’t …

Ex-Executives at French Telecoms Group Orange on Trial over Wave of Staff Suicides

Former bosses at leading French telecoms group Orange were due to go on trial on Monday over a series of suicides at the company in the late 2000s – a traumatic episode that shocked the nation and raised questions over …

Activist Hedge Fund Voce Urges Argo to Cut $100M in Expenses, Nominates Directors

An activist hedge fund on Tuesday nominated five directors and urged insurance company Argo Group International Holdings Ltd to cut $100 million in expenses, including corporate jets and housing for its chief executive. Voce Capital Management LLC wants Argo shareholders …

Battle of Words Continues Between Argo Group and Activist Shareholder

An activist Argo Group shareholder accuses the company of using a corporate jet for 1,500 flights in recent months and questions whether the trips were exclusively for business purposes. So goes the latest salvo fired against the company in advance …

Chubb Expands Insurance Coverage in Canada for Private Equity Firms

Chubb is providing expanded insurance coverage, called “Private Equity+”, to address “the unique risks of Canadian private equity firms.” These extended offerings help transfer and mitigate many of the private equity firms’ most significant liabilities by combining in one policy …