RIM reaches potential settlement with OSC

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Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

It looks like RIM is taking care of business this week. One day after doubling their offer to security company Certicom, the Ontario Securities Commission said in a statement that they have reached a potential settlement with RIM’s co-CEO’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie following their investigation into a stock option scandal dating back to 1996.

The Ontario Securities Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that it would hold a hearing Feb 5 in Toronto on whether to approve a settlement its staff reached with the company and top executives including co-chief executives Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis.

The regulator issued a statement of allegations in which it alleged Balsillie, Lazaridis and other RIM executives “engaged in the grant of options, in which option backdating or option repricing occurred”. A call and e-mail to the company requesting comment on the specific allegations were not immediately returned.

While no indication of the settlement amount has surfaced, I’m sure RIM will be happy just to be able to put this behind them regardless of cost. We’ll find out tomorrow.

|via Reuters|

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