There may be a silver lining to the paranoia that flared up among dealmakers in the wake of a recent insider trading scandal at accounting firm KPMG LLP, in which prosecutors filed criminal charges against senior executive Scott London on April 11 after he admitted passing on stock tips about clients in exchange for cash.

A recent report shows that while M&A practitioners have been known to deliberately leak information on a pending transaction, whether it was to spike up premiums or sabotage bid discussions altogether, the days of doing so are becoming few and far between.

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