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Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 5 - August 2014

In This Issue: - Data for the Taking: Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Combat Web Scraping - Google Glass Into Europe: A Small Step or a Giant Leap? - Drugs and the Internet: FDA Distributes New...more

Social Media and Proxy Contests

As the use of social media continues to grow, social media is likely to play an increasingly more prominent role in proxy contests. In this context, the recent Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations issued by the SEC’s...more

Recent Developments Relating to Hostile Deals in the US

In November 2013, Men’s Wearhouse made an unsolicited offer to acquire Jos. A. Bank, just weeks after rejecting a hostile offer from Jos. A. Bank. Jos. A. Bank initially rejected the “Pac Man” counteroffer, but ultimately...more

Activist Hedge Funds Find Myriad Ways to Profit from M&A Transactions

Activist hedge funds continue to find ways to use public M&A transactions as a tool to generate returns for their investors. As a result, market participants need to consider potential activist strategies in determining how...more

Court Upholds Poison Pill in Response to Activist Accumulations

The Delaware Court of Chancery on May 2 rejected a request by Third Point to enjoin Sotheby’s annual stockholder meeting, scheduled for May 6, because of a “poison pill” stockholder rights plan adopted by Sotheby’s board....more

Poison Pills with Lower Ownership Thresholds for Activist Investors Come Under Attack

On March 25, 2014, Daniel Loeb’s Third Point LLC filed suit against Sotheby’s and its directors in Delaware’s Court of Chancery to invalidate Sotheby’s poison pill. The board of Sotheby’s adopted the poison pill this past...more

Just in Time for Proxy Season, SEC Provides New Guidance on Shareholder Proposal “Unbundling”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff recently issued several Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) providing guidance as to when it is permissible under Rule 14a-4(a)(3) (and its companion rule,...more

The “Pac Man” Defense Makes a Return Appearance

The recently launched Pac Man counteroffer by The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. in response to a prior unsolicited offer by Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. provides a good opportunity to review the use and legal implications of the...more

1/28/2014  /  Hostile Takeover , Jos. A. Bank

“Greenmail” Makes a Comeback

The much-maligned 1980s tactic of “greenmail” appears to have made a comeback in 2013. “Greenmail” has generally been defined as the practice of purchasing enough shares in a company to threaten a takeover, and then using...more

Activists Increasingly Seek a “Second Bite at the Apple”

In recent proxy seasons we have noticed an increase in the frequency of “second bite” proxy contests. These situations can take various forms, including (i) a second proxy contest by an activist that reached a settlement with...more

Creeping Takeovers and Fiduciary Duties – A Recap

In In re Sirius XM Shareholder Litigation, Delaware Chancellor Strine dismissed a complaint that the Sirius board had breached its fiduciary duties by adhering to the provisions of an investment agreement with Liberty Media...more

Bill Ackman’s Resignation from J.C. Penney Board Serves as Reminder of Challenges for Both Activists and the Boards They Sit On

In the March issue of Unsolicited Views, we published an article entitled “Practical Tips on Board Confidentiality.” In that article, we warned that “the increasing number of board members selected by activists and other...more

Recent Cases Serve as a Reminder of the Potential Impact of HSR Reporting Requirements and Other Key Disclosure Rules on...

Two recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) confirm that there is continuing attention in the United States on compliance by investors with the reporting...more

Practical Tips on Board Confidentiality

Heightened stockholder engagement and influence, a proliferation in the availability of third-party information (including through social media) and a desire for greater corporate transparency and accountability have...more

In re BioClinica, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

In In re BioClinica, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery in a memorandum opinion on a motion to expedite examined the cumulative effect of deal protection devices to determine whether they should have...more

“Short Slate” Rules: A Recap

“Short slate” proxy contests (i.e., contests where a dissident is soliciting proxies in support of nominees that, if elected, would constitute a minority of the board of directors) are expected to continue to be popular...more

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